Elder Care Expo at RVCC to Offer Information, Resources for Caregivers, Seniors

Raritan Valley Community College will host an Elder Care Expo, a free community event for family care givers and seniors, on Saturday, April 2, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the College’s Branchburg Campus. The Expo will include workshops, health screenings and information tables to provide community members with a variety of information and valuable resources. Workshops will focus on such topics as: resources to help seniors stay at home; living wills; Medicare and Medicaid; Department of Aging and Disability Services resources; nutrition/healthy cooking demonstration; support for the caregiver; estate planning and wills; and memory loss, Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Free diabetes, hearing and blood pressure screenings also will be available. The Expo will feature keynote speaker Jane Gross, a former New York Times reporter and author of A Bittersweet Season: Caring for Our Aging Parents – and Ourselves (Knopf, 2011). Jane Gross has written extensively about all aspects of aging including public health policy, long-term care, Medicare and caregiving. As a New York Times correspondent she spent 30 years covering a wide variety of subjects— from sports, to autism, to aging, to major earthquakes and wild fires in California. She is creator of the “New Old Age” blog, now defunct, at the Times, about the intersection of adult children and their aging parents. Prior to joining the Times, Gross worked for Long Island Newsday and Sports Illustrated magazine. The program also will include an address by featured speaker Dr. Seshadri Chakravarthi, geriatrician for The Hunterdon Center for Healthy Aging in Flemington. Dr. Chakravarthi has been in practice for 36 years. He received his medical degree from Mysore Medical College. Gold sponsors for the Expo include Hunterdon Healthcare, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset, Wegmans, and TD Bank. Other major sponsors include Shanahan & Voigt LLC and PNC Institutional Asset Management. A box lunch will be provided for participants. To register for the Expo or for additional information, visit www.raritanval.edu/eldercare or call 908-526-1200, ext. 8941. Raritan Valley Community College’s main campus is located at 118 Lamington Road in Branchburg, NJ. Serving Somerset and Hunterdon County residents for close to 50 years, RVCC is an educational and cultural center that is nationally recognized for its innovative programming, service to the community and environmental leadership. The College offers more than 90 associate degrees and certificates, as well as career training, professional development and personal enrichment courses. The College also has a performing arts center and planetarium. RVCC is committed to offering a quality and affordable education through effective teaching, liaisons with the community’s businesses and state-of-the-art technology. For further information, visit www.raritanval.edu