On Monday, April 8 from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm at SAGE Eldercare, Michelle Papka, Ph.D., Director of the Cognitive Research Center of New Jersey, will discuss the latest clinical trials for the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease.  Dr. Papka’s presentation will give an overview of the disease, how it affects the brain and current treatment options. 

“Clinical trials provide vital information that will hopefully change the course of Alzheimer’s disease and improve the lives of those who are affected by it, including family members and caregivers,” stated Dr. Michelle Papka.  “Being aware of these updates and trials and what the results indicate is beneficial to anyone who is affected by the disease and those who care for someone with it.” 

To register or learn more about the program, call 908.598.5548 or email education@sageeldercare.org.  The program, which is free and open to the public, will be held at SAGE Eldercare, 290 Broad Street in Summit.

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Dr. Papka specializes in the assessment of age-related dementias and adult cognitive disorders.  Her private practice is located at The Atlantic Neuroscience Institute where she conducts multi-disciplinary assessments and provides treatment to patients in collaboration with other specialists.  Previously, she was the Co-Director of the Memory and Cognitive Disorders Program at St. Barnabas Medical Center and the Neuropsychologist of the University of Rochester Medical Center Alzheimer’s Disease Center.  She is the founder and director of the Cognitive Research Center of New Jersey, a privately owned research program focused on clinical trials for Alzheimer's disease, dementia, and cognitive impairment.  For more information, visit www.drmichellepapka.com.

SAGE Eldercare supports the independence, well-being and quality of life of older adults, their families and caregivers, through the provision of client-centered health, social and support services.  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 www.sageeldercare.org.