UNION, NJ – Union senior citizens from the Senior Center’s Monday Club participated in the last session of a four-part series from Kean University occupational therapy doctoral students, focusing this week on sleep and meditation.

“This strong community collaboration between Kean University’s Department of Occupational Therapy and the Union Senior Center’s Monday Club is great,” said Jennifer Gardner, Assistant Professor, Kean University.  “We are grateful to the Monday Club for providing feedback to our students.”

This week, Monday Club members learned about stress reducers and participated in a guided meditation session.

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“They have shown us great techniques to use for stress and relaxation,” said Monday Club member Theodosa.  “Meditation would be a great way to start the day.  I’m going to start using it.”

Monday Club members participated in four weeks of programming with the Kean Occupational therapy students, beginning with a needs assessment to determine what topics the seniors were most interested in learning.

“Studies have found that participating in daily physical exercises and relaxation exercises, such as meditation, can help you improve your quality of sleep,” said occupational therapy student Amelia Chulyakov to the group.  “We hope you can these exercises and these sleep management techniques to promote your health, improve your sleep, and increase your overall wellness.”

The Kean University occupational therapy doctoral students participating in the Monday Club sessions were Amelia Chulyakov, Emma Kaplan, Samantha Krych, Kelly Malanga, Claudia Salinas, Abigail Seidman and Kyla Vacchio.