What YOU can do to Prevent Falls: STEADI (Stopping Elderly Accidents, Deaths & Injuries)

What YOU can do to Prevent Falls STEADI (Stopping Elderly Accidents, Deaths & Injuries)

Four Things YOU can do to prevent falls:

  1. Talk openly with your healthcare provider about fall risks & prevention:

Tell a provider right away if you fall, worry about falling or feel unsteady. Have you doctor or pharmacist review all the medicines you take, even over-the-counter medicines. As you get older, the way medicines work in your body can change. Some medicines or combinations of medicines, can make you sleepy or dizzy and cause you to fall. Ask your provider about taking vitamin D supplements to improve bone, muscle and nerve health.

2. Exercise to improve your balance and strength:

Exercises that improve balance and make your legs stronger, lower your chances of falling. It also helps you feel better and more confident. An example of this kind of exercise is Tai Chi. Lack of exercise leads to weakness and increases your chances of falling. Ask your doctor or healthcare provider about the best type of exercise program for you.

Talk to your doctor about fall prevention.

3. Have your eyes and feet checked.

Once a year, check with your eye doctor and update your eyeglasses, if needed. You may have a condition like glaucoma or cataracts that limits your vision. Poor vision can increase your chances of falling. Also, have your healthcare provider check your feet once a year. Discuss proper footwear and ask whether seeing a foot specialist is advised.

4. Make your home safer:

*Remove things you can trip over (Like papers, books, clothes and shoes) from stairs and places where you walk.

*Remove small throw rugs or use double-sided tape to keep the rugs from slipping.

*Keep items you use often in cabinets you can reach easily without using a step stool.

*Have grab bars put in next to and inside the tub and next to the toilet.

*Use non-slip mats in the bathtub and on shower floors.

*Improve the lighting in your home. As you get older, you need brighter lights to see well. Hand light weight curtains or shades to reduce glare.

*Have handrails and light installed on all staircases.

*Wear well-fitting shoes with good support inside and outside the house.

Many falls can be prevented.

By making some changes, you can lower your chances of falling.

Four things you can do to prevent falls:

*Have your healthcare provider review your medicines.

*Exercise to improve your balance and strength.

*Have your eyes and feet checked.

*Make your home safer.

For more information, contact Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 1-(800) CDC-INFO (232-4636) or visit http://www.ced.gov/steadi

For information about fall prevention, visit go.use.gov/xN9XA.

For more information about hypotension, visit http://www.mayoclinic.com/www.webmd.com.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/National Center for Injury Prevention and Control.

Disclaimer: This information was taken directly from the STEADI pamphlet and I give them full credit for it. Please call the above number or email for more information.

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Mind-Hacking Alert for Seniors

Mind-Hacking Alert for Seniors: Protecting yourself and your loved ones from undue influence and Elder Abuse.

Protect you assets, your relationships and your well being:

You’ve worked hard to achieve financial security, nurture family and community ties and safeguard your health. But keeping up with the hectic pace and daily challenges of modern life can be overwhelming. That makes it important to be on guard against people or groups that might take advantage of any vulnerabilities or insecurities to gain an undue amount of influence over you-to override your independence and take over your life.

Just as a hacker can gain unauthorized access to a computer and the information it holds, an unscrupulous person can hack into your mind through undue influence. Like a computer virus, mind-hacking can corrupt memories and create false ones.

Think mind-hacking can’t happen to you? Think again!

You’re a prime target for mind-hackers because of your accomplishments and age. Studies have shown that those over age 50 control most of the nation’s wealth and older Americans lose billions of dollars each year to people who take advantage of them. In the process, family bonds and friendships can be broken and the victims health ruined as well.

Sadly, life experience and formal education do not guarantee immunity from mind-hacking. Familiarizing yourself  with the deceptive, high-pressure tactics that mind-hackers use and recognizing the circumstances when you’re most likely to be at risk are your best defense.

Mind-Hackers are most harmful when they do these things:

*Isolate you by convincing you to cut off your trusted family, friends and others in your support network.

*Magnify your fears or insecurities to create a “siege mentality”-the illusion of enemies everywhere.

*Fuel Feelings of guilt or shame

*Comprise your health or meddle in your medical decision making

*Intimidate you to stop asking questions

*Assume  control of your savings and/or medical power of attorney

*Insist on communicating with your lawyer or other advisors on your behalf

*Persuade you to change your will in their favor

*Force you to commit crimes

How do mind-hackers worm their way into your life?

Disguising their cruel intentions with a friendly demeanor, con artists, thieves, destructive cults, unethical caregivers and other devious individuals and groups may use any of the following tactics to gain your confidence:

*Pretend to be your new best friend, soul mate or ideal caregiver.

*Come across as an ordinary family, absorbing you into theirs

*Masquerade as a club, self-help group or religion

*”Love bomb” you-repeatedly flatter you and pay you an unusual amount of attention

*Lure you with sex, companionship or gifts after knowing you for only a short time.

*Claim they’re the only ones who understand you and can solve your problems

*Make you believe you have an illness only they can cure

*Promise you a way to “get rich quick”

How do mind-hackers maintain their control over you?

Once they have your trust, mind-hackers may use exaggerated claims or scare tactics to trap and exploit you. To tighten their control, they may:

*Force you to schedule all your activities around them

*Restrict your access to media and other objective sources of information.

*Check in with you excessively, even late at night or when they know you’re busy-and expect you to do the same

*Label those you previously trusted and loved as “negative”, “contaminated”, “toxic” or “unenlightened”

*Insist that they’re your new family

*Demand that you stop communicating with or keep secrets from others

*Convince you that they’re entitled to your savings or other assets

*Tell you that thinking for yourself interferes with finding happiness or “truth”

*Disrupt your eating and/or sleeping habits

*Trivialize or make you give up social, recreational, religious, political or other activities that are important to you

*Shun, shame or hurt you if you raise questions or express doubts

*Rush you into marriage or another serious commitment

All these tactics increase the mind-hackers undue influence over you, emotionally manipulate you, short-circuit your ability to think critically and undermine your previous relationships so that you become dependent on the mind-hackers.

When are you most vulnerable?

You’re most likely to fall for mind-hacking during times of transition, particularly when here are changes in your support network-the family and friends you’ve always relied on to celebrate life’s joys and get through tough times. A mind-hacker can more easily over come your natural defenses and infiltrate your life to an unhealthy degree when you are:

*Worried about finances or seeking advice on estate planning


*Concerned about someone who’s desperate for money

*Trusting or charitable by nature

*Unaware of the value of your asset

*Inexperienced in using new technology


*Mourning the death of your spouse or another loved one

*Sad about divorce, illness or other loss

*Looking for a new way to occupy your time

*Searching for spiritual direction or new place or worship

*Fearful of aging

*Ill or experiencing impaired hearing vision or mobility

*Taking medication that makes you depressed, confused or tired

*Dependent on others for transportation

*Becoming forgetful or distrustful of your memories

*Not getting proper nutrition or sleep

The Spectrum of Influence: There are various degrees of social influence all around you. Learning to recognize them is key to protecting yourself from exploitative relationships.

Safe to Continue:

*Nurtures your independence

*Respects your other relationships and interests

*Encourages access to information

*Leaves you in control of your choices

Caution-Early signs of Mind-Hacking:

*Disregards your personal boundaries

*Pressures your thoughts, feelings and behavior

*Begins to isolate you

*Leaves you feeling confused

Danger-Undue Influence:

*Fuels fears

*Controls your time and keeps you isolated from others

*Demands unquestioning commitment

*Leaves you obligated to get permission before making decisions

Reality Check to stay safe and secure:

*Be skeptical of anyone you’ve recently met who lavishes you with attention, compliments you excessively, monopolizes your time or tries to alienate you from your trusted support network.

*Don’t reveal information about your (or your family’s) medical history, finances or other very personal matters to someone you’ve known for only a short time or in response to an unsolicited phone call.

*Verify any information that you’ve given, including references from potential advisors and caregivers with an independent authoritative source.

*Refuse to sign up for anything that you haven’t had time to carefully investigate.

Don’t turn over a large amount of money-even to a relative-without a signed and dated receipt or contract.

*Speak up if you’re unhappy with your care, whether at home or in a facility.

If you think you’ve being targeted….

Get advice from someone you’ve known for a long time who is not involved with the person or group that you’re concerned about.

Report your concerns to law enforcement and ask to be directed to the appropriate medical or social services agency for help.

NJ Safe & Sound



P.O. Box 494

Teaneck, NJ  07666

Disclaimer: This information was taken directly from the NJ Safe & Sound pamphlet and give them full credit for it. Please call the above numbers for information if you feel you might be going this.









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When kids care for their parents-for pay: The whys and hows of drawing a salary for helping mom and dad. By Jane Bryant Quinn

When kids care for their parents-for pay: The whys and hows of drawing a salary for helping mom and dad.

By Jane Bryant Quinn

*This article appeared in the AARP Bulletin in the March 2019 issue and I thought it was very important as taking care of a sick parent or loved on can tear a family apart.

About 40 million people are helping to care for older relatives and friends. Some leave their jobs to do so and some end up as live in caregivers. All give up much of their personal freedom. Should they be paid for their work?

That’s a controversial question. Families often think that providing unpaid care comes with the territory of being a daughter or son. That makes sense of we’re talking about a few hours here and there-say, paying the bills and running errands.

But what if the parent needs meals  prepared, medications monitored and help with dressing or bathing? Homemaker or health aide services have a median cost of about $170.00 per eight-hour day, according to Genworth.  Not many of us can write checks like that.

To solve the care problem, an adult child might decide to move in. That may be when the pay issue arises. The caregiver could be giving up job opportunities, Social Security earnings and the chance to add to retirement savings. When the parent dies, the caregiver might be cut loose with no home and no prospects. Pay or some other form of financial settlement, seems fair. The same may be true for adult children of modest means who take an ailing parent into their home.

Older people with limited income might have access to public programs to pay for caregivers, including a family member (although usually not a spouse), says Leah Eskenazi of the Family Caregiver Alliance. For a list of programs available in your state, go to payingforseniorcare.com. Some long term care insurance policies also cover a portion of home care costs. Failing these options, the family has to pay.

Here’s what should not happen: A daughter, say, moves in with Mom, who pays her secretly. There could be blowups when siblings find out. What’s more, without a proper written agreement, Medicaid may regard these payments as gifts-delaying Mom’s access to nursing home coverage if she ever needs it, says Michael Amoruso, President of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorney’s.

As hard as it might be, the family should negotiate a financial agreement. For a live-in caregiver, is free room and board enough or is payment in cash needed too? Will the family pay for the caregiver’s health insurance? What about time off for the sibling takes Mom into her home? What can the other siblings do? (For answers to many questions about the logistics and finances of caregiving, visit aarp.org/caregiving.

To clarify matters, you need a signed and dated contract listing salary and specific duties. (Search for ‘personal care agreements’ at caregiver.org for advice). Be aware that a paid caregiver is often regarded as the recipient’s employee, earning taxable income and that may require mom to file paperwork and pay employee taxes or hire a payroll company to manage the details. (For more information, see irs.gov/taxtopics/tc756.) Contracts and tax forms might seem excessive but you’ll avoid tears later by doing this the right way.

Disclaimer: This article appeared in the AARP Bulletin March 2019 and I thought it was very important to spread the word on this. In most cases, one child is burdened with this responsibility and should know their rights as well. I give Ms. Bryant-Quinn full credit for this article and credit her on a VERY touchy subject in most families.

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Bergen Volunteer Center

Bergen Volunteer Center

Redefining Volunteerism (Since 1966)

Volunteering exists across a broad spectrum. It ranges from the casual to the intense; from one day projects to multi-year commitments. It is practiced at every age; from our youngest children to our most mature seniors. But as we endeavor to “redefine volunteerism” for a more complex time, we are learning that the greatest impact comes when volunteers are skilled, trained and focused on serious community needs.

Turning caring into meaningful action by engaging volunteers to meet community needs.

A Brief History:

The Bergen Volunteer Center was founded in 1966 by the Junior League of Bergen County and a group of concerned residents to serve as a clearinghouse, matching volunteers with agencies that needed help. Within a few years, we realized that a thriving community needed more than a matching service. Thus, we dedicated ourselves to more structured ways to turn caring into meaningful action. Over the decades, some programs have ended as community needs shifted and new initiatives have been started. Yet, have always maintained our commitment to volunteerism as the heart of the community. Today, we continue to ensure that anyone with a desire to give back can do so with impact.

Support for the Vulnerable:

Since 1977, the Chore Service has managed senior volunteer handymen and women who provide repairs for the elderly and disabled to help keep them safe in their homes. With approximately 45 volunteers annually. Chore serves over 1.100 unduplicated clients each year, in all 70 Bergen County municipalities.

In 1977, the Department of Child Protection & Permanency asked us to manage their mentoring program. Now called Mentoring Youth, it enlists, trains and supports mentors  who provide friendship, guidance and support for children with social, emotional and behavioral challenges. With approximately 85 mentoring relationships annually, we have provided over 3,800 children with caring mentors.

In 1995, we launched Mentoring Moms, which pairs trained mentors with women whose children are at risk of abuse or neglect. Mentors help moms set and reach goals to provide a safe, stable home. We have provided mentors to over 500 mothers, helping to break the cycle of abuse and neglect.

Bergen Volunteer Center Programs: Turning your caring into meaningful action

Chore Service:

The Chore Service is a dual impact program. Retired volunteers stay active by performing minor repairs that keep other seniors safe in their homes, such as installing grab bars, railings, better lighting and locks. Five days a week, 50 weeks a year, the Chore vans are serving seniors in the community. All repairs are free, except for the cost of the parts needed for repairs. Call to learn more about volunteering or to schedule Chore repairs for yourself or someone you love.

Cheer Service:

CHEER provides a helping hand to enable isolated, frail elderly people retain their independence. Trained CHEER aides and volunteers visit weekly to help with tasks such as shopping, errands, laundry and light housekeeping. They forge lasting relationships with the elders, offering companionship and whenever possible, creating opportunities for the elders to be engaged in their communities. At home but not alone!

Bergen Leads:

This fast pace, 10 month program introduces participants to the public, nonprofit and private sector leaders who influence Bergen County every day. In addition, Bergen LEADS encourages participants to explore the opportunities and challenges facing the community and offer their ideas and solutions at the Public Forum. Become part of where Bergen County’s Future begins.

Did you know?

The Bergen Volunteer Center Blog keeps our supporters up to date on the great things we are accomplishing through the power of volunteers.  Find out more at bergenvolunteers.blogspot.com. Bergen Volunteer Center Programs (201) 489-9454.

Turning your caring into meaningful action:

Mentoring Youth:

Mentoring Youth recruits, trains, supervises and supports volunteers to mentor children confronted with social, emotional and behavioral challenges. A caring, trusted, reliable adult can help a young person learn to trust again and to take steps toward a brighter future. “He saw potential in me that I did not see in myself”. Become a mentor and change a life.

Mentoring Moms:

Mentoring Moms recruits, trains, supervises and supports volunteers to mentor mothers whose children are at risk for abuse or neglect. Helping mothers set goals and take steps to transform their lives, transforms their families and helps end a cycle of abuse and neglect. “My mentor showed me what love looks like. Now I can show my son.” Become a mentor and change a family.

Youth Engagement-Teen leads-Ready, Set, Serve!

Introducing young people to community service, leadership and local public policy is the goal of Youth Engagement. Designing volunteer fairs and providing group and one to one consultation ensures that young people can find experiences to turn their caring into meaningful action. Preparing the next generation for service and citizens.

Bergen Volunteer Center Programs:

Turning your caring into meaningful action.

Making it Home:

Through donations of new and gently used furniture, Making it Home furnishes homes for individuals and families moving out of shelter and into permanent housing. In partnership with realtors, interior decorators, moving companies and ‘junk’ haulers, Making it Home empowers volunteers to use donations to make a house for vulnerable families. Making a House a Home.

Agency Services-Get Connected Database-Expert Exchange:

To support and empower the nonprofit sector, the Bergen Volunteer Center maintains a searchable database of volunteer opportunities for agency members. Get Connected enables each agency to customize its ‘page’ with photos and videos and puts potential volunteers in direct communication with agencies seeking help. Through the Expert Exchange the local nonprofit community comes together to share best practices and grow professionally. Strengthening the local non profit sector by learning together.

Corporate Engagement:

Corporate Engagement helps business leaders engage their employees in community service that has an impact. The Bergen Volunteer Center works with businesses to create and sustain workplace volunteerism. The Volunteer Center’s Business Volunteer Council hosts networking events for businesses to promote corporate social responsibility and share best practices. Corporate Engagement also provides consultative services to develop volunteers experiences as team building and social responsibility endeavors. Corporate Citizenship at the local level.

The Bergen Volunteer Center:

64 Passaic Street

Hackensack, NJ  07601

(201) 489-9454


Disclaimer: This information was taken directly from the Bergen County Volunteer Center pamphlet and I give them full credit for the information. Please call them or email them directly for more information.


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The Bergen Volunteer Center: Redefining Retirement: When Bergen County is where you are spending your Second Act

The Bergen Volunteer Center: Redefining Retirement: When Bergen County is where you are spending your Second Act.

According to Merriam-Webster Dictionary, the definition of retirement:

“Withdrawal from one’s position or occupation or from active working life.”

Really? Why?

According to Bergen Volunteer Center’s Redefining Retirement program, the definition of retirement: A time of engagement and adventure; sharing one’s knowledge, interests and passions by volunteering in our community.

You’ve completed Act 1 of your life’s professional story. Over the course of your lengthy career, you developed skills and insight that helped you excel in your field. Now consider using those skills to grow and learn and to benefit your community.

Are you ready for your Act 2?

Redefine your retirement. Turn your experience into meaningful action.

Volunteer! You are needed: Get Involved!

Become a Redefining Retirement Volunteer:

As a Volunteer, you will use your knowledge and experience, as well as your interests, to work directly with a not for profit agency. We will help you find a match utilizes your talents and passion to give back.

Become a Redefining Retirement Matchmaker:

As a volunteer Matchmaker, you will interview prospective volunteers to understand their unique talents, skills and interests. Then you will guide individual retirees and introduce them to Bergen County nonprofit agencies that need particular roles filled, creating regarding opportunities for both.

For more information or to apply, please contact Louisa Hellegers, Manager, Redefining Retirement Ihellegers@bergenvolunteers.org at (201) 489-9454, ext. 205.

Did you know…

*Bergen County’s population is about 930,000. 16.8% are age 65 and up. That means about 156,00 people in Bergen County are older than 65!

*In the United States, 10,000 people turn 65 every day!

*Between 2005 and 2030, the number of adults 65 and older in the United States will almost double, from 37 million to over 70 million!

*”Having new goals is important,which is why I constantly learn new things”-80 year old Chinese cultural icon Wang Deshan.

*”Age is not a number; it is a mindset!”

Redefining Retirement Mission:

To be the go to leader connecting retirees seeking engagement in their communities with nonprofits seeking volunteers, to enable them, together, to turn caring into meaningful action.

For more information or to apply, please contact Louisa Hellegers, Manager, Redefining retirement Ihellegers@bergenvolunteers.org (201) 489-9454, ext 205.

Disclaimer: This information was taken directly from the Bergen Volunteer Center pamphlet and I give them full credit for the information. Please call or email the above numbers for more information.


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The Center for Hope and Safety: Rebuilding lives beyond Domestic Violence (formerly Shelter our Sisters)

Center for Hope & Safety: Rebuilding lives beyond Domestic Violence (formerly Shelter Our Sisters)

24 hour Hotline (201) 944-9600/TTY (201) 836-3071

Center for Hope and Safety assists women and children who are victims of domestic violence, including emotional, economic, sexual and physical abuse. Available 24 hours, seven days a week, Center for Hope & Safety is Bergen County’s only nonprofit organization that provides safe housing, hotline counseling and life-changing support services to thousands of women and children each year.

Since 1976, Center for Hope & Safety’s mission is to foster healing and change. We provide emergency and transitional housing, emotional support and a diversified continuum of services focused on safety, empowerment and self-sufficiency. Through voluntary community partnerships and group and individual contributions, Center for Hope & Safety raises awareness, provides critical services and educates community members about domestic violence.

Did you know?

*Every 12 seconds a woman in the US is beaten.

*Children from violence homes suffer from emotional and often physical abuse.

*1 in 4 women will experience domestic violence during her lifetime.

*Children who witness domestic violence are more likely to exhibit behavioral and physical health problems.

What is Domestic Violence?

It is battering of the body, the mind and the spirit and includes: Verbal put downs, Threats of physical harm, Emotional abuse, Harassment, Physical abuse and Forced sexual relations.

Are you living with Domestic Violence?

Do you feel isolated? Is your partner or the person you live with, excessively jealous overly controlling, angry or badgering?  Does your partner blame you for the problems in the home? Does your partner ever humiliate you, slap you, curse at you or threaten you? Does your partner control all of the money? Are your afraid for your own or your children’s safety when your partner is around? If the answer is “Yes” to any of these questions, there is help. Call (201) 944-9600.

Center for Hope & Safety: Here for Victims of Domestic Violence:

Safe, confidential, emergency housing 24 hours a day for women and children:

*Families stay together in one bedroom.

*Three nutritional meals every day.

*Specially trained domestic violence counselors available day and night.

Counseling and Support:

*Individual and group counseling

*Parent support groups

*Project Self-Sufficiency (job readiness training)

*Community referrals and housing searches

*Bilingual services for Hispanic families. Services in other languages can be arranged.

A special focus on children:

*Individual and group counseling

*Creative arts therapy

*Preschool activities


*Child advocacy


*Community outreach through Project CHILD (Confidence, Hope, Independence, Love and Direction), whereby child victims receive individual and group art, play and music therapy plus case management and transportation.

Transitional Housing for Families:

*Five homes in Bergen County

*Skills building for Independent living

*Educational and employment guidance

*Help with securing permanent housing

Reaching Out into the Community:

*24 hour hotline

*Information and referrals

*Multi-cultural outreach

*Follow-up services for former residents

*Community education and training

Ways for you to get Involved:

Much of the funding for program services is through the benevolence and charity of donors and volunteers. This includes individual contributions, the purchase of personalized bricks in our “Pathway”, a bequest in a will or other planned giving opportunities. We also rely on the generosity of our volunteers, who contribute their time and skills.

To make a gift, join our mailing list or learn more about volunteer opportunities, call our administrative office at (201) 498-9247. Please visit us at http://www.hopeandsafety.org.

Center for Hope and Safety:

Administrative Office:

12 Overlook Avenue, Suite A

Rochelle Park, NJ  07663

(201) 498-9247/Fax: (201) 498-9256

Shelter Program Office:

P.O. Box 217

Hackensack, NJ  07602

Office: (201) 836-1075/Fax: (201) 836-7029

Project CHILD office:

12 Overlook Avenue, Suite C

Rochelle Park, NJ  07662

Office: (201) 300-6666/Fax: (201) 300-6667

Executive Director:

Elaine K. Meyerson, LSW, ACSW, DVS

Hotline: (201) 944-9600/Email: info@hopeandsafetynj.org


The Center for Hope and Safety is a non-profit, incorporated agency in Bergen County, New Jersey. All contributions are tax-deductible to the extent allowable by law.

Disclaimer: This information was taken directly from the Center for Hope and Safety pamphlet and I give them full credit on all the information. Please call or email the above numbers for more information on the service.






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Welcome to the Cardiac & Pulmonary Rehabilitation Center: HackensackUMC at Pascack Valley

Welcome to the Cardiac & Pulmonary Rehabilitation Center: HackensackUMC at Pascack Valley

The Cardiac & Pulmonary Rehabilitation Center at HackensackUMC at Pascack Valley is located right in the heart of the Pascack Valley. The facility has state of the art equipment and includes a brand new indoor walking track and landscaped outdoor walking path. The program is tailored to meet the patient’s individual needs and goals supporting patients through the different stages of heart disease. Our program promotes heart health and healthy lifestyle changes through supervised exercise and education. Education, including maintaining a healthy weight, heart healthy eating and  better monitoring of lipids and cholesterol will get you on track to help you focus on your heart health. Our center also offers you the opportunity to connect with, meet and share stories with other patients like you.

What is Cardiac Rehabilitation?

Each patient who participates in the Cardiac Rehabilitation Program will receive an individualized and personalized treatment plan including evaluation and instruction on physical activity, nutrition and stress management.

If you have one of the following diagnoses you may be eligible to participate:

*Coronary artery angioplasty or stents

*Open heart surgery such as coronary bypass or valve surgery.

*Heart transplantation


*Heart Failure

Benefits of Cardiac Rehabilitation include:

*Live longer and lessen your chances for heart health issues.

*Control heart disease symptoms such as chest pain or shortness of breath.

*Stop or reverse damage to your blood vessels in your heart.

*Lessen the physical and emotional effects of heart disease.

*Improve your stamina and strength, getting you back to your usual activities, including work, hobbies and regular exercise.

*Improve your confidence and overall well-being.

What is Pulmonary Rehabilitation?

Pulmonary Rehabilitation helps you to improve your quality of life. Although Pulmonary Rehabilitation (PR) can’t cure your lung disease, it can help you make the most of the lung function you have.

Pulmonary rehabilitation is a service that is designed for those who experience lung problems such as:

*Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)


*Chronic Bronchitis



*Pulmonary Hypertension

*Pulmonary Fibrosis

*Interstitial lung disease

*Lung Cancer and lung cancer surgery

*Lung volume reduction surgery before and after lung transplantation.

Benefits of Pulmonary Rehabilitation include:

*Decrease symptoms of your disease or condition

*Increased ability to function better in your daily life

*Increased ability to exercise

*Decreased symptoms and better management of anxiety and depression

HackensackUMC at Pascack Valley

250 Old Hook Road

Westwood, NJ  07675

(201) 383-1035

To make an appointment please call (201) 781-1450.


Disclaimer: This information was taken directly from the HackensackUMC Cardiac & Pulmonary pamphlet and I give them full credit for the information. Please call the above numbers for more information on the program.

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