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.

Resources For Alzheimer’s Disease & Related Disorders​

Caregiver Meetings

RUTGERS HEALTH

University Behavioral Health Care, Care2Caregivers

COPSA Institute For Alzheimer's Disease And Related Disorders

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.
To keep our group members connected during the coronavirus outbreak, we will offer an online group until public health authorities tell us it is safe to meet again in person. Please contact Mary Catherine Lundquist to receive log in information for the meetings.
1-800-424-2494 or lundqumc@ubhc.rutgers.edu.

Meeting Dates for 2021

April 5th & 19th

May 3rd & 17th

June 7th & 21st

July 6th* & 19th

August 2nd & 16th

September 7th* & 20th

October 4th & 18th

November 1st & 15th

December 6th & 20th

We meet on the 1st and 3rd Mondays of the month from 9:30 to 11:30am with the exception of days when a national holiday falls on the scheduled Monday. *In those cases, the meeting is scheduled on Tuesday.

 

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. To keep our group members connected during the corona virus outbreak, we will offer an online group until public health authorities tell us it is safe to meet again in person.

 

Meeting Dates for 2021

January 27

February 24

March 31

April 28

May 26

June 30

July 28

August 25

September 29

October 27

November 24

December 29

Please contact Mary Catherine Lundquist to receive log in information for the meetings at 1-800-424-2494 or lundqumc@ubhc.rutgers.edu.
Once you are on the email list, you will receive an invitation with the log in information the week prior to the meeting. We will be using Zoom for the meetings. If you would like assistance in connecting with Zoom, please contact Mary Catherine for a 1:1 tutorial and practice session.

Transitions is open to all who are grieving the loss of a loved one. Special emphasis regarding those who suffered 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. If you are interested in attending, please email Mary Catherine Lundquist at the COPSA Institute for Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders at lundqumc@ubhc.rutgers.edu or call 800-424-2494 so you can receive information to log in to the meeting. You can log in through your computer or call on your telephone.

Meeting Dates for 2021:

April 22nd

May 27th

June 24th

July 29th

August 26th

September 23rd

October 28th

November 18th

December 23rd

Meeting Time: 10 am to 11:00 am

Virtual Meetings

CCOoADS – April 6, 2021 @ 2:00 PM: Cumberland County Caregiver Support Group

Delaware Valley Chapter Alzheimer’s Association Webinars: Atlantic City Library Education Series

Delaware Valley Chapter Alzheimer’s Association Webinars: Ocean City Library Education Series

Understanding Caregiver Grief and Loss
April 28th 1:00-2:00 pm
Caregivers experience many types of grief over the long process of caring for someone with memory loss. This presentation will help caregivers explore their own experiences and identify ways they can cope and heal through the process. Learn how to understand, accept, and honor your grief. Click here to register.

 

Virtual Support Groups by 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: April 5, 9:30 to 11am
Caregiver Support Group: April 13, 1:00 to 2:00 pm
Spouse Support Group: April 19, 9:30 to 11:00 am
Adult Child Caregiver Support: April 21, 7 to 8 pm
Transitions Bereavement Group: April 22, 10 to 11:00 am
Evening Caregiver Support Group: April 28, 7 to 8 pm

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

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