Dozens of people, including healthcare professionals, local public figures and family members of those living with Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia, attended the grand opening of the Act Now Foundation’s third Alzheimer’s Resource Center of New Jersey on May 16.
CarePoint Health was honored to be part of the event, which included a ribbon cutting ceremony attended by numerous Hudson County elected officials. In attendance was Hudson County Executive Thomas DeGise, State Sen. and North Bergen Mayor Nicholas Sacco, County Clerk Junior Maldonado, Hudson County Freeholder Anthony Romano and Weehawken Mayor Richard Turner.
The new center, which will be the main headquarters of Act Now, is located on the grounds of Hudson Hills Senior Living, which donated the space, on Bergen Turnpike. The two other centers are located on Bergen Avenue in Jersey City and in Bergen County. Hudson Hills is located at the site of the former Schuetzen Park and Fritz Reuter Lifecare Retirement Community, off John F. Kennedy Boulevard.
The organization’s programs include memory screenings, educational workshops and support groups for caregivers and seniors with early stage dementia. As part of CarePoint Health’s ongoing partnership with Act Now, monthly Alzheimer’s support groups are held at Christ Hospital in Jersey City and Hoboken University Medical Center.
CarePoint Health also sponsored a Care Consultation Room at the new center, which is used for private family, caregiver or senior care consultations. Consultations are held to create long-term care plans, for disease education and to teach caregivers how to cope with challenging behaviors. The CarePoint room will also be used to provide free evaluations testing for seniors over 60 with memory concerns.
CarePoint Health-Hoboken University Medical Center Chief Operating Officer Ann Logan accepted an honor for the health system from Act Now.
Alzheimer’s Disease is a progressive, neurodegenerative disease marked most significantly by the loss of memory. Symptoms worsen over time and the disease generally proves fatal.