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Sunday, December 08, 2019

(Courtesy of Kaplen JCC) In support of National Alzheimer’s Awareness Month, staff and friends of the Kaplen Adult Reach Center (ARC) at the Kaplen JCC on the Palisades assembled an “Exercise Your Brain Team” that participated in a recent “Walk to End Alzheimer’s” event held by the Alzheimer’s Association Greater New Jersey Chapter in Overpeck Park. The JCC team, looking to honor its caregivers, raised more than $7,000 in less than two weeks. The funds will support research, advocacy and respite for families with loved ones who struggle with the disease.

“It was an amazing and inspirational morning and I am so proud of my teammates and everyone who supported our team,” said Marlene Ceragno, program and caregiver services coordinator for the Senior Center at the JCC. “We raised some serious funds in just weeks and we are so grateful for the outpouring of support for this important cause. We walked for caregivers, who truly are the unsung heroes, and it was a memorable moment in time for all of us who participated.”

The Kaplen Adult Reach Center at the JCC has been helping individuals living with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia for decades, while providing respite, support and guidance for their family caregivers. Programming includes a wide range of upbeat activities that encourage socialization and active participation. The day begins with a nutritious breakfast followed by exercise, music, reminiscing, intergenerational programs, music, holiday celebrations and more that take place in a bright, spacious room with an adjoining patio and garden that overlook a cheerful children’s playground. Door-to-door transportation in handicapped-accessible vehicles is available and the program is overseen by a highly trained, compassionate staff. For more information, contact Judi Nahary at 201-408-1450 or [email protected]

The JCC also offers a caregiver support group, facilitated by professional staff, that meets on an ongoing basis to provide caregivers, family and friends with valuable support and information about cognitive decline, including Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. Participants have meaningful opportunities to share feelings and experiences, learn effective coping strategies and discover useful community resources. For more information, contact Marlene at 201-569-7900, ext. 439 or [email protected]cotp.org.

The walk was attended by hundreds, including Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Congressman Bill Pascrell, Jr., and Ridgefield Park Mayor George Fosdick. There are currently 5 million people living with Alzheimer’s and 16 million caregivers in the U.S. People who would still like to support the JCC team can donate at https://bit.ly/2n8mrs1.