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Older Adults Invited to Shake Off Pain at ‘Seniors in Motion’

Monday, September 28, 2020

Looking to ease pain and tension and connect with your body? Sign up for Seniors in Motion, a free virtual event at 2 p.m. on Oct. 8. It’s  sponsored by NewBridge Services’ Tame the Pain program.

Older adults will discover how rhythm and body movement promote health. Seniors in Motion participants will warm up to fun, familiar music. Dance will get bigger and freer as they become more comfortable. Dance movements can be modified to accommodate each participant’s physical ability.

Know the lyrics? Sing along! Singing releases emotions and eases pain. Participants will learn how to bring mindfulness and awareness to movement, and how use breath to calm the mind. The session ends with a body and mind cool-down.

NewBridge has teamed up with LIFE Center Stage and Syzygy Dance Project to offer Seniors in Motion. LIFE Center Stage provides programs through the expressive arts to revitalize community engagement, socialization, and generate creative cooperation for individual and community growth. Syzygy Dance Project is a nonprofit that transforms lives through dance.

Click here to register. Questions? Call NewBridge Services Director of Community Outreach and Education Beth Jacobson at 973-686-2242.

“Our intention is to create a series of fun events based on interest to keep seniors moving and engaged,” Jacobson said. She noted that each Seniors in Motion participant will receive a gift card.

Older adults take more prescriptions and over-the-counter medications than any other age group and are most vulnerable for medication misuse. Nearly 1 in 5 are affected by the combined misuse of alcohol and medication. Tame the Pain helps older adults understand the risks of prescription opioids and learn alternative pain management options. Tame the Pain is funded by a grant from the New Jersey Department of Human Services.

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