Seniors' Health

Adults 65 and older are the fastest growing age group in America. With this trend comes an increased demand for quality geriatric care that Morristown Medical Center is fully prepared to meet. We recently became one of only two hospitals in the state to earn the American College of Surgeon’s Level 2 Geriatric Emergency Department Accreditation (GEDA) for providing excellent care to older adults. Our emergency department has a variety of senior-friendly features, including physicians and nurses with specialized geriatric training, programs that reduce delirium and easy access to canes and walkers.
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Seniors' Health Programs and Screenings

Education and prevention can keep you and your loved ones healthy. We invite you to take advantage of the programs, support groups and screenings available. Adults 65 and older who are looking to stay well with age may benefit from events labeled “New Vitality.”

 
Walk & Talk: Stress through the Life Span     
Walk with behavioral health professionals while having a conversation about how stress affects us throughout the different stages of life.
Friday, April 5; 8:30am
Rockaway Townsquare Mall, Food Court
301 Mount Hope Avenue, Rockaway, NJ
Presenters: Rainnier Centeno, PhD, LPC and Brooke Donald, PsyD
For more information and to register, call 1-800-247-9580.
 
Hot Flash: Menopause and You
Medical experts will discuss how to cope with menopause-related changes to your bones, hair, skin and heart.
Saturday, April 6; 9:00am to 12:00 noon
Morristown Medical Center Health Pavilion
333 Mount Hope Avenue, Third Floor, Rockaway, NJ
For more information and to register, call 800-247-9580.
 
New Vitality: Tea & Talk – My Aching Back
Enjoy tea or coffee while learning how to strengthen your back and reduce pain.
Thursday, April 11; 10:15 to 11:15am
Randolph YMCA, 14 Dover Chester Road, Randolph, NJ
For information and to register, call 1-844-472-8499.
 
New Vitality: The Art of Origami
Discover how the ancient art of paper folding can be therapeutic. Now previous experience is needed.
Friday, April 12; 1:30 to 3:00pm
Morristown Medical Center Health Pavilion
333 Mount Hope Avenue, 3rd Floor Community Room, Rockaway, NJ
For more information and to register, call 1-800-247-9580.
 
New Vitality: Gentle Yoga
Older adults will learn how to perform yoga while standing or sitting in a chair.
Fee: $45 for all nine weeks
Wednesdays, April 17 to June 26; 10:30 to 11:30am
(No class May 8 and June 12)
Morristown Medical Center Health Pavilion
333 Mount Hope Avenue, 3rd Floor Community Room, Rockaway, NJ
For more information and to register, call 1-844-472-8499.
 
New Vitality: The Power to End Stroke
Learn about strokes and how to reduce your risk of having one.
Tuesday, April 23; 6:00 to 7:00pm
Lakeland Hills Family YMCA, 100 Fanny Road, Mountain Lakes, NJ
For information and to register, call 1-844-472-8499.
 
Your Kidneys and You
A nephrologist will discuss how you can improve the health of your kidneys.
Tuesday, April 23; Noon to 1:00pm
Morristown Medical Center Health Pavilion
333 Mount Hope Avenue, 3rd Floor Community Room, Rockaway, NJ
Presenter: Shivangi K. Patel, MD
For more information and to register, call 1-800-247-9580.
 
New Vitality: Lite & Fit
Get in shape using light strength training exercises. Please bring your own handheld weights.
Fee: $45 for all nine weeks
Thursdays, April 25 to June 20, 10:00 to 11:00am
Municipal Complex, 50 Woodland Avenue, Morris Township, NJ
For more information and to register, call 1-844-472-8499.
 
New Vitality: Line Dancing
Dance your way to increased stamina, flexibility, balance and fitness.
Fee: $30 for all six weeks
Fridays, April 26 to June 7; 2:00 to 3:00pm
(No class May 10)
Morristown Medical Center Health Pavilion
333 Mount Hope Avenue, 3rd Floor Community Room, Rockaway, NJ
For more information and to register, call 1-844-472-8499.
 
New Vitality: The Path to Better Health
This four-part series, designed for older adults struggling with chronic illness, provides support and education on different aspects of disease and life management. Participants must attend all sessions.
Mondays, April 29 to May 20; 2:00 to 3:30pm
Morristown Medical Center Outpatient Medicine
435 South Street, Third Floor Conference Room, Morristown, NJ
For information and to register, call 1-844-472-8499.
 
New Vitality: Introduction to Intermediate Yoga
This class is intended for those who are comfortable with both mat and standing yoga poses. Please bring your own mat.
Fee: $30 for all six weeks
Wednesdays, May 1 to June 19; 12:30 to 1:30pm
(No class May 8 and June 12)
Morristown Medical Center Health Pavilion
333 Mount Hope Avenue, 3rd Floor Community Room, Rockaway, NJ
For more information and to register, call 1-844-472-8499.
 
11th Annual Great Conversations
Meet prominent individuals in all areas of industry – business, health care, arts, etc. –  and discuss the topics that interest you most over dinner.
Wednesday, May 1; 5:15 to 9:30pm
Birchwood Manor, 11 North Jefferson Road, Whippany, NJ
Presenter: Eric D. Whitman, MD
Sponsor: Morris Arts
For more information, please call 973-285-5115 or visit morrisarts.org.
 
New Vitality: Good Bones
Celebrate Osteoporosis Awareness Month this May by learning how you can improve your bone health.
Tuesday, May 14; 1:00 to 2:00pm
Morristown Medical Center Health Pavilion
333 Mount Hope Avenue, 3rd Floor Community Room, Rockaway, NJ
For information and to register, call 1-844-472-8499.
 
Caregiver Cafe
Caregivers gather to unwind and connect with each other in a cozy environment.
Tuesday, June 11; 6:00 to 8:00pm
Morristown Medical Center Health Pavilion
333 Mount Hope Avenue, Third Floor, Rockaway, NJ
Sponsor: United Way Caregivers Coalition
For more information and to register, please call 973-993-1160, ext. 534.
 
Thrive: ICU Survivors Peer Support Group
Survivors of critical illness can connect with others who are experiencing similar challenges during their recovery. This group is led by a clinical social worker; adult caregivers and family members are welcome to attend.
Wednesdays, 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Morristown Medical Center Outpatient Medicine
435 South Street, 3rd Floor Conference Room, Morristown, NJ
For more information and to register, please call 973-971-5699.
 
Young Onset Alzheimer’s Disease Support Group
Alzheimer’s disease patients who were diagnosed at age 65 or younger can receive mutual encouragement and support.
First Saturday of every month, 9:30 to 10:30am
Morristown Medical Center Outpatient Medicine
435 South Street, 3rd Floor Conference Room, Morristown, NJ
For more information and to register, please call 973-580-0697.
 
Smoking Cessation
Receive the support and guidance needed to quit smoking in six weeks. This group is free and open to all adults in the community, but registration and a smoking assessment are required to participate.
Carol G. Simon Cancer Center, Radiation Conference Room
For class dates and to register, please call 973-971-7971 or 973-971-5781.
 
Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support Group
Caregivers and family members of Alzheimer’s disease patients can receive emotional support and the education necessary to understand dementia.
Last Thursday of every month, 1:00 to 2:30pm
For more information and to register, please call 973-765-9050.
 
Overeaters Anonymous
This group meets weekly to offer physical, emotional and spiritual recovery for those who suffer from compulsive eating.
Mondays, 7:00 to 8:00pm
Morristown Medical Center Outpatient Medicine
435 South Street, Third Floor Conference Room, Morristown, NJ
For more information, please call 973-960-1564.
  
Better Breathers Club
Learn techniques to manage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), asthma and other breathing-related issues better.
Third Thursday of every month, Noon to 1:30pm
Carol G. Simon Cancer Center, Third Floor Conference Room
For more information and to register, please call 1-866-961-8006.
 
2019 Caregiver Education Series
Monthly lectures will cover a variety of issues relevant to caregivers of older adults, followed by question and answer sessions. Registration is required.
Geriatric Assessment Center, 435 South Street, Third Floor Conference Room, Morristown, NJ
For more information regarding dates, times and locations, call 973-971-5839.

 
Healthy Aging: Skill Building Group for Mental Wellness
Through artwork and other therapeutic activities, adults 65 and older will learn positive communication, social skills and healthy self-awareness.
Fridays, 11:00am to 12:30pm
Presenter: Katie Doster, LAC
Atlantic Rehabilitation, 95 Mount Kemble Avenue, Sixth Floor, Morristown, NJ
For more information and to register, please call 1-888-247-1400.
 
Caregivers Coalitions
Caregivers of seniors, adults and children with disabilities or mental illnesses will receive education, support and access to resources to sustain them in their care-giving role. Sponsored by the United Way of Northern New Jersey; registration is not required.
 
  • Morris County Caregiver Coalition
    Second Wednesday of every month, 9:00 to 11:00am
    Ukranian American Cultural Center, 60 North Jefferson Road, Whippany, NJ
    For more information, call 973-993-1160.
  • Somerset County Caregiver Coalition
    Second Thursday of every month, 9:00 to 11:00am
    Shimon & Sara Birnbaum JCC, 775 Talamini Road, Bridgewater, NJ
    For more information, call 908-253-6534.
 
Caregiver Support Group for Men
This support group is designed specifically for male caregivers to discuss the challenges they face. Guest speakers will be invited throughout the year.
First Thursday of the month, 7:00 to 9:00pm
111 Madison Avenue, 4th Floor Conference Room, Morristown, NJ
Sponsor: Alzheimer’s Association
For more information and to register, please call 973-214-1572.

 
Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Courses
Atlantic Training Center offers American Heart Association CPR and first aid training courses.
Learn more and register >

 
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'Meaningful' Activities May Mean Healthier Old Age

MONDAY, Jan. 7, 2019 -- Older adults who find meaning in their daily activities may remain in better health as they age, a new study suggests.

Researchers found that when middle-aged and older adults felt their days held meaningful activities, they tended to report better health and well-being four years later.

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