February 5, 2019 Herb

  Photo Credit: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention With February being recognized as the American Heart Association’s American Heart Month, the New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH) calls on New Jerseyans to make heart health a key lifestyle goal. Some risk factors for cardiovascular diseases like age, race, gender and family history can’t be controlled, but others like high blood pressure, lack of regular physical activity and diabetes can be treated or managed. According to NJDOH, heart disease is the leading cause of death for Americans across the nation.  For the Garden State, it’s…

January 31, 2019 Herb

Cory Booker, U.S. Senator (D-NJ) Photo Credit: Wikopedia Democratic New Jersey Senator Cory Booker has joined U.S. Senators Bernie Sanders (I-VT), and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Reps. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) and Ro Khanna (D-Calif) and more than two dozen colleagues in the House and Senate to introduce sweeping pharmaceutical reforms to reduce skyrocketing consumer drug prices for millions of New Jerseyans and Americans who struggle to afford their medicine. “There is no reason that, in a country as rich as ours, Americans should be choosing between paying for prescription drugs and paying for food and other necessities,”…

January 22, 2019 Herb

Photo Credit: City of South Amboy, New Jersey Before the first winter storm of the year last weekend, New Jersey’s top health official reminded  residents to prepare for possible power outages and hazardous conditions. “Snow, rain, sleet and ice is expected in many areas of the state, it is important that residents take steps to protect themselves and their families,’’ said Health Commissioner Shereef Elnahal. There are things you can do to avoid cold-related illness and injury, says Elnahal.  Dress in layers when going outside and in frigid  weather and wear a hat to help retain body…

January 21, 2019 Herb

Nearly 1 in 3 people near age (28%) think they’re more likely to learn Bigfoot is real than to save enough to retire comfortably, according to recent survey findings detailed in an AARP and the Ad Council statement released last week.  The statement announced the release of new public service advertisements (PSAs) and resources on AceYourRetirement.org, to assist older American’s to save for their retirement years. Seven in 10 Americans (68%) approaching retirement have less than a year’s income saved for retirement, says the Washington, D.C.-based National Institute on Retirement Security, revealing that person’s age 60 and over are not saving…

January 9, 2019 Herb

With the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reporting the geographic “widespread” of the flu in 24 states including New Jersey, the New Jersey Department of Health has received notification of a confirmed the first pediatric flu death, one of seven pediatric deaths reported by the CDC so far this season. ““I am deeply saddened for the family of this young child, who experienced an unthinkable loss,” said New Jersey Health Commissioner Dr. Shereef Elnahal in a January 8th statement. The child, from the central region of the state, died in late December. For reasons of medical privacy, the…

January 1, 2019 Herb

Acting New Jersey Governor Sheila Oliver. Photo Credit: New Jersey Office of New Jersey Lt. Governor Just five days ago, Acting Governor Sheila Oliver today signed legislation (formerly bill A-3514) to establish the New Jersey Caregiver Task Force, to put the spot light on caregiving issues faced by 1.75 million people who provide uncompensated care in the Garden State. The new governmental task force will take a look at available caregiver support services and will also recommend improvements and expansion of such services.  An initial report will be given to the Governor Phil Murray and the…

December 27, 2018 Herb

New Jersey Representative Chris Smith On December 19th, S. 2076/ H.R. 4256, The Building Our Largest Dementia (BOLD) Infrastructure for Alzheimer’s Act, was passed by the House. With the Senate passing its companion measure a week earlier, the bipartisan legislation is now awaiting the president’s signature to be signed into law. The BOLD Infrastructure for Alzheimer’s Act grew in widespread bipartisan support with 254 House cosponsors and 58 Senate cosponsors — more than half of Congress. The legislation was developed in close partnership between the sponsors, the Alzheimer’s Association and Alzheimer’s Impact Movement (AIM), and unanimously passed…

December 17, 2018 Herb

Senior man with his dog in park on an autumns day. Photo Credit: Rite Aid Weeks ago, photos captured Sully, a yellow Labrador retriever, who served as former President George H.W. Bush’s service dog for several months before he died, laying in front of the flag-draped coffin in the Capitol Rotunda. Sully, a service animal wearing a harness with embossed with a presidential seal, reminded us of personal and anecdotal stories of the potential benefits of pet ownership that can support older adults in retaining their physical and mental health, independence, social connectedness and engagement with others. As…

December 10, 2018 Herb

Garden Club of New Jersey volunteers decorate Drumthwacket annually in holiday finery. Photo Credit: The Drumthwacket Foundation Tis the season to be jolly…Get into the holiday spirit. With the holiday season fast approaching, Governor Phil Murphy and First Lady Tammy Murphy and partners Garden Club of New Jersey and the Drumthwacket Foundation, invite residents, family and staff of Hearthstone Estates and New Jersey residents to celebrate the Holidays at Drumthwacket, at the Governor’s official residence in Princeton. It’s a quick drive, only 46-miles (a 56-minute drive), from Lakewood to Princeton, to attend this widely anticipated annual…

December 4, 2018 Herb

Former President George H. W. Bush, June 12, 1924 to November 30, 2018 Just days ago, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed Executive Order No. 47, ordering U.S. and New Jersey flags to fly at half-staff to honor the life of former President George H.W. Bush, who died on November 30, 2018 from Parkinson-related complications at his home in Houston, Texas. The flags will be lowered until sunset on Sunday, December 30, 2018, consistent with federal law and directives. “A true American leader both at war and in peace, President Bush was kind, heroic, thoughtful, and of the…