1607 Corlies Avenue, Neptune NJ 07753
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HAPPY CHINESE NEW YEAR…
On Monday February 8, over 50 Township Seniors came to the Center to celebrate Chinese New Year, “The Year of the Monkey”. Everyone enjoyed a delicious traditional Chinese lunch that was prepared by Asia Star Café in Tinton Falls.
**Seniors are pictured enjoying their Lunch**
TIS’ THE SEASON TO BE HAPPY……HAPPY HOLIDAYS ….
On Tuesday December 15 and Thursday December 17, 2015, Neptune Township Seniors enjoyed festive Holiday Luncheons at the Neptune Department of Senior Services and Senior Center. With so many Senior participants registered at the Center, 2 Luncheons were offered and participants were able to choose one of 2 days. This year over 300 Senior residents were able to enjoy the festivities….and enjoy they did.
There was music and dancing with Bill Turner and Blue Smoke, a down “Home Country Holiday” theme and great food. The day was made complete with great door prizes and gifts.
The Luncheons were hosted by the Senior Center staff with the help of students from the Poseidon Early College High School under the direction of Tara Stephenson. Santa stopped by to greet guests along with Committeeman Randy Bishop, Senior Center liason, Committeeman Dr. Michael Brantley and Nicholas Williams, Committeeman-Elect who brought Holiday greetings from the Township Committee.
CLICK HERE to see pictures of some of the Seniors at the festive occasion
A TIME TO BE THANKFUL….A HAPPY THANKSGIVING FOR ALL.
On Tuesday November 24, 2015 the Neptune Department of Senior Services and Senior Center Staff had the honor of hosting a Thanksgiving Luncheon Feast for Seniors of the Township. Randy Bishop, Township Committeeman and Senior Center liaison, Dr. Michael Brantley, Committeeman and Nicholas Williams, Committeeman-Elect brought greetings from the Township Committee and words of “Thanksgiving” for all.
With the help of senior volunteers and students from Poseidon Early College High School under the direction of Tara Stephenson and help by Erin Siciliano, senior guests were served a delicious meal while enjoying music provided by Larry Campanella. Guests also enjoyed receiving door prizes during the Luncheon.
Pictures of the “Happy and Thankful” Senior guests
Feeling A Little Blue….”What are the Holiday Blues?”
Colleen Neiman, a Social Worker from Meridian Health Education and Riverview Medical Center, provided Senior Center participants with a program on “The Holiday Blues” on November 17, 2015. Colleen explained how people are affected during the Holidays with different feelings of anxiety and depression. The program included a lot of group participation and interaction with Colleen reminding the attendees that the Holiday blues are temporary. She encouraged everyone to be patient with themselves, take care of themselves and take things week by week.
For more information on this Program or other Programs at the Senior Center call 732-988-8855.
A Witches Brew, Spooky Pot Pies and Neptune Township Education Association Pride Committee Members
A great recipe for Halloween fun
Senior participants at the Neptune Township Department of Senior Services and Senior Center enjoyed a fun filled Halloween and Masquerade Bingo theme on Friday October 30, 2015 presented by the Neptune Township Education Association Pride Committee members.
Bingo, laughs, prizes and creative costumes accompanied by a “Halloween Lunch” menu, made for a great day.
NTEA members judged the costume contest with prizes awarded 1st prize-Marie Larkin, 2nd prize-George McCormick, 3rd prize-Rose Dillon.
Monmouth County Board of Health Offers Flu Vaccines To The Senior Community”
Approximately 100 Seniors were vaccinated against the flu. Eight volunteers assisted the four Health Department nurses with the organization of the clinic, the paperwork and the distribution of “fresh apples” to all who attended the clinic.
Pictured are Senior Center volunteers who assisted the Health Department.
“The Inflammation Diet – Is It Right For You?”
The “Inflammation Diet”, presented by Diane, drew many concerned seniors to the Center looking for information on the prevention of inflammation. Diane’s program focused on what inflammation does to the body, how it’s associated with food and how we can incorporate “anti-inflammatory” foods into our lives and
Pictured below are Senior participants eager to learn to live well and feel better
“Winter Holiday Safety for Seniors”
Doug and members of the Neptune Township Fire Department educated the residents with simple ways to ensure a happy and fire-safe holiday season with important life-saving information for their homes and families.
Pictured, L to R: Bryan Bonanno, Kyle Reid, Doug Rowell in the center, Christopher Allfrey, Christopher Armada
Leonard Thomas, RN from Meridian Health Education, provided a lecture on “Men’s Healthy Living” for the men’s breakfast meeting in October.
Mr. Thomas’s presentation on men’s health and wellness was very informative and will help the participants with better health and quality for their lives.
If you are interested in attending any future Men’s Breakfast meetings please register with Gigi Johnson by calling 732-988-8855.
Pictured below is our “Men’s Breakfast Group” in action in October.
Medicare Open Enrollment Information Session
On October 19, 2015, Family and Children’s Services Volunteer Services Coordinator, Miriam Monroe and Samantha White, Coordinator of the State Health Insurance Assistance Program, presented a Medicare open enrollment information session at the Neptune Senior Center.
Samantha informed everyone about Medicare benefits for 2016 and how to compare health and drug plans to get the best coverage and save money on their drug costs.
This year’s open enrollment period began October 15 and will end on December 7, 2015.
**Below are some pictures of the session**
“Playing with Fire” - Neptune Senior Center to the Rescue
On Friday September 24, 2015 Doug Rowell, Neptune Township Fire Official presented the Senior Center staff with a “Fire Safety and Fire Extinguisher” in service training.
Doug Rowell and fire fighters from the Township’s Fire Departments presented the different fire extinguishers and the different situations under which each type of Extinguisher is used. The program concluded with all of the staff participating in an outdoor hands -on experience in extinguishing fires.
**Below are some pictures of the staff in action***
The September men’s breakfast meeting speaker was Carl Jablonski, President of Navy Lakehurst Historical Society. Mr. Jablonski presented a program on “The Hindenburg Disaster” with a power point presentation showing pictures of the ship. Mr. Jablonski displayed artifacts that survived the crash and also shared stories of the Hindenburg survivors.
If you are interested in attending any future Breakfast meetings please register with Gigi Johnson by calling 732-988-8855.
Pictured below is our “Men’s Breakfast Group” in action in September.
On Wednesday, September 16, 2015 Lawrence Kasica, Principal Registered Environmental Health Specialist and Terry Ruane, RN Senior Public Health Nurse from Monmouth County Health Department presented a very informative program on “Creating a Healthy Home after a Storm or Flood”. The goal of the program is to educate Monmouth County residents on the seven principles of a healthy home in order to create and maintain safe and healthy homes in all communities.
**Pictured are Lawrence Kasica and Terry Ruane presenting the program to seniors who attended and received their “Healthy Home” tool kits.
Neptune Senior Center Ceramic Artists Recognized for Their Talents
“Volunteers - a Work of Heart”
Neptune Senior Center “Men’s Breakfast”
A Great Way To Start The Day.
Rave reviews continue to pour in for our “men’s only” monthly “Men’s Breakfast Group” at the Neptune Township Department of Senior Services and Senior Center.
What better way for men to get together than over a delicious home cooked meal - prepared by our Senior Center Staff. Breakfast meetings may include speakers, educational programs, interactive discussions or just fellowship and camaraderie. Breakfast menus change monthly and include such items as fresh cooked eggs, breakfast meats, pancakes, omelets, oatmeal, fruits, juices etc. A free will donation is requested.
Current registration for the group now exceeds 80 men. If you are interested in attending please register with Gigi Johnson by calling
Pictured below is our “Men’s Breakfast Group” in action for the month of July. Guest speaker was group member David Shotwell, of Ocean Grove, who presented “The History of Lifeguarding in Ocean Grove and the Surrounding Shore Towns.”
Fire Safety for Home and Family
On Thursday, March 12, 2015 Doug Rowell, Neptune Township Fire Official, presented a very informative program on basic fire safety for the home. Doug discussed evacuation plans, what to do in case of fire, CO2 alarms, smoke alarms, extinguishers and much more.
His wonderful PowerPoint truly bought “home” the message of safety and family preparation.
Pictured is Doug Rowell presenting Fire Safety for your Home and Family.
For a picture gallery of the Senior Center Holiday parties (Dec 16 & 18), CLICK HERE
FOR INCLEMENT WEATHER NOTICES AND CLOSINGS
For cancellations tune to radio stations 94.3FM The Point, 92.7 WOBM FM, 1160 WOBM AM or 101.5FM or go online, log on to 943thepoint.com and go to Storm Watch.
STAY HEALTHY !
STAY HAPPY !
LIVE LONGER !
Great programs are offered every day. Join us now.
Anyone interested in learning more about the Center or any upcoming programs and events at the Center, Monday - Friday, 9:30am - 3:30pm for information call 732-988-8855.
S.H.I.P. (Senior Health Insurance Program)
The “S.H.I.P.” program offered at the Neptune Township Department of Senior Services, provides assistance with insurance forms and health coverage options for senior citizens. S.H.I.P counselors are available to assist with bills, claim forms or to simply answer any questions that seniors may have regarding health insurance. For more information or to schedule an appointment, feel free to contact Ellen or Kris at the Senior Center.
Barbara Neuman, Township Senior and S.H.I.P. Counselor, Arlene Broza, is pictured assisting a senior with health insurance questions.
Nutrition Counseling Available
Registered Dietician, Diane West, provides individual and/or group diet and nutrition sessions for Seniors. Diane holds educational forums on a variety of topics every other month at the Center to inform seniors of the importance of good nutrition and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. She is also available to assist seniors on a one-on-one basis.
Pump It Up with Maria
Fitness Instructor, Maria McKeon is pictured demonstrating exercise and tone thru dance movements that are easy and repetitive.
Yoga Stretch with Lisa
Fitness Instructor, Lisa Hall demonstrates how yoga exercises can be done in a chair to help detox and relax your body and mind.
Total Body Solution - “Exercise through Arthritis” with Suzanne
Certified Trainer and Fitness Instructor, Suzanne Parchment teaches class participants how to “exercise through arthritis” by using an educational and active approach to living with arthritis.
Zumba Gold with Patty
Zumba Instructor, Patty Roslonski is shown exercising in a dance party atmosphere with music from around the world.
T’Ai Chi Chih with Dan
T’Ai Chi Chih Instructor, Dan Pienciak is pictured teaching one of the many beneficial body movements that can be done while sitting or standing to help improve your overall health.
For more information regarding these essential programs, or for an individual appointment, feel free to contact the Center at 732-988-8855.
Kristina Brown, Senior Center Case Manager
Neptune Township Department of Senior Services and Senior Center
Neptune, New Jersey 07753
Executive Director, Rosemary Gray
Monday – Friday 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Handicapped Accessible Funding Sources: Municipal and Federal Funds
Service Area: The Neptune Senior Citizens’ Center serves the residents of Neptune Township who are 60 years of age or older and their families. Limited services and many recreational and educational programs are also available to residents of surrounding towns. Information can be obtained from the Center regarding the availability of these services.
Mission Statement: Our mission is to maintain a premier facility, and resource center, for educational, recreational, wellness and nutritional programs as well as volunteer opportunities, transportation, reassuring telephone contacts, counseling, and support services, for seniors and their caregivers. Our goal is to meet the needs of all Seniors, homebound and independent, to ensure quality of life, to promote physical, emotional, and economic well-being and to encourage participation in all aspects of community life.
Information and Referral Services – The Center is a community focal point and resource center for seniors to receive information pertaining to senior related issues such as entitlement programs, home care assistance, family counseling, health insurance counseling, income tax, and legal assistance.
Recreational Programs – Activities such as arts and crafts, ceramics, parties, bingo, games, group meetings and monthly feature movies are available five days per week.
Educational Programs – Continuing education for seniors and their families is promoted through speakers, classes, and support groups.
Nutrition Programs – Continental breakfast is offered daily until 11:00am, good will donation. No reservation is required. Lunch is served daily at 12 noon. Donation of $2.50 requested. Reservations are required and requested by 11:30am the day before.
Outreach Services – Outreach services are designed to locate and service homebound seniors by providing home visits and information and referral services. Assistance is provided with entitlement programs, filing applications, etc. Caseworkers work in conjunction with families and other agencies to ensure safety, welfare and independence of the senior in the community.
Health and Wellness Clinics – Health clinics are provided monthly and include nutrition programs, Flu and Pneumonia vaccines and more.
Physical Fitness Programs – Exercise classes, Tai Chi classes, yoga classes, total body solutions, zumba gold, and bowling are available.
Transportation – Transportation services to and from the Center as well as trips for medical appointments, food shopping and personal requests are also available. Reservations are required and are requested at least 24 hours in advance.
“Your Needs Are Our Concern”
It is the mission of Neptune Township’s Department of Senior Services and Senior Center to provide quality, essential and responsive services to older adults, homebound and independent, and their families or caregivers. Our staff is dedicated to providing services with respect, compassion and accountability. Our Center works with all area agencies to guarantee maximum service connection.
Given that the well-being of each resident impacts the entire community, it is the goal of this department to support independence, encourage life satisfaction and promote mental, physical and social well-being for older adults now and into the future.
Senior Center Staff
- Rosemary Gray, Director
- Kristina Torres, Deputy Director
- Michelle Bivens, Adminstrative Assistant
- Gigi Johnson, Recreation Coordinator
- Ryan Ugrovics, Transportation Coordinator
- Carina Santos, Departmental Secretary
- Teresa Richard, Kitchen Manager
- Jennifer Nurse, Kitchen Aide
- Deborah Carbone, Kitchen Aide
- Ralph Parkman, Maintenance
- John Lalanas, Bus Driver
- Robert White, Bus Driver
- Linda Dietz, Bus Driver
- Constant Saraison, Kitchen Aide/Custodian