SUMMIT, NJ – This summer, the Greater New Jersey Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association will be offering a program series, “Living with Alzheimer’s for Caregivers,” at SAGE Eldercare in Summit, NJ.  The course is specifically aimed at those caregivers who want to know more about the early- and middle-stages of caring for someone with Alzheimer’s disease or another type of dementia.

The early-stage programs will be held on Tuesday, July 22 and Wednesday, July 30 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at SAGE’s offices, which are located at 290 Broad Street in Summit.  These two classes will focus on the beginning stage of the disease when changes in memory, thinking, and communication become noticeable.  Individuals may have difficulty completing complex tasks and require more time to complete normal daily tasks.  Family caregivers can adjust to living with Alzheimer’s disease through an understanding of early-stage symptoms, making adaptations in daily living routines and roles, and planning for future changes and needs.  These classes will offer information for caregivers about adjusting to the diagnosis, developing a care team, accessing community supports and resources, and making legal, financial, and safety plans for the future.

The middle-stage programs will be held on Tuesday, August 5, Tuesday, August 12 and Tuesday, August 19, also from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at SAGE’s offices.  In the middle-stage of Alzheimer's disease or related dementia disorders, gaps in memory and thinking begin to make it more difficult for the individual to manage day-to-day activities like dressing, bathing and eating without assistance.  Personality, behavior and sleep patterns also continue to change.  Caregivers assume greater responsibility in managing not only the personal care and finances of the individual but also meeting the challenges of maintaining safety while creating a supportive environment.  Caregivers will learn more about symptoms, care needs, techniques for managing behaviors, maximizing safety, relationship changes, and supportive services available to help with caregiving responsibilities.

All programs are free and open to the public, but registration is required.  For more information or to register, please call 800.272.3900 (after business hours, please leave a message at 973.586.4300).