Tag Archives: Health and Wellness

10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer’s is a progressive disease that can oftentimes be written off in the early stages as old-age related conditions.  However, being able to identify early signs of Alzheimer’s can better prepare individuals and their families on how to handle all the stages of the disease.  Please join us as the Alzheimer’s Association will cover the following topics:

  • Typical age-related changes
  • Common signs of Alzheimer’s and dementia
  • Tips for how to approach someone about memory concerns
  • The importance of early detection and benefits of diagnosis
  • Possible tests and assessments for the diagnostic process
  • Helpful Alzheimer’s Association resources


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Autism New Jersey Resources and Services

New Jersey has the highest rate of autism in the nation (1 in 34) with often devastating effects on the individual, his/her family, and society. Fortunately, treatment can be life changing.

With more than a combined four decades of clinical and policy experience, Autism New Jersey Executive Director, Dr. Suzanne Buchanan, and Public Policy Director, Eric Eberman, will provide an overview of autism, individuals’ and families’ challenges, privately- and publicly-funded services and resources, and recommendations to increase community acceptance and meaningful change. The presenters will welcome the audience’s questions.


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Chair Yoga

Yoga is both physical and mental originating in India dating back to 3300 – 1900 BCE. The physical practice of yoga consists of asanas, which means body postures. In modern yoga, props such as blocks and straps are widely used. In chair yoga, we are simply adding one more prop to help us. You will still get all the benefits of traditional yoga classes including a good stretch and a general sense of well-being.

Samantha Benson is a 200 RYT (registered yoga teacher) having completed her training at Lotus Yoga in Montclair, NJ. She is currently pursuing her 500 hour teacher training certification at Yoga Stream in Princeton with Lara Heiman who has a physical therapy background. Samantha has been practicing yoga for over 20 years and owns a gym (Metabolic Functional Fitness) with her husband John of 15 years. In addition to teaching three classes a week at her and John’s gym, Samantha also teaches at a hot power yoga studio in Ewing called Empower.

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Cancer in Families: A Look at Genetic Risks Program Recap

Thank you to Dorothy Lewis, Licensed and Certified Genetic Counsel from Capital Health, for explaining how genetics can impact a person’s decisions when coming to grips with a cancer diagnosis.  While a majority of cancer is considered sporadic, there is a sizable portion that can be linked to inherited genetic mutations.  Testing for these mutated genes, of which a single gene can have thousands of documented mutations, can provide more knowledge about potential cancer, impact screening recommendations, potential familial risks, and treatment options.

There are many different genetic cancer syndromes, but the 2 most common are BRCA-1 & 2 (Hereditary Breast/Ovarian Cancer) and HNPCC or Lynch (Hereditary Non-Polyposis Colon Cancer).  The genetic mutations associated with these syndromes can potentially indicate other types of cancer risks, such as prostate or pancreatic cancer for BRCA-1 & 2 or uterine, stomach, or small intestine for Lynch.

Not everyone should undergo genetic cancer screenings; however, the following are triggers that may indicate genetic testing is appropriate:

  • Early onset of cancer: under 45 for breast, 50 for colon
  • More than 1 primary cancer in the same patient
  • Cancer in multiple generations on same side of family
  • Constellations of cancer: breast/ovarian cancer, colon/endometrial cancer, pancreatic and melanoma
  • Unusual cancers: male breast cancer, ocular melanoma
  • Uncommon histology: medullary thyroid cancer
  • Geographic/ethnic considerations: Ashkenazi-Jewish heritage

The entire genetic counseling and testing process can take anywhere from 2-4 months and generally involves:

  • Family history and risk review
  • Patient education
  • Selecting the best testing option
  • Drawing blood and testing
  • Final disclosure

If you have any questions regarding genetic testing, please contact the Cancer Genetics Program at Capital Health at 609-537-7043.  If you would like a copy of the presentation, please visit https://www.njstatelib.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/Cancer-in-Families.pdf.