Posted Wednesday, February 20th, 2019

The New Jersey Department of Human Services has awarded NewBridge Services $75,000 to teach older adults about alternatives to using opioids for pain management. The money is part of $1.4 million in grants announced yesterday to stem the opioid epidemic.NJ Recruits NonProfit NewBridge Services to Help Curb Opioid Use by Senior Citizens in Morris County

NewBridge Services will conduct free group workshops and one-on-one sessions for Morris County residents age 60 and over, and expects to reach 500 people over 12 months. Participants will learn about the risks of prescription painkillers and the array of evidence-based pain management options that don’t involve addictive opioids.

“This initiative is a great fit for us,”  said NewBridge Chief Operating Officer Michelle Borden.

NewBridge has been helping seniors maximize their independence since 1987 through NewBridge Senior Assistance for Independent Living. [email protected] provides in-home counseling for homebound seniors and respite for caregivers.

NewBridge’s goal is to educate 500 seniors, caregivers, and staff from organizations that serve seniors by June 30, 2020, Borden said. The nonprofit will make use of its longstanding partnerships with other senior service providers and Morris County, she noted.New Bridge Services logo

The county has 110,500 residents age 60 and over — 22 percent of the population, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. NewBridge’s clients mirror that statistic.

A higher percentage of older adults fill opioid prescriptions than other age groups. About 17 percent of opioid overdose deaths in New Jersey in 2017 were people age 55 and over, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation.

NewBridge will provide group workshops at nutrition and senior centers, senior housing, assisted living residences, churches, libraries, and its service center in Parsippany.

There is growing evidence that exercise, acupuncture, yoga, meditation, physical therapy, biofeedback and chiropractic care can help manage pain, often in combination with medications like acetaminophen and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).

NewBridge was one of five nonprofits to receive funding to provide programming on alternatives to opioids for pain management.

“These contracts will go a long way in helping us reach the people who need help the most, enabling them to get the type of help they need,” said state Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services Assistant Commissioner Valerie Mielke. 

To contact NewBridge Services call 973.316.9333 or 888.746.9333, or email [email protected]

NJ Recruits NonProfit NewBridge Services to Help Curb Opioid Use by Senior Citizens in Morris County

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

About NewBridge

NewBridge Services, a 501c(3) nonprofit, is a leading provider of counseling services, housing and educational programs in northern New Jersey serving 7,200 adults and seniors last year alone. NewBridge treats mental illnesses and addictions; teaches skills for coping with stress, grief and challenging relationships; helps children who have been abused and neglected — and their families — heal; builds and manages affordable housing; offers school-based programs that teach children and adolescents resiliency skills for healthy emotional development; helps young adults succeed in their education and prepare for careers; and supports seniors so they can remain independent. Throughout its 56-year history, NewBridge has remained true to its mission of bringing balance to people’s lives by tracking shifts in communities’ needs and providing innovative, effective programs to meet them.

The New Jersey Department of Human Services awarded NewBridge Services $75,000 to teach older adults about alternatives to using opioids for pain management. The money is part of $1.4 million in grants announced yesterday to stem the opioid epidemic.

Financed by a state grant, nonprofit NewBridge Services will conduct free group workshops and one-on-one sessions for Morris County residents age 60 and over, and expects to reach 500 people over 12 months. Participants will learn about the risks of prescription painkillers and the array of evidence-based pain management options that don’t involve addictive opioids.

“This initiative is a great fit for us,” NewBridge Chief Operating Officer Michelle Borden said.

NewBridge has been helping seniors maximize their independence since 1987 through NewBridge Senior Assistance for Independent Living (SAIL). [email protected] provides in-home counseling for homebound seniors and respite for caregivers. And NewBridge has a decades-long track record of educating the community about various health and wellness topics.

NewBridge’s goal is to educate 500 seniors, caregivers, and staff from organizations that serve seniors by June 30, 2020, Borden said. The nonprofit will make use of its longstanding partnerships with other senior service providers and Morris County, she noted.

The county has 110,500 residents age 60 and over — 22 percent of the population, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. NewBridge’s clients mirror that statistic.

A higher percentage of older adults fill opioid prescriptions than other age groups. About 17 percent of opioid overdose deaths in New Jersey in 2017 were people age 55 and over, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation.

NewBridge will provide group workshops at nutrition and senior centers, senior housing, assisted living residences, churches, libraries, and its service center in Parsippany.

There is growing evidence that exercise, acupuncture, yoga, meditation, physical therapy, biofeedback and chiropractic care can help manage pain, often in combination with medications like acetaminophen and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).

NewBridge was one of five nonprofits to receive funding to provide programming on alternatives to opioids for pain management. “These contracts will go a long way in helping us reach the people who need help the most, enabling them to get the type of help they need,” Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services Assistant Commissioner Valerie Mielke said.

 

About NewBridge

NewBridge Services, a 501c(3) nonprofit, is a leading provider of counseling services, housing and educational programs in northern New Jersey serving 7,200 adults and seniors last year alone. NewBridge treats mental illnesses and addictions; teaches skills for coping with stress, grief and challenging relationships; helps children who have been abused and neglected — and their families — heal; builds and manages affordable housing; offers school-based programs that teach children and adolescents resiliency skills for healthy emotional development; helps young adults succeed in their education and prepare for careers; and supports seniors so they can remain independent. Throughout its 56-year history, NewBridge has remained true to its mission of bringing balance to people’s lives by tracking shifts in communities’ needs and providing innovative, effective programs to meet them.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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