Director
Office on Aging
Christine Wildemuth

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.

 

Princeton HealthCare System

Monday-Friday 8:30 am-4:00 pm 
Call David at 609-497-2230 for an appointment. Medicare and most insurances accepted. 
 
Managing High Cholesterol

Did you know that according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) people with high cholesterol have about twice the risk of heart disease as people with lower levels?

“Knowing if you have high cholesterol is the first step in managing it and reducing your risk for having a heart attack, stroke or developing
heart disease,” says Kristyn K. Phelps, M.D., board certified in internal medicine and a member of the medical staff at University Medical Center
of Princeton.

Low-density lipoprotein (LDL) is known as “bad” cholesterol because having high levels can lead to plaque buildup.

High-density lipoprotein (HDL) is known as “good” cholesterol because it essentially absorbs bad cholesterol and helps your body get rid of it.

In general, your LDL levels should be lower than 100 and your HDL levels should be higher than 60.

As the CDC notes, all adults aged 20 or older, need to get their cholesterol checked. If you have not been diagnosed with heart disease,
the CDC recommends that your cholesterol be checked every five years. Some people may need to get their cholesterol checked more often. It is
important to talk to your doctor about what’s best for you.

Often, lifestyle changes are enough to manage high cholesterol. Some people, however, may need medication, especially those who have other risk factors for heart disease and stroke, such as high blood pressure, diabetes, and family history of heart disease.

Managing high cholesterol begins with knowing your levels and talking with a doctor about ways to keep them in a healthy range.

To find a physician with Princeton HealthCare System call (888) 742-7496 or visit www.princetonhcs.org.

 

HEALTH LECTURES

CONTACT David to register for PHC lectures (609) 497-2230

Could It Be Crohn’s Disease-Monday, June 5th-12:30pm
If you experience recurring digestive problems, along with fever and unexpected weight loss, you might be dealing with
more than a simple stomach bug. Join Stanley Hsu, MD, board certified gastroenterology, to learn more about the signs and symptoms of the inflammatory bowel disorder known as Crohns disease. Dr Hsu, a member of the Medical Staff of Princeton HealthCare System will also discuss the diagnosis and treatment options that are available.

Individualized Care: Manipulating your immune system to fight cancer-Thursday, June 8th 10:45am
Attend this informative program led by Sheetal Shrimanker, MD, board certified in hematology (blood disorders), internal medicine and medical oncology, to learn about immunotherapy. A new technique that uses medications to boost a patients immune system to combat cancer cells. Dr. Shrimanker is a member of
the medical Staff of Princeton HealthCare System.

 

 
 
Living With COPD
Breathe in. Breathe out. It sounds simple, but for the millions of people suffering from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) the ability to take a full breath is not so easy.

“If you have trouble breathing, talk to your physician. While COPD cannot be cured, once diagnosed it can be treated so you can breathe easier,” says Joseph A. DeBlasio, Jr., M.D., a member of the medical staff at University Medical Center of Princeton (UMCP), specializing in internal medicine.
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease is an inflammatory lung disease that obstructs airflow out of the lungs and is a term that includes chronic bronchitis, emphysema or a combination of the two.
A progressive disease, COPD typically develops slowly with symptoms worsening over time. Common symptoms of COPD include: an ongoing cough or a cough that produces a lot of mucus (often called smoker’s cough), shortness of breath (especially with physical activity), wheezing, and chest tightness.
If you experience symptoms of COPD or notice that you are changing your lifestyle to make breathing easier, see your doctor for an evaluation.
In addition to affecting your quality of life, COPD puts you at greater risk for the flu and pneumonia, both of which can cause a worsening of COPD symptoms.
If COPD is diagnosed, there is a range of treatment options to help manage symptoms and maintain quality of life. Millions of people are living with COPD. If you have trouble breathing, talk to your doctor. Treatment can help manage your symptoms and enhance your quality of life.
To find a physician with Princeton HealthCare System, call
(888) 742-7496 or visit www.princetonhcs.org.

CONTACT David to register for PHC lectures
(609) 497-2230

Free Vision Screening -Thursday, May 18th-10:00am-1:00pm

Half of all blindness is preventable through regular vision screenings and education so have your eyes checked today. Princeton Healthcare System and the NJ Commission for the Blind: Project prevention Unit are pleased to offer these free vision screenings to uninsured and underinsured adults and children. Must sign up by calling David at 609-497-2230

 

Aging and Breast Health

Many women experience changes in their breasts as they age. Typically, these changes are normal and are just a natural part of growing older.

“However, increasing age is a significant risk factor for breast cancer,” says Rachel P. Dultz, fellowship trained breast surgical oncologist, board certified surgeon, fellow of the American College of Surgeons, and medical director of the Breast Health Center at University Medical Center of Princeton (UMCP).

As you age and your hormones change so do your breasts. Women approaching menopause may notice that their breasts feel tender – even when they’re not menstruating – and lumpier than usual. Lumps are common, and while they are often non-cancerous cysts, they should be examined by your doctor to be sure.

Regular mammograms can help find breast cancer at an early stage, when it is usually not causing any symptoms and treatment is most successful. Additionally, you should see your doctor if notice any abnormalities in your breasts or you have breast pain that does not go away.

No matter how old you are, it is important to talk to your doctor about changes in your breasts as they occur and to determine the best plan of regular screening for you.

The Breast Health Center is part of the overall cancer care program at UMCP, and has been awarded a three-year full accreditation by The National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC).


Stopping Colon Cancer Before it Starts

Early detection is key to fighting colon cancer, and screening with a colonoscopy can detect and stop cancer before it starts.

“Colon polyps are extra pieces of tissue that grow inside the large intestine. While most polyps are not dangerous, some types can change into cancer over the course of several years,” says Anish Sheth, MD, board certified in gastroenterology, Chief of Gastroenterology and Director of the Esophageal Program at University Medical Center of Princeton (UMCP).

Anyone can get polyps, but some people are at greater risk. Common risk factors include being over the age of 50, prior history of polyps, having a family member with polyps or a family history of colon cancer. If you have any of these risk factors, talk to your doctor about screening. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) recommends that men and women of average risk should have a colon cancer-screening test starting at age 50.

UMCP, through a partnership with local gastroenterologists, offers a Direct Access Colonoscopy program to help speed the process of scheduling a routine screening for certain patients.

To be eligible, individuals must be age 50 or older, must not have a family history of colon cancer, cannot be on blood thinners or have a history of bleeding disorders, cannot have a history of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, must never have been diagnosed with congestive heart failure, and must not have experienced chest pains
or a heart attack within the past 12 months.

Those who meet the criteria can call UMCP’s Surgical Scheduling Office directly to make an appointment for a colonoscopy and if they meet certain screening criteria, will be scheduled for the procedure within days. For more information, or to schedule a colonoscopy through the Direct Access Colonoscopy program at UMCP, call (609)853-7510.

 
 
 
Services available:
Doctors Visits-Tues & Thursday
Lab Services-Tues & Thurs
Physical Therapy-Mon, Wed, & Fri
Physical & Gym Sign Off's (for Those Without Insurance): Tuesdays and Thursdays. Cost $45.00. 
 

Blood Pressure Check

Tuesday  April 18 -10:00 am – Noon

Tuesday  May 16 -10:00 am – Noon

Tuesday  June 20-10:00 am – Noon