Freeholders Honor 'Positive Aging' Role Models

Post Date:06/08/2017 2:36 PM
Profiles of Positive Aging Group Photo

Recipients of the 2017 Profiles of Positive Aging recognition were honored by the Somerset County Board of Chosen Freeholders at a public meeting in May. Freeholder Director Peter S. Palmer, left, presented certificates to, from left to right, Janice Reinhardt, Charles Delaney, Barbara O’Neal, John Orecchio and Louis Moretti. Also participating in the recognition was Eldercare Services Administrator Cynthia Voorhees, right, representing the county Office on Aging and Disability Services.

Recipients of the 2017 Profiles of Positive Aging included:

Janice Reinhardt of Somerville
An active member of the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Janice chairs the Caring Ministries program, coordinates the Caregiver Support Groups and runs the resource workshop for caregivers. She also works part-time as a companion for the Right at Home Agency. On Fridays, she serves as a SHIP counselor at the county Office on Aging and Disability Services. Janice said, “I feel blessed to have found a way to share my passion and skills in helping seniors navigate the medical insurance quagmire.” Janice and her husband walk for exercise. Other hobbies include birdwatching and outdoor photography. Another of her pleasures is tending her gardens. She was nominated by George Harlan, Senior Health Insurance Program (SHIP) Coordinator.

Charles Delaney of Watchung
Charles is a member of the Somerset County Emergency Response Team (CERT) and serves as vice-president of the Watchung CERT. He is also a volunteer for the county Search and Rescue Team. Charles works out daily and walks one-and-a-half miles around Watchung Lake. He sponsored Team Mountain Fitness for the “Coast the Coast” Multiple Sclerosis Society bike ride and is engaged in many volunteer activities, including the Somerville Bike Race, the St. Patrick’s Day parade, the Long Hill PBA Toy Drive, local hospitals and community events. He was nominated by Ed Halper of Mountain Fitness.

Jan Kulick of Bernards
Also nominated by Mr. Halper, Jan and her therapy dog, Lilly, volunteer at Creative Comfort Pet Therapy. She indicated that Lilly is a good stress reliever. Lilly is a mini dachshund who has her own business cards and her favorite food is whatever Jan is eating. They visit Fellowship Village, Bernards High School and the Basking Ridge and Warren libraries. Jan continues to participate in the Watchung Hills Municipal Alliance 5k. She is the definition of a positive active senior who is continually looking to help others despite her physical status.

Barbara O’Neal of Somerville
Barbara maintains an active lifestyle by exercising on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays in Healthy Bones classes. She is a peer leader for Healthy Bones and Fit Body/Fit Bones and encourages others to lead a healthy life style by motivating them to exercise and lead active lives. She also volunteers at RWJ Somerset on Wednesday in Community Health and the joint surgery center. Barbara often assists at educational seminars and programs where she helps with registration and refreshments. She was nominated by Serena Collado, director of Community Health at RWJ Somerset.

John Orrecio of Raritan
Nominated by Kimberly Cowart, director of Somerset County Community Development, John embraces a healthy lifestyle. He volunteers as a committee member for Community Development, participating in the process of appropriating Community Development Block Grant funding. He worked on planning and managing the Basilone Parade and assists at St Anne’s Church, where he is a member. He is also a member of the Raritan Senior Club. John creates opportunities for others through his work with several community organizations. He and his wife celebrated 71 years of marriage on June 2.

Louis Moretti of Somerville 
At the ripe age of 100, Louis Moretti is still going strong. His outlook exemplifies all the qualities of positive healthy aging. Not long ago, Louis was unable to ambulate. However, fortified with a positive outlook and perseverance, he was able to graduate from a wheelchair to a walker and then to a cane. Louis is an example of how the Veterans Directed Home and Community Based Services assists veterans to remain in the community. He served in the army under General Patton and is now a trustee in Chapter 76 Disabled American Veterans. Nominated by Veterans Services, Moretti goes dancing, shopping, enjoys partying and attends church every Sunday. He was married for 67 years and has 4 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. He loves people and conveys his positive outlook by saying, “one should always be good to people.”

For more information, contact the Somerset County Office on Aging and Disability Services toll-free at 1-888-747-1122.


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