Toms River Doctor wins Humanitarian of the Year Award
Ocean County –Dr. Joel S. Ross, President and Founder of Memory Enhancement Center of America, Inc., with offices in Toms River and Eatontown, has been named the “Alzheimer’s Respite Care Program (ARCP) 2011 Humanitarian of the Year” by Caregiver Volunteers of Central Jersey (CVCJ). The honor will be given at the Annual ARCP Volunteer Recognition Brunch, December 1st at Harrogate LifeCare, 400 Locust Street, Lakewood.
Dr. Ross, MD, FACP, AGSF, CMD, is a recognized leader in providing comprehensive care for the patient with Alzheimer’s disease and other illnesses associated with memory loss. The Memory Enhancement Center conducts research on the effectiveness of investigational medications that may alleviate the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease and slow its progression. His work with the CVCJ clients have included surveys of family caregivers, measuring stress and anxiety behaviors at intake and at three-month subsequent sessions once clients begin receiving CVCJ services. The resulting research will be invaluable supporting documentation as CVCJ moves forward in seeking funding from private foundations and government sources to enhance and extend its program for Ocean County residents.
The ARCP Humanitarian Award was created in 2003 to recognize individuals for their devotion and dedication to the elderly residents of Ocean County, especially those with Alzheimer’s disease and related memory loss. Previous recipients of the award include: Donna Palmer, Wall Township, for her years of service to heighten the visibility and availability of ARCP and CVCJ services to seniors and their families; James Stoever, Brick Township, founder of the ARCP Motorcycle Run and Walk; D. Jane Maloney, Director of Ocean County Office of Senior Services; Sgt. Cynthia Boyd, Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office; and Robert C. Novy, Esq., Novy & Associates, Manchester.
CVCJ is a non-profit interfaith agency whose mission is to assist the frail and homebound elderly with everyday tasks enabling them to remain independent in their own homes. All services provided are free. Over 1,000 volunteers assist more than 2,000 senior citizens each month with transportation to medical appointments, grocery shopping, and relief for Alzheimer’s disease and dementia caregivers, reassuring telephone calls, and friendly/pet visits. CVCJ has offices in both Toms River and Whiting. For more information and to learn about volunteer opportunities, call Mary O. Malagiere, 732-505-2273, ext 211; email: email@example.com or visit www.cargivervolunteers.org
Photo caption: Dr. Joel S. Ross, MD FACP, AGSF, CMD, named the “2011 Humanitarian of the Year” by the Alzheimer Respite Care Program of Caregiver Volunteers of Central Jersey.