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September Is Healthy Aging Month

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By Helen Varvi, Deputy Director Among other observations, September is also recognized as Healthy Aging Month. It is a national observance created by the Healthy Aging organization designed to bring attention to the importance of healthy lifestyles for all adults, not just senior citizens – whoever they are! The observance began over 25 y...
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The Impact of Social Isolation on Seniors’ Health

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By Helen Varvi, Deputy Director Despite the significant portion of the older adult population that is affected, social isolation and loneliness are serious public health risks that are not taken seriously, especially during COVID-19. Even before the pandemic began, a 2020 report published by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medi...
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MAR
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Let’s Not Forget the Opioid Epidemic

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By Helen Varvi, Deputy Director Talk about keeping multiple balls in the air – in addition to managing the spread of Covid-19, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) continues their work of tracking and identifying trends related to substance misuse.CDC researchers conducted a recent study that tracked prescribing data for patients vi...
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DEC
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Wellspring Hosts 3rd Annual “Prevention Works for Older Adults” Conference

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By: Gina-Marie Miraglia, Preventionist On December 4th, 2019 Wellspring Center for Prevention and the Middlesex County Office on Aging hosted their 3rd Annual "Prevention Works for Older Adults" Conference which focused on 'Managing Pain without Opioids'. Proper pain management poses an obstacle for older adults as there are laps in knowledge on op...
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SEP
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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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AUG
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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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JUN
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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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JUN
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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 LossThe 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 like time...
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JUN
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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 supportOne 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, it’s vital...
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