The Ocean County Caregivers Coalition (OCCC), an initiative facilitated by Caregivers of NJ (CNJ), held its Annual Family Caregivers Appreciation Day Event on Wednesday, September 25th at the Marquee Movie Theater in Toms River. The free event featured exhibitors, short film screenings, health screenings, massage therapy, raffle prizes, adult daycare respite and lunch. This year’s sponsors included Marquee Movie Theater, Saladworks of Toms River, and Regency Adult Daycare Center. Film screenings made possible by Sam Spencer, a film editor from Rutgers University, and Steve Besserman, founder of AriJoe Productions. The annual event is geared to support and advocate for countywide caregivers in the aging, disability, mental health and chronic illness communities.

Special guest included a representative from Congressman Andy Kim’s Office, presenting a Certificate of Congressional Recognition to CNJ in appreciation for the support, education, and resources provided to caregivers to enhance their lives and to ease their caregiving journeys.

Caregivers of NJ is an affiliate of The Family Resource Network, which advocates for the 40 million caregivers nationwide by hosting the National Caregivers Conference. The 2020 National Caregivers Conference will be hosted on Oct. 15-16, 2020, at the Wyndham Philadelphia Historic District Hotel in Philadelphia, PA. For more information about the National Caregivers Conference, call for proposals, and registration, please visit, www.nationalcaregiversconference.org.

For further information about the Ocean County Caregivers Coalition, please contact Renata Svincicka of CNJ at (609) 392-4900, ext 403 or visit www.njcaregivers.org.

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