Last month I had an invitation to introduce horticultural therapy to members of the United Way of Northern New Jersey Caregivers Coalition. The coalition brings together caregivers, medical professionals, social service agencies, businesses, and other community groups to support unpaid caregivers in Somerset, Morris, Suburban Essex, Sussex and Warren counties.
The 503-members strong coalition in Somerset County provides unpaid family caregivers with education, resources, supports and connections they need in their caregiving role. The purpose of the horticultural therapy program, presented during a meeting at the Jewish Community Center in Bridgewater, was to provide insight about the valuable role it can have in offering an outlet for the incredible demands placed on caregivers. (more…)