According to a recent survey conducted by AARP, over one-third of older adults in America are experiencing pervasive loneliness. This equates to over 42.6 million older adults in the country being impacted by social isolation, with the number increasing every year. Loneliness and social isolation aren’t just the newest buzz words making
(Courtesy of Englewood Hospital) On most afternoons, Herbert Dardik, MD, can be found in his office at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center, hosting a discussion with a group of students—some days surgery residents, other days high school students.
Dr. Dardik, chief emeritus of vascular surgery and general surgery, performed vascular surgery for
With obesity rates at an all-time high in the United States (with 40 percent of adults and 19 percent of kids being labeled as obese), there is a barrage of diets being thrown our way in an attempt to slow down this alarmingly increasing rate. People are desperate to lose weight and lose it fast. One such diet on the rise, the
I lay in the intensive care unit (ICU) pondering the latest devastating news and yet another autoimmune diagnosis. I have been mostly homebound now for 14 years. My son’s innocence was lost early on as he watched me struggling to breathe or to take a step over the years. There is so much uncertainty about how I will raise and
One day, you may have to make a crucial decision. Where should you send your loved one when he or she no longer needs hospital care following an accident or illness, but is not ready to go home?
Three factors are vital when choosing a facility: personal care, medical
As a full-time working mom with many therapy clients in the same boat, I’ve heard about and experienced first-hand some of the common challenges faced by busy, hard-working parents. Finding the time to do it all can at times feel very overwhelming. When you add social pressures and financial stress to the mix,
Collaborating with the Yoetzet Halacha Shoshana Samuels, physical therapist Deena Elias and local occupational therapist and Feldenkrais practitioner Joyce Bendavid will be presenting to the women of the community an interactive workshop titled “Mindful Movements in Your Everyday Life: A Comprehensive Workshop to Enhance the
My name is Beth. I am a 58-year-old wife, mother of three and proud grandmother to four of the cutest kids around. For many years, I used to be an active member in my synagogue. Professionally, for over 15 years I was a resource room teacher in our local public school. Unfortunately, my illness has forced me to take an early
This past January, I participated in a training program sponsored by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP). The AFSP New Jersey Chapter, run by Elizabeth Roithmayr, sponsors community talks for children, adolescents, teens, college students, parents and the general public to help raise awareness of the growing
There is a thin, almost invisible line, between dwelling on and avoiding. In reflecting on my own experience I can affirm that I swing quickly on a pendulum, spending time dwelling on and ruminating only to bounce into full avoidance at the drop of a hat. I believe that all individuals have their own ways of coping but that the two
The reason I believe that bioidentical hormone replacement for women should be the standard of care is because estrogen helps prevent heart disease, improves bone density and reduces the risk of dementia. Heart disease, osteoporosis and dementia are the three most common causes of death among elderly women, and estrogen helps prevent all
It’s that time again, when many people have begun the process of making those New Year’s resolutions happen. While some embrace, even bask in, the promise of change, others falter in the slow torture—often doomed to failure—that change represents to them. We have great plans and aspirations, yet so often find ourselves at