FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 26, 2008

CONTACT: M. “Peggy” Salisbury 908-771-5730;
Norma T. Sheld 908-771-5815

 

Caregiver & Alzheimer’s Family Support Group at Runnells Supports & Informs Members

 

Attention caregivers, do you feel tired? Are you overwhelmed and stressed? Caring for a loved one can bring on those feelings. You are not alone. Become a part of the Caregiver & Alzheimer’s Family Support Group at RUNNELLS Specialized Hospital of Union County in Berkeley Heights. It’s the only daytime caregiver & Alzheimer’s family support group in Union County. Get together with others who share your difficulties and receive the reassurance as well as the knowledge that is found in a support group.

The group’s meetings, which are open to the public, are held in Room C318 on the third floor at RUNNELLS on the third Thursday of each month from 1 to 2 p.m. The meetings, facilitated by Liz Carabuena, L.S.W., a RUNNELLS Specialized Hospital licensed social worker, are free of charge for all attendees.

“If you are a caregiver, meet with others in similar situations,” said Union County Freeholder Chester Holmes, liaison to RUNNELLS Specialized Hospital. “The Caregiver & Alzheimer’s Family Support Group at RUNNELLS shares information on the disease and available resources, researches updates, discusses practical care techniques and presents new ways to cope on a day-to-day basis.  An especially important part of the meeting is the time set aside for participants to discuss the frustrations they feel in caring for those with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia.”

RUNNELLS Specialized Hospital of Union County sponsors the meetings in conjunction with the Alzheimer’s Association – Greater New Jersey Chapter, an organization whose mission is to enhance care and support for individuals, their families and caregivers, and to eliminate Alzheimer's disease through the advancement of research.

The Caregiver & Alzheimer’s Family Support Group at RUNNELLS’ schedule for 2009 follows:

January 15,  February 19, March 19, April 16,  May 21,  June 18,  July 16,
August 20,  September 17, October 15, November 19 and December 17.

RUNNELLS, Central New Jersey’s premier provider of care for individuals with dementia,
also provides long-term, short-term, post acute, palliative and respite care in their nursing
care center.

The facility is located at 40 Watchung Way, Berkeley Heights. Anyone who would like
further information on this wheelchair accessible program or if you would like to attend, call
908-771-5828.