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 – Oct. 5 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

COPSA Institute for Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders
ADULTS CARING FOR PARENTS SUPPORT GROUP

FALL SCHEDULE
October 5      October 20
November 2     November 17

Meeting Time: 7 – 8:30 pm via Zoom
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 that arise from providing remote and in-person assistance. Learn how you can help the person with memory loss, how you can best support the relative who is the main caregiver, and how you can take care of yourself.  Meetings are free and professionally facilitated.
If you are interested in attending please contact Mary Catherine Lundquist, atlundqumc@ubhc.rutgers.edu or call 800-424-2494 to receive login information

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:  Oct. 4 & Oct. 18 | 9:30 to 11:00 am

Adults Caring for Parents: Oct. 20 | 7:00 to 8:30 pm

Caregiver Support Group: Oct. 12 | 1:00 to 2:00 pm

Evening Caregiver Support Group: Oct. 27 | 7:00 to 8:00 pm

Transitions Bereavement Group: Oct. 28 | 10:00 to 11:00 am

 

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

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.

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

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