Health & Wellness

Learn How to Approach Advance Care Planning on Oct. 21

October 3, 2013 at 9:39 AM

If you are caring for someone who has a form of dementia, join SAGE Eldercare on Monday, Oct. 21 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. for a program entitled “Approaches to Advance Care Planning for Persons with Dementia.”  This program, which is free and open to the public, will take place at 290 Broad St. in Summit.

Rita Dyer, MSN, APN-C, Geriatric Nurse Practitioner with Atlantic Health Systems, will identify the natural changes that occur to people with dementia and will cover the different options that are appropriate for care.

“Even if your dementia is in an early stage, making healthcare plans early on is important to making sure you get the medical care you want in the future,” Dyer said.  “Advance care planning involves learning about the types of decisions that might need to be made, considering those decisions ahead of time, and the informing your family, friends, and physician so they know your preferences about end-of-life care.  Taking care of this in advance will avoid future confusion and conflict for everyone and provide peace of mind to the patient.”

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To register for the October 21 program, please call 908.598.5548 or email

SAGE Eldercare is a unique community resource that offers a comprehensive array of programs and services for older adults and caregivers, promoting independence and quality of life.  Founded in 1954, SAGE is one of the few non-profit eldercare agencies in the United States, and the oldest in New Jersey, that offers a broad and comprehensive array of services under one roof that assist elderly, often frail, adults to remain independent in their own homes. 

Programs at SAGE Eldercare include: HomeCare; Meals On Wheels; Spend-A-Day Adult Day Health Center; GPS (Guidance, Planning and Support) Services; InfoCare free information and referral service; Fall Prevention Initiative; Home Repair Service; Grocery Shopping and Errand Service; Bill Paying Service; Holistic Living Services; Alzheimer’s and PREP caregiver support groups; Community Education; and Union County Medicare SHIP (State Health Insurance Assistance Program).  In addition, SAGE has operated a Furniture Restoration Workshop, run by volunteers who specialize in caning and rushing chairs and refinishing furniture, and a Resale Shop for more than 50 years.  Both provide essential funding that supports the organization’s programs and services for older adults in the community. 

SAGE Eldercare serves 7,000 people throughout Union, Essex, Morris and Somerset Counties, as well as across the United States.  For more information, call 908.273.5550 or visit

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