Seniors Blue Book
The Seniors Blue Book is an excellent source of information for local senior citizens. Our office has free booklets of the Bergen County area Blue Book for anyone who wants them. Booklets are available in the waiting room or upon request from reception as long as supplies last. The link to the local website is below as well, for any patients who prefer online access.
Advance Directive Information
Advance Directive and Healthcare Proxy Information
Advance directives are legal documents that will communicate your end-of-life wishes in the event that you are unable to express your wishes. The advance directive is composed of a living will and a medical/healthcare power of attorney (may also be referred to as healthcare proxy).
National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization
The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization has excellent informational resources regarding Advance Directives and how to go about setting one up. Please visit their website for more information and state-specific advance directive downloads.
Local Support Groups and Meetings
Ridgewood Orthopedic Group is not directly affiliated with any of these programs; we are providing the following links and information as a convenient public service to our patients. The information provided is not intended as a referral to or endorsement of any linked entities.
Diabetes Self-Management Education Program
Sponsored by Valley Home Care, Inc.
Phone: (201) 291-6213. Call for meeting details.
Local Meetings: The Valley Hospital Kraft Center, 15 Essex Rd, Suite 301, Paramus 07652
Support Group for Healing from Complex Illnesses
Hosted by Tracy Hans, MS, LPC, ACS, Licensed Professional Counselor.
Phone: (551) 497-4982. Call for more information.
Meeting Location: Crossroads Center of NJ, 947 Linwood Ave, Suite 2N, Ridgewood, NJ
Trauma and PTSD Support Group
Hosted by Dr. Linda Centeno
Phone: (201) 820-0937. Call for more information.
Weekly Meetings: Tuesdays 7:30-8:30pm at Dr. Centeno’s office, 169 Dayton St., Ridgewood, NJ
Emotional Eaters Support Group
Hosted by Gloria Leder, MSW, LCSW
Phone: (201) 984-1590. Call for more information.
Weekly Meetings: Thursdays 7:30pm at 1156 East Ridgewood Ave, Ridgewood, NJ
Additional Local Support Resources
New Jersey Self-Help Group Clearinghouse
The NJ Self-Help Group Clearinghouse is dedicated to helping people find and form self-help support groups across the state of NJ. The Clearinghouse is a service sponsored by the Mental Health Association in NJ.
Cancer Care – NJ Support Services
Cancer Care leads many support groups for patients and their families. More information is available directly on the website.
Healing Hearts Family Bereavement Camp – Annual retreat for families with children coping with the loss of a loved one from cancer. For more information please contact Claire Grainger at 201-301-6811 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alzheimer’s Support groups
Alzheimer’s and Dementia Hotline: (888) 280-6055
Family Support Group Information: Call (973) 586-4300, or visit this page for current locations and meeting times.
Community Education Programs: Call (888) 280-6055, or visit this page for a calendar of upcoming programs.
Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance – Bergen County
American Parkinson Disease Association – NJ Chapter
Email for current meeting dates/times.
Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation (CCFA) Support Group
Local Meetings: 2nd Wednesday of each month from 7:30-9:00pm at The Valley Hospital Conference Center, 223 North Van Dien Ave, Ridgewood, NJ. Pre-registration required.
Pre-register by calling the NJ Chapter Office at 732-786-9960, Ext. 3.
Group Leader: Debby Adler.
AA - Alcoholics Anonymous
Al-Anon/Alateen of North Jersey
NA – Narcotics Anonymous
Call the helpline or visit the website for up-to-date meeting locations and times.
For many more local support groups and resources please visit the Valley Hospital Support Groups webpage.