West Orange, NJ – Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. invites all Essex County senior citizens to attend the Ninth Annual Essex County Senior Wellness Day. This free event, which is sponsored by Aetna and the AAA-North Jersey, will be held as follows:                 

Date:               Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Time:              10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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Place:             Essex County South Mountain Recreation Complex

Essex County Richard J. Codey Arena at South Mountain

                                    560 Northfield Avenue

                                    West Orange, NJ

“We are planning a fun-filled day of activities and will be providing a great deal of valuable information that will benefit seniors. Our Essex County Senior Wellness Day will offer nutrition information, exercise tips, entertainment and much more,” DiVincenzo said. “It’s important for our seniors to know about the various programs and services that are available, and this one-stop event makes it convenient for them to do that. I invite our older residents to come out, have a good time and learn about what’s available that can help them improve their quality of life,” he added.

The Essex County Senior Wellness Day is free and open to all seniors residing in Essex County. Various free health screenings will be available, along with information about nutrition, financial wellness and exercise demonstrations. Various Essex County agencies, including the Division of Senior Services, will have representatives on site to talk about available programs for which seniors are eligible. Also participating are area hospitals, senior day care facilities, local nursing homes and other social service providers.

Musical entertainment will be provided. All seniors will receive free refreshments and farmer’s market produce. Admission to Turtle Back Zoo on the day of the event is free for seniors, but Carousel and Pony rides are $2 each and feed sticks at the Outback Adventure Aviary are $2. Admission to the miniGOLF Safari is $6 for children and $8 for adults.

Due to the ongoing construction of the new parking deck in front of Turtle Back Zoo, there is limited on-site parking. Additional parking is available at the miniGOLF Safari on Cherry Lane and at The Essex House at 525 Northfield Ave., West Orange. Shuttle service will be provided.

For transportation to the event, please call 973-618-1280. For more information about the Essex County Senior Wellness Day, please call 973-621-4400.