Senior Resources

Check out our 2018 Winter Adult/Senior Newsletter for the latest updates within the community.

Adult/Senior Activities Calendar NOV 2017

Drop-in Adult Bridge: Bridge players may join their friends to play bridge on Mondays and Thursdays. This is a free, drop in program. Knowledge of the game is required. No instruction is provided or games guaranteed. The program meets from 12:30PM to 3PM, year round at the Livingston Senior Community Center, Lower level. No partner needed.

Drop-in Game Room & Library at the LSCC: Located in the lower level of the Livingston Senior/Community Center, the game room has pool table and card tables. The Library features several computers with internet access and a nice variety of books and movies available for borrowing. Open most days between 9AM and 8PM. Occasional programming in the spaces may pre-empt the drop-in status. Game room not available on Fridays from 11:30 AM – 3:00 PM.

Technology Opportunities

Tutoring for Internet and Smart Devices: In this small class setting you will receive one on one basic Internet tutoring whether it’s using a computer or smart device such as tablets or cell phone.  Instruction is provided by volunteer and Livingston resident, Al Steiner.  Al was President and CEO of a large publicly held national financial services company and since retiring he has been teaching computer classes to seniors in our area.  Bring any questions you may have to class.  Program is free, pre registration required. Space is limited. Wednesday, 10:30-12 PM, 4/5 – 6/7

Keeping Up With Technology (ages 62+) Learn about Ipads, Iphones, and other smart devices  Must bring your own device. Instruction provided by Livingston High School Techie Teen Tutors Club.  Free.
Location: After Senior Happening at the Livingston Public Library
Time:
3 pm-4 pm
Dates: Friday, 4/21, 5/19
No registration required.  First come first serve basis.

Oak Leaf: Open to Livingston women ages 55 and over. This group features socials, movies, cards, games, speakers and trips. Meetings are held every Wednesday, 11:00 AM, at the LSCC. Contact Betty Weber at 973-992-1093 for more information.

Old Guard: Open to retired and/or semi-retired Livingston men, this group features social activities, educational groups, trips and other special events. Listed here are some of the weekly activities scheduled at the LSCC:

General Meetings Tuesdays, 10:00 am
Computer Training Sessions Mondays, 9:30am
Financial Discussion Group Tuesdays, 8:45 am
Drop-in Game Room Tuesdays, 12:00 pm
Thursday Discussion Group Thursdays, 9:00 am

Thursday Seniors: This is a social organization for women and men ages 55 and over. Meetings are every Thursday, 12:00 – 3:30 pm, at the LSCC. Activities include speakers, social hour and games. Participants should bring their own lunch. Call Mary Mac at 973-515-1240 for more information regarding the group.

Motor MealsNutritious meals are provided to home bound residents who are unable to cook for themselves. St. Barnabas Medical Center prepares the meals which are offered at cost. Participants can choose one, two or three meals a day; special diets require a physician’s note. Meals are delivered by volunteers five days a week Monday through Friday during the lunchtime period. Any person interested in receiving meals or in becoming a volunteer call Lauren Glassman, Human Services Coordinator, 973 535-7961, ext. 231.

Senior Transportation:
A transportation program is offered to Livingston residents 60 years of age and older and disabled residents 18 years of age and older to any Livingston location including Township meetings, Shop Rite, the Livingston Mall and the JCC in West Orange. The wheelchair accessible bus runs Monday—Friday between 9:00 am and 4:00 pm and a volunteer driven vehicle is available as needed.  Reservations may be made one week to twenty-four hours in advance of the desired ride.

NO SAME DAY APPOINTMENTS ARE AVAILABLE.

The service includes two rides per day, either one round trip to one location from one address and back or a drop-off at one address and pick-up at another address. Participants are responsible for finding their own transportation to a secondary pick-up location if desired. Participants in the service must pre-register in the program.  To schedule your ride or to find out more about the transportation service, please call 973-535-7925 – select option “1” at the prompt.  Phone lines are open Monday—Friday, 10:00 am—3:00 pm.

LISTEN TO CHILDREN
Give Children a Chance to Share Their Concerns
Jewish Family Service administers the Listen to Children Program in the elementary and middle schools within the Livingston Public School system, with dedicated funding from the Livingston Municipal Alliance Committee (LMAC), the Livingston PT Council and the United Way of North Essex.

Adult Volunteers Are Paired with a Child
The Listen to Children program pairs a warm, accepting older adult volunteer with a Livingston elementary or middle school child on a one-to-one basis. The child-listener relationship allows a child to share conversations, joys, experiences and concerns in a caring, safe environment. The “listener” often functions as a surrogate grandparent and provides a non-judgmental, secure sounding board for children to express concerns or anxieties.

Meet a Child Once a Week in School
Older adult listeners meet with a child once a week in the school setting. The older adult is screened and trained by a JFS social worker and the child is referred by a school guidance counselor, teacher or parent.

Get Ongoing Training & Support from JFS
Listeners are expected to attend monthly meetings staffed by a JFS social worker which provide ongoing training and education in areas as bullying, peer pressure, or life challenges.

Volunteer
For more information, visit http://www.jfsmetrowest.org/get-involved/volunteer/listen-to-children,
or call the JFS Volunteer Coordinator at 973-765-9050 or email volunteer@jfsmetrowest.org.

SOURCES FOR SENIORS AND THEIR FAMILIES

  • NJ EASE (Senior Assistance Programs in NJ) 1-877-222-3737
  • NJ Transit Access Link – ADA Paratransit (Transportation Services)
  • NJ Transit Community Paratransit
  • Special Transportation System County of Essex, Office of Senior Services 973-618-1280
  • GoGoGrandparent.com Transportation Services 1-855-464-6872
  • Essex County Division of Aging
  • Long Term Care Insurance Guide
  • New Jersey’s State Health Insurance Assistance Program to help Medicare beneficiaries and their families with health insurance choices and problems: 800 – 792-8820
  • SHIP INFORMATIONDo you need assistance understanding or completing your Medicare or other insurance paperwork?  The Senior Health Insurance Program (SHIP) may be able to help.  Appointments are available on Thursdays. Please call 973 – 535-7925 to schedule an appointment and availability.
  • AARP. The Livingston Chapter (No. 3663) of AARP is open to residents who are age 50 and over. The chapter engages in community service activities and tries through programs and fellowship to prolong and improve the well-being of retired persons. Monthly meetings are held at the LSCC at 1:00 pm on the first Friday of the month, and guests are welcome.  For membership information, please contact Kathy Murphy at 973-992-1357.