MONTVILLE, NJ – Township senior citizens were treated to an afternoon of lunch, learning and resources at the annual Senior Seminar, sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce and Casha & Casha Sept. 25.

The event, held at the Senior House, featured Montville Township-centered businesses, elected officials, and focused on getting information to senior citizens to better equip them for their golden years.

From the American Cancer Society, Debra Malovini talked about “Access to Care” programs.

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“Sometimes a barrier to care is just getting to the treatment,” she said.

A program the ACS offers is volunteers who pick up patients and bring them to their treatments. Another is called “Hotel Partners,” in which hotels partner with the ACS so that patients can stay closer to their treatment center.

She encouraged attendees to contact the ACS for diagnosis information, programs, and ways they can receive help or help others at: 800-227-2345 or American Cancer Society.

Animal control officer Nina Cochran spoke about the shelter.

“We pick up a lot of sick or injured wildlife,” she said. “We try to reconnect the babies with their moms if possible, and get them to a sanctuary. We also test bats for rabies.”

Cochran said that those who wanted to volunteer could come between 3:30 and 4:30 p.m. to cuddle kittens.

Registered environmental health specialist Sandra Muller of the Montville Township Health Department listed the many ways that the health department helps residents, such as keeping track of septic systems to make sure they’re pumped often enough, thus avoiding spillovers, checking daycare lunch programs, monitoring tattoo facilities, and checking out odor complaints.

Public health nurse Barbara Zigarelli, R.N. explained that improving public health is another focus of the township’s health department. The department holds screening such as this one on Oct. 19. The department has also recently held stroke screenings and male cancer screenings. Stay tuned to TAPinto Montville for notices of future events.

Rosemary Linder Day of the Lakeland Hills YMCA spoke about the programs at that location.

“Exercise is about feeling fit in your body and your mind too, and the Y is about making friends and building relationships,” she said.

She said that there is a diabetes prevention program that non-members can enroll in, and later many attendees mentioned that they were interested in it.  

“There’s always something that’s a wellness program,” she said.

Montville physiatrist Dr. Donna D’Alessio spoke about her interventional and homeopathic approach to pain management.

“The goal is to limit the number of meds you take,” she said.

Oncologist Dr. Minaxi Jhawer spoke about strides researchers are making in the treatment of cancer in the field of gastrointestinal medicine.

“Your first colonoscopy should be at age 45,” she told the attendees. “These are exciting times with many different options.”

The seniors TAPinto Montville spoke to appreciated learning about the programs and resources available in the area for seniors. The Senior Seminar is held every fall.

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