Practical Advice for Adults with Aging Relatives
Learn about the resources and tools available to help effectively manage the difficult dynamics often associated with the aging process.
This open Q&A format welcomes those who are currently caregivers to an aging relative or those who want to prepare ahead.
This event is free. A light dinner will be served. RSVP required by Tuesday, November 25. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chris Kaiser, Jewish Family Services, Director of Older Adult Services
Kaiser has been with Jewish Family Services Central for 20 years, starting first as a case manager, then later Assistant Director and supervisor of home care workers. Kaiser currently oversees all of the older adult services, provides task supervision for the social workers and runs intake for the department. She has a Bachelors in Social Work from Stockton State College and ten years experience in mental health case management.
Jewish Family Services
655 Westfield Ave, Elizabeth, NJ 07208
Dr. Michele Morandi, D.O., Center for Hope
With a special interest in Geriatrics, Morandi is board certified in Hospice and Family Practice. She has been in practice since 1995 and spent over ten years as Medical Director for The Center for Hope and Ashbrook Nursing Home. She also is in private practice at Roselle Park Medical Associates
Donna Farrell, Union County Department of Human Services
Farrell has worked with the Union County Department of Human Services, Division on Aging for 25+ years. In that time, Farrell has implemented and promoted many successful outreach programs and educational initiatives and has effectively channeled her focus to advocating for the health and well-being of senior citizens throughout Union County and to facilitate positive outcomes. In her tenure, Farrell has assisted in handling crisis and challenging life situations by responding to inquiries from seniors and caregivers, discussing benefits administration procedures and providing information to groups and individuals through public speaking engagements, home visits and publications. Her vast skill set, developed by her innate passion, commitment and dedication, provides for the necessary support and advocacy the seniors of Union County are seeking.
Union County ADRC
10 Elizabethtown Plaza
Elizabeth, NJ 07207
Toll Free: 888-280-8226
Dale L. Ofei-Ayisi, MA, LCSW, COPSA, Rutgers University BHC
Ofei-Ayisi has over 39 years of post-Masters’ clinical and administrative experience in medical and behavioral health social work, with direct practice expertise in geriatric and dementia care, critical care, rehabilitation, intervention with family caregivers and professional and community health education. She is currently Coordinator of Community Services and Program Supervisor of the E.A.R.S. for Caregivers Program of COPSA Geriatric Services (Rutgers University Behavioral HealthCare), and was recipient of the UBHC “Excellence Award” in July 2005. Ofei-Ayisi has specialized in geriatric assessment and dementia care for the diagnosis and treatment of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias since 1991, including development of psychosocial and educational services for family caregivers. She received a B.A. in Psychology from Bucknell University in 1973 and an M.A. in Social Service Administration from the University of Chicago in 1975. Ofei-Ayisi has been a member of numerous local, county and state advisory committees, including those for the N.J. Division of Aging and Disabled Services (DHHS), the N.J. Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services and National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI-NJ). She is a former member of the Board of Directors for both the Alzheimer’s Association (Greater N.J. Chapter) and Caregiver Volunteers of Central Jersey and was inducted to a three-year term as a Board Member on the State Board of Trustees for NAMI-NJ on June 15, 2013. Since March 2014, she has been a member of the Services Subcommittee for the New Jersey Alzheimer’s Disease Study Commission convened by the Office of the Governor. She was also awarded a 2014 NAMI-NJ Award for Multicultural Program Development for her work with the NAMI-NJ AACT-NOW African American Mental Health Outreach Advisory Committee.
University Behavioral Health Care
Edison Outpatient Services
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
100 Metroplex Drive, Suite 200
Edison, NJ 08817-2665
Linda Ershow-Levenberg, Esq., Fink, Rosner and Ershow-Levenberg, LLC
Ershow-Levenberg is the managing Attorney and Principal of Fink, Rosner and Ershow-Levenberg, LLC. She handles the legal problems of the elderly and of people young and old who have disabilities, by protecting access to government benefits and planning for life-long care with whatever tools may be needed. She joined Stan Fink and Gene Rosner as a partner in 1999. Ershow-Levenberg has been certified in Elder Law (C.E.L.A.)* by the National Elder Law Foundation since 1999, is the past chairman of the New Jersey State Bar Association Elder & Disability Law Section and is a member of the Council of Advanced Practitioners (C.A.P.) of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA). Ershow-Levenberg has been teaching courses on elder and disability law to attorneys, other professionals and the general public since 1997 through a variety of sponsors including the Rutgers Law School Institute for Professional Education (IPE), NJ Institute for Continuing Legal Education (ICLE), the NJ State Bar Foundation and National Business Institute (NBI). Along with practicing law, Ershow-Levenberg is involved in hosting and mentoring Douglass College (Rutgers University) externs annually since 1988. She coached teams for Princeton Moot Court competitions and judges High School Mock Trial Competitions. She is a mentor to members of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA). Ershow-Levenberg earned her Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) from Douglass College (Rutgers University), Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa and her J.D. from Rutgers University Law School-Newark. She and her husband David Levenberg received the YM-YWHA of Union County Community Leadership Award in 2013. They have four children. Ershow-Levenberg also volunteers with the Darfur Refugee Resettlement Project, the YM-YWHA, Jewish Family Services, Temple Beth El Mekor Chayim and NJ-NAELA.
Fink, Rosner and Ershow-Levenberg, LLC
Elder and Disability Law Attorneys
1093 Raritan Road
Clark, NJ 07066