Seniors and Caregiver Resources
Community Resources for Seniors
Prescription Drug Take Back Day, April 29th
If you are doing some spring cleaning and want to safely dispose of unused or expired prescription or over the counter medications, please drop them off at the Maplewood Police Headquarters on Saturday, April 29th from 10 AM-2 PM. Click here
for the flyer.
How to Dispose of Medication Syringes
Please refer to the pamphlet from the NJ Department of Health Consumer, Environmental and Occupational Health Service, "Safe Syringe Disposal"
Prescription Drug Drop-Off Locations
See the link to the American Medicine Chest Challenge to find the locations to safely dispose of expired and unused prescription drugs.
American Medicine Chest challenge
Township Adult Health Clinics
All adult residents, ages 18 and over (whether insured, Medicare enrolled or uninsured) are welcome to attend the adult health clinics which are offered two times a month and are free for Maplewood residents. Services provided include: blood pressure screenings, counseling services on medication, blood labs, weight management and nutrition, carotid bruit screening and diabetes risk assessment and health education. Call the Maplewood Health Department at (973) 762-8120 x 4300 for the Nursing Department to schedule an appointment or to get the monthly schedule.
Adult Health Clinic Schedule 2017
Transportation and Township Recreation Activities for Seniors
Please visit the Maplewood Recreation Department's webpage on Senior Programsfor information on transportation via 'Dial-A-Ride' and ShopRite Trips and trips to the mall for seniors. Also check this webpage for recreation activities for seniors, held throughout the year.
File of Life The File of Life is a national service, recognized by all first responders. In the event of an emergency, the File of Life would contain life saving information including the patient's medical conditions, medications, allergies, healthcare provider and insurance and can easily be transported with the patient and alleviate medical questions and uncertainty. This packet is free to all Maplewood residents and can be requested at the Maplewood Health Department.
Essex County Division of Senior Services
The Essex County Division of Senior Services, located at 900 Bloomfield Avenue in Verona, New Jersey is the doorway to programs and services located in the Essex County community where seniors and adults with physical disabilities live. It is the primary center for planning, program development and coordination of services to persons age 60 and over.
Programs offered by the Division of Senior Services include: Adult Protective Services, Assisted Transportation, Caregiver Assistance, Care Management, Certified Home Health Aide, Dental Health Services, Emergency Heating and Cooling Program, Financial Counseling, Friend/Advocate, Grandparent Caregivers, Health Insurance (SHIP), Home Delivered Meals, Home Friend (in-home chore service), Home Modifications (ramps), Legal Services, Respite Services, Residential Repair, NJ State Caregivers Assistance, Nutrition Sites, Jersey Assistance for Community Caregivers, Outreach Programs, Senior Citizen Newspaper- Essex Advisor, Socialization/ Recreation, Telephone Reassurance, Title IIE Family Caregivers Support Services.
Main Office Number: 973-395-8375
Information & Assistance Numbers:
973-395-8365, 973-395-8367, 973-395-8368
The Essex County Division of Senior Services also has a Transportation hotline for Senior Transportation inquiries: 973-618-1280
Essex County Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs
Main Number (973) 268-3500
The Essex County Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs hosts 11 senior citizen social clubs and offers Rhythmatics classes and aquatics exercise classes in various locations, For more information, call (973) 735-6229.
Essex County Office of Housing and Community Development
Main Number: (973) 655-0200
The Office of Housing and Community Development offers a Home Improvement Program in which income-eligible senior citizens can apply for deferred loans to make improvements on heating system, roofing, plumbing, electrical and code violation abatements in their homes.
Aging & Disability Resource Connection (ADRC)
(Also known as NJ EASE: Easy Access, Single Entry)
Toll Free Number 877-222-3737
ADRC provides older adults, adults with disabilities, their families and other concerned individuals with information about and referral or linkage to community services.
Cafe in the Park
Enjoy a meal with other seniors Monday through Friday, 10 am-2 pm, lunch served at 12 noon. Cost: $3.00 suggested donation.
Must be 60 years of age and older and live in Essex County.
This program is sponsored by Chrill Care and funded by the Essex County Division of Senior Services.
Here is a list of Cafe in the Park locations:
- Branch Brook Park, 1 Park Rd. Steven Adubato Sports Complex Building, Newark
- Independence Park, Van Buren St., Newark
- Verona Park Boathouse, B475 Bloomfield Ave./ Lakeview Place, Verona
- Watsessing Park, 29 Conger St., Bloomfield
- Nutley Senior Center, 44 Park Ave. Nutley
- Weequahic Park, 92 Carmichael Drive, Newark
- Bethany baptist Church, 275 West Market St., Newark
For more information or to register, call Chrill Care (973) 744-8103 x244
TRANSPORTATION IS PROVIDED. Call Chrill Care at the phone number listed above.
Senior Resource Guide (Essex, Hudson and Union Counties)
The Senior Resource Guide is an online resource with listings for senior housing, health services, professional services, and community resources serving elderly and senior residents of Essex County.
Family Connections- Senior Connections Program helps older adults living in Essex County to get the services and support they need to maintain their independence and improve their health. Services are provided free of charge and in the home.
Comfort Keepers provides in-home care and is an excellent resource for individuals who who wish to remain in the comfort of their own homes.
Care Patrol helps families find quality and safe independent living, assisted living, and memory care communities. Contact the Senior Care Consultant, Jim Tretola at (908) 377-7702.
SAGE Eldercare in Summit, NJ provide a wide array of information, support, and services designed to help you and your loved ones lead the most independent and active lives possible. Services include: Adult day programs and activities, home care, meals on wheels, medicare counseling and information and referrals.
Seniors In Place Seniors In Place provide a range of services for seniors so that they can live safely and independently in their home or residence. Help is
available anytime, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, hourly or live-in. They provide companion and personal care. (973) 376-1600
Ascend Home Health Care Home health care
provides medical treatment and support services for those recovering from an illness, injury or hospital stay; those who are disabled, chronically ill or terminally ill; those in need of medical, nursing, social, or therapeutic treatment; and/or those in need of assistance with daily living activities. The goal of providing home health services is to help patients recover, regain independence and become as self-sufficient as possible. Ascend Home Care offers health care services such as skilled nursing, home health aides, physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy.
Senior Medicare Patrol
A program through the Jewish Family Services of Middlesex County, the Senior Medicare Patrol educates Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries, family members, and caregivers about preventing, detecting and reporting health care fraud.
Billions of health care dollars are lost each year due to fraud, abuse, and waste.
The SMP staff, along with dedicated volunteers, conduct presentations, distributes information and printed materials at community events such as health fairs, meet one-on-one with beneficiaries to review Medicare Summary Notices, answer questions and concerns, and research suspected cases of fraud, waste and abuse. As a result, SMPs help preserve the integrity of the Medicare and Medicaid programs, as well as help individuals protect their personal identity and prevent them from becoming the victims of a scam.
Atlantic Health System
Atlantic Health System/ Overlook Medical Center Senior Services Resource
Overlook Hospital offers a Geriatric Assessment Center and a Healthy Aging Program. This website also includes a full list of eldercare services and resources.
Barnabas Health Senior Geriatrics webpage
Go to this website to view services as well as to connect with Classes and Events, held at the Barnabas Health campus locations, geared for elderly and senior health and wellness.
Barnabas Health Home Care and Hospice
Connect with the local Visiting Nurse Associations for home care services, the St Barnabas Hospice volunteers, and hospice and home care services.
New Jersey Department of Health Palliative and End of Life Care
Resources available from the New Jersey Department of Health on Advanced Directives, Templates for Advanced Directives and Proxy Directives, Practitioner Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST), Palliative care, and Hospice options.
Informational Resources for Seniors
The website, DrugWatch is an awareness group that aims to educate the public about prescription/ OTC drugs, medical devices, health procedures and the numerous health issues affecting specific populations, including the elderly: www.drugwatch.com/seniors
For the Caregiver
Caregivers of elderly parents or a sick loved one, also need support and respite. Here are some resources for caregivers within the community that are here to help and listen.
United Way Caregivers Coalition
United Way Caregivers Coalition promotes knowledge of and action around caregiving issues to ensure all caregivers identify themselves in this role and have access to the resources, services, education, and other support needed to sustain them as caregivers.
United Way "Pathway for Caregivers" Guide (PDF) * Pathway for Caregivers is a one-of-a-kind resource full of information, advice, and ideas about how to get the support caregivers need for their caregiving journey. It includes separate sections on caring for loved ones who are aging, have disabilities, or mental health issues. There is also information about veterans’ services.
To obtain a printed version of this guide, please call 888.33UWCARES (888.338.9227).
The United Way Caregivers Coalition has a FREE educational video series designed to help caregivers navigate the challenges of caring for a loved on with disabilities, mental illness or issues of aging. Informed Caregiver Video Series.
The United Way Caregivers Coalition meets monthly at various locations throughout five counties. To download their 2017 calendar of meetings, click here
Caregiver Support Groups in Essex County
Alzheimer's Association Caregiver Support Group
Atlantic Health System/ Overlook Medical Center Senior Services, Caregiver Resources
An excellent source for caregivers with a full list of local and accessible resources.
Overlook Medical Center also houses the Thomas Glasser Caregivers Center, the first of its kind in the state of New Jersey, offers a soothing environment where caregivers can relax, receive support and access helpful resources.
Barnabas Health offers a Caregivers Individual Counseling Service.