Posted Tuesday, April 25th, 2017


United Way of Northern New Jersey logo United Way of Northern New Jersey will hold its 10th Annual Caregivers Conference this Saturday morning, April 29, to provide caregivers from across Morris County and Northwest Jersey with information and resources critical to their role of caring for their loved ones.

The free conference will include presentations and offer resources geared towards non-paid caregivers who assist persons of all ages who are ill, frail or have a disability or mental illness. It will explore topics that provide family caregivers with valuable information from local experts.

Conference space is limited so register online as soon as possible.

“We thank the United Way Caregivers’ Coalition for their efforts on behalf of so many county residents who struggle to photo shows caregiver hugging loved oneensure the care of their loved ones,” said Morris County Freeholder Kathy DeFillippo, the county governing board’s liaison on human services issues.

“While the care is offered with love, we understand that it can be difficult, time consuming, and extremely tiring and wearing on caregivers, many of whom may be caring for older and younger family members at the same time.”

“Whether caring for an aging loved one or a loved one of any age with physical, developmental, or psychiatric disabilities, caregivers often find themselves in this role without preparation or education,” said United Way Caregivers Coalition Manager Stephanie Howland. “United Way is dedicated to ensuring caregivers within our communities have access to the supports and resources they need.  This conference brings in legal experts to help caregivers understand the key legal documents they need to have in place.”

There are approximately 225,000 caregivers in Northern New Jersey.

Workshops on Saturday will include:

photo shows younger caregiver with elderly loved oneHave You Updated Your Documents Based Upon the New Estate Taxes?

Learn how the changes in estate taxes will affect documents like your will and any trusts you may have in place. You will learn the importance of having your legal documents up to date and correctly executed.

Presented by: Robert A. Bernstein, Bernstein Estate Law

Are you Legally Prepared?

Learn why it is so important to have an Advanced Directive and Power of Attorney or what it means to have special needs trusts for your loved ones, and much more

Presented by: Debra Eckert-Casha, Partner, Attorney-at-Law, Casha & Casha

The conference will be held at the Ukrainian American Cultural Center of New Jersey, 60 North Jefferson Rd., Whippany, N.J., from 8:30am – 12 noon. A complimentary breakfast will be offered.

For questions, email [email protected] or call 973.993-1160, x534.

Photo of Pathways For Caregivers booklet, featuring a colorful garden image The United Way Caregivers Coalition has produced its first regional edition of the comprehensive caregiving guide, “Pathways for Caregivers.” It is a one-of-a-kind resource full of information, advice, and ideas about how to get the support caregivers need for their caregiving journey.

It includes separate sections on caring for loved ones who are aging, have disabilities, or mental health issues. There is also information about veterans’ services.

While written to assist caregivers in North Jersey, much of the contents are applicable to caregivers all throughout New Jersey and beyond.

You can get a copy online.