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Support Services

From the Desk Of 
Caryl Greenberg, MSW, LSW 
 
 

What Love Language

Do You Speak?

 

     Your friend was laid off from work and she is frightened about her financial future. You want to be supportive so you are most inclined to do one or two of the following:

    *Write her a lovely note reinforcing all her positive attributes.

 

     *Send her a gift card to help her get through a scary time.

 

    *Invite her to your country house for the weekend

 

     *Tell her you are going to give her a manicure so she can have a professional look without spending money   OR

 

     *Make and freeze multiple dinners for her.

 

       According to Gary Chapman, there are five ways we express and experience love (he calls them "love languages"): Gift Giving, Quality Time, Physical Touch, Acts of Service (Devotion), and Words of Affirmation. On the flip side what feels best to you when others express their love to you? Why is this important? This is an entertaining way of getting to know yourself and your partner or friends. Being aware of what you hold important in your relationship is key to better communication. If a monetary gift is meaningless to you but words of affirmation can get you through a rough patch, it is important that people in your life know that about you. This is true in every aspect of relationships not only ‘love languages’. You can read the book if you are interested in learning more about this.

       On another note-, I am interested in forming a group for individuals who are recently divorced or separated. If you or someone you know might be interested in a short-term group to meet others, come up with strategies to cope with your changed status and recreate a new ‘you’ please let me know.        

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.

 


Bereavement Group- Mondays, Sept. 24th 10:45 am Anyone who has suffered the loss of a spouse or partner is welcome to attend the monthly bereavement group. Prior bereavement group attendance is not necessary. Please do not be late. Questions? Please call Caryl 732.329.4000 x 7212 

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.