An informational program on Dementia/Alzheimer’s: What You Need to Know Now”  for seniors and their families will take place on Tuesday, Feb. 23, 11:30 a.m. at The Senior Resource Center at The Lavy House, 748 E. Broad Street, Westfield, NJ. The presentation by Jewish Family Service of Central NJ Social Worker Marilucy Lopes, LCSW, is part of a series of programs that are free and open to the entire community at The Senior Resource Center at The Lavy House. A light lunch will be served.

According to Ms. Lopes,  “As Americans continue to live longer, dementia will become the biggest health challenge of the next few decades. It is projected that the number of people living with Alzheimer’s disease will more than double from five million to 14 million by 2050. While there is no cure for the disease to date, strategies for coping with the disease is a concern for seniors and their families."

Ms. Lopes, a graduate of the Columbia University School of Social Work, is the Program Manager of the JFS Alzheimer’s /Dementia Family Care Program where she facilitates two support groups a month under the auspices of the Alzheimer’s Association, NJ Chapter, that are free and open to the public.

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The Senior Resource Center at The Lavy House is a joint venture between The Westfield United Fund and Temple Emanu-El of Westfield. Through a grant from the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater MetroWest NJ, Jewish Family Service of Central NJ provides programming and the services of Social Worker Maris Chavenson, LSW, each Tuesday. Programs are free of charge and open to the entire community.

Registration is recommended if you plan to attend. Contact Maris Chavenson, LSW, 908-352-8375, Contact Marilucy Lopes,, if you would like to join a support group or want additional information about the JFS Alzheimer’s/Dementia Family Care Program.