Is it OK for Seniors to Venture Into Public Settings, Events and Gatherings?

Guest Blogger: ​Howard R. Seidman Restrictions for COVID-19 isolation have eased somewhat in New Jersey. It is the only U.S. state reporting two straight weeks of drops in new cases. Encouraging news, but if you are a senior or take care of one, should you resume venturing into public settings or gatherings of any size? The Center for Disease Control and Prevention […]


Medicare Advantage Open Enrollment Period Ends March 31st-What you need to know.

You may have heard of Medicare Open Enrollment that begins on October 15th and ends on December 7th that allows you to make changes for the following year. There is another “Open Enrollment” period for you to be aware of. The Medicare Advantage Open Enrollment Period (MA OEP) is from January 1st to March 31st […]


Six Things to Look for When Visiting Your Aging Loved One This Season

Sometimes we don’t see our parents or aging loved ones as much as we would like. Life gets in the way and our responsibilities pull us in many directions. We speak to mom or dad on the phone and they tell us everything is just fine. But is it? With the holidays here, take note […]

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CCNJ Asks What Are You Grateful For?

This is the season where we will reflect on for what we are thankful. Research shows that we should be in touch with our gratitude even when the leaves aren’t changing or when the air is crisp. So many studies have been done to show the benefits of feeling grateful. Sometimes all it takes to […]


Caring Connections of New Jersey is now a 501(c)(3)!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 14, 2019 Caring Connections of New Jersey, Inc. 501(c)(3) Public Charity Hamilton, NJ – Caring Connections of New Jersey is proud to announce it is now officially a public charity with tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)(3) of the United States Internal Revenue Code. Contributions donated to Caring Connections of New Jersey […]


Grieving the Living

Grief is described as deep sorrow, usually after someone dies. We’ve all lost loved ones at one point or another and the stages of emotions that people go through when grieving are those of denial, anger, guilt, depression and acceptance. These are not necessarily in order and may repeat during the bereavement process. What should […]


August is Wellness Month

August is Wellness Month and August 15th is Relaxation Day. Every day should be thought of as “Wellness Day”, but the truth is that caregivers rarely put themselves first. Sometimes our lives are so busy that we simply feel there is no time for extra steps for our own wellness. Perhaps you are someone who […]


Senior Bullying is More Common Than You Think

When we think of bullying, many times we think of adolescents in middle school and high school. These “Mean Girls” or bullies make life impossible for the victim. There is another demographic that we need to bring attention to in this day and age which it may come to a surprise to you.Bullying is defined […]


May is Older Americans Month-Connect with CCNJ and Your Community!

May is Older Americans Month Every May, the Administration for Community Living leads our nation’s observance of Older Americans Month. This year the 2019 theme is Connect, Create, Contribute so we are encouraging older adults in New Jersey to: Connect with friends, family, and services that support participation. This will help you stay active in your community. […]

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Grey Market Risks and How They Will Impact You and Your Family

According to The Institute on Aging, in the year 1900 only 100,000 Americans reached the age of 85. By 2050, the 85+ year-old age group will reach 19 million, which is 5 percent of the total population. These numbers are scary when you look at the amount of qualified individuals there are to care for […]

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Bash on the Beach Sponsorship Deals

We’re so stoked for the 2019 CCNJ Bash on the Beach! It’s going to be a great event! In preparation for the Bash, we’re offering discounts on membership and sponsorship in conjunction with the Bash. Become a CCNJ Member! Your membership to CCNJ counts as a sponsorship because it makes it possible for us to […]

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What is Your Definition of a Family Caregiver?

Nick was my father’s first cousin and he was kind and he was generous. He would come to my grandmother’s house (his Aunt Laura) in Brooklyn on Sundays when we went to visit. Sometimes his parents would come visit as well. We saw him when we were small through our late teens and maybe even […]

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Buckingham Place Adult Day Center and Home Care Services

Buckingham Adult Day Center Offers: Socialization, Group Activities, Hot meals, music, Alzheimer’s programs, onsite RN, open Monday through Friday 9am-4:30pm. Buckingham Home Health Care Offers: Home health aides assisting with personal care, transportation, shopping, errands and more. Clients are given the opportunity to meet and interview the assigned aide to ensure a comfort level prior […]


Loving Someone with Alzheimer’s Disease

Valentine’s Day is a little over a month away and I am lucky enough to be surrounded by so much love in my life. Love from my husband and children, other family members, my friends, even my colleagues. Traditional spouses are planning to buy chocolate and flowers for their loves for Valentine’s Day. More modern […]


Can Social Situations Effect the Way You Age?

Social situations vary from family to family. These situations can contribute to the social, physical and psychological issues in aging adults and ultimately lead to serious health problems if they are not addressed. Some things that can directly impact the physical and mental health of seniors are as follows: The loss of a spouse-When a […]

Simplify What it is to Be Thankful-A Five Year Old’s View

Gratitude is something that I practice on a regular basis and something that I try to share with the people I’m closest to as well as the seniors that I educate. It’s so easy to let a bad day take us over to the point where we may feel very little gratitude. I lived my […]

Never Give Personal Information to Get Personal Information.

When I was a caregiver for my mother, I juggled a full-time job, two children, a relationship, and trying to be the best caregiver I could be. When the time came that I needed help, I would hop on the computer at night and Google information. This was a daunting task. Primarily because not all […]

YOU Can Help Raise Awareness of the Power of Music in Those with Dementia.

When you hear the song You Are My Sunshine, does it make you think of a family member? A resident? A patient? Does it bring up a childhood memory? A memory of your own children, perhaps? You Are My Sunshine is a song that my grandmother sang to my mother. My mother sang to me […]

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Goodwill Medical Request-Can you assist?

PLEASE HELP! Goodwill Home Medical is in need of Fully Electric and Semi Electric Hospital Beds at this time. We have a large number of orders to fill and not enough beds at this time. We will pick up the beds all you need is call our store to schedule, 609-396-1513. Please check with home […]

More Sponsorship Information

Thank you to all of those who have already sponsored or who have inquired about sponsoring the Harvest Bash to gain access to the professional portal of the website through 2019 and tickets to the Bash! Sponsorship is now open and there are many ways that you can be a part of our history. Sponsor […]

The Clare Estate

The Clare Estate Assisted Living Community in Bordentown, New Jersey, is a truly unique and luxurious senior residential community cloistered peacefully amid 10 acres of fully restored and modernized historic buildings, towering trees, natural spaces, and gardened lawns that offers a grand and historic estate setting found in few other senior communities.

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A Special Thank You

I have to take a moment to thank some folks. Starting with two very special people who have helped this vision come to life. Linda Mundie of the Gardens at Monroe and Cris Brown of Imperial Healthcare have been the sounding boards to all of my madness, talked me off of ledges, and spent many […]

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The Effects of Music on Those with Dementia

Can you remember your first boyfriend or girlfriend? Do you remember what “Your Song” was? When you hear that song come on the radio, do you automatically think of that person or that time in your life? These long-term memories will stay with us throughout our lives. For those with dementia, these memories are so […]

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A Message from Sheli

Back in 2011, I realized there had to be a better way to network with professionals than what I saw. I always found that helping other professionals gave me the most reward, be it through reciprocal business or introducing someone to another professional. I wanted to give back to the people in the Senior Healthcare […]