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From the Desk Of 
Caryl Greenberg, MSW, LSW 
 

Slowing Down

Sometimes my mind feels like it's still in college, but my body screams a different story: The drive I had to begin a new exercise regime programs gives way to the unpleasant realities of aching muscles, arthritic joints and minor injuries. We have spent lifetimes being busy volunteering, working, raising families, travelling and much more. Now that we are older, we are slowing down with less formal schedules and more time on our hands. How can we still be involved in meaningful realistic activities? How can we still feel valued in a society that looks up to productivity? How do we embrace the fact that we will invariable have to slow down, even just a little? One of the things that I have noticed in taking fitness classes with a wide
age-range of participants is that the good instructors will always demonstrate modifications that allow all to benefit, at a level that works for the individual participant. For example someone with bad knees isn't going to jump when doing jumping jacks, but they can still enjoy the cardio and muscular benefits by changing to step-out jacks.
Some people can continue with the activities that have brought them joy over the course of a lifetime, although sometime a modification or two may be in order.
Others may find that the golden years are the ideal time to embrace new sources for cognitive stimulation, creative expression and physical stamina to fill the extra time you find yourself having daily.
With people living well beyond their 90’s it is important to stay busy and to enjoy activities and events we simply can’t do what we use to do but I believe most of us still want to feel valued. Unlike Asian cultures associated with the Confucius doctrine of filial piety (which means obedience, respect and support for elderly parents) that demand great respect for elders, our Western culture puts more emphasis on accomplishing goals and being busy. Fortunately, we've got that covered!
Here at the senior center there are dozens of programs and events to join that offer stimulation on multiple levels. PLEASE JOIN US! We look forward to you enjoying the company of others, whether it's staying fit, discussing a book, taking an art class, playing a game or that all-time great pastime: people watching.

Blue Angel Program Sponsored by the SB Police. A lock box with your key is placed securely on your doorknob, should you need to call 911 for fire or EMT and can’t let in emergency workers in. Getting to you quicker without property damage is the goal for this program. Apps are available on the township website, in the senior center or police station. I will happily notarize this form for you.
All these programs are free as are many others. If you would like to explore which programs, you might like to take advantage of please call to schedule an appointment with me.

 

Veteran Outreach Forum- Tuesday, April 10 at 10:30 am Please come and invite others who would
benefit from this forum.

Bereavement Group- Mondays, April 16th 10:45–12:00
will run six consecutive weeks. A minimum of four individuals for this group and a maximum of eight.
Please call Caryl to register at 732-329-4000 x7212.

Join A Group...


What's
 on Your Mind 

"What's On Your Mind" meets on Fridays at 2:15 p.m. to discuss current events and information that interests you. We welcome new members.  You can drop in anytime.  Call Caryl for more information. 


Monthly Bereavement Support Group
Ongoing support group which meets the first Monday of every month at 11:45. Participants offer mutual support to each other as we share our struggles and grief in a safe non-judgmental venue.

The Senior Center also offers a six week Bereavement Support Group when there has been a more recent loss of a significant other. Please call Caryl for more information.

Book Club
A weekly group using literature as a conduit for discussion. Participants share thoughts and feelings about what they have read and relate it ‘if applicable’ to their life experience. We meet every Thursday (except the first Thursday of the month) at 10:30 am. Please call Caryl for more information.

VISION LOSS SUPPORT GROUP
Meets the first Friday of every month at 10:30 a.m. in the conference room.  This is an opportunity to meet new people, share information and benefit from mutual support. 

Veterans 

Veterans age 55 + meet monthly to share stories and strive to re-create the camaraderie that is experienced when sharing a common bond. This group meets monthly on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 10:45 a.m.

Social Work Services
As more individuals are choosing to ‘age in place’, the senior center offers ‘home visits’ by the Social Worker to the HOMEBOUND elderly. We can provide limited case management services, emotional support and counseling. Many issues include loss, care giving concerns and tensions, coping with health problems, relationship issues, independence, depression, substance abuse, isolation and more.  The Social Worker also sees individuals and couples on site. Please contact Caryl Greenberg for further information. 

Notary

I am now a NOTARY PUBLIC in the state of NJ. If you need something to be notarized, free of cost, to ensure you are not disappointed please call first to make sure I am in.

Office on Aging
Christine Wildemuth

Director
Senior Center
540 Ridge Road
Monmouth Junction, NJ 08852
732-329-4000 x7670
or
732-438-0918
(rotary phones)
Transportation
732-329-4000 x7363
Center Hours
Monday to Friday
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Sundays
1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.