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From the Desk Of 
Caryl Greenberg, MSW, LSW 


A Note From Our Director
Caryl Greenberg, Director- Office on Aging, MSW, LSW x 7212 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

How To Avoid Disappointment Around The Holidays

How many of you put pressure on yourselves year after year because of ‘New Year’s Resolutions’? Many of us remember the plans and promises we made to ourselves the previous year ,and even the year before that and realizing our disappointment when we don’t come near realizing those goals. Perhaps we aim higher the following year to compensate for not reaching our goal in the first place. It can become a vicious cycle of setting ourselves up for failure.

There is a lot of self-prescribed pressure for us at the end of each year. Reevaluating how we want to improve our physical, emotional and perhaps medical well-being is valuable. As human beings it’s important to constantly grow as a person, to improve interpersonal relationships and of course try to figure out how to be and feel healthy.
So how can we achieve this realistically? Do not make goals that are unattainable and too specific. Hoping to achieve a 40 lb. weight loss is not unreasonable but if you have been hoping to achieve this for several years what makes you think this year will be any different? Modify and generalize the goal. Vow to take steps to be healthier and there is a good chance that a consequence of some behavior change will be weight loss.

Do not set goals that are beyond your control. For example, you want to reconcile friendships or relationships; we only have control over our own actions. Decide to reach out to lost friends by calling, writing or texting and then at least you can achieve what you set out to do. You developed a realistic step you could take to reach an appealable end.
If you reconnect, that is wonderful and if you don’t, you will gain satisfaction in knowing you did what you can.

Here is something you can do for free and quite easily. SMILE It’s contagious. This time of year many of us have moments or longer periods of loneliness. Something as easy as smiling lets people know you are approachable. And who knows what that can lead to. If we all establish a goal to smile more often as we go about our day we reap the benefits that a smile might trigger. See how people will be drawn to you if you smile at them. Smiling affects our emotions because of a body-brain connection. It increases activity in the left frontal cortex of the brain which is where happiness is registered. The more you smile, the more positive feelings you may experience. So, add smiling to your list of resolutions!
Living Legacy’s 2020: Please be part of this Intergenerational Program. High School students will interview you to discuss your culture and how you implement it here in south Brunswick. Call the Office to register or with questions.


Concierge Medical Care

Practices that offer unlimited doctor access for
a fee are popping up around the U.S.
Here's what you should know.

If you are lucky enough to afford to use a concierge physician, you are among a growing population of older adults that enjoy the comfort of having round the clock attention. In a nutshell, some doctors are downsizing to a ‘retainer based practice’ in order to limit the number of patients in his/her practice for an annual fee. In return the patient receives exclusive services and increased access. Some practices are set up based on tiers and the more fragile your health is the more of a yearly fee you pay. Physicians are still billing insurances; you would continue to pay co-pays and deductibles etc.

Why is this even happening? According to an article I read, many
doctors are experiencing burnout. In order for physicians to have a viable practice a typical primary care practice has between 2,000-3,000 patients, seeing about 20-24 patients daily. With the scaled down practice that number drops to 6-8 patients a day with a practice size between 400-600. The extra time allows the concierge physician to offer a comprehensive assessment and customized treatment plan, including lifestyle and preventive services for optimum health and practice as they intended.

There are criticisms of concierge medicine which is that it is elitist,
available to the rich and can lead to a 2 tier health care system. I have heard that some recently transitioned doctors have kept their previous clients even if they can’t pay their new rate. If you’re interested in type of practice let me know and I can give you information.

Monthly Bereavement Group: Monday, August 19th 10:45am Anyone who has suffered the loss of a spouse or partner
is welcome to attend the monthly bereavement group.

Questions? Please call Caryl x 7212 is welcome to attend the monthly bereavement group. 


Join A Group...

 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.

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 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. 


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

Office on Aging
Caryl Greenberg
Senior Center
540 Ridge Road
Monmouth Junction, NJ 08852
732-329-4000 x7670
(rotary phones)
732-329-4000 x7363
Center Hours
Monday to Friday
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.