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.”
 

New Vitality: Super Hydrating Foods that Beat the Summer Heat
Dehydration can negatively affect your mood, memory, thinking skills and reaction time. Learn about seasonal produce that will keep you hydrated all summer long. Tastings and recipes are included.
Tuesday, July 16; 10:00am
Atlantic Health Pavilion, First Floor Conference Room
242 West Parkway, Pompton Plains, NJ
For more information and to register, please call 1-844-472-8499.
 
New Vitality: Summer Emergencies
Nothing ruins a lazy summer day quicker than a trip to the emergency room. Learn how to prevent sunburn, heatstroke, dehydration, food poisoning and insect bites.
Wednesday, July 17; 10:00am
Atlantic Health Pavilion, First Floor Conference Room
242 West Parkway, Pompton Plains, NJ
Presenter: Eric Perez, MD
For more information and to register, please call 1-844-472-8499.
 
Annual Hospital Public Meeting
Atlantic Health System leadership will discuss the newest initiatives at our hospitals.
Thursday, July 18; 5 to 6:00pm
Chilton Medical Center, Board Room
For more information and to register, please call 1-800-247-9580.
 
New Vitality: The Space Race – 1957 to 1975
Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing by reliving the dramatic “Space Race.”
Fee: $5
Friday, July 19; 10:00am
Atlantic Health Pavilion, First Floor Conference Room
242 West Parkway, Pompton Plains, NJ
For more information and to register, please call 1-844-472-8499.
 
New Vitality: Space Age New Jersey – 60 Years of Achievement
Learn about local astronauts and technology built in New Jersey that helped NASA explore space.
Fee: $5
Wednesday, July 24; 10:00am
Atlantic Health Pavilion, First Floor Conference Room
242 West Parkway, Pompton Plains, NJ
For more information and to register, please call 1-844-472-8499.
 
New Vitality: We Are Going – Moon 2024
As we commemorate the historic achievement of the Apollo 11 moon landing, learn about NASA’S plans to return to the moon and explore Mars in 2024.
Fee: $5
Wednesday, July 24; 2:00pm
Atlantic Health Pavilion, First Floor Conference Room
242 West Parkway, Pompton Plains, NJ
For more information and to register, please call 1-844-472-8499.
 
New Vitality: Meditation for Mindful Well-Being
The art of meditation is to center the mind toward one focus. Experience various mindful contemplative exercises to discover what a sense of well-being means to you.
Fee: $64 for eight weeks
Mondays, July 29 to October 7; 6:30 to 7:30pm
(No class August 12, September 2 and 30)
Atlantic Health Pavilion, 242 West Parkway, Pompton Plains, NJ
For more information or to register, call 1-844-472-8499.
 
New Vitality: Diabetes Myths and Facts
Discover the truth behind common diabetes myths and see how you can make smart choices without giving up all your favorite foods.
Thursday, August 1; 7:00pm
Atlantic Health Pavilion, First Floor Conference Room
242 West Parkway, Pompton Plains, NJ
For more information and to register, please call 1-844-472-8499.
 
New Vitality: Recipes for Simple Summer Meal Prep
Summer offers many opportunities to relax and enjoy the great outdoors, but that doesn’t mean your nutrition should take a vacation, too. Learn simple ways to eat healthy while kicking back. Tastings and recipes are included.
Friday, August 9; 7:00pm
Atlantic Health Pavilion, First Floor Conference Room
242 West Parkway, Pompton Plains, NJ
For more information and to register, please call 1-844-472-8499.
 
New Vitality: Glutton for Gluten? Learn to Live Gluten Free
A registered dietitian will explain how to make gluten-free foods part of your diet.
Monday, August 12; 7:00pm
Atlantic Health Pavilion, First Floor Conference Room
242 West Parkway, Pompton Plains, NJ
For more information and to register, please call 1-844-472-8499.
 
New Vitality: The Facts About Cataracts
Cataracts are the most common cause of vision loss in people over age 40. Learn about the causes and symptoms of this condition and the latest diagnostic and treatment options. A light, healthy breakfast will be provided.
Thursday, August 15; 10:00am
Atlantic Health Pavilion, First Floor Conference Room
242 West Parkway, Pompton Plains, NJ
Presenter: Eric Shnayder, MD
For more information and to register, please call 1-844-472-8499.
 
Smoking Cessation Program
This free, six-week course will provide behavior modification strategies and coping skills to help tobacco users kick the habit. 
Tuesdays, 6:30 to 7:30pm
242 West Parkway, Pompton Plains, NJ.
For more information and to register, call 973-831-5427.
 
Bereavement Support Group
Participants can receive mutual education and encouragement in this group funded by the Chilton Medical Center Auxiliary.
Fourth Tuesday of every month, 1:00 to 2:30pm
242 West Parkway, Pompton Plains, NJ
For more information, please call 973-831-5367.
 
Alzheimer’s Disease Caregivers Support Group
Those caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease can receive mutual education and encouragement.
Second Wednesday of every month, 7:00 to 8:30pm
Atlantic Health Pavilion, 2nd Floor Community Outreach Conference Room
242 West Parkway, Pompton Plains, NJ
For more information, please call 973-831-5367.
 
Ostomy Support Group of North Jersey
Patients who have had an ostomy can receive mutual education and encouragement.
Second Monday of every month, 7:00 to 8:30pm
Chilton Medical Center, Board Room, 97 West Parkway, Pompton Plains, NJ
For more information, please call 973-831-5168.
 
Mall Walker Program
Experience a fun way to exercise indoors at the Willowbrook Mall in Wayne, NJ. Registration and a membership badge are required to participate.
Monday through Saturday, 7:00 to 10:00am
Sunday, 9:00 to 11:00am
1400 Willowbrook Mall, Wayne, NJ
For more information and to register, please call 973-831-5367.
 
Arthritis Support Group
Arthritis patients can receive mutual education and encouragement.
Fourth Tuesday of every month; 10:30 to 11:30am
242 West Parkway, Pompton Plains, NJ
For more information, please call 973-831-5367.
 
Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program
This nine-week program is for people with various lung conditions.
For more information, please call 973-831-5427.


Seniors' Health Articles
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Rising Rx Drug Costs Continue to Create Tough Choices for Seniors

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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Quick Test Helps Predict Hospital Readmission Risk After Heart Attack

TUESDAY, April 23, 2019 -- For elderly heart attack survivors, how well they perform on a simple mobility test could help predict whether they will be back in the hospital within a month, researchers say.

Nearly one in five of these heart patients are readmitted with complications such as heart failure, bleeding or irregular heart beat within 30 days after leaving the hospital.

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