Adler Aphasia Center Open House and Handcraft Boutique; Newark Airport Measles Alert

Sources: Adler Aphasia; NJ Dept. Health

Something Special, the Adler Aphasia Center vocational artisan program in which stroke survivors with aphasia design and handcraft unique jewelry and gifts, will be hosting its annual Spring Boutique on Wednesday, April 3rd from 10:30 am – 7:30 pm at Adler Aphasia Center, located at 60 West Hunter Avenue, Maywood, NJ.

This year, in recognition of Something Special’s 10th anniversary, the Center’s artisans have designed a commemorative Serenity bracelet, an art deco inspired bracelet adorned with Swarovski pearls and silver plated beads, which can be purchased at the event.

Refreshments will be served as customers browse a large selection of necklaces, bracelets, earrings, desk items, paper crafts and hostess sets in a price range of $5 to $60. A couture line of one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces will also be available for purchase. Every item comes with a bio of the artisan who handcrafted the jewelry or gift piece, helping raise awareness about aphasia.

Aphasia is a communication disorder caused by a stroke or traumatic brain injury and affects 40% of these survivors. Adler Aphasia Center is the only center of its kind in NJ, an area with an estimated 70,000 people living with aphasia.

The Center will also offer tours of the Maywood facility for those who may be interested in learning more about their programs for people with aphasia and caregivers.

This innovative program provides ongoing revenue for Adler Aphasia Center activities for people with aphasia and their caregivers through sales at home parties, pop-up sales sites, health care facilities, and through events in partnership with corporate sponsors.

Sales also support the Center’s programs and services. There is no federal, state or insurance funding for ongoing aphasia services and the Center must therefore rely on the generosity of its donors to offer the critical support that stroke survivors with aphasia need and deserve.

On March 4, 2019, a traveler who has been confirmed to have measles — a highly contagious disease — arrived at Newark Liberty International Airport from Aruba and departed for California via Terminal C.

If you were in the airport between March 4 at 9 p.m. and March 5 at 9:30 a.m., you may have been exposed, and if infected, could develop symptoms as late as March 26. Symptoms include rash, high fever, cough, runny nose and red, watery eyes. Measles infection in a pregnant woman can lead to miscarriage, premature birth or a low-birth-weight baby.

Anyone who suspects an exposure is urged to call a health care provider before going to a medical office or emergency department, in order for special arrangements to be made for evaluation that can protect other patients and medical staff from possible infection.

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