Seniors' Health

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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.”

 
Annual Hospital Public Meeting
Atlantic Health System leadership will discuss the newest initiatives at our hospitals.
Thursday, July 18; 5:00 to 6:00pm
Morristown Medical Center, Malcolm Forbes Amphitheatre
For more information and to register, please call 1-800-247-9580.
 
New Vitality: Lite & Fit
Discover the health benefits of light strength training. Please bring your own handheld weights to the first class.
Fee: $45 for all nine weeks
Thursdays, July 25 to September 26; 10:00 to 11:00am
(No class August 29)
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: Living with Arthritis
Arthritis affects one in four adults in the United States. An Atlantic Rehabilitation therapist will demonstrate tips for managing your joint issues and improving mobility. Light refreshments are included.
Monday, July 22; 10:30 to 11:30am
Morris Medical Plaza, 6 Saddle Road, Community Room, Cedar Knolls, NJ
For more information and to register, please call 1-844-472-8499.
 
New Vitality: Gentle Yoga
Learn standing and chair poses designed for older adults.
Fee: $45 for all nine weeks
Wednesdays, July 24 to September 25; 10:30 to 11:30am
(No class August 28)
Morristown Medical Center Health Pavilion
333 Mount Hope Avenue, Third Floor Community Room, Rockaway, NJ
For information and to register, call 1-844-472-8499.
 
New Vitality: Good Bones
Learn how exercise and a diet rich in calcium can improve your bone health.
Tuesday, July 30; 1:00 to 2:00pm
Morristown Medical Center Health Pavilion
333 Mount Hope Avenue, Third Floor Community Room, Rockaway, NJ
For more information and to register, please call 1-844-472-8499.
 
New Vitality: Intermediate Yoga
Learn to perform standing yoga poses on a mat. Please bring your own mat to class.
Fee: $40 for all eight weeks
Wednesdays, July 31 to September 25; 12:30 to 1:30pm
(No class August 28)
Morristown Medical Center Health Pavilion
333 Mount Hope Avenue, Third Floor Community Room, Rockaway
For information and to register, call 1-844-472-8499.
 
New Vitality: Carfit for Adults
Technicians will assess your car and recommend adjustments for improved comfort and safety behind the wheel. Please register in advance for a 20-minute appointment.
Friday, August 2; 9:00am to Noon
Morristown Medical Center Health Pavilion, Parking Lot
333 Mount Hope Avenue, Rockaway, NJ
For more information and to register, please call 1-844-472-8499.
 
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 973-971-6358.
 
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
(No meeting in July)
Carol G. Simon Cancer Center, Third Floor Conference Room
For more information and to register, please call 1-866-961-8006.
 
2018 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, 6 Saddle Road, Cedar Knolls, 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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WEDNESDAY, May 22, 2019 -- A solid minority of senior citizens still struggles to afford their prescription medications, a new government report shows.

About 5% of adults 65 and older don't take their medication as prescribed to cut costs, according to survey data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Anger a Threat to Health in Old Age

THURSDAY, May 9, 2019 -- The loss of loved ones can hit the elderly particularly hard, but a new study suggests it's anger, and not sadness, that may damage the aging body more.

Anger can increase inflammation, which is linked with conditions such as heart disease, cancer and arthritis, the researchers said.

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