Who are we?
The Center for Alcohol and Drug Resources (TCADR) was established as a private not-for-profit agency in 1979 and merged with Children’s Aid and Family Services (CAFS) in 2009. Its’ services include adoption and foster care, alcohol and drug abuse education, prevention, and recovery support, and community programs including support services for older adults at three senior centers in the county. TCADR works towards the goals of reducing the negative impact of alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use by ensuring people have access to the opportunities, relationships, and resources they need to avoid drug-related harm. TCADR staff actively participates in community working groups and partners with many service providers in the community including those groups that address the specific needs of the older adults in Passaic and Bergen Counties.
What is the project?
AAPMOA a comprehensive education program for older adults on alternative approaches to pain management. The foundation of the program is the six-session evidence-based program, Wellness Initiative for Senior Education (WISE). The focus of this program is to improve positive health behaviors related to lifestyle choices, healthcare empowerment, and proper use of prescriptions and over the counter medications. As a follow up to the six-session WISE program, TCADR will collaborate with New Jersey Action Coalition (NJAC) and Community Coaches to recruit Nurse Volunteers in Bergen and Passaic Counties who will facilitate workshops on the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s recommendations for approaches as alternatives to opioids.
What are we looking for?
We are looking for nurses to build on the information included in WISE and provide participants with an opportunity to learn from a medical professional in their community and receive information that is specific to evidence-based alternative approaches to pain management from an expert in the field. This sampling of alternative approaches that older adults can utilize is intended to encourage them to access these approaches and/or speak with their doctors about alternates to using opioids to manage pain. The timing for the presentation about 1 – 1.5 hours. To encourage participation, lunch will be served at each event and participants will be entered into a raffle to receive a $25 gift card. We will also be giving older adults Wellness packs which include a hot/cold pack, self-massager, and other CDC recommended approaches to pain management.
What are the communities?
We will implement 10 cycles of WISE program in Passaic County (Paterson, Passaic, and Clifton) and Bergen County (Fairview, Fort Lee, and Tenafly). Out of these 10 cycles, a minimum of two will be delivered in Spanish.