Living with Alzheimer’s Disease for the Caregiver: Middle Stage
Thursdays, October 1, 8 & 15 from 2 to 4 p.m.
During the middle stage of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia disorders, gaps in memory and thinking begin to make it more difficult for the individual to manage day-to-day activities like dressing, bathing and eating without assistance. Family caregivers assume greater responsibility in managing not only the personal care and finances of the individual, but also in meeting the challenges of maintaining safety while creating a supportive environment. This program teaches caregivers about symptoms and care needs, techniques for managing behaviors and maximizing safety, relationship changes and supportive services available to help with caregiving responsibilities. This program takes place at the Center for Healthy Living at Monmouth Medical Center, Southern Campus located at 198 Prospect Street in Lakewood. This program is free; however pre-registration is required by calling the Alzheimer’s Association at 1-800-272-3900 or online at www.alz.org/nj.
Osteoporosis 101 and Free Bone Density Screenings
Tuesday, October 13 from 10 a.m. to noon
Osteoporosis affects men and women of all ages. The Center for Healthy Aging at Monmouth Medical Center, Southern Campus will host a presentation on osteoporosis to discuss risk factors and how to recognize its signs and symptoms. Free bone density screenings and refreshments will be provided following the presentation, which takes place at the Manasquan Reservoir Environmental Center located at 331 Georgia Tavern Road in Howell. Registration is required through the Monmouth County Park System by calling 732-842-4000, ext. 1. Free.
Ocean County YMCA Open House and Health Screenings
Wednesday, October 14 from 9 a.m. to noon
Join the health coaches from the Center for Healthy Aging at Monmouth Medical Center, Southern Campus and other hospital representatives at the Ocean County YMCA’s Open House. Monmouth Medical Center, Southern Campus staff will provide free health screenings, information and giveaways while older adults of Ocean County enjoy health and fitness related activities presented by the Y. The event takes place at the Ocean County YMCA located at 1088 W. Whitty Road in Toms River. No registration is required. For more information on what activities may be available, contact the Ocean County YMCA at 732-341-9622 x4225.
Benefits of Exercise
Tuesday, October 20 from 2 to 4 p.m.
Regular physical activity is one of the most important things you can do for your health, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. At this program, presented by the health coaches from the Center for Healthy Aging at Monmouth Medical Center, Southern Campus, attendees will learn the health and everyday benefits of exercise and physical activity as well as the differences between the two. The health coaches will review and provide instruction on a few helpful exercises as well as offer tips on how to begin and maintain a healthy lifestyle. This program takes place at the Ocean County Library’s Jackson Township Branch located at 2 Jackson Drive in Jackson. Registration is required by calling the Jackson Library at 732-928-4400. Free.
Online Health Information: Can You Trust It?
Wednesday, October 21 from 11 a.m. to noon
While there’s a lot of health-related information on the Internet, do you know how to access reliable, trustworthy and accurate information? This interactive lecture will discuss how to evaluate a new website you’ve found before you can start believing the content. Participants are asked to bring their favorite online health story and website address. This event, presented as part of the SCAN Catalog of Courses, takes place in the SCAN auditorium in the lower level of the Monmouth Mall, located at Routes 35 and 36 in Eatontown. Registration is required by calling SCAN (Social Community Activities Network) at 732-542-1326, ext. 14.
Your Brain Health as You Age
Wednesday, October 21 at 1 p.m.
While growing older, changes occur in all parts of the body, including the brain. To help attendees learn about these changes, Monmouth Medical Center, Southern Campus presents Your Brain Health as You Age. This program takes place in the SCAN auditorium in the lower level of the Monmouth Mall, located at Routes 35 and 36 in Eatontown. For more information, please call 732-542-1326. Free.
Talking With Your Doctor
Monday, October 28 at 11 a.m.
As we grow older, it is important to talk often and comfortably with your physician. As the patient, you are the center of your health care team. During this informative program, health coaches from the Center for Healthy Aging will explore what facts should go into the decision making process when choosing general practitioners and specialists, as well as how to prepare for an appointment, break down any information you receive at an appointment and discuss sensitive subjects. This program takes place at the Ocean County Library’s Manchester Township Branch Meeting Room located at 21 Colonial Drive in Manchester. Registration is required by calling the 732-542-1326 ext. 14.
Basics of Diabetes
Wednesday, October 28 at 1 p.m.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s latest study, diabetes is becoming more common in the United States with the number of diagnosed Americans tripling from 5.6 million to 20.9 million. To spread awareness and educate people about diabetes, its risk factors and how to manage the disease, the Center for Healthy Aging at Monmouth Medical Center, Southern Campus presents Basics of Diabetes, with Irene McNamara, MSN, RN, WCC, CDE who will discuss prevention and treatment options as well as provide free blood glucose screenings to attendees who have fasted for two hours prior to the test. This program takes place at the Jackson Township Senior Center located at 45 Don Connor Drive in Jackson. Registration is required by calling 732-928-2313. Free.