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Senior_coupleThe Wellness Initiative for Senior Education (WISE) program is designed to help older adults celebrate healthy aging, make healthy lifestyle choices and avoid substance abuse.

Independent Evaluation by Rutgers University demonstrated increases in health and healthcare empowerment and increases in medication management behavior.

Nearly 85% of participants made a behavior change within six weeks of beginning the program. WISE participants who had initiated a behavior change, on average, reported changing seven different behaviors to improve their health.

Identified by the New Jersey Division of Addiction Services as an evidence-based program. Currently under review by the National Registry of Effective Programs and Practices (NREPP). Won the 2009 NASADAD Prevention Award.

  • Risk Factors Addressed: Isolation and loss for seniors
  • Target Population: People over the age of 60
  • CSAP Strategy: Prevention education
  • Process: Six (6) two-hour sessions
  • Evaluation Measures: Weekly standard feedback evaluation to gauge knowledge learned and behaviors changed as well as post overall program evaluation

For more information and to have WISE presented at your facility, please call NCADD today at 732-254-334 or write to us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


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