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September is National Senior Center Month

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September is National Senior Center Month—your opportunity to showcase your senior center and promote a positive image of aging. The 2019 theme is: Senior Centers: The Key to Aging Well! This September, the National Institute of Senior Centers (NISC) is demonstrating how senior centers are integral parts of aging well. Senior centers are the key fo...
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Nutrition Tips For Recovering Substance Users

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Contributed by By Sally Perkins Although often overlooked, nutrition plays a key role in an addict's long term recovery process, according to Today's Dietitian. While teaching about the dangers of substance abuse , recovery specialists should also educate concerned individuals on the use of medical nutrition therapy in helping drug addicts. MNT for...
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WISE Program Implemented in Highland Park

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Over the past 6 weeks, we had the pleasure of participating in the Wellness Initiative for Senior Education (WISE) program at the Highland Park Senior/Youth Center. The WISE program is a wellness and prevention program for older adults, designed to help them celebrate healthy aging, make healthy lifestyle choices. It provides valuable educational s...
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Playing Jeopardy with Middlesex County Older Adults

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By: Gina-Marie Miraglia Wellspring Center for Prevention offers a wide variety of programs and services appropriate for individuals across the lifespan. One of our unique programs, Senior Jeopardy, is a big hit among older adults throughout Middlesex County. This program serves as an interactive and competitively educational game, just like the show! We offer a variety of topics including; Conflict Resolution, Substance Use and Abuse By Older Adults, Nutrition and Healthy Aging, Safe Prescription and OTC Drug Use, Maintaining a Healthy Mind, Healthy Coping, and Taking Control of Your Health. Recently, Wellspring Center for Prevention Preventionists Gina Miraglia and Melisa Damcevska joined the Old Bridge Senior Center and Old Bridge High School seniors for a fun Conflict Resolution Jeopardy game. The ‘Intergenerational Senior Jeopardy’ games take place a few times a year. During these games, we divided the players into two teams of mixed intergenerational seniors then, the teams compete against...
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Helping an Elderly Loved One Handle the Loss of a Spouse: What to Do Before & After the Funeral

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By Hazel Bridges No matter what age you are, losing a spouse is a devastating life-moment. It can be difficult to watch your senior loved one go through this emotional process. Sorting through all the details following a loss can be a long, drawn-out process. Most times, the person is completely drained by the time the funeral begins. Here are some ways that you can be there to support your loved one and help them through this difficult time. What to Do in the Immediate Aftermath of Loss The moments following loss are perhaps the most volatile for your loved one. There’s really no way to predict how they may handle the situation, but you can expect that the loss will deeply and profoundly affect them . Your first priority should always be to make sure they are okay and blanket them with your love and support. Sometimes it can feel...
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Revolutionary Apps End Loneliness in Recovering Addicts

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By Sally Perkins Each year, thousands of recovering addicts return to their old ways. Between 40 and 60% of addicts relapse within a year and too often the reason is due to the individual feeling lonely, according to a study conducted by JAMA. After constant support and interaction with others as they get better, many recovering addicts return to a empty home which can be a difficult situation to come to terms with. Thankfully, revolutionary apps are supporting recovering addicts with their physical health , as well as aiding them as they return to the comfort of their own four walls, but just how can they help those most in need? 24/7 support One of the main methods of preventing a relapse is to avoid the feelings of HALT - Hunger, Anger, Loneliness and Tiredness. Recovering addicts who experience any of these emotions have a significantly higher chance of relapsing, therefore,...
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Dangers Smoking Poses To Your Brain

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By Sally Perkins You regularly hear about how smoking causes cancer, but lesser known facts are just as scary. Smoking deprives the brain of oxygen, which can cause it to function less effectively, leading to a feeling of fuzziness or memory loss. Sadly, many people who stop using drugs or alcohol turn to smoking. Studies have found that the odds of smoking among Americans who have a substance abuse problem are more than five times greater than the average population. People in recovery tend to say that they don’t want to give up smoking because it’s the last vice they have or that it’s better than using illicit substances. But smoking comes with many health dangers. It could also negatively impact people in their recovery, by harming their brain functions. Here’s why having a healthier brain after substance addiction requires quitting cigarettes once and for all. Smoking Fires Up The Same...
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A Few Sweet Ways Dogs Can Improve the Lives of Seniors

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By Hazel Bridges For thousands of years, dogs have been our protectors and companions, but can owning a dog have even more benefits for seniors? Aside from the constant kisses and nonstop tail wagging, dogs can make late life more enjoyable in so many amazing ways. Here are four proven benefits for seniors who decide pet ownership is right for them. Animals Boost Your Mood and Mental Health One of the most positive impacts pets can have on the life of seniors is the improvement in mental health. Many seniors, and others, who struggle with depression and other mental health issues find solace in having an animal in their life, and the science is there to back them up. Animals can provide much-needed social support for seniors who may be missing connections with friends and family who are gone or far away, which in turn relieves anxiety and loneliness that can...
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Keep Your House Clean For Improved Health and Wellbeing as a Senior

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By Sally Perkins There are 5.5 million seniors in the US that are over the age of 85, making this the fastest growing age group in the US. As seniors age, mobility tends to decline, and tasks like cleaning are challenging. Furthermore, despite being just 13% of the population, seniors are prescribed a third of all medications. This access to heavy medication combined with social isolation can be a toxic mix which may cause addictions to alcohol as well as prescription and recreational drugs. Many of the problems associated with addiction can be dealt with by keeping the house clean. This may mean modifying the routine to make it manageable. Here are four reasons to keep a clean house as a senior. Reduce the Risk of Falls If you have clutter on the floors, you could trip on it. This is especially true when visibility is low, or when you are...
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MAR
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Alcohol Can Make You Tipsy – In More Ways Than One

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By Helen Varvi, Deputy Director Alcoholism is a disease characterized by a dependency on alcohol. Since alcohol affects almost every organ in the body, chronic heavy drinking is associated with many serious health problems, including pancreatitis, liver disease, heart disease, cancer, and osteoporosis. A fact that is important for older adults to know. Osteoporosis is often known as a silent disease that has its start early in life, and progresses relatively unnoticed and without major symptoms for most of one’s life. . For this reason, it has been called “a pediatric disease with geriatric consequences,” because building healthy bones in one’s youth is important to help prevent osteoporosis and bone problems, including fractures, later in life. Alcohol negatively impacts bone health for several reasons: Excessive alcohol use interferes with the balance of calcium, which is essential for bone health It also increases certain hormone levels, which in turn reduces the body’s...
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