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For Immediate Release:

April 8, 2015

 

Calling all Centenarians

Monmouth County to honor residents who are 100 plus years of age

 

HAZLET, NJ – “It’s never too early to plan your birthday celebration,” said Freeholder John Curley. “So, if you will be 100 years of age – or more – you should make plans to be part of Monmouth County’s Centenarian Celebration at noon on Monday, May 11.”

Curley recently announced plans for the third annual birthday party for centenarians that the County’s Office on Aging hosts together with at Regency Park Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, 3325 Highway 35 in Hazlet. Party plans include a luncheon, music, gifts and, of course, a birthday cake. 

“Regency is proud to co-host this event with the Monmouth County Office on Aging.  It is a wonderful opportunity for the Centenarians and their families to gather and share their stories, which are truly amazing,” Marie Barnes, Regency Park’s director of corporate marketing and public relations said. “We are also proud to announce we are world record holders, and listed in the publication of the 2015 Anniversary Edition of the Guinness Book of World Records for the Largest Gathering of Centenarians.”

“We want to invite all Monmouth County centenarians who will be 100 years old or older this year to join this celebration,” Curley said. 

If you know a centenarian who would like to attend this great celebration of life, please send their name, address, phone number, and a copy of their birth certificate to the Monmouth County Office on Aging at 3000 Kozloski Road, Freehold, NJ 07728.  For more information, please call 732-431-7450. 

Wednesday, 08 April 2015 14:30

Defeating Alzheimer's by 2015

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Of the 10 leading causes of death in the United States, Alzheimer’s disease is the only one for which there is no effective treatment. The disease has a staggering reach: Roughly one out of every five of us is at risk of developing Alzheimer’s dementia in our lifetime. Caring for Alzheimer’s victims costs the world an estimated $604 billion each year in addition to the terrible personal costs to families. Its numbers are expected to triple to an estimated 115 million people by 2050. If nothing changes between now and then, not a single person will survive it.

 

In other words, Alzheimer’s is a slow-motion time bomb. The trouble is that the scale of the research has never met the size of the problem. And those of us who have worked in this field for decades have had limited success bringing attention to the magnitude of this deadly disorder.

But a more collaborative, focused approach between the public and private sectors is beginning to take hold. Scientists engaged in it are making quick progress that promises to ultimately transform Alzheimer’s from a death sentence into a preventable illness.

 

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Somerset County wants to learn of people who are 100 or will become centenarian this year.

Freeholder Brian D. Levine, in conjunction with the Office on Aging and Disability Services and the Regency Heritage Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, is looking to identify residents who are, or will be, centenarians in 2015. Responses are requested by Friday, April 17.

"We are asking residents to help the Office on Aging and Disability Services honor Somerset County centenarians," said Levine, human services liaison.

"It is our privilege to pay tribute to those who have contributed to and enriched the lives of their communities. We regard these individuals as wonderful role models for future generations."

Family members or caregivers should complete a recognition form, which can be obtained from the county Office on Aging and Disability Services or by following this link.

Completed forms may be faxed to 908-595-0194 or mailed to Cynthia
Voorhees, Somerset County Office on Aging and Disability Services, P.O. Box 3000, Somerville, NJ 08876. The deadline is Friday, April 17.

A free luncheon to honor Somerset County centenarians will be held at noon on Wednesday, May 20, at the Regency Heritage Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, 380 DeMott Lane in Franklin Township. Centenarians may also invite up to three guests.

The Somerset County Board of Chosen Freeholders participates each year in the nationwide celebration of Older Americans Month. Established in 1963, it's designed to recognize the contributions of individuals age 60 and above who enrich and strengthen our nation's communities.

For more information or to nominate a centenarian, contact Cynthia Voorhees at 908-704-6349 or email to her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Monday, 23 March 2015 17:40

Affordable Care Act Information

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About the Law

The Affordable Care Act puts consumers back in charge of their health care. Under the law, a new “Patient’s Bill of Rights” gives the American people the stability and flexibility they need to make informed choices about their health.

View Key Features of the Affordable Care Act or read a year-by-year overview of features.

Coverage

  • Ends Pre-Existing Condition Exclusions for Children: Health plans can no longer limit or deny benefits to children under 19 due to a pre-existing condition.
  • Keeps Young Adults Covered: If you are under 26, you may be eligible to be covered under your parent’s health plan.
  • Ends Arbitrary Withdrawals of Insurance Coverage: Insurers can no longer cancel your coverage just because you made an honest mistake.
  • Guarantees Your Right to Appeal: You now have the right to ask that your plan reconsider its denial of payment.

Costs

  • Ends Lifetime Limits on Coverage: Lifetime limits on most benefits are banned for all new health insurance plans.
  • Reviews Premium Increases: Insurance companies must now publicly justify any unreasonable rate hikes.
  • Helps You Get the Most from Your Premium Dollars: Your premium dollars must be spent primarily on health care – not administrative costs.

Care

  • Covers Preventive Care at No Cost to You: You may be eligible for recommended preventive health services. No copayment.
  • Protects Your Choice of Doctors: Choose the primary care doctor you want from your plan’s network.
  • Removes Insurance Company Barriers to Emergency Services: You can seek emergency care at a hospital outside of your health plan’s network.

For More Information

FitBits, telehealth, remote data gathering—those wireless and mobile tech capabilities are all right here, right now. But what to do with all those data? It must start with a robust information technology architecture that can handle the new data influx that is coming and still deal with quality care, says John Derr, president of JD and Associates Enterprises.

Although wearable technology has been around for several years, it reached the general consumer level in 2014 and took off like a rocket. Today’s wearables can count heartbeats, measure blood pressure, check glucose levels and track locations. But the wearable frenzy boils down to the same problems healthcare has had with its data for decades: Just because we can capture data elements doesn’t mean they’re translatable to our health record systems, and just because we can translate the data into a “permanent” record system doesn’t always mean we have efficient ways to use or analyze them for better benchmarking or quality care.

All new healthcare technology goes through a “whistles and bells” period, then often settles into actual, valuable applications that can improve healthcare delivery in the mainstream. Although many providers hail the adoption of this type of technology as a huge milestone in patient engagement if nothing else, others are looking toward wearables as potential goldmines of data on residents as they live their daily lives, filling in the crucial gaps between physician visits.

 

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Friday, 28 November 2014 14:51

1 Million People Apply On HealthCare.gov In First Week

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From USA Today:

WASHINGTON — About 1 million out of the more than 3.7 million people who logged into HealthCare.gov during the first week of open enrollment submitted applications, the Department of Health and Human Services said Wednesday.

Nearly a half-million of those selected plans.

HHS Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell called the first week's statistics a "solid start" but noted the government has "a lot of work to do every day between now and Feb. 15," the end of the open enrollment period. A week after the agency came under fire for misstating enrollment figures by including those who signed up for dental plans, Burwell said, "Those numbers have been checked and do not include dental."

Almost half — 48% — of those who chose plans were uninsured, Burwell said. One of the administration's goals during the three-month open enrollment period is to reduce the number of people without insurance. Another goal is encouraging those with insurance to shop around for better deals.

"The fact that a substantial number of people were able to get on HealthCare.gov and pick a plan in the first week shows that the systems are working," said Larry Levitt, senior vice president at the Kaiser Family Foundation. "That's a big deal when you consider what a mess it all was last fall."

 

Wednesday, 10 September 2014 22:03

Regency Nursing Offers AARP Driving Courses!

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Sign up for this amazing driving course taking place next month at Regency Heritage in Somerset, NJ

 

 

 

 

Thursday, 07 August 2014 13:49

Regency Park Nursing Reviews!

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As you know, we have great BBQ's this time of year in our magnificent park at Regency Park in Hazlet.

Take a look at this photo I captured of our BBQ today, from our rooftop!

Friday, 23 May 2014 10:01

An extra cup of coffee may ward off diabetes

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Nearly 27 percent of people over 65 have some form of diabetes, according to the American Diabetes Association, putting cardiovascular, cognitive and functional health at risk.

In a four-year study led by Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH), researchers found that increasing coffee intake by just one cup a day reduced the risk of Type 2 diabetes by 11 percent.

The study also found that if coffee consumption was decreased, the risk of Type 2 diabetes increased by 17 percent. For the study, a cup of coffee was defined as eight ounces, black or with a small amount of milk and/or sugar.

The study also found that decaffeinated coffee and caffeinated tea consumption were not associated with changes in the risk for type 2 diabetes.

“These findings further demonstrate that, for most people, coffee may have health benefits. But coffee is only one of many factors that influence diabetes risk. More importantly, individuals should watch their weight and be physically active,” said Frank Hu, senior author and HSPH professor of nutrition and epidemiology at HSPH, in a release.

Source: LTL

The Clark Fork Valley Hospital (CFVH) in Plains, MT has put forth an impressive, new model for treating lung-related diseases through the launch of its new Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program in March, which seeks to serve patients with a wide range of diagnoses, including COPD, pulmonary hypertension, obesity-related lung disease, and sarcoidosis.

Due to the diversity of diagnoses, the program aims to provide a multidisciplinary team approach in treating the community, including the patient’s primary care provider, respiratory, and physical therapists. Following the patients needs, a treatment plan is developed where patients primarily work with respiratory therapists who coordinate and monitor their progress during course sessions.

The sessions are twice per week for up to two hours, depending on the topic and treatment, and include both education and exercise. The new program, which could very well come to be adopted elsewhere in the United states, seeks to cover the most relevant topics in treating and living with diseases such as COPD and Pulmonary Hypertension, such as breathing techniques, emotional well being, nutrition and activity of the patient.

On the other hand, for exercise, patients can use a treadmill, elliptical machine, recumbent bike, ergometer, and weights. Even when patients enrolled in pilot courses that introduce best practices for well being with PH and CPD, the strategy has been quite successful when helping the patients to be able to solve some of their own needs by themselves. As TaLoni DuBois, respiratory therapist and cardiopulmonary services manager, explains, “Patients are taking away so much more than exercise techniques from these courses, they are benefiting from a supportive environment and a new perspective. A lot of our patients have friends and family members who are so worried about them that they coddle them resulting in inactivity and co-dependence.”

With this program, patients are encouraged to complete their course and improve their situation in a safe, educational environment. Even after the course is over (after an average of 12 to 15 weeks), CFVH has started an extension of the program as an extra effort, making post-pulmonary rehabilitation exercise lab and therapist assistance available in case the need arises.

This type of oversight can only help Skilled Nursing Facilities lower their re-hospitalization rates.

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