SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – In continuing its mission to provide members with fun as well as educational programs, the South Plainfield Senior Center will host several health and wellness events throughout October. 

“I’ve always felt that seniors do not like change [but] they feel comfortable with a familiar place and face. I’m especially fond of keeping our seniors healthy all year long,” said Tree Olano, director of the South Plainfield Senior Center. “I start researching and scheduling ‘free’ events, programs, workshops and presentations in January and will book these programs for the year.”

On Tuesday, Oct. 2, Twin City Pharmacy & Surgical will hold its annual ‘Customer Appreciation Day.’ From 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., representatives from the Park Avenue pharmacy will be serving up free hot dogs, chips, and drinks; the center’s regular lunch program will still be offered. Additionally, all center members who are Medicare recipients will be able to receive a free flu vaccine. There will also be giveaways. 

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“We care about our customers and enjoy seeing them healthy and happy,” said Sandy Cassio who, along with her cousin Tom Cassio and brother-in-law Bill Ashnault, pharmacist-in-charge, own and operate the South Plainfield pharmacy. “Community efforts and events are our way of connecting and giving back.” 

According to Cassio, good health depends on a multitude of factors. “Filling a prescription is only a small part of what we do to promote wellness,” she said. “It is important that patients understand why they are taking the medications they fill along with any possible side effects they may encounter.” 

Compliance, or taking medication properly, said Cassio, is also important. “[Twin City] offers reminder messages and auto-refill for those who sometimes let their bottles stay empty for a few days. We also have a staff of pharmacists who administer vaccinations, many which are covered under insurance,” she said. “Stop by or give us a call. We welcome you to visit us anytime.”

Senior center members who receive Medicare will also be able to receive a freeflu vaccine courtesy of the Middlesex County Office of Health Services on Tuesday, Oct. 16 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. To receive the free vaccine, one must show a valid Medicare card; the cost for the shot is $15 cash for all non-Medicare recipients. 

Additionally, with open enrollment for Medicare under way now through early December, the center is dedicated to helping its members select the plan that is right for them.On Monday, Oct. 22 at 11:30 a.m., the senior center will hold a special informational Medicare workshop. During this program, Sonja Allen from Sun Atlantic Advisory Group will explain the different plans available.

“Our seniors can get very intimated, confused and nervous when it comes to choosing the right plan for them,” said Olano. “Every situation is different. Meeting with a Medicare professional who can explain each and every case makes our seniors more comfortable.”

Olano added, “By hosting these programs, I feel like I’m helping the seniors keep up with their personal well-being.”