We had a fantastic time at the Howell Senior Center, in picturesque Howell Township, New Jersey. The folks there welcomed us with open arms and showered us with love. (Not something you’re used to in the world of live radio.)
The members at the center are full of life and busy as all get-out. And the staff is simply amazing in their dedication and service—always looking to go above and beyond.
Diane can’t stop talking about the joint—and that says a lot.
As a Gerontologist/consultant working with city planners, governmental bodies, real estate developers and major corporations Diane has visited thousands of senior resource centers—some good, some bad, some pretty ugly, and a few—like Howell Senior Center—absolutely exceptional.
The Mission of the Howell Senior Center is a simple one: to offer township residents 60 years of age and over, and their caregivers, programs, and services that promote safety encourage healthy living and enhance the quality of life.
And based on our visit, Melanie Decker and her amazing staff certainly deliver on their promises.
The center offers a multitude of programs and services to senior citizens of Howell Township age 60 and greater. The majority of their programs are housed in our Senior Center building, but they host regular trips and outings to local events, attractions, and weekly shopping excursions.
They provide breakfast and a hot lunch for all who come and trust us, there’s no shortage of delicious baked goods. Home-bound seniors who are unable to attend the center and cannot prepare their own meals can have meals delivered to them.
As one might say in typical New Jersey parlance: “There’s never nothin’ to do” at the center. The activities are certainly plentiful and wide-ranging.
Knitting and crochet
Free Men’s Breakfast
Hair Cuts & Styles
English as a Second Language Classes
A Focus on Health
Throughout the year, the center hosts a variety of health screenings and lectures of interest to seniors. In addition to a blood pressure clinic which is held on the third Monday of every month, medical professionals in the community donate their time by holding free screenings. Recent screenings have included cholesterol, glucose, cataract, glaucoma, hearing, osteoporosis, podiatry, oral cancer, and chiropractic.
They also feature health care and other professionals who lecture on varied topics, like physical therapy, proper nutrition, hearing loss, dental care, legal and financial issues relevant to seniors, Medicare and supplemental insurance policies, medication management, and scams and their impact on senior citizens.
They’ve got everything from bingo and holiday parties, to safe driving programs and self-defense classes for senior citizens.
But on the bad side, you have to be 60-plus to make it past the velvet ropes.
Kinda makes us wish we could find that guy who sold us our fake I.D.’s back in high school so we could crash the joint.
You’re gonna love this episode. It’s certainly one of our recent favorites.