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Welcome Dawn!

 From the Desk of Dawn Neglia

Social Worker- Office on Aging, x 7212 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Brain Health

Like most people, I make a resolution on January 1st committing myself to a healthier lifestyle after the inevitable holiday over-eating and indulging. But what does getting healthy mean? Research shows that a healthy diet and regular exercise benefits not only physical health, but also promotes mental and emotional well-being.

The Senior Center offers a wide variety of exercise classes and equipment that can be used by people with different levels of strength and fitness. We also have a partnership with PennHeatlh that provides on-site physical and occupational therapy for those who are in need of such. The amazing programs, clubs and committees that happen on a daily basis increase socialization and companionship, all very important to overall health and
well-being.

So what about brain health? According to the National Institute on Aging (NIA), “Brain health refers to the ability to remember, learn, plan, concentrate and maintain a clear, active mind... Simply, brain health is all about making
the most of your brain and helping reduce some risks to it as you age.”
Over the last few years, studies have shown that heavily marketed supplements are not effective at improving memory and brain health. There has been more emphasis on balanced diets high in omega-3 fatty acids and regular physical exercise and socialization. In addition, engaging the brain
has moved past basic puzzles and games and is more focused on finding new challenges and talents.

Starting this spring, we will be working on a program focused on Brain Health that will offer a series of short classes focused on different aspects of maintaining a healthy brain. These classes will be for everyone, not just for people who are concerned about memory loss or dementia specifically.
Keep an eye out for more details in the monthly calendar and Beacon!

Excited does not even begin to describe how I feel about joining the team at South Brunswick Senior Center! As a lifelong member of the South Brunswick community, I feel honored to serve the township I call home and to have the opportunity to work with people I call neighbors. I have already felt so welcomed by the staff and members of the center and I thank you all for your support!

My undergraduate degree in Social Work comes from Richard Stockton University, where I also earned a Certificate in Gerontology. I attended Monmouth University for my Masters and earned a certification as an assisted living administrator. I was fortunate to have all of my grandparents actively involved in my life well into adulthood and this strongly influenced the type of work I chose to pursue.

As a licensed Social Worker for the past fifteen years, I have worked with the older adult population in medical, healthcare and residential settings. The best part of my job has always been forming relationships with the person who I am assisting. I truly enjoying getting to know each individual and look forward to hearing about your life and assisting in any way I can. I feel strongly about an open door policy and encourage everyone to stop by my office. While I am new it may take time for me to learn names and faces, but I promise to try my best!

 

   Living Legacies 2020

Looking for Participants

High School students will interview you to discuss your family’s cultural traditions and how you keep your traditions alive in today’s ever changing world.

Call the Office to register or with questions.

Please be part of this fabulous Intergenerational Program

 

Join A Group...


What's
 on Your Mind 

"What's On Your Mind" meets on Fridays at 1:45 p.m. to discuss current events and information that interests you. We welcome new members.  You can drop in anytime.  Call Dawn for more information. 


Monthly Bereavement Support Group
Ongoing support group. Participants offer mutual support to each other as we share our struggles and grief in a safe non-judgmental venue.

Book Club
A weekly group using literature as a conduit for discussion. Participants share thoughts and feelings about what they have read and relate it ‘if applicable’ to their life experience. We meet every Thursday (except the first Thursday of the month) at 10:30 am. Please call Caryl for more information.

VISION LOSS SUPPORT GROUP
Meets the first Friday of every month at 10:30 a.m. in the conference room.  This is an opportunity to meet new people, share information and benefit from mutual support. 

Veterans 

Veterans of any age meet monthly to share stories and strive to re-create the camaraderie that is experienced when sharing a common bond. This group meets monthly on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 10:30 a.m.

Social Work Services
As more individuals are choosing to ‘age in place’, the senior center offers ‘home visits’ by the Social Worker to the homebound elderly. We provide limited case management services, emotional support and counseling for issues including loss, caregiver's stress, reduced independence, relationship issues,  depression, substance abuse, isolation and more.  The Social Worker also sees individuals and couples on site. Please contact Dawn Neglia for further information. 

Notary

 If you need something to be notarized, please call first to schedule an appointment. Notary services are complimentary.

Office on Aging
Caryl Greenberg

cgreenbe@sbtnj.net
Director
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.