LOOK GOOD, FEEL BETTER
Monday, December 1 from 1 to 3 p.m.
This is a special program sponsored by the American Cancer Society for women cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy and radiation. Learn to cope with the side effects of treatment and feel comfortable with changes in your appearance by receiving a personal makeover by cosmetology professionals. This program will be held at the Community Meeting Room at Monmouth Medical Center, located at 300 Second Avenue in Long Branch. Registration is required by calling the American Cancer Society at 800-227-2345. Free.
UNDERSTANDING YOUR OPTIONS FOR REHABILITATION
Tuesday, December 2 at 4 p.m.
It can be overwhelming to choose the right level of therapy for yourself or a loved one during a hospitalization for a stroke, fracture or other life-altering event. During this one-hour session, Jill Garaffa, OTR/L, HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Tinton Falls, will discuss all levels of therapy including home therapy, in-patient acute and sub-acute rehabilitation and out-patient rehab and prepare you to make the best decision on rehabilitation for yourself or a family member. This program will take place at HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Tinton Falls, 1st floor conference room, located at 2 Centre Plaza in Tinton Falls. Registration is required by calling 732-460-5328. Free.
MONMOUTH MEDICAL CENTER BLOOD DRIVE
Wednesday, December 3 from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
The need for blood is constant. Save a life and become a blood donor. Each donor will receive both a $5 lunch voucher to Monmouth Medical Center's Sea Breeze Café and a $5 Dunkin Donuts gift card provided by Central Jersey Blood Center. The Monmouth Medical Center Blood Drive, sponsored by Central Jersey Blood Center, will take place at Monmouth Medical Center's Community Meeting Room, located at 300 Second Avenue in Long Branch. To make an appointment, contact Diane Kilzen at 732-923-7352.
FREE GLUCOSE SCREENINGS
Thursday, December 11 from 11 a.m. to Noon
A simple finger stick to test blood sugar to determine if glucose level is elevated. The test will be performed by a registered nurse. This program will be held at the Center for Diabetes Education at Monmouth Medical Center, Classroom #A001 in the Maysie Stroock Pavilion, located at 300 Second Avenue in Long Branch. For information, call 732-923-5025. Free.
Thursday, December 11 from 6:30 to 8 p.m.
There are many things in life that are out of our hands. The Five Wishes document gives you a way to control something very important – how you are treated if you get seriously ill. This document is an easy-to-complete form that lets you say exactly what you want. Once filled out and properly signed, it is valid under the laws of most states. During this program, presented by Barnabas Health Hospice and Palliative Care, Claire Verruni, RN, CHPN, Barnabas Hospice and Palliative Care Liaison, will discuss the ins and outs of this valuable document. This program will take place at Thompson Park, located on Newman Springs Road in Lincroft. To register, call 732-842-4000 ext. 1 or visit www.monmouthcountyparks.com.
DIABETES SELF-MANAGEMENT SERIES
Fridays, December 12, 19 and January 16, 23 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Mondays, December 15, 22 & 29 and January 5 from 5 to 7 p.m.
Learn how to manage your diabetes by attending this four-session diabetes education program focusing on diet, nutrition, glucose monitoring, medications, meal plans, prevention and treatment of diabetes complications, dining out and benefits of exercise. The program is taught by a registered nurse and a registered dietitian/certified diabetes educator. It will be held at The Center for Diabetes Education at Monmouth Medical Center, located at 300 Second Avenue in Long Branch. For information and to register for classes, call 732-923-5025. Program attendees will need a doctor's prescription and will be billed to Medicare or your insurance carrier. Please note, dates are subject to change.
Wednesday, December 16 from 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
Racing thoughts, upsetting feelings and unpleasant events can disturb our inner peace and increase anxiety and depression. New brain science has discovered how mindfulness mediation can give control over levels of stress, depression, anxiety, chronic and acute pain. This session, presented by Carol Palmer, BA, Monmouth Medical Center Program Instructor, will teach attendees simple techniques to restore inner calm and balance stress with present moment awareness. This program, for those ages 60 and over, will take place at the Keyport Senior Center, located at 100 Second Avenue in Keyport. Registration is required by calling 732-264-4916. Free.
CREATING HEALTH: HOW TO IDENTIFY AND OVERCOME 10 HIDDEN OBSTACLES TO LIVING A HEALTHY LIFESTYLE
Tuesday, December 16 from 4 to 6 p.m.
Most people believe if they just had more time, money, willpower or motivation, they would eat healthier or exercise. If you find yourself saying "I know what I need to do, I just can't seem to do it," consider attending this informative and enlightening class to understand the underlying reasons why you may be struggling to make healthier choices. Jill Garaffa, OTR/L, PCC, ELI-MP, a licensed occupational therapist with over 25 years of clinical experience and professional certified life coach, will teach you how to close the gap between knowing what to do to make healthier choices and actually doing it. You will leave this class with a shift in your mindset, a feeling of empowerment and set of practical tools you can put into immediate action to begin making healthy lifestyle changes. This program will take place at the HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Tinton Falls, 1stfloor conference room, located at 2 Centre Plaza in Tinton Falls. Seating is limited and registration is required by calling 732-460-5328. Free.
N.J. BARIATRIC AND METABOLIC INSTITUTE (NJBMI) AT MONMOUTH MEDICAL CENTER: NEW PATIENT WEIGHT LOSS SURGERY LECTURE
Thursday, December 18 from 6 to 7 p.m.
If you are 100 pounds or more overweight, you can't afford to miss this educational lecture which will explain everything you need to know about weight-loss surgery. For those considering a bariatric procedure, this program is presented by Frank Borao, M.D. and Steven Binenbaum, M.D., board-certified, laparoscopic-fellowship-trained surgeons who will offer the most up-to-date information on gastric bypass surgery, gastric banding and sleeve gastrectomy. Attendees are invited to join the monthly support group following the lecture. This program will be held at Monmouth Medical Center, located at 300 Second Avenue in Long Branch. Registration is required by calling 1-888-724-7123. Free.
Monday, December 29 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Presented by certified Safe Sitter instructors, this program teaches 11- to 13-year-olds to be responsible, creative babysitters with special emphasis on how to handle emergencies. This course will be held at Monmouth Medical Center, located at 300 Second Avenue in Long Branch. To register, call 732-923-6990. $50 per child.
JOINT REPLACEMENT INFORMATION SESSION
Call for schedule.
Do you have hip or knee pain? This program will offer the latest information on hip and knee replacements including robotic-assisted partial knee and total hip replacement. Learn what to expect before and after surgery as well as how to prepare yourself to achieve the best possible outcome and receive an overview of The Total Joint Replacement Center program. This informative session will be held at Monmouth Medical Center, located at 300 Second Avenue in Long Branch. Registration is required by calling 732-923-7971. Free.
PEDIATRIC PRE-OPERATIVE TOURS
Call for schedule.
Tours are available for pediatric patients preparing to have a surgical procedure in the Cranmer Ambulatory Surgery Center at Monmouth Medical Center. Tours are designed to reduce anxiety giving children a hands-on experience with medical equipment and visitation to areas they will encounter on the day of their surgery. Meet in the Pediatric Playroom of the Cranmer Ambulatory Surgery Center, located at 300 Second Avenue in Long Branch. Registration is required by calling 732-923-6525. Free.
NOTE: ALL PROGRAMS MEET AT MONMOUTH MEDICAL CENTER, 300 SECOND AVENUE, LONG BRANCH, UNLESS OTHERWISE NOTED.
For questions or more information, contact The Community Health Education Department at Monmouth Medical Center at (732) 923-6990.