#b#Care for Caregivers#/b#

For the past year, I have been helping my mother take care of my grandmother. My tasks include driving her to physical therapy four days a week, picking up her medication and administering them daily. At times the responsibilities become physically and mentally taxing; however, my love for my grandmother outweighs any doubts. When I began interning at AARP, I discovered that my labor bore a title: caregiver.

Like many caregivers, my mother and I received very little advice from the hospital on properly caring for my grandmother after her release, making the road to a quick recovery difficult. When these important, post-discharge conversations do not happen, medically inexperienced caregivers are more likely to make mistakes in managing numerous medications and complicated equipment. AARP has worked hard to improve this communication through the CARE Act. Hospitals must recognize caregivers by recording their information, announcing the patient’s release, and providing care instructions to ensure a safe and speedy recovery.

The CARE Act is one signature away from providing the support and recognition that caregivers need and deserve. Voice your support by contacting Governor Christie to sign the CARE Act.

Taralynn Dorsaint

AARP Intern, Princeton

#b#‘Pink’ Fashion Show: $60K for BCRC#/b#

Breast Cancer Awareness Month was truly launched in style! The 10th annual “In the Pink” Fashion Show, benefiting the Breast Cancer Resource Center (BCRC) at YWCA Princeton, raised over $60,000 to support BCRC’s unique range of free information and support services for local women and families coping with breast cancer. The show highlighted breast cancer survivors and their supporters — spouses, children, doctors, and nurses — all modeling fall and winter fashions provided by event sponsor Lord & Taylor.! Over 382 guests attended the event to show support to BCRC and all of its survivors.

This year, to mark the 10th anniversary, a new initiative called the “Pink Beads Fundraiser” was introduced to draw attention and support for the free bra and prosthesis boutique at BCRC. The fundraiser brought in over $8,000 that will be dedicated to providing specialized bras or prosthesis to a woman after a mastectomy.

Several local and national organizations such as Lord & Taylor, CHEMRES, Hamilton Jewelers, Hopewell Valley Community Bank, University Medical Center at Princeton, Capital Health, Oasis Spa/Just For You Center, Princeton Medial Group, Herspiegel Consulting, and Princeton Radiology joined hands with BCRC and YWCA Princeton and sponsored the event.

In addition, several individuals came in as patrons and others such as DJ Gregg of Ambient DJs, Ernie Esposito, Dee Goldstein of GEM Marketing, Rachel Katz, and Amit Sharma offered their expertise. Numerous volunteers and committee members dedicated their talent.

We want to thank everyone for their role in not only creating awareness about breast cancer, but for helping the BCRC be a warm, welcoming place for a woman diagnosed with breast cancer. The BCRC is located in the Bramwell House on 59 Paul Robeson Place and it is a place that truly exemplifies our mission of “eliminating racism and empowering women.” We welcome everyone, regardless of race, gender, religion, or financial position to come visit us in Princeton and learn more about the BCRC and their services!

Judith Hutton

CEO, YWCA Princeton

Paula Flory

Director, BCRC

#b#Book Sale Bounty#/b#

The Friends of the Princeton Public Library held their annual book sale October 17 to 19. Once again we had a record-breaking sale, thanks to book lovers from near and far. We are grateful to our dedicated volunteers as well as to those who donated books. We are fortunate to have great offerings from this community of readers.

Others provided valuable assistance as well: Witherspoon Grill donated a delicious meal to keep our clean-up crew energized, the Bank of Princeton provided stylish canvas bags for our customers, Johnson Park Elementary School Principal Bob Ginsburg and the Princeton Public Schools lent us tables for the sale, and McCaffrey’s Supermarkets provided paper bags for the Bag Sale.

All profits from the sale (and from our used book store, open daily inside the library entrance) go to support the Library — http://princetonlibrary.org/booksale.

Sherri Garber, Eve Niedergang

Book Sale Co-Chairs

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