A Toms River based nonprofit agency Caregiver Volunteers of Central Jersey was highlighted in a recent report submitted to Governor Christie and the NJ State Legislature. The report created by the New Jersey Alzheimer’s Disease Study Commission contained current statistics and recommendation about how to manage this epidemic in the coming years. The report included the Caregiver Volunteers of Central Jersey’s program which provides free respite provided by trained volunteers to dementia caregivers so they can get a much needed break. The program, called the Alzheimer’s Respite Care Program is funded by the Ocean County Office of Senior Services and private donations.
Two agency staff members, Mary Malagiere, Manager of Volunteers and Lynette Whiteman, MS, Executive Director, were appointed to serve on the Governor’s Commission. Whiteman stated “I am very proud that our program to assist Caregivers striving to keep a loved one with dementia at home was included in the final report. My hope is that our Alzheimer’s Respite Care Program is replicated state-wide. We sadly are a long way off from finding a cure for this awful disease and caregivers need our help now.”
To read the full report, go to: http://www.state.nj.us/humanservices/news/reports/. To learn more about Caregiver Volunteers of Central Jersey and their Alzheimer’s Respite Care Program visit www.caregivervolunteers.org or “LIKE” them on Facebook. To contact them for help or to volunteer call 732.505.2273 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.