Dear Center Members,

One of the messages that I hope you have taken from these weekly notes is that it is important to think positively. That has not been easy with everything going on, but it is vitally important.

It is also important to understand where we are in our fight against the corona virus. Officials here in New Jersey, both at the state and local level, have done a great job of flattening the curve. While NJ hospitals have been inundated with cases in the past few months, the doctors, nurses and other medical professionals have worked tirelessly, many times around the clock, to see and treat everyone stricken.

Pandemics can't be stopped until a vaccine is developed, and that takes time. But flattening the curve has meant that by slowing the spread to a more manageable level, there are medical resources in place to take care of all. And we have done that here in New Jersey.

I was reminded of that the other day by a paramedic friend of mine. She mentioned to me that one of the many horrible side effects of this COVID-19 crisis has been an increasing the number of people dying in their homes, of causes related and unrelated to COVID. Why? In many cases, it's because people are simply too afraid to go to the hospital. We have become frightened of the emergency room because of the stories that we were reading about what it was like at the peak of the crisis. That is simply not the case anymore.

Hospitals are returning to their normal state and emergency rooms are operating at well below capacity. So if you have a medical emergency, PLEASE CALL 911. In emergencies, ER's are the best place to be seen evaluated and treated. There is no need to fear going to the hospital. We want you healthy and able to join us when we are able to reopen the center!

We still have an active Facebook group with lots of programming through out the week. Look for repurposing items to create art, storytelling, creative writing, sign up for 'Now and Zen', 'What's on Your Mind' discussion group, puzzles, brain teasers and more. If you have a talent or interest you would like to share with others, please reach out to JillAnn or me.
MaryAnn has 3 fitness classes daily on SBTV and on our website you can find links to BollyX and Sweatin to the Oldies. Here is that link.

At some point soon we will begin our restaurant 'gift-cards giveaway fun' again with many thanks to Mayor Charlie Carley.

In the meantime, restaurants are opening tomorrow for outside dining! This is our ' now normal' and in another week we will have a new, ' now normal'. These are fluid times indeed!

My very best,

Caryl

Caryl Greenberg
732.329.4000 x 7682
cgreenbe@sbtnj.net
Resources/Updates
Chefs for Seniors - In house chef services are back! Following all CDC recommendations.
Senior Tax Freeze might be cut this year. Read the article to find out more.

A terrific website especially for these times - SNOPES - The definitive Internet reference source for researching urban legends, folklore, myths, rumors, and misinformation.