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North Hempstead Given AARP Honor
World Health Organization and AARP Honor North Hempstead for Commitment to Senior Citizens
North Hempstead, NY – North Hempstead Town Supervisor Judi Bosworth announced this week that AARP has announced that it will designate the Town of North Hempstead as a member of the “AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities,” an indication of the Town’s commitment to improving the quality of life for seniors residing within North Hempstead.
The designation earns the Town of North Hempstead a place in the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Network of Age Friendly Cities and Communities, a designation that allows North Hempstead access to WHO resources to better serve its aging community, including successful age-friendly strategies, planning tools, and other resources.
Supervisor Judi Bosworth said of the designation, “We care greatly about the aging members of our community and this honor bestowed by AARP reflects our commitment to keeping members of our community healthy and happy. North Hempstead is now recognized as an international leader in preparing for the needs of the growing number of mature adults both today and in the coming decades.”
The Town of North Hempstead operates the Department of Services for the Aging, which administers the renowned Project Independence senior program which specifically focuses on ensuring that seniors can age in their homes with dignity, independence, and civic involvement.
The Department’s Commissioner, Kimberly Corcoran-Galante said, “The Town’s Project Independence program is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for seniors in our Town by giving them the necessary resources to age in place. Receiving this designation from the AARP affirms that the programs offered by Project Independence are in fact helping make North Hempstead an ‘age-friendly community.’”
Project Independence programs include transportation to the supermarket and doctor’s appointments, home maintenance, social work services, fitness classes and other social opportunities. Seniors who wish to get involved in North Hempstead’s Project Independence activities can call 311 for more information.
Supervisor Bosworth and Councilman Zuckerman greet seniors at a Funday Monday senior event this past summer.