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Community Resources

Caregivers Coalition of Northern New Jersey:

http://www.unitedwaynnj.org/ourwork/heal_caregivers.php

The United Way Caregivers Coalition was created to give family caregivers opportunities to network, support one another, advocate for better community support, and find local resources. The website includes an online resource guide called “Pathways for Caregivers.” It’s full of valuable information about local resources. The Somerset County branch of the Caregiver Coalition meets monthly at the Shimon and Sara Birnbaum Jewish Community Center in Bridgewater.

United Way

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Comprehensive Services on Aging (COPSA)

If you or someone you love has been diagnosed with dementia you really need to know about this wonderful resource for NJ residents. As they state on their website (link below): “The COPSA Institute for Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders is a statewide program that includes a dementia clinic and a resource center that provides education, information and support to the families and caregivers of people with dementia. Institute staff train and provide consultation to geriatric professionals throughout New Jersey.”

http://ubhc.rutgers.edu/services/geriatric/

And here is their Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/COPSAEducation

Rutgers School of Nursing

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Somerset County Office on Aging

http://www.co.somerset.nj.us/hservices/aging/

Somerset County Board

Middlesex County Office on Aging

http://www.co.somerset.nj.us/hservices/aging/

Middlesex County, NJ

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Pluckemin Presbyterian Church Medical Equipment Ministry

http://www.ppch.org/give-and-get-help/missions

On this church’s website you will find contact information for their “Medical Equipment Ministry,” a program that donates gently used medical equipment to anyone in the community with a need for it.

Jewish Family Services

Human services across the age spectrum

Catholic Charities Metchuen

Human services across the age spectrum

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New Jersey Talking Books & Braille

http://www.njstatelib.org/talking_books_and-braille/

This is a wonderful resource not only for the blind but for anyone who through a disability has trouble holding and reading a book. The service is absolutely free and consists of an easy to use player and a library of books and periodicals in audio format – either cassettes or memory cards to plug into the player.

New Jersey State Library

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Somerset County Library System Outreach Program

908.526.4016 x115 or x117
This program delivers books DVDs, large print books, music CDs, magazines and audio books directly to homebound residents in their 15 municipalities. It’s free!

http://www.somerset.lib.nj.us/new/outreach.html