Caregiver Support

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Caregiver Virtual Meetings

JANUARY 2022 VIRTUAL CRAEGIVER EDUCATION
 
LIVING YOUR BEST LIFE:  New Year, New Perspective
JANUARY 20TH  |  1:00-2:00 PM

Caregivers know that getting connected to the right resources and supports can be a big help. Did you also know that cultivating the right frame of mind can make ALL the difference? Join us for this informative and interactive session on how to foster a caregiver mindset that will set you up for success and keep you going in 2022 and beyond!


CLICK HERE TO REGISTER:
https://rutgers.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJcsde6qqzIoHNzqScY1IyJGN7wkx9KKxvUIhttps://rutgers.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJAvceuuqjIrGNJFdpNActf57LXv7X02amGN

RUTGERS HEALTH

Care2Caregivers

COPSA Institute

 
VIRTUAL SUPPORT GROUPS by THE COPSA INSTITUTE
 
All groups are free, open to the public and professionally facilitated. To register and receive log in information call 800-424-2494 or email Mary Catherine at lundqumc@ubhc.rutgers.edu.

ADULTS CARING FOR PARENTS SUPPORT GROUP

This group is open to all Adult Children who support parents or relatives with memory loss. Join us to share your story, learn strategies for coping, find out about helpful resources and discuss issues related to providing remote and in-person assistance. Learn how you can help the person with memory loss as well as navigate your family relationships while taking care of yourself. Meetings are free and professionally facilitated. Meetings are held virtually through Zoom. You can log on through your computer or call on your phone.

Meeting Time: 7:00 – 8:30 pm

2022 SCHEDULE

JANUARY 4

JANUARY 19

FEBRUARY 1

FEBRUARY 16

MARCH 8

MARCH 23

APRIL 5

APRIL 20

MAY 2

MAY 18

JUNE 7

JUNE 22

SPOUSE SUPPORT GROUP

The COPSA Spouse Support Group is open to all who are caring for a spouse with memory impairment due to Alzheimer’s Disease or a related disorder. We meet bimonthly to learn about the disease process, discuss issues that arise from caregiving, offer each other support and find out about available resources. All meetings are facilitated by a member of the COPSA Care2Caregivers Staff. We know how hard your job is. Come and talk with others who know what it is like to walk in your shoes.

Meeting Time: 9:30 to 11:30am.

2022 SCHEDULE

JANUARY 3

JANUARY 17

FEBRUARY 7

FEBRUARY 21

MARCH 7

MARCH 21

APRIL 4

APRIL 18

MAY 2

MAY 16

JUNE 6

JUNE 20

CAREGIVER AFTERNOON SUPPORT GROUP

The COPSA Afternoon Caregiver Support Group is open to all who are caring for someone with memory impairment due to Alzheimer’s Disease or a related disorder. We meet monthly to learn about the disease process, discuss issues that arise from caregiving, offer each other support and find out about available resources. All meetings are facilitated by a member of the COPSA Care2Caregivers Staff. We know how hard your job is. Come and talk with others who know what it is like to walk in your shoes. Meetings are held virtually through Zoom. You can log on through your computer or call on your phone.

 

Meeting Time: 1:00 – 2:00 pm

2022 SCHEDULE

January 11
February 15
March 15
April 12
May 10
June 14

TRANSITIONS BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT GROUP

Transitions is open to all who are grieving the loss of a loved one. Special emphasis regarding those who cared for individuals with memory impairment due to Alzheimer’s Disease or a related disorder or other chronic long term illness that required extended caregiving. This group is free, open to the public and professionally facilitated. We have been meeting monthly for emotional support, to learn about the grieving process and to enhance skills for coping and reinvesting in life. To keep our group members connected during the coronavirus outbreak, we will be maintaining online meetings until public health authorities tell us it’s safe to meet in person. You can log in through your computer or call on your telephone.

Meeting Time:  10:00 to 11:00 am

2022 SCHEDULE

January 27
February 24
March 31
April 28
May 26
June 30

CAREGIVER EVENING SUPPORT GROUP

The COPSA Evening Caregiver Support Group is open to all who are caring for someone with memory impairment due to Alzheimer’s Disease or a related disorder. We meet monthly to learn about the disease process, discuss issues that arise from caregiving, offer each other support and find out about available resources. All meetings are facilitated by a member of the COPSA Care2Caregivers Staff. We know how hard your job is. Come and talk with others who know what it is like to walk in your shoes. Meetings are held virtually through Zoom. You can log on through your computer or call on your phone.

Meeting Time: 7:00 – 8:30 pm

2022 SCHEDULE

January 26
February 23
March 30
April 27
May 25
June 29

Care2Caregivers Helpline

1-800-424-2494

Telephone support for every step of your caregiving journey.  Lines are answered professionally trained peers who have also been caregivers.  Supportive counseling, information, referrals and education. Special emphasis on caregiver wellness.  8:30 AM – 4:30 PM, Monday to Friday or email caregiver@ubhc.rutgers.edu

Caregiver Task Force: Survey

The Caregiver Task Force has been charged with a one-year mission to develop recommendations to the legislature to help New Jersey’s caregivers. The task force is staffed by the Division of Aging, DHS and consists of a few caregiver representatives as well as representatives from various organizations that touch caregivers including the Alzheimer’s Association, The Arc of NJ, Leading Age NJ/DE, NAMI NJ, AARP, Caregivers of NJ, the Home Care and Hospice Association of NJ.  

By participating in this critical online survey, you will help determine the needs of caregivers across New Jersey. This survey will help identify what services can be improved, expanded, or introduced to reduce the burden of caregiving and improve people’s lives.  If you are a caregiver, please take a few minutes now to complete this survey.

English Survey:  https://rutgers.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3y4eKyb7i8zURMy

Spanish Survey / Encuesta en español:  https://rutgers.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_86ddPczUzYhS4Xc

Please reach out with any specific questions you may have. The Task Force’s direct email is doas.caregivertaskforce@dhs.nj.gov and our website is www.nj.gov/humanservices/doas/home/caregivertaskforce/ 

Alzheimer's Association

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all support groups will be hosted via phone or video conference instead of in-person. Meeting schedules will be assessed on a month-to-month basis. Please locate your local program in the Community Resource Finder or contact our 24/7 Helpline (800.272.3900) for details.

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The Caregiver Space What’s your best caregiver trick? – Michelle Daly

Aging Care Legal Competency: When Is It Too Late to Create a Will, Trust, or POA? – K. Gabriel Heiser

AARP Tax Tips for Family Caregiver

AARP Caregiving Impacts Every Family in All Walks of Life Nancy LeaMond

AARP  Planning for Aging and Illness Includes Budgeting and Paying for Care – Amanda Singleton