United Way Conference Offers Caregivers Information, Resources

United Way Caregivers Coalition holds free event in Morris County


MORRIS COUNTY — United Way of Northern New Jersey Caregivers Coalition will hold a Caregivers Conference on Saturday, April 29, from 8:30 a.m. to noon, providing area caregivers with access to information and resources critical to their role of caring for a loved one.

The free conference will provide presentations and resources to help unpaid caregivers who assist loved ones of any age who are ill, frail or living with a disability or mental illness. A complimentary breakfast will be provided.

The 10th annual Caregivers Conference in Morris County will explore topics that provide family caregivers with valuable information from local experts and connections to local resources.

“Caregivers often find themselves in this role without preparation or education and all while juggling their own lives,” 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 to sustain themselves as caregivers.”

During the conference caregivers can attend the following presentations:

  • Have You Updated Your Documents Based Upon the New Estate Taxes?: Robert Bernstein, of the Morristown-based Bernstein Estate Law firm, will discuss how the changes in estate taxes will affect documents such as wills and trusts.
  • Are You Legally Prepared?: Debra Eckert-Casha, partner and attorney-at-law, Casha & Casha, LLC, will speak about the importance of an advanced directive, power of attorney and special needs trusts for loved ones.

The Coalition brings together caregivers, medical professionals, social service agencies, businesses and other community groups to support unpaid caregivers.

Copies of the recently updated United Way Caregivers Coalition’s “Pathways for Caregivers” will also be available. This free guide contains information, ideas and support for providing care for loved ones. There are separate sections on aging, disabilities, and mental health issues, as well as information on veteran services. The guide is also available online by clicking here.

Caregivers are the family members and friends who help their loved ones with a range of tasks from paying bills or driving to doctors, to personal care such as bathing and dressing, to medical care such as administering medication.

In addition, United Way thanks Gold Sponsors Arbor Terrace Morris Plains and Comfort Keepers for helping to make this conference free for caregivers.

Conference space is limited. Register by clicking here.

The event will be held at the Ukrainian American Cultural Center of New Jersey, 60 North Jefferson Road, Whippany.

For more information, email Stephanie.Howland@UnitedWayNNJ.org or call (973) 993-1160, ext. 534.