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. Unless otherwise noted, to register for any of these programs call 1-800-247-9580 Monday through Thursday between 8:30am to 8:00pm and Friday between 8:30am and 4:30pm, or sign-up online at Atlantic Health System’s classes and events registration; all programs are free unless a fee is indicated.

Day of Hope: Living Well with Parkinson’s Disease
Patients, care partners and community members come together to learn about new research and receive inspiration and information on helpful resources.     
Saturday, October 13; 8:30am to 12:45pm
Overlook Medical Center, Bouras Auditorium
For more information and to register, please call 1-800-247-9580.

Bereavement
This five-week group is designed for those who have experienced the recent death of a spouse or partner within the last year.
Tuesdays, October 16 to November 13; 2:00pm
Overlook Medical Center, Caregivers Conference Room
5th Floor, Main Lobby Summit, NJ
For more information or to register, please call 908-522-6347.

Audiology Screenings
Have your hearing tested for free.
Wednesdays, October 17 and November 14; 8:00am to Noon
Atlantic Rehabilitation, 550 Central Avenue, New Providence, NJ
For more information and to register, please call 1-800-247-9580.

Rise and Shine for Breakfast
This grocery store tour will help you understand what makes breakfast the most important meal of the day.
Friday, October 19, 10:00am
ShopRite of Clark, 76 Central Avenue, Clark
For more information or to register, please call 1-844-472-8499.
 
Normal Aging and the Brain
Come learn about the differences between normal aging and symptoms that may need further evaluation.
Tuesday, October 23; 2:00 to 3:00pm
Millburn Library, 120 Glen Avenue, Millburn, NJ
For more information, or to register, please call 1-844-472-8499.
 
Medicare Update 2019
Prepare for the Medicare open enrollment period (October 15 to December 7) by learning about 2019 information updates, proposed payment and policy changes, Medicare Advantage coverage and regulatory changes.
Thursday, October 25; 12:30pm
SAGE Eldercare, 290 Broad Street, Conference Room, Summit, NJ
For more information or to register, please call 1-844-472-8499.
 
World Stroke Day
Keynote speakers and interactive demonstrations will explain stroke symptoms, risk factors and preventative lifestyle changes. Stroke screenings and refreshments will be provided.
Monday, October 29; 8:00 to 11:00am
Overlook Medical Center, Bouras Auditorium
For more information and to register, call 908-522-2842.
 
Healthy Holidays
Go on a tour of a grocery store and learn how to make healthy food choices and control portions during the holidays.
Thursday, November 8, 10:00am
ShopRite of Clark, 76 Central Avenue, Clark, NJ
For more information or to register, please call 1-844-472-8499.


Harmonies      
Join a community choir led by a music therapist that’s designed to improve communication and movement through breathing, singing, rhythm and posture. Family and friends are invited to the final practice.
Fridays through December 14; 12:45 to 2:00pm.
Overlook Medical Center, Bouras Auditorium
For more information and to register, please call 1-800-247-9580.
 
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

 
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 >


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