HACKENSACK, N.J. -- Bergen County Executive Jim Tedesco and the Bergen County Board of Chosen Freeholders will present the Bergen County Department of Human Services-Division of Senior Service/ADRC’s Annual Spring Caregivers Conference on Saturday, April 4 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Felician University, Rutherford campus, Education Commons, 223 Montross Avenue, Rutherford.
Admission to the conference is free. Workshops will be given throughout the day so attendees can learn about such topics as legal considerations in caring/planning for a loved one; Alzheimer and dementia patient challenges; importance of caregivers taking time to care for themselves; what’s new in the field of gerontology and how that may affect caregivers and those for whom they care, and more.
In between the sessions, attendees will also be able to visit representatives to get information about Medicaid, Medicare and other services and support available to residents through the Bergen County Divisions of Senior Services and Disability Services.

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There are an estimated 100,000 caregivers in Bergen County caring for loved ones of all ages with chronic illnesses or disabilities.  Family, friends or neighbors may care for an aging parent, a sibling with mental illness, or a child or spouse with a disability.  Caregivers may care for their loved one full-time, part-time or long distance.

“Caregiving can be an all-consuming, isolating experience, but it doesn’t have to be,” says Lorraine Joewono, Director of Bergen County Division of Senior Services. “The Caregiver Conference is an opportunity for caregivers to network, share tips and stories, and learn about the latest developments in the field, from experts from the Division of Senior Services’ Advisory Council Education Committee, Felician University Institute for Gerontology and the Caregiver Coalition of Bergen County, who can supply them with the resources and guidance they need as they navigate through the process of caring for loved ones.”

For more information, contact Bergen County Senior Services at 201-336-7417.