Wellness Briefs – Week of March 7, 2013

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Adaptive fitness for children

Stretching, strengthening and gross motor activities modified for children ages 6-12 with autism and Down syndrome will be held 5-5:45 p.m. beginning March 4 running through April 22 at Body in Balance Fitness Center in Linwood. Cost is $80 per eight-week session. One-time drop-in fee is $15. Participants must call ahead to check availability. Parent participation is encouraged but not required. For information call Eleanor Hagan at (609) 365-8499 or Amy Smith at (609) 457-8310.


Emotional consequences of Sandy

PerformCare New Jersey will offer a symposium addressing the emotional health consequences of Hurricane Sandy 10 a.m.-noon Friday, March 8 in the Campus Center Theater at Richard Stockton College of New Jersey in Galloway Township.  

Stroke presentation

AtlantiCare will give a presentation on prevention, diagnosis and treatment of stroke 1 p.m. Tuesday, March 12 at the Northfield library, 241 W. Mill Road, Northfield. To register call (609) 646-4476 or by stop by the library.


Free fall risk screening program

Med Rehab Therapy Center in Northfield is providing free screening with the Biodex Balance System for elderly patients that are at risk of falling Monday through Friday. Call to schedule your free screening at (609) 645-2224.


Physical therapy evaluations

In an effort to support people who may be experiencing pain or discomfort as a result of the storm cleanup efforts, Ivy Rehab will be providing free physical therapy evaluations at its facilities in Somers Point, Egg Harbor Township, Galloway and Northfield. Call Colleen Zboray at (609) 425-6702 to be directed to a location or see www.ivyrehab.com for direct phone numbers.


Help for people with disabilities

The state Personal Assistance Services Program administered by the Atlantic County Division of Intergenerational Services provides assistance to county residents age 18-65 who have permanent physical disabilities. Includes light housekeeping, bathing, dressing, meal preparation, shopping and general mobility to individuals who are employed, attending school or vocational training, or engaged in community volunteer service. Participants must be able to self-direct their services and program needs. Where applicable, the cost of services is based upon income. Call (609) 645-7700, ext. 4519.



Alcove adds individual therapy and corporate outreach

The Alcove Center for Grieving Children and Families is adding individual therapy and corporate outreach to its services. Therapy will be specific to grief and loss issues. Corporate outreach services will be provided to businesses and organizations affected by death. For information, referral to schedule an appointment call (609) 484-1133.


Yoga at Hindu Jain Temple

Yoga classes are held 6 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday and 9:15 a.m. Saturday at the Vaikunth Hindu Jain Temple, 571 Pomona Road in Galloway. Hatha yoga weeknight classes are taught by Kalpana Contractor, and EgoFree yoga is taught by Stevee Wolos. For information email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call (609) 287-0955.


Friendly phone calls

Volunteers at Contact Cape-Atlantic offer daily phone calls to disabled, elderly and isolated citizens who want to continue living independently, just to say hello and check that all is well. Calls are free and confidential. Anyone who is interested in receiving calls or who know someone who might be can contact Jennifer Goudie at (609) 823-0762.


Multiple sclerosis meeting at the shore

The local Jersey Shore MS Support Group is looking for people involved with the disease who would like a forum, a place to meet with those who know what you are talking about and who will listen. The group meets 6-8 p.m. the first Tuesday of every month at the Galloway branch of the county library, 306 E. Jimmy Leeds Road. Contact Jackie at (609) 266-8561 or email  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


Nicotine Anonymous

Nicotine Anonymous holds the following support groups: Mainland Group, 7-8 p.m. Monday evenings in the Jenkins Room second flood of Shore Medical Center in Somers Point. For information call Sandy at (609) 226-4193. Mainland North Group, 7:45-8:45 p.m. Tuesday evenings at St. Mark’s All Saints Episcopal Church in Galloway. For information call Lori at (609) 703-2135. The NOPE (Not One Puff Ever) group, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday evenings at United Methodist Church located in Somers Point. For information call Joe F. at (609) 927-8967.

Zumba classes

The Northfield Community School Community Education Program is offering Zumba class 5:30-6:30 p.m. Mondays in the school cafetorium. The price is $6 per class. Call (609) 407-0635 to register.


Yoga classes

The Northfield Community School Community Education Program is offering yoga classes 5:30-6:30 p.m. Wednesdays in the Northfield School Library. The price is $7 per class. Participants must register at (609) 407-0635.


Cape-Atlantic Transplant support group

Cape-Atlantic Transplant Support group meets 4:30 p.m. every fourth Wednesday at Shore Medical Hospital in Somers Point and operates under Gift of Life Donor Program in Philadelphia. Call (609) 624-0529.


Spectrum Rehab open clinic

Spectrum Rehab, providers of physical, occupational and speech therapy, offers an open clinic the third Wednesday of each month at its new location, 2300 New Road in Northfield, to help people not covered by insurance or simply answer questions about a therapy program. They can help patients with a home routine that will keep them mobile and doing the activities they love. Call (609) 204-4849.


Alzheimer’s support group

An Alzheimer’s support group meets 1 p.m. every third Thursday at Royal Suites Healthcare and Rehabilitation, 214 W. Jimmie Leeds Road, Galloway. Call (609) 749-9900 for more information.


Headache and migraine self-help phone group

When you are ill and your head and hands cannot work, sometimes it's good to talk to someone else who knows the pain. Contact Ree Leeds at (609) 266-2686 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


National Federation of the Blind meetings

The South Jersey Shore Chapter of the National Federation of the Blind of New Jersey meets 10 a.m.-1 p.m. the third Saturday of each month at the Ocean City Public Library. For information call Kathy Rawa at (609) 965-3734 or (973) 216-8757.


Zumba class

Dynamo Gymnastics offers a Zumba class 7-8 p.m. Thursdays at 319 E. Jimmie Leeds Road in Galloway. The price is $8 per class. A punch card for 10 classes can be purchased for $60. Call (609) 748-2186 for information.


Grants for Arthritis Pool Classes at Bacharach

Seniors 60 and older who live in Atlantic County, have a doctor’s diagnosis of arthritis, and are eligible for Medicaid, the PAAD program or Senior Gold, may apply for an Arthritis Foundation Aquatic Program grant offered by the County Division of Intergenerational Services. The gentle exercise program encourages flexibility, increases range of motion and promotes circulation. The class meets 12:30-1:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays in the heated therapy pool at Bacharach in Pomona. The grant covers the cost of 10 classes (10 weeks). After that participants can self-pay $100 for 10 classes. Participants must provide own transportation. For information or to register call (609) 748-5250.


Mental health group for Spanish speakers

The Mental Health Association in Atlantic County Spanish-Speaking Support Group is for adults suffering with a mental illness. The group meets 6-7:15 p.m. Tuesday evenings at AtlantiCare Behavioral Health on Hartford Avenue in Atlantic City. This group is for people who feel more comfortable expressing themselves in Spanish. Discussions may include options for how to navigate the mental health system, information about community services, managing relationships, understanding medications or other topics. For information call Javier Guzman at (609) 272-1700, ext. 312.


Multiple sclerosis support group

Multiple sclerosis support group meets 6-8 p.m. the first Tuesday of every month at the Atlantic County Library, 306 E. Jimmie Leeds Road in Galloway Township. For information call Linda Kiersey (609) 484-0991.


Co-Dependents Anonymous

Co-Dependents Anonymous is a 12-step fellowship of men and women whose common purpose is recovery from codependence and the development and maintenance of healthy relationships. Meetings are 7 p.m. Wednesday evenings at Trinity United Methodist Church, 20 N. Shore Road (Route 9), Marmora. For information call Yvonne at (609) 408-8033.


Spinal Cord Network

The Spinal Cord Network holds events on the first Thursday of every month. Some meetings take place at Bacharach Institute for Rehabilitation and some are at other venues. The meetings are 3-5 p.m. or 4-6 p.m. depending upon the location. Call Becky Magill at (609) 748-5410.


Lung support group forming

A new support group offering camaraderie and friendship to local residents who have lung and related pulmonary disease is forming and seeking members. Oxygen-dependent participants are encouraged to help begin this group. Sessions will feature speakers and discussion forums. The meeting date, location and time will be announced after inquiries are received. Call (609) 230-2859 or email  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it with the evenings you are available.


AtlantiCare seminars, support groups

The AtlantiCare LifeCenter at 2500 English Creek Ave. in Egg Harbor Township hosts a number of support groups. Topics include diabetes, gastric bypass and lap band surgery, breast cancer, and radiation and chemotherapy treatments. For information call at (888) 569-1000.


Mental illness support group

The Atlantic County National Alliance on Mental Illness meets 7 p.m. on the second Monday of each month in the United Methodist Church of Absecon, Pitney Road and Church Street. It offers support, education and advocacy for families who have loved ones with mental illness. Call JoAnn Elco at (609) 646-4490 or Gail Dembin at (609) 927-0215.


Hospice volunteers wanted

Heartland Hospice, serving Atlantic and Cape May counties, is looking for caring and dedicated people with an interest in serving patients facing the end-of-life stages of illness and their families. Volunteers provide services such as friendly visiting and respite for a caregiver. A small commitment of two hours a week can greatly enhance a patient’s quality of life. Training is provided by the hospice team. For information call (609) 641-4675.


Alzheimer’s caregiver support group

Bayada Nurses, a national home health care provider, and the Alzheimer’s Association, the world’s leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, have teamed up to offer a free Alzheimer’s caregiver support group open to the public. It is held 6:30-8 p.m. the last Thursday of each month at Bayada Nurses, 35 Central Square, Linwood. For information call (609) 926-4600.


Heartbreak to Healing grief support line

Heartbreak to Healing is a telephone support line for those who are grieving the loss of a loved one to suicide. Call (609) 345-3230 for literature and information.


Zumba class

Zumba Gold class for seniors is offered 1 p.m. Thursdays at Miracles Fitness, 1418 New Road, Northfield. This class can be done partly or completely seated. The Forever Young Class consists of balance activities, stretching, breathing and relaxation techniques. Zumba evening class with Alicia is 5 p.m. Tuesdays. Call to register at (609) 677-1022.


Body Mechanics for seniors

A Body Mechanics muscle and balance enhancement exercise class for people 60 and up with personal trainer Artemio Rivera is offered 10-10:45 a.m. Monday and Wednesday at the Senior Center in the Egg Harbor Township Community Center, 5045 English Creek Ave. The cost is $2 per class. Participants are invited to lunch. Call (609) 272-8179 to make a reservation at least two days prior to attendance. Lunch is free; however, a $1 donation is accepted to help enhance programming. For information on programs provided by the Atlantic County Division of Intergenerational Services call (888) 426-9243.

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