Tuesday, February 3 from 11 to 11:45 a.m.
Bipolar disorder, also called manic-depressive illness, is a serious mental illness characterized by dramatic mood swings, often with normal moods in between highs (mania) and lows (depression). The disorder can run in families and usually starts in late adolescence or early adulthood. If untreated, the disorder can result in damaged relationships, poor school or job performance and even suicide. Join Mary Jane Maser, PhD, APRN, BC, Clinical Director of the Stepping Stones Intensive Outpatient Program at Barnabas Health Behavioral Health Center, to learn more about this complicated disorder and current treatment options. This program, for ages 60 and older, will take place at the Howell Senior Center, located at 251 Preventorium Road in Howell. Membership is not required. Registration is required by calling 732-938-4500, ext. 2554. Free.
UNDERSTANDING YOUR OPTIONS FOR REHABILITATION
Tuesday, February 3 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.
HEART HEALTH AS WE AGE
Wednesday, February 4 at 1 p.m.
Age is a major risk factor for developing cardiovascular disease for both men and women. While age-related changes in the heart can lead to heart disease, many lifestyle factors are also related to heart disease risk. This program, presented by Shira Goldberg, MD, Geriatrics and Hospice and Palliative Medicine at Monmouth Medical Center, will discuss the importance of knowing your risk for heart disease and how we can lower our risk and improve our heart health as we age. The program will take place at Boscov's third floor auditorium in the Monmouth Mall, located at Routes 35 & 36 in Eatontown. Registration is required by calling 732-542-1326. Free.
Wednesday, February 4 at 6:30 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, for ages 60 and older, will take place at Boscov's third floor auditorium in the Monmouth Mall located at Routes 35 & 36 in Eatontown. Registration is required by calling 732-542-1326.
WEAR RED DAY
Friday, February 6 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
In recognition of the American Heart Association's Go Red for Women movement to save lives and raise awareness about heart disease, Monmouth Medical Center is providing free blood pressure screening to the public. Information about heart disease, heart healthy diets and exercise, Monmouth Medical Center's cardiology programs and services as well as the HeartCaring and Spirit of Women initiatives will be provided. All employees, visitors and guests are encouraged to wear red to bring attention to heart disease and to take action to live longer, healthier lives. These screenings take place outside of Monmouth Medical Center's SeaBreeze Café, first floor, located at 300 Second Avenue in Long Branch. Free.
DIABETES SELF-MANAGEMENT SERIES
Fridays, February 6, 13, 20 & 27 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Mondays, February 23 and March 2, 9 & 16 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.
Saturday, February 7 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.
HEARTCARING DAY OF DANCE
Saturday, February 7 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Monmouth Medical Center will host their second annual HeartCaring Day of Dance, a free women's health event to raise awareness of American Heart Month. The event features Tai Chi and Zumba demonstrations and a special appearance by the dance team from Dance Plus of Little Silver. Free screenings for cholesterol, blood pressure and overall cardiac risk, health information giveaways, prizes and a free raffle for a Jawbone Fitness Tracker will be offered as well. HeartCaring Day will take place at the Macy's end of the Monmouth Mall, located at Routes 35 & 36 in Eatontown. Free.
YOUR HEART AND ELECTRICAL DISTURBANCES
Wednesday, February 11 at 1 p.m.
Your heart has its own electrical stimulator, the sinus node, which generates electrical impulses that flow through you heart. If something goes wrong with the sinus node or the flow of electrical impulses, an arrhythmia can result causing your heart to beat too fast, too slow or in an irregular fashion. Join Delia J. Dobrescu, MD, Cardiology and Electrophysiology, Monmouth Medical Center, for a discussion on various irregular heartbeats, symptoms, diagnosis and treatment. This workshop will take place at Boscov's third floor auditorium in the Monmouth Mall, located at Routes 35 & 36 in Eatontown. Registration is required by calling 732-542-1326. Free.
EATING HEART HEALTHY WITH DIABETES
Wednesday, February 11 at 6:30 p.m.
Treating diabetes can help reduce your risk for, or delay, the development of cardiovascular disease. The risk factors that contribute to diabetes onset also make you more likely to develop cardiovascular disease. Join Lauren Dorman, RD, CDE from the Center for Diabetes Education at Monmouth Medical Center, to learn about the overlapping risk factors for diabetes and heart disease as well as how to manage diabetes in a heart healthy way. This program will take place at Boscov's third floor auditorium in the Monmouth Mall, located at Routes 35 & 36 in Eatontown. Registration is required by calling 732-542-1326. Free.
FREE GLUCOSE SCREENINGS
Thursday, February 12 & 26 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.
CREATING HEALTH: HOW TO IDENTIFY AND OVERCOME 10 HIDDEN OBSTACLES TO LIVING A HEALTHY LIFESTYLE
Tuesday, February 17 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.
WOMEN'S HEALTH: PERIMENOPAUSE
Wednesday, February 18 at 1 p.m.
Perimenopause is an extended transitional state beginning with irregular menstrual cycles as the ovaries gradually begin to make less estrogen. Women start perimenopause at different ages and may notice signs of progression towards menopause during this time. This information session, presented by Robert Graebe, MD, Chairman & Program Director, Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Monmouth Medical Center, will discuss the signs and symptoms, common concerns, diagnosis and treatment options for perimenopausal symptoms. This session will take place at Boscov's third floor auditorium in the Monmouth Mall, located at Routes 35 & 36 in Eatontown. Registration is required by calling 732-542-1326. Free.
JOINT REPLACEMENT INFORMATION SESSION
Wednesday, February 18 at 6:30 p.m.
Do you have hip or knee pain? This program, presented by David L. Chalnick, M.D., Orthopaedic and Joint Replacement Surgeon and Medical Director of Monmouth Medical Center's Joint Replacement 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 Boscov's third floor auditorium in the Monmouth Mall located at Routes 35 & 36 in Eatontown. Registration is required by calling 732-542-1326. Free.
GERIATRIC EMERGENCY MEDICINE
Tuesday, February 24 from 11 to 11:45 a.m.
Emergency departments are increasingly challenged with the complexities of providing care for geriatric patients. In response, Monmouth Medical Center and Monmouth Medical Center, Southern Campus have introduced Geriatric Emergency Medicine (GEM) units to their hospitals. In this program, presented by Victor Almeida, DO, Chair, Emergency Medicine at Monmouth Medical Center and Monmouth Medical Center, Southern Campus, Dr. Almeida will discuss the benefits of the GEM units as well as how you can recognize the signs of an emergency. This program, for ages 60 and over, will take place at the Howell Senior Center located at 251 Preventorium Road in Howell. Registration is required by calling 732-938-4500, ext. 2554. Free.
HABITS OF HAPPY PEOPLE
Tuesday, February 24 from 7 to 8:30 p.m.
Discover how you can develop habits that help happy people maintain positive thoughts, emotions and actions. Join Carol Palmer, BA, Monmouth Medical Center Program Instructor, to learn about the new science of happiness and how happiness improves our health, relationships and resilience to life's ups and downs. This program, for those ages 60 and older, will take place at Thompson Park, located on Newman Springs Road in Lincroft. Registration is required by calling 732-842-4000, ext. 1 or online at www.monmouthcountyparks.com. $18 per person.
BREAK FREE FROM PELVIC FLOOR DISORDERS (PFDs)
Wednesday, February 25 at 1 p.m.
Pelvic floor disorders (PFDs), which include bladder control problems, bowel control problems and pelvic organ prolapse, impact one in three women at some point in their lives. Join Martin P. Michalewski, M.D., FACOG, Urogynecologist, Monmouth Medical Center, for an informative session about PFDs and treatment options that might just change your life. This program is open to the public and will be held at Boscov's third floor auditorium in the Monmouth Mall, located at Routes 35 & 36 in Eatontown. Registration is required by calling 732-542-1326. Free.
N.J. BARIATRIC AND METABOLIC INSTITUTE (NJBMI) AT MONMOUTH MEDICAL CENTER: NEW PATIENT WEIGHT LOSS SURGERY LECTURE
Thursday, February 26 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.
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.