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Free Program Touts Healthy Lifestyle for Seniors

Prevention Plus of Burlington County is offering a six-week course for seniors.

Senior citizens of Cinnaminson are invited to a free six-week program held at the to learn about prescription medication, the aging process and how to lead a healthy lifestyle.

“The idea of the program is for them to be able to meet new people, to network a little bit, and to also give them information,” said Joe Conlin, of Prevention Plus of Burlington County.

The program, called WISE (Wellness Inititiave for Senior Education) is open to any county resident 60 or older and starts this Friday 10 a.m. It will continue every Friday after that with the exception of March 23 and April 6.

Conlin said the program consists of talking to seniors about safety issues, risk factors with alcohol and drugs, general information about the aging process and how to combat stress, boost relaxation and eat healthier.

“We also bring in guest speakers and provide a lot of free material,” said Conlin.

In addition to the lecture, Conlin said the seniors play games.

“We try to do some things that are fun and entertaining,” he said.

One addition to the program is to talk about scams. Oftentimes, senior citizens are the targets of online or door-to-door scams.

“We try to get that information to them as well,” Conlin said. “They learn a little bit about everything.”

The WISE program has made its way around Burlington County, being held in Palmyra a few months ago. Conlin said the feedback was so positive, they decided to come back to the area, this time in Cinnaminson.

The free program runs for six weeks: March 9, March 16, March 30, April 13, April 20 and April 27. Sessions start at 10 a.m. and light refreshments are served.

Participants receive a $75 Visa gift card for attending the program.

There are still several spots open. Interested seniors can register with Christine at the library at 856-829-9340.

For more information, contact Conlin at 609-261-0001 or email joeconlin@prevplus.org.

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