Seniors' Health

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Seniors' Health Programs and Screenings
 


Education and prevention can keep you and your loved ones healthy. We invite you to take advantage of the programs, support groups and screenings available. Adults 65 and older who are looking to stay well with age may benefit from events labeled “New Vitality.”

New Vitality: Introduction to Zumba® Gold
Modified, low-intensity Zumba movements focus on balance and range of motion. This class is designed for older adults.
Fee: $48 for all eight weeks
Tuesdays, February 5 to March 26; 11:30am to 12:15pm
Susie Karlick’s Dance Sensation, 1049 Stuyvesant Avenue, Union, NJ
For more information, or to register, call 1-844-472-8499.
 
New Vitality: Introduction to T’ai Chi Chih®
Learn simple, non-martial movements that are slow, gentle and can be done by anyone regardless of age or physical condition. This class is designed for older adults.
Fee: $40 for all eight weeks
Thursdays, February 7 to March 28; 1:00 to 2:00pm
Summit YMCA, 67 Maple Street, Summit, NJ
For more information, or to register, call 1-844-472-8499.
 
Healing Arts for the Caregiver
Music and art workshops offer communal peer support and a creative outlet to help reduce stress.
Tuesdays, 2:00pm
Overlook Medical Center, Thomas Glasser Caregivers Center, 5th floor Lobby
 
Qigong for Family Caregivers
Anyone providing care for a family member of friend is invited to learn this ancient Chinese practice, which uses gentle movement, breath and meditation to reduce stress and improve emotional and physical health.
Tuesdays, 1:00pm
Overlook Medical Center, Thomas Glasser Caregivers Center, 5th floor Lobby
 
New Vitality: A Heart-Healthy Diet
Hear from a registered dietitian about delicious foods and diets that promote heart health.
Wednesday, February 13; 1:30 to 2:30pm
The Gateway Family YMCA, Wellness Center Branch, 1000 Galloping Hill Road, Union, NJ
For more information or to register, call 1-844-472-8499.
 
Colon Health Awareness
March is Colon Health Awareness Month. Learn how to prevent colon cancer and save lives; body mass index and glucose screenings will be provided.
           
  • Friday, March 1; 10:30am to 12:30pm
    Livingston Community Center, 204 Hillside Avenue, Livingston, NJ

     
  • Tuesday, March 5; 11:00am to 1:00pm
    Vita Gallo, 12 Chestnut St, Summit, NJ

     
  • Tuesday, March 5; 11:00am to 1:00pm
    Shoprite of Clark, 76 Central Avenue, Clark, NJ

     
  • Wednesday, March 6; Noon to 2:00pm
    Vita Gallo, 12 Chestnut Street, Summit, NJ

     
  • Thursday, March 7; 10:00am to Noon
    Westfield YMCA, 220 Clark Street, Westfield, NJ

     
  • Tuesday, March 12; 10:00am to Noon
    Gateway Union YMCA, 1000 Galloping Hill Road, Union, NJ

     
  • Tuesday, March 12; 10:00am to Noon
    YMCA of Fanwood-Scotch Plains, 1340 Martine Avenue, Scotch Plains, NJ
New Vitality: The Path the Better Health
This four-part series, designed for older adults struggling with chronic illness, provides support and education on different aspects of disease and life management. Participants must attend all sessions.
Tuesdays, March 5 to 26; 10:00 to 11:30am
Overlook Medical Center – Union Campus, Emergency Department Conference Room
1000 Galloping Hill Road, Union, NJ
For information and to register, call 1-844-472-8499.
 
New Vitality: Rhythm and Mood
Learn how music can affect both mental and physical health.
Friday, March 8; 11:30am to 12:30pm
Bauer Community Center, 100 Main Street, Millburn, NJ
For information and to register, call 1-844-472-8499.
 
New Vitality: Fabulous Fibrous Foods
Learn the importance of fiber and how to add more of it to your diet.
Tuesday, March 12; 1:00 to 2:00pm
Overlook Medical Center – Union Campus, Emergency Department Conference Room
1000 Galloping Hill Road, Union, NJ
Presenter: Megan Hewitt, RD, ShopRite of Union
For more information or to register, call 1-844-472-8499.
 
Bone Density Screenings for Women
Find out if you are at risk for developing osteoporosis with a noninvasive ultrasound that provides immediate results. Counseling and educational materials also are provided. Registration is required.
Fee: $10
Mondays; 10:00am to 1:00pm
Overlook Downtown, 357 Springfield Avenue, Summit, NJ
 
Connecting Caregivers
Caregivers can receive mutual support and encouragement.
Thomas Glasser Caregivers Center at Overlook Medical Center.
For more information and meeting dates, call 908-522-6347.
 
Alzheimer’s New Jersey Caregiver Support Group
Caregivers of adults with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementia-related disorders can receive mutual support and education.
Fourth Thursday of every month; 7:00 to 8:30pm
Overlook Medical Center, 5th Floor, Conference Room 3
For more information and to register, please call 973-845-6777.
*Meets on the Third Thursday of the month in November and December.
 
Lifestyle Change Program
We all know that a healthy lifestyle will help you feel and look your best. In this 12-week program, you’ll learn how to reach and maintain all of your fitness, weight and wellness goals using supervised exercises, stress management and the nutrition plan of renowned physician Joel Fuhrman, MD.
Fee: $775 ($400 deposit required)
Mondays and Wednesdays; 10:00am to Noon, 11:00am to 1:00pm, 5:00 to 7:00pm or 6:00 to 8:00pm
Chambers Center for Well Being, 435 South Street, Morristown, NJ
For more information and a schedule, please call 973-971-4890.
 
Senior Supper Club
Seniors can enjoy a discounted three-course dinner with beverage at the Summit Grille. Parking is free.
Fee: $5
Every Thursday, 4:30 to 6:30pm
Overlook Medical Center, Fourth Floor, Summit Grille
To obtain a membership card, please call 908-522-2963.
 
Wellness and Support Program for Alzheimer’s Disease
This program offers Alzheimer’s disease patients and their families educational seminars, healing arts programs, and counseling and therapy services.
For more about upcoming program dates, please call 908-522-5901.
 
AlterG Anti-Gravity Treadmill® Trial
The anti-gravity treadmill allows you to exercise weightlessly, reducing stress on your legs. This can benefit athletes recovering from an injury or patients with pain that limits their movements.
Atlantic Rehabilitation, 550 Central Avenue, New Providence, NJ
For more information and to schedule a free trial, please call 908-522-2215.
 
Balance Screening
If you have fallen in the last six months or lose your balance often, receive a simple test to determine if therapeutic or medical treatment is necessary.
Overlook Medical Center, Rehabilitation Department, First Floor
For more information and to schedule an appointment, please call 908-522-2215.
 
Substance Abuse Family Support Group
Participants will learn ways to cope with substance abusing family members. No registration is required.
Tuesdays; 6:30 to 8:00pm
Atlantic Behavioral Health Outpatient, 46-48 Beauvoir Avenue, Summit, NJ
For more information, please call 908-522-4800.
 
Caregiver Support Group for Men
This support group is designed specifically for male caregivers to discuss the challenges they face. Guest speakers will be invited throughout the year.
First Thursday of every month; 7:00 to 9:00pm
95 Madison Avenue, Suite B-06, Morristown, NJ
Sponsor: Alzheimer’s Association
For more information and to register, please call 908-665-1613.

 
Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Courses
Atlantic Training Center offers American Heart Association CPR and first aid training courses.
Learn more and register >


Seniors' Health Articles 

'Meaningful' Activities May Mean Healthier Old Age

MONDAY, Jan. 7, 2019 -- Older adults who find meaning in their daily activities may remain in better health as they age, a new study suggests.

Researchers found that when middle-aged and older adults felt their days held meaningful activities, they tended to report better health and well-being four years later.

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Many Middle-Aged Americans Worried About Health Insurance: Poll

THURSDAY, Jan. 3, 2019 -- Many middle-aged folks nearing retirement have serious concerns about their health insurance coverage, a new survey shows.

Nearly half of people aged 50 to 64 say they have little or no confidence they'll be able to afford health coverage once they retire, according to findings from the National Poll on Healthy Aging.

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