By: Gina-Marie Miraglia
This summer, the Piscataway Senior Center hosted the Wellness Initiative for Senior Education program (WISE). It was delivered by Wellspring Center for Prevention’s Preventionists Helen Varvi and Gina-Marie Miraglia. The WISE program met once a week for six weeks and is designed to celebrate healthy aging, healthy lifestyle choices, and avoiding substance abuse through drug education.
Our group of friends really valued their time together. Each lessons covered important and relevant information such as: understanding changes with aging, valuing cultural diversity, safe medication use, and how to enhance one’s quality of life.
Within our lessons the senior adults made posters, role played, and participated in fun games; making the WISE program well-received and an enjoyable way to spend a part of the day.
Even though our lessons were educational, we all bonded with one another through sharing personal experiences, smiles, and laughter. This is a group of friends that will be missed! We look forward to meeting new participants in future rounds of WISE throughout the county and always hope to bump into our ‘wiser’ graduates too!
SO)me of the attendee comments about the program included:
“[This program] gives a positive view on aging.”
“[I learned] that we’re all humans with differences and similarities so we [should] respect everyone for who they are.”
“The information about alcohol and medicine abuse [was] very helpful.”
“I want to tell others to please attend this [program].”