Dementia Awareness & Wellness Day

September 29, 2022


Enjoy music all day, shop in The Barn, stroll the beautiful landscaped grounds, and meet over 25 experts and professionals.

Pre-Registration Not Required

Time Activity
2:00pm Doors open
2:15-3pm Speaker:  

Mary-Catherine Lundquist, Program Coordinator of the COPSA (Comprehensive Services on Aging) Institute for Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders at Rutgers Health, University Behavioral Health Care

 “What to do After a Diagnosis of Dementia”
3:00 – 4:00pm Self Care Workshops (limited availability)

  • The Yoga Loft  – Register at Door: Free mini chair yoga classes from 3:15 pm to 4:00pm with Kathleen.  No experience necessary.
  • Free 15 minute Reiki Sessions with Elena from 3:00 to 4:15.
    • Pre Registration Required

At the Chicken Coop with Taylor – Gardening and Animals – promoting wellness!

4:15 – 5:00pm Speaker:
Deb Hallisay, Author and Caregiver Advocate“Transitioning a loved one to a Memory Care Community”
5:30-7:00pm Tulip Tree Cafe offering Dinner and a Movie – CANCELLED

Enjoy a light, healthy dinner and see PBS Documentary “There is a Bridge”

Workshops & Speakers

Attend this free event to get information and learn about topics that affect seniors living with dementia and their family caregivers, including:

Alzheimer’s and other Dementia:  Treatments, Research and Hope

Anna Brocco, Advanced Memory Research Institute of NJ

Anna Brocco, PharmD, MBA, Advanced Memory Research Institute

Anna is a graduate of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, with her doctorate in pharmacy and also a master’s in business. Throughout pharmacy school and after graduation, Anna worked at Community Medical Center as a staff pharmacist specializing in IV medication preparation. Anna has brought her pharmacy skills to the office to assist in preparing and dispensing study medications. She is committed to research and works to bring new studies to our center to provide opportunities for all patients to participate. She is dedicated to the patients and families of AMRI and works hard to ensure that everyone’s experience to our center is a pleasant one.

The Caregiver Contract

Photo: Deb Hallisey,

Deb Hallisey, MA,

Deb Hallisey is a past and present caregiver. Currently caregiver to her mother, she saw her father through Congestive Heart Failure (CHF) until his death in 2015. Upon her father’s death she became responsible for her disabled mother. As she took on the roles of financial adviser, caregiver, social director—as well as her continuing role as daughter—she found herself asking “what do I do?” and “where do I start?” She brought her 25 years of experience as a consultant building and enhancing corporate training programs for Fortune 500 companies in the United States and Canada to the problem, and in the process, learned how many other people are in a similar situation, caring for a parent, a sibling, a spouse or significant other. Deb used the knowledge she had gained to develop The site offers practical advice for caregivers and learn from others how they handled challenges on issues such as legal, financial, insurance, and caregiving. Deb’s blog was named as one of the Top 50 Caregiver blogs and featured in Aging Insider. She has been published in Kaiser Health News and AARP. Author of Your Caregiver Relationship Contract, the book is based on personal experience as her mother’s caregiver and through personal stories illustrate how her relationship with her mom changed in a positive way. The book is a practical, step-by-step guide for discussing relationship issues that arise between caregivers, their care partners, along with everyone else in relationship with a caregiver. A caregiving knowledge expert, and an advocate for older adults and their families, Debra is a Certified Caregiving Consultant™ and Certified Dementia Practitioner®. She holds an MA in Leadership and Supervision.