| | Active Aging
The number of senior citizens in Gloucester County is increasing daily as "baby boomers" reach retirement age. The Division of Senior Services is dedicated to providing wellness and social supports that help ensure a sound quality of life for our senior residents.
Active Aging changes the way we age by staying active, to the fullest extent possible, within all areas of life: physical, emotional, intellectual, vocational and social. Aging within these area of wellness keeps seniors involved, alert and enjoying a productive life. Active Aging means being engaged in life and individuals can participate regardless of socioeconomic status or health conditions.
The programs that are listed here provide the information, access and motivation people need to become and stay active, engaged and healthy.
Glassboro Senior Citizen Center offers physical activities and socialization made possible by the Area Plan Contract and funding through the Older American's Act.
Please call (856) 881-8504 Ext. 3 for information on activities at the Glassboro Senior Center that are available to seniors from any Gloucester County Municipality
Stress-Busting Program for Family Caregivers - An Evidence-Based Health Promotion Program - Please call Senior Corps at 856-468-1779 for more information
This program is for family caregivers of persons with Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia. If you care for a loved one this program will teach stress management techniques, relaxation and coping strategies.
Click here for more information on this program: http://www.caregiverstressbusters.org
The Gloucester County Health Department offers the following services for senior residents and you may call 856-218-4106 for more information on any of these programs:
• Senior Health Connection - this community outreach program offers health screenings for blood pressure, glucose and cholesterol as well as program/services and information geared specifically for senior citizens; screenings are offered the first Friday of every month at the Gloucester County Store located in the Deptford Mall
• "Step By Step" Walking Program - designed for older adults, this is a one hour per week program lasting for six weeks. A Health Educator will help you find new ways to make walking for fitness a natural part of your life. Learn strategies to help you move toward your goal of increasing physical activity and improving your level of fitness
• Tai Chi - This six week program is designed for seniors 60 and over and focuses upon teaching mobility, breathing and relaxation techniques with slow movements designed to provide a continual challenge. the program provides seniors with improved balance, increased strength and enhanced flexibility with the ultimate goal being to reduce the risk of falls
• Sunrise Yoga - this is a very gentle form of yoga which will help you relax and improve your well-being. It is a one hour per week program lasting for six weeks. Yoga mats are provided by Gloucester County for your use, we ask only that you bring your own towel