On Tuesday, September 24 from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm, SAGE Eldercare will host a program entitled, “Communication: The Key to Understanding Behaviors” aimed at caregivers of those suffering with Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia disorder.

Amy Matthews from the Alzheimer’s Association will discuss how to avoid unnecessary arguments and recognize the triggers which may result in aggressive or risky behaviors.  In addition, attendees will learn communication techniques to effectively respond to repetitive action, recognition difficulty, or anxious and agitated feelings.

“Caring for a person with Alzheimer’s disease may present challenges.  The ability to make sense of difficult behaviors can make your job as a caregiver easier and may improve quality of life – for everyone involved,” stated Ms. Matthews.

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The September 24 program will take place at SAGE Eldercare, 290 Broad Street, Summit.  To register for this free program, which is open to the public, please call 908.598.5548 or email education@sageeldercare.org.

SAGE Eldercare is a unique community resource that offers a comprehensive array of programs and services for older adults and caregivers, promoting independence and quality of life.  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.