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Public Input Session on Alzheimer’s and Dementia

Ocean County- If you are among the 450,000 New Jersey residents affected by the ravages of Alzheimer’s or other dementias, as a caregiver, neighbor, professional or concerned citizen, come to Ocean County’s Public Input Session, Tuesday, February 17, 2015, Holiday City at Berkeley Clubhouse, 631 Jamaica Blvd., Toms River.  The session runs from 10 am to Noon, giving all participants an opportunity to share ideas and perspectives with the Commission, about what you believe should be included in the New Jersey Alzheimer’s Disease Plan.
Among the Commission Members participating on the panel to hear public testimony will be Senator Christopher Connors, NJ Legislative District 9,  co-sponsor the legislation authorizing the formation of the  NJ Study Commission and Plan Development;  Assemblywoman DiAnne Gove, NJ Legislative District 9;  Lowell Arye, Deputy Commissioner, NJ Division on Aging Services;  Joanne Maxwell, Program Manager Health Facilities Evaluation and Licensing/Long Term Care Assessment and Survey;   Kenneth C. Zaentz, Alzheimer’s Association of Greater New Jersey; Lynette Whiteman, Executive Director, Caregiver Volunteers of Central Jersey.
The Study Commission was established under Public Law 2011, Chapter 76 and charged with examining the current issues in New Jersey associated with Alzheimer’s disease and preparing a report on findings and recommendations to the Governor and Legislature in the summer of 2015. The Commission also held Public Input sessions in Mercer, Middlesex and Gloucester counties.
Testimony at the hearing will be limited to three minutes per speaker, and only one speaker per organization will be allowed due to time constraints.  Room occupancy restrictions will dictate capacity.  Individuals unable to attend, or needing more time, are encouraged to submit written testimony or letters by emailing AlzCommInput@dhs.state.nj.us or by mail to Jennifer Rutberg, Office of Deputy Commissioner Lowell Arye, NJ Department of Human Services, P.O. Box 700, Trenton, NJ 08625-0700.