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Why Are Senior Adults at a High Risk for Substance Misuse?

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While many might believe substance misuse and addiction is more prevalent in the younger populations, senior adults are also at a high risk for these habits — and for a variety of reasons. From mental health issues like depression and memory impairment to physical health issues like chronic pain and medical conditions, it's often a slippery slope i...
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DEC
10
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Senior Depression: Do You Recognize These 12 Common Signs?

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Detecting depression in older adults can be difficult because symptoms may manifest differently than in younger people. For example, some seniors who are experiencing depression may not display sadness as a major symptom, but rather appear to feel tired more regularly or seem more irritable and grumpier than usual. What makes diagnosing depression ...
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NOV
27
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National Family Caregiver Month

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National Family Caregivers Month – celebrated each November – is a time to recognize the more than 40 million people in the United States who serve as unpaid family caregivers. Each day in homes throughout our nation, Americans with chronic or terminal illnesses, functional impairment, or disabilities receive compassionate care and support from fam...
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SEP
23
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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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AUG
18
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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
06
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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
12
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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
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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