Department of Senior & Disabled Services

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Department for Senior Living

The Middlesex Borough Department of Senior & Disables Services is open to all Borough residents age 60 and older and their families, as well as disabled residents who receive Social Security. Our mission is to provide services and programs to enable our clients to lead independent lives in their own homes. We offer assistance and counseling on all federal, state, and county programs and benefits.

For more information, please visit our office in the Recreation and Senior Center at 1400 Mountain Ave (in the rear of the Rescue Squad building).

  • Exercise Programs

    The Department of Senior & Disabled Services offers exercise programs on topics of interest to seniors and disabled residents. Most of these programs are free to Middlesex residents, (some programs with outside instructors or facilitators have a small fee.) The dates that programs run are listed on the appropriate Senior & Disabled Services calendar under the "Events" tab. Printed monthly calendars are also available in the lobbies of the Recreation Center and the Public Library. For information on all exercise programs, please call 732.356.0414.

    ZUMBA GOLD
    • When: Monday: 1:00pm - 2:00pm & Friday: 9:30am - 10:30am
    • Cost: $4 per session for Middlesex residents, $5 per session for non-residents
    • About: Zumba Gold is a perfect program for the active older adult (50+). Zumba is an exercise program performed to music in all tempos. It is a party that makes you sweat!

    SIT & BE FIT
    • When: Wednesdays and Fridays: 10:30am
    • Cost: Free
    • About: Sit & Be Fit is a moderate exercise program done with the aid of a DVD that can be done in a seated or standing position.

    AGELESS GRACE
    • When: Wednesdays: 9:30am - 10:15am
    • About: Ageless Grace is a fun program that enables cognitive growth through a series of "exercises" designed to replenish brain cells. These are non-strenuous, neurologically sophisticated activites done in a seated position. No registration required.
  • Additional Services

    HOME DELIVERED NUTRITION (MEALS ON WHEELS)
    • About: A home-delivery nutrition program for seniors. Each meal delivered is equal to one third of the daily nutritional requirements.
    • Who is eligible: Homebound and medically needy residents that have difficulty getting food or preparing meals and receive no regular assistance from family or an aide.
    • Cost: $2.75 per meal, payable to Middlesex County
      Accomodation can be made for those who cannot pay.
    • To apply: Please call 732.356.0414

    MEDICARE COUNSELING: SHIP
    • About: The Department of Senior & Disabled Services has a SHIP (State Health Insurance Assistance Program) counselor on staff. This program is a national, year-round program that offers counseling to Medicate recipients and their families.
    • Who is eligible: Residents about to turn 65 and are eligible for Medicare for the first time
    • To apply: Open enrollment for current recipients who wish to change their Medicare coverage is October 15 - December 7. Please call 732.356.0414 to make an appointment.

    HOUSE CALLS FOR GROCERIES
    • About: This is a volunteer-based program to assist Middlesex seniors. Residents will be matched with a volunteer shopper and are expected to provide a list of specific items, coupons (if desired), and money to pay the grocery bill. The volunteer will pick up the list at an agreed upon time, fill the order, and can help with putting the groceries away.
    • Who is eligible: Homebound seniors who live alone with limited assistance from family and have no way of grocery shopping on a regular basis
    • To apply for services or become a volunteer: Please call 732.356.0414.

    FREE INCOME TAX PREPERATION
    • About: This is a free income preperation program sponsored by AARP that begins the first week of February and is held on Tuesdays and Thursdays until April 15.
    • Who is eligible: All taxpayers with the exception of self-employed individuals
    • To apply: Please call 732.356.0414 to schedule an appointment. Taxpayers must bring all documents pertaining to income from all sources and their Social Security Card.

    PROPERTY TAX RELIEF PROGRAMS
    • About: The Department of Senior & Disabled Services assists all residents with property tax relief programs.
    • To schedule an appointment: Please call 732.356.0414

    THE SENIOR NEWSLETTER, "SENIORITY"
    • About: The newsletter for our senior residents is mailed every two months. It contains information about benefit programs, items of current interest, local programs, upcoming events, and monthly calendars.
    • To receive "Seniority": Please call 732.356.0414
  • TRANSPORTATION

    We offer various transporation services, all of which are wheelchair accessible.

    MEDICAL TRANSPORATION
    • Availability: Monday - Friday: 8:00am - 12:30pm
    • To request a transportation reservation: Please call 732.356.0414 at least one week before transportation is needed
    • About: This service is available to residents that have medical appointments within a 10 mile radius of Middlesex. Residents must be prepared to be picked up an hour before their appointment and may have to wait to be picked up no longer than an hour after their appointment. Patients in wheelchairs must be accompanied by a companion. We suggest residents call as soon as they make their medical appointment. We make every effore to accommodate all requests.

    GENERAL TRANSPORTATION
    • Availability: Wednesdays: Beginning at 9:00am
    • To request a transportation reservation: Please call 732.356.0414 before 4:00pm the day before you need transportation
    • About: This service is available for essential transportation needs, including trips to the grocery store (Shop Rite), post office, bank, hairdresser, barber, etc.

    RECREATIONAL & SOCIAL OPPORTUNITY TRANSPORTATION
    • When: Wednesdays: 10:00am - 4:00pm
    • To request a transportation reservation: Please call 732.356.0414
    • About: Every week, we plan a trip to a venue offering an opportunity for social, cultural, educational, and general shopping experiences. These trips general run from 10:00am - 4:00pm; however, this may differ according to distance travelled. Home pick-up is provided, and transportation is also provided for all parties held at the Senior Center. Please view our Borough calendar for scheduled destinations.

    OUR DONATION POLICY FOR TRANSPORTATION
    • About: There is no charge for transportation, but we are required by our grant to accept donations. The Department of Senior & Disabled Services is funded in part by Federal Older Americans Act money. Under this act we are required to have a donation policy for the use of our vehicles. We suggest a donation of one dollar for the use of general transportation for errands and recreational trips. We suggest a donation of one dollar for the use of medical transportation. No one will be denied transport for not donating.
  • Office of Aging Useful Links

    Recommended links offered by the State of New Jersey and Federal government.

    Asbestos.com - The Mesothelioma Cancer Center works to provide free information and resources to the public about asbestos exposure and illnesses that could be caused by it. We also work with these individuals and their families to help them find local doctors, treatment centers and support groups.

    Drug Center - Drug Center is an informational tool for seniors who may be experiencing, or want to learn about, the unexpected negative reactions or side-effects to these common medications.

    DrugRehab - Some drugs that seniors are prescribed can be addictive. This link can help if you think there is a problem.

    Medicare - Official U.S. Government web site for Medicare services.

    Mesothelioma Guide - Mesothelioma Guide aims to provide easy to understand information to patients and their families about treatment options, mesothelioma specialists, and support groups.

    New Jersey Division of Aging Services - The Division of Aging Services administers federal and State-funded services and supports and makes it easier for seniors and caregivers to live in the community as long as possible with independence, dignity and choice.

    New Jersey Family Care - NJ FamilyCare is a federal and state funded health insurance program created to help New Jersey's uninsured children and certain low-income parents and guardians to have affordable health coverage.

    NJ 2-1-1 - NJ 2-1-1 can help you find solutions to personal needs by informing you of resources in your community like day care facilities, shelters, affordable housing units, social services, employment training programs, senior services, medical insurance, and more.

  • Address

    Recreation and Senior Center (located in the rear of the Rescue Squad Building)
    1400 Mountain Avenue
    Middlesex, NJ
    732.356.0414
    Email: seniors@middlesexboro-nj.gov

    Office Hours

    Monday to Friday
    8:00am - 4:30pm

    Staff

    DIRECTOR
    Sheila Fuhrmann
    Phone: 732.356.0414
    Email: sfuhrmann@middlesexboro-nj.gov

    ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT
    Sally Lynch
    Phone: 732.356.0414
    Email: slynch@middlesexboro-nj.gov

    MEDICAL DRIVER
    Phil Lore

    MEALS ON WHEELS DRIVERS
    Thomas Lynch, Laura Meixner

    RECREATIONAL & SOCIAL OPPORTUNITY DRIVER
    Bob Woodward

    *All drivers who transport passengers have CDL licenses with passenger endorsement