Monmouth County, NJ:   The Social Community Activities Network, popularly known as SCAN, is an organization that provides an active support system for those over the age of 50 in Monmouth and Ocean Counties. SCAN uses education and technology to create an environment where seniors can continue to grow intellectually, socially, physically and emotionally. SCAN offers various educational programs, seminars, exercise classes and social opportunities. SCAN is a non profit resource center founded in 1988, now celebrating 30 years of inspiring, informing and empowering adults over the age of 50.

SCAN Board President Jim Winn says, "Having served on the SCAN Board for the past three years, I can tell you that SCAN is an amazing organization. They provide today's active adults with valuable resources and I can't say enough great things about SCAN's executive director Pat Bohse and her team. The SCAN organization is an incredible asset to the communities it serves."

On the morning of June 20th, in recognition of national Alzheimer's and brain awareness month, SCAN hosted a free Brain Fair at the Bayshore Senior Center in Keansburg. The event was a successful one with regard to attendees, vendors and presentations. Refreshments were provided and the room was lively with interesting and engaging speakers. The overall theme for the Brain Fair was "Engage Your Brain" and that mission was accomplished well with interactive stations featuring puzzles, word games, trivia and so much more.

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Keynote speaker Rosemary Gorman, APN of Geriatric Institute of Monmouth Medical Center spoke about the effects of aging on memory and what is normal and what is not. Gorman discussed strategies to preserve your brain function and enhance your memory.

Personal trainers from GymGuyz were there demonstrating exercises for healthier breathing and improved posture. Additional event sponsors were Monmouth Medical Center, Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield, We Care Adult Care, CareOne, Beacon of Life, NJ Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, SaveGreen, Coral Harbor Rehabilitation, Comfort Keepers, Lakewood Blue Claws, Clear Captions, FRA-Possibilities for people with disAbilities, Office on Aging, Laurel Bay Health and Rehabilitation, Atrium Health and Senior Living, Affordable Housing Alliance, New Jersey Natural Gas and NJ Power On,. 

SCAN is headquartered in the downstairs lower level of the Monmouth Mall in Eatontown. Events are held in the mall as well as in Ocean County at St. Andrew United Methodist Church, and at the Freehold SCAN Campus at the YMCA. According to their website, SCAN's programming falls  within four divisions;

1. The HUB which includes the Monmouth Mall location and public education,

2. SCAN on Wheels which brings high impact programming directly into high needs communities,

3. The multi-media division which includes three cable TV shows and social media, and the newest division;

4. Focus on the specific needs of Caregivers. 

For more information on SCAN and membership information click here

You Are Invited: Comfort Keepers is inviting everyone to join their 20th anniversary celebration!  Come to the Carnival event at the Comfort Keepers' Shrewsbury location, 697 Broad Street. The event is July 18, 1pm-5pm and will include food, refreshments, games and prizes. Special guest appearances by Comfort Keepers' new strategic partners and furry friends: Caregiver Canines therapy dogs!  RSVP to Linda Sirico at 917.882.4218 For more information about Comfort Keepers click here. 

TAPinto recently covered the SCAN Fashion Show at the Monmouth Mall see article here.