FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 17, 2012
Town of North Hempstead Open Fifth Location for “Aging in Place” Senior Program
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North Hempstead, NY– Taking another major step in establishing a town-wide network of locations for North Hempstead’s ambitious program designed to help seniors remain in their homes as long as possible, Supervisor Jon Kaiman and the North Hempstead Town Board announced the opening of the Project Independence Mineola/Williston Park satellite office, the fifth of a planned network of six sites.
Located at the offices of the Jewish Association Serving the Aging, 158 Third Street, Suite 4, Mineola, the new Project Independence office officially opened May 11. It brings to five the number of Project Independence offices presently operating in the Town. The others include the Great Neck Senior Center, the Port Washington Community Center, Clinton G. Martin Park in New Hyde Park, and at the Jewish Community Center in Roslyn.
“We need to reinvest in our senior population, the people who helped make North Hempstead one of the best places to live in the country,” Supervisor Kaiman said. “The availability of Project Independence offices across the town will help to make it convenient for them to access the myriad of services available to them so they can maintain their wellbeing as they age in place.”
With North Hempstead’s senior population growing, Supervisor Kaiman developed Project Independence to help support and empower seniors by providing an array of services through partnerships with government, service providers, businesses and the local community.
Project Independence is multi-faceted but it has one primary goal: help seniors live healthy, active and engaged lives as members of their community by connecting them to the valuable services, programs and providers that will help them remain as independent as possible.
To accomplish that, the Town has partnered with social workers, health care professionals, spiritual leaders, community organizations and many others to help seniors and their families have easier access to available services and programs.
By simply dialing 311, a resident can connect with a Project Independence staffer, who will help them find answers to a particular question, track down information or tap into valuable services such as health screenings, immunizations and information about managing medications. Project Independence also offers caregiver support, social and recreational activities, support groups for those coping with illness, depression or loss, as well as volunteer opportunities.
First initiated as a pilot program in the New Hyde Park area, Project Independence is the first program of its kind to be established in a suburban setting.
Councilman Angelo P. Ferrara, Town Clerk Leslie Gross, Supervisor Jon Kaiman and Receiver Charles Berman welcomed seniors to the Project Independence/Mineola Open House.
Supervisor Kaiman, center, speaks to the hundreds gathered at the Open House event on senior services.
Seniors gathered information on the variety of senior services available to them at the PI Open House.