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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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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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Substance Abuse and Seniors

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By Karli Rymer, Wellspring Center for Prevention intern Growing older brings on many changes in life. This includes changes in health, lifestyle, family obligations, work roles, and sources of support. These changes the elderly face are accompanied by physical pain, stress, loneliness, and loss of mobility. It is no wonder why elderly people may turn to alcohol and drugs in later life. The very real struggles of aging may impel seniors towards substance abuse or exacerbate a problem that has been developing for years. In fact, there are 2.5 million older adults with an alcohol or drug problem. The severity of the substance abuse and elderly issue rests in some staggering statistics. Approximately 14% of elderly emergency hospital admissions are a result of alcohol or drug problems as well as 20% of elderly psychiatric hospital admissions. Almost 50% of nursing home residents have alcohol related problems. Widowers over the age of...
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Drug Abuse in Seniors: How To Spot The Warning Signs

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By Hazel Bridges With the widespread opioid addiction crisis over the last decade, Americans have seen more and more seniors fall prey to drug abuse. While it can start for many different reasons, it can be extremely dangerous and difficult for the senior population to recover from substance abuse, and unfortunately misuse of prescription drugs by seniors is estimated to grow exponentially by 2020 --a 100% jump from 2001, according to DrugRehab.org . Often, seniors who don’t have sufficient health insurance coverage and are on a tight budget will resort to using medication meant for someone else, or they will self-medicate with over-the-counter drugs or alcohol. They may use these substances to numb the pain or to cope with loneliness, grief, or isolation, all of which affect many seniors even when they have loving family members around them. This use of substances can be dangerous or even deadly to a senior...
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