NJAAW News and Resources
Jan. 5, 2022
“New Year, New You: How physical therapy can help you reach your fitness goals”

For older adults, in particular, the adage “use it or lose it” is true, says Physical Therapist Jo Goldin of Califon, NJ, a 1983 graduate of Physical Therapy School in London, England.
 
Goldin -- who worked on the Women's Professional Tennis Tour and was the US Women's National Tennis Team Physical Therapist for 10 years -- is the featured guest on Episode 124 of Aging Insights TV, hosted by Cathy Rowe, DrPH.

Goldin has worked in the UK, Australia and the US in various physical therapy settings. She owned her own outpatient clinic in Denver, CO, for 12 years and then relocated to New Jersey in 2013. She currently works in medical sales for dorsaVi and still loves playing tennis herself. 
 
Goldin discusses topics significant to the aging process, including the importance of staying as mobile as possible at all times; how to increase bone density; the value of examining your sneakers for wear, support and fit, and how physical therapy can help prevent injury and maintain health. “Stronger bones lead to less injuries,” reminds Goldin, noting that people should exercise with input from their medical professionals.
 
Our thanks to Piscataway Senior Center Director Amy Bauman for providing four wonderful center members -- Cara Gutentag, Edita Arcenal, Ardys Sapchin and Joyce Coles -- who demonstrate gentle chair stretches and exercises using a broom, towel, bike pedal exerciser, hand weights, resistance bands and therapy putty. Goldin notes that most items are available in sporting goods stores, some retail chains and online.
An NJAAW feature: #agewellNJ

NJAAW wants to know: What are you doing to ensure you are aging well?

Helen H. from Middlesex told us, “To make sure I am aging well, I take a walk and workout every day. I also eat very well and take good care of myself.” Excellent, Helen!

Is there something you are doing now or are planning to do for your physical health, financial security or recreational enjoyment? Click here and tell us your strategies/plans for aging well so we can share your inspiration with others.
NJAAW events: The NJAAW Housing Series

Aging is not a one-size-fits-all issue -- needs and preferences vary widely. But one thing is consistent: when asked, most people want to remain in their homes and/or communities as long as possible with a sense of independence and connection.
 
There is not one large leap from living in complete independence to assisted living. There are many steps and options along a continuum of needs, finances, preferences and opportunities.
 
Join NJAAW for our new housing series, which will examine each step along this continuum. With a range of experts in the field, we will review housing needs from the perspective of the older adult and their family.
 
This 4-part series will be aired online Wednesdays in February at 4 p.m. ET
 
February 2 - Session 1: Planning and Adapting to Stay in Your Home
  • Renovations at any stage of life can incorporate age-friendly designs; simple adaptations can reduce risks, support independence and allow people to choose where they live.
 
February 9 - Session 2: Help in the Home
  • Recognizing that you need help to stay in your home is important. This session will discuss how to find health aides, adult day care, when to bring in help and how to pay for it.
 
February 16 - Session 3: Senior Residential Options
  • After breaking down stereotypes of housing options for retirees, this session will define independent vs. assisted living, skilled nursing, LTC and the range of options available.
 
February 23 - Session 4: Policy & Plans for New and Innovative Solutions
  • Looking forward, what is on the horizon for housing in NJ? ADUs, co-housing, supportive housing? What are new plans? What is needed?
 
These programs are free but registration is necessary. Register once here for links to all 4 sessions. To download/print a flyer on The NJAAW Housing Series, click here.







RESOURCE:
Free rides to COVID vaccines
(To download/print a flyer, click here.)
POLICY UPDATE:
Nationwide survey reveals how older adults
feel about nursing homes

A new John A. Hartford Foundation poll of older adults makes it clear that now is the time to redesign nursing home care.
 
Key findings from the survey of older adults include:

  • 71% say they are unwilling to live in a nursing home in the future
  • 57% say COVID influenced that decision
  • Nearly 90% say changes are needed in nursing homes
  • Black and Hispanic older adults are more concerned with nursing home safety

For more information and to take a deeper dive into the findings, click here.
The Alzheimer’s Association Delaware Valley Chapter 

The Alzheimer’s Association Delaware Valley Chapter continues to offer virtual support groups for dementia caregivers. Registration is required; click a registration link below or call 800.272.3900 to attend by phone or computer. For more information about Alzheimer’s Association programs and services, contact the 24/7 Helpline at 800.272.3900. For information about e-learning, which is available on-demand, click here.


  • 10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer's, today (Jan. 5), 1 to 2 p.m. -- register
 
  • Understanding Alzheimer's & Dementia, Jan. 12, 1 to 2 p.m. -- register

  • Healthy Living For Your Brain & Body, Jan. 19, 1 to 2 p.m. -- register
 
  • Dementia Conversations, Jan. 21, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. -- register
 
  • Effective Communication Strategies, Jan. 25, 6 to 7 p.m. -- register
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