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Wellspring Hosts 3rd Annual “Prevention Works for Older Adults” Conference

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By: Gina-Marie Miraglia, PreventionistOn 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 opi...
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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 for ...
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AUG
04
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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
19
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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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FEB
15
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Playing Jeopardy with Middlesex County Older Adults

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By: Gina-Marie MiragliaWellspring 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 each other for...
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JUN
27
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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 BridgesNo 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 itself stands still...
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JUN
06
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Revolutionary Apps End Loneliness in Recovering Addicts

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By Sally PerkinsEach 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 you take...
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MAR
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Dangers Smoking Poses To Your Brain

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By Sally PerkinsYou 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 Part Of...
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Keep Your House Clean For Improved Health and Wellbeing as a Senior

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By Sally PerkinsThere 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 FallsIf you have clutter on the floors, you could trip on it. This is especially true when visibility is low, or when you are in a rush...
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FEB
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Substance Abuse and Seniors

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By Karli Rymer, Wellspring Center for Prevention internGrowing 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 75 have...
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