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SAGE to Host September 10 Program on Therapies for Parkinson’s Disease

On Monday, October 21 from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm, SAGE Eldercare will host a program entitled, “Approaches to Advance Care Planning for Persons with Dementia.”  Rita Dyer, MSN, APN-C, Geriatric Nurse Practitioner with Atlantic Health Systems, will be presenting the topic.  The program, which is free and open to the public, will be held at SAGE, 290 Broad Street in Summit.  To register for the event or for more information, please call 908.598.5548 or visit 

On Tuesday, September 10 from 1:00 to 2:30 pm, SAGE Eldercare will host a program entitled, “How Speech and Physical Therapies Can Help People with Parkinson’s Disease.”   Parkinson’s disease is a brain disorder that causes gradual loss in muscle control and common symptoms include the inability to control body movements and difficulty in speaking clearly.

Cheryl Botelho, ATC, of AmericaCare Physical Therapy, and Brianna Sullivan, MA, CF-SLP, a Speech Therapist from Speech and Hearing Associates of Westfield, will co-present the program on the benefits of speech and physical therapies for people with Parkinson’s disease.  Ms. Botelho will be discussing day-to-day safety, focusing on how physical therapy can help reduce the risk of falls and improve balance and walking in people with the disease.  Ms. Sullivan will discuss how speech therapy can improve and maintain voice, swallowing, and language in those with Parkinson’s disease. 

The September 10 program will take place at SAGE Eldercare, 290 Broad Street, Summit.  To register for this free program, which is open to the public, please call 908.598.5548 or email

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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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