Seniors

CURRENT DECORSO CENTER NEWS

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought New Providence and the surrounding communities into uncharted territory as our lives and routines have been temporarily disrupted. In our “new normal,” please rest assured that although the DeCorso Community Center is currently closed to the public, we are still working to provide programs and services to New Providence seniors.  To reach the DeCorso Community Center, please call (908) 665-0046 or e-mail decorsocenter@newprov.org.

The Center is closed to the public, but we are offering virtual and alternative programs to our members and New Providence residents.  See information below and in our current newsletter. 

 

COVID-19 Vaccine Information

  • COVID-19 vaccines are now available in New Jersey for certain qualified recipients, including individuals over the age of 65.
  • We encourage seniors over the age of 65 to contact their healthcare provider regarding the vaccine.
  • The COVID-19 Information and Updates tab on the Borough website has been updated to include a separate section for Vaccination Information: https://www.newprov.org/covid-19-vaccination-information/.
  • Please refer to the Borough of New Providence main website www.newprov.org for other updated COVID-19 information and links.

AARP Tax Assistance Updates

We have been advised that the AARP Tax Aide Foundation will NOT be providing free in-person tax preparation assistance in Union County this year.  To submit your return, you should plan to find alternate service through a paid preparer or complete your own return. For more information, you may visit the AARP website www.aarp.org.  Tax-Aide will continue to offer access to self-prep software that you may link to via the Tax-Aide homepage at www.aarpfoundation.org/taxaide.

Upcoming DeCorso Center Programs

Virtual Memoir Writing Workshop – Have you ever thought about writing your memoirs, or just putting some of your wonderful memories down in a journal?  Now is a great time to do so!  Please join Club member and author JoAnn Jackovino in a memoir writing workshop via Zoom as she guides participants through this process.  The workshop will be held via Zoom on Thursdays at 11am on April 1, 8, 15, and 22.  Please e-mail DeCorsoCenter@gmail.com to register and receive the Zoom link.

Virtual “Brain Games” program – Would you like to challenge your mind and keep it young with some entertaining brain games? Please join us on Wednesday, April 7 at 11:00am for a “Brain Games” program by Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield’s Health Educator Carol Brush.  Please e-mail DeCorsoCenter@gmail.com by Monday, April 5 to register and receive the Zoom link.

Virtual Program – U-Boats off the Jersey Shore – With the declaration of war by Germany on December 11, 1941, planning began to quickly attack US shipping along the eastern seaboard. By January 1942, 5 long range U-boats were attacking unescorted merchant vessels, often within sight of land. The results were devastating, within months several hundred ships and thousands of crew members were lost. Please join us on Monday, April 12 at 11am for this lecture, part of Atlantic Health’s “Back in Time” series, highlighting the events and circumstances of this pivotal time in the war at sea. Presented by Robert Stead.  Please e-mail DeCorsoCenter@gmail.com by Thursday, April 8 to register and receive the Zoom link

How does your garden grow? In a terrarium! – Join us to learn how to build your own terrarium on Wednesday, April 21 at 11 am in a virtual Zoom class offered by Brandywine Living at Mountain Ridge. All supplies will be provided with contactless delivery by Brandywine in advance of the program.  Please e-mail DeCorsoCenter@gmail.com by Wednesday, April 14 to register for this virtual program, and include your name, address, phone number and e-mail address.

Virtual Program on Medication Management for Older Adults – Please join us on Friday, April 23 at 1:00pm for this program offered by Atlantic Heath to learn about transitions of care resources for older adults, discuss the importance of medication management, review common clinical pearls with taking multiple medications, and finally tricks to help alleviate cost burden with high-cost medications. Presented by Amulya Uppala, PharmD,BCPS, Clinical Pharmacist -Transitions of Care, Overlook Medical Center. Please e-mail DeCorsoCenter@gmail.com by Wednesday, April 21 to register and receive the Zoom link.

Zoom Exercise Classes – New Providence residents ages 65+ can participate in our virtual Zoom exercise classes. To register for these classes, please send an e-mail to Decorsocenter@gmail.com.  Below is the schedule for classes:

  • Monday, In Control at 9:30am
  • Monday, Chair Yoga at 11am
  • Tuesday, Balance and Conditioning at 9:45am
  • Tuesday, Tai Chi at 1pm
  • Thursday, Strong YOU! at 9:30am
  • Friday, Zumba at 9:00am

Along with our regularly scheduled classes, for the month of April we will also be offering “Exercise with Arthritis” on Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m.

Call-In Bingo – Weekly Bingo call-in games will continue on Fridays at 11 a.m.  Call (908) 665-0046 or email DeCorsoCenter@newprov.org in advance to register and receive the call-in information.

The NP Senior Shuttle is continuing ShopRite trips on Tuesday mornings with pick-ups at about 7:00 a.m. – Please call on Monday mornings to reserve your spot.

 

 

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RESOURCES:

  • New Providence Public Health Nurse (908) 743-1049
  • Union County Division on Aging 888-280-8226
  • Westfield Regional Health Department (908) 789-4070 or website: http://www.westfieldnj.gov/health
  • SAGE Eldercare services for New Providence Residents: SAGE Eldercare is a nonprofit organization providing programs and services to meet the changing needs of older adults, their families, and caregivers. New Providence Borough has contracted with SAGE and their services are available to all New Providence residents. Kathy Larkin, LCSW, the liaison for New Providence residents, may be reached at 908-598-5509.

 

DeCorso Community Center Information

The DeCorso Community Center serves as the home for the New Providence Senior Citizens Club, established in 1959. Both the Center and Club provide opportunities for senior residents to socialize and participate in programs and activities in an atmosphere that acknowledges and affirms the dignity and self-worth of the older adult.

Donated to the Borough by the DeCorso family in 1977, the facility includes a library, solarium, kitchen and areas for presentations, performances, games, exercise and parties. The Senior Citizens bus can provide transportation to many Senior Center activities and events.  By collaborating with other agencies and groups, the center is a rich source for information on healthy living, healthcare, assisted living options, and much more.

Residents 55 plus can volunteer, participate and get involved in one of our committees, clubs or classes!

 

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Hours:
Monday – Friday 9:30 AM – 2:30 PM
Location:
15 East Fourth Street
New Providence, NJ 07974
Phone: 908-665-0046

Senior Center Coordinators: Therese Dalton and Michelle Zack

New Providence