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From the Desk Of 
Caryl Greenberg, MSW, LSW 
 

 

Transitions

By now, I hope that you have heard that I have started in a new role here at the Senior Center. After 20 years in her position as Director, Christine Wildemuth retired last month, and no doubt, I have big shoes to fill. And while my responsibilities have expanded, I will continue to draw on my 30-year experience as a social worker to ensure that the South Brunswick Senior Center continues to thrive as a center of excellence.
Social work has always afforded me the ability to help individuals draw from their owns strengths and help them recognize and live up to their capacities. My approach to my clients has always started with an assessment: what does this person need from a psychosocial, economic and environmental point of view? In other words, you are having a hard time with a life transition; for example, you have discovered you have a chronic illness that is debilitating. Does this mean that you might have to modify your home, stop driving, look into better health insurance?
Do you have a strong relationship with your family? How have you dealt with adversity in the past? How do you deal with stress now?
Considering 'the problem' in relation to the whole person has always been important to me – I have always felt as a social worker that a holistic approach to stressors is critical and encompasses the entire person’s world. I was not always successful in helping people ‘solve their problem’ but I always left at the end of the day knowing that I impacted someone, hopefully in a positive way.
Now that I am in this new role, I realize that my overall goal will not change: I want to continue to impact the senior community for the better. I will continue to look at our center as a whole as there are many components to it. I may now be delivering on those goals in a different way, but at the end of the day, I anticipate going home knowing that the people who come to the South Brunswick Senior Center feel enriched by their experience. Whether you come to participate in activities, share a meal or just shoot the breeze, I look forward to you enjoying a positive and meaningful experience. In the next few weeks, I look forward to meeting you if I don’t already know you; please pop in to say hello!

 

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...


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. 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 10:30 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 Caryl Greenberg for further information. 

Notary

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

Office on Aging
Caryl Greenberg

cgreenbe@sbtnj.net
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.