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Kean University’s Institute for Adults Living with Communication Disabilities to Host Speaker Series

UNION - Kean Universityís Institute for Adults Living with Communication Disabilities will host a speaker series this fall designed to promote good health and well-being. The series features experts in fields such as holistic health, social work and clinical psychology. The series is free and open to the general public. Reservations are recommended. The series will take place in the East Campus Building, located at 215 North Avenue in Union.

Sharon Goldner, holistic health counselor and chef, will discuss Eating Healthy with Less Sugar on Thursday, October 30 at 12:30 p.m. Sugar consumption contributes to fatigue, weight gain and puts us at risk for diabetes or heart disease. Goldner will show how we can take better control of our health by identifying the various hidden sugars on food labels and the amount of sugar found in our favorite foods.

Meryl Nadell, clinical social worker, will discuss Relaxation Techniques for Healthy Living on Tuesday, November 11 at 12:30 p.m. Stress often leads to health related problems, including irritability, trouble concentrating, sleep disorders and much more. In this session, Nadell will demonstrate several easy to learn relaxation techniques that will help you feel better and cope with life's challenges.

Dr. Robert Donahue, clinical psychologist, will address the short and long-term issues when dealing with strokes in Adjusting to a Stroke on Tuesday, November 25 at 12:30 p.m. Stroke victims and their families often encounter major disruptions, both short and long term, throughout the course of their lives. Dr. Donahue will describe these challenges and offer useful suggestions and coping mechanisms.

The Institute for Adults Living with Communication Disabilities operates four days per week and offers expanded speech, language and rehabilitation support services to adults suffering from aphasia, dysarthria, voice disorders, Parkinsonís disease and head injuries. Patients and their caregivers receive individual and group speech-language therapy, specialized training programs and participate in counseling support groups.

For more information about the series or for reservations, contact Wendy Greenspan, MA, CCC-SLP, coordinator for the Department of Communication Disorders and Deafness, at 908-737-5811 or e-mail