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From the Desk Of 
Caryl Greenberg, MSW, LSW 
 

Educational/Vendor Event

What exactly is the difference between a nursing home and an assisted living? Will Medicare pay for home care? What is a home health companion authorized to do for me and how much will it cost? Can an elder attorney preserve my savings in case I end up hospitalized for an extended amount of time or need nursing home care? These are just some of the questions you will have answered when you attend the Educational Fair on March 4th. The Senior Center will be hosting a panel of professionals who will discuss various areas of heath care.
The panel will include Carmen Fernandez from ‘Always Best Care
Senior Services’, Deanna Mellon from ‘Acorn Glen Assisted Living’, Michelle Barry from Princeton Care Center, Bob Goldbetter from ‘Ascend Hospice’ and lastly Sheli Monacchio from Van Dyck Law. You will have an opportunity to ask questions in a non-sales pitch atmosphere. There will also be vendor tables which will add a touch of festivity to this event! All are welcome; no sign up necessary.
By the time you receive this newsletter it will be the New Year; 2019! It’s hard to believe the holidays are behind us and we can now look forward to some cold, brisk stinging winds and perhaps snow blanketing our neighborhoods. It might be beautiful but it can certainly be slippery. Given the choice most of us want to stay home and not risk a fall when the weather is inclement. And that makes sense! If that sounds like you- please stay in touch with us. When we see you on a regular basis and then we don’t we worry; and we really care that you are alright. For those individuals who stop coming to the center entirely in the winter, social isolation and depression can slowly impact you. Please call me so we can keep in touch. Just a quick shout out about my Friday afternoon group- it is a drop in group- come any Friday at 1:45 pm- it’s a great opportunity to get your fill of conversation!

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Monthly Bereavement Group: Monday, February 25th 10:45am Anyone who has suffered the loss of a spouse or partner
is welcome to attend the monthly bereavement group. Please note different date this month. Questions? Please call Caryl x 7212

 

 
Plan Ahead and Rest in Peace: All about Funerals
    If you regularly read my page, you’ll know that I write about the funeral industry every couple of years. We are so lucky to have a non-profit consumer group that monitors this business and gives practical advice about funeral planning from an economic point of view. There are lots of ways to save money if you do your homework and shop before you’re in crisis mode! You wouldn’t walk into the closest car dealership and buy whatever car and options the salesperson recommended just because you need a new car but that is how most people buy funeral goods and services. Most people assume they should use a nearby funeral home or one they have used in the past. 
If you’re not using a funeral home for viewing or a service, you don’t need to use a local facility; there may be one in a nearby town that is half the price. That’s right; half the price!  
    When shopping for a funeral, bring a friend with you who will encourage you to stick to your budget.  It’s easy to fall into thinking that the more money you spend is a direct correlation to how much you love the person.  Sometimes unscrupulous salespeople may imply that doing anything other than the traditional is unsuitable and this feeds into feelings of guilt. Many people are finding themselves wanting unique and personalized funerals and memorials which is more meaningful to them and generally is less costly. Caskets and casket kits are available on-line for a fraction of the price charged by some funeral homes. Mortuaries are required by law to accept a casket from an outside vendor and cannot charge you a fee for ordering one. You can also call or visit any funeral home and they are legally obligated to give you a (‘GPL’) general price list which enables you to compare ‘apples to apples’ from various funeral homes. Should you prepay for a funeral? How else can you save money and what other legal rights do you have?  Come to the lecture on January 10th at 12:15 pm and find out!
 

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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 Caryl for more information. 


Monthly Bereavement Support Group
Ongoing support group next meeting Nov 19th 10:45am. 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 age 55 + 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 10:45 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 can provide limited case management services, emotional support and counseling. Many issues include loss, care giving concerns and tensions, coping with health problems, relationship issues, independence, depression, substance abuse, isolation and more.  The Social Worker also sees individuals and couples on site. Please contact Caryl Greenberg for further information. 

Notary

I am now a NOTARY PUBLIC in the state of NJ. If you need something to be notarized, free of cost, to ensure you are not disappointed please call first to make sure I am in.

Office on Aging
Christine Wildemuth

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.