SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – The South Plainfield Senior Center offers its members access to multiple events and activities designed to help them stay active and independent. While social interaction is very important, Director Tree Olano feels providing the community’s elder population with access to appropriate medical information and health resources is, too. 

“We love our seniors to have fun, but at the end of the day it’s also about keeping them healthy, too,” said Olano. 

Beginning May 17, the center’s Walking Group will begin meeting every Friday morning (weather permitting) at Spring Lake Park. The center will also begin working with Hackensack Meridian Health – JFK Medical Center to provide members with monthly health care-related workshops and resources. 

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May is Stroke Awareness Month and, at 11:15 a.m. Wednesday, May 22, Briana DeCarvalho, MSN, RN, SCRN, a research nurse coordinator for the JFK Neuroscience Institute’s Stroke and Neurovascular Center, will hold a Stroke Workshop to discuss the signs, symptoms, risk factors and what to do if someone is having a stroke. 

Through Hackensack Meridian Health, additional health-related speakers and programs are also planned, with a diabetes educator scheduled to join the seniors on their Friday walk May 31 and a doctor joining them on June 28. Through the partnership with the medical center, a Diabetes Clinic is scheduled to take place at the center June 12. 

“This new partnership is a win-win. Our members need to be in the know and the hospital wants to get involved in the community and provide outreach,” said Olano of the center working with Hackensack Meridian Health. “I love bringing education to the seniors and, hopefully, programs like this will provide them with information they need to know and the opportunity to ask questions.”

Members of the South Plainfield Senior Center will also have the opportunity to receive a free eye screening next month through Project B.E.S.T. (Better Eye-Health Services and Treatment), a program offered through the New Jersey State Department of Human Services Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired. The screenings will be held Wednesday, June 5 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. and registration is required. 

For more information about upcoming programs, events, and daily activities at the South Plainfield Senior Center, call (908) 754-1047 or check out the center’s Facebook page at

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