Caregiver Support

We care about our caregivers. This Caregiver Support Group exists just for you. Our meetings will navigate the emotional, social, and financial stress associated with the role of the family caregiver in Cumberland County.

Caregiver Support Group occurs on the first Tuesday of each month at 2:00 PM on Microsoft Teams. Registration required for invite.

CCOoADS – July 1, 2021 @ 2:00 PM: Cumberland County Caregiver Support Group

Rutgers Health: Sleep Brochure
Rutgers Health: Challenging Behaviors
 
Resources For Alzheimer’s Disease & Related Disorders​

Caregiver Virtual Meetings

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.
  • Spouse Support Group: July 19, 9:30 to 11:00 am
  • Adults Caring for Parents: July 21, 7 to 8:30pm
  • Evening Caregiver Support Group: July 28, 7 to 8 pm
  • Transitions Bereavement Group: July 29, 10 to 11:00 am
WEBINAR
Post Pandemic Living: Moving toward the “New Normal”   June 29th, 1:00-2:00 pm
In spite of government assurances, many people wonder if it’s safe to resume normal activities. Even people who are convinced that it’s safe to re-enter society may feel hesitant and anxious about doing so. Many also realize that “normal” does not mean “just like the old days.” Which new pandemic habits should we keep? How can I judge real risks? This presentation will address how to adjust (and continue to adjust), the importance of acknowledging our feelings, hopes, and expectations, and tips for transitioning back to normal (whatever that may look like). Register Here

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/ 

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

Alzheimer's Association

Alzheimer’s Community Forum – May 12, 2021 10-11:30 AM: Register Here

Useful Articles

American Red Cross Family Caregivers & COVID-19

Alzheimer’s Association Coronavirus: Tips for Dementia Caregivers

Family Caregiver Alliance – Moira Fordyce, MD, MB, ChB. Caregiver Health

The Caregiver Space In your own words: 106 crucial tips from fellow caregivers – Alexandra Axel

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