FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 25, 2013
North Hempstead Partners with Hofstra & North Shore-LIJ Health System to Host 2nd Project Independence “Aging in Place” Conference and Expo
MEDIA CONTACTS: Collin Nash, Ryan Mulholland, & Sam Marksheid | (516) 869-7794
North Hempstead, NY –Motivated by the eye-opening success of the first such event on Long Island, Supervisor Jon Kaiman and the North Hempstead Town Board are proud to be co-hosting the Second Regional “Aging in Place in Suburbia” conference and expo.
The FREE event, “Aging in Place in Suburbia: Living Better with Technology”, will take place Wednesday, August 21st from 9:00am to 3:00pm at North Hempstead’s “Yes We Can” Community Center, located at 141 Garden Street in Westbury.
U.S. Congressman Steve Israel will be the keynote speaker at the event that is co-sponsored by the Town of North Hempstead’s Project Independence; The National Center for Suburban Studies at Hofstra University, Lawrence Levy, Executive Dean; Martine Hackett, Special Assistant Professor or Health Professions, and North Shore-LIJ Health System, Michael Dowling, President and CEO.
More than 70 exhibitors will provide valuable information on how technology can be used to positively impact senior care, transportation & travel, home construction, safety, fitness, socialization, and other essential areas of particular concern for Long Islanders who want to remain in their own homes as they age.
Some of the most innovative new technological advances will be on display including demonstrations of telemedicine by North Shore LIJ, instruction on how to use an IPad or mobile device to monitor your health, and Smart Homes, which can tell you your blood pressure and other health information anywhere in your home.
“I am proud to join once again with great partners Hofstra University and North Shore-LIJ,” North Hempstead Town Supervisor Jon Kaiman said, “With the proliferation of technology, the conference and expo will help aging Long Islanders and their families learn how they can use different services to enhance the lives of seniors, helping them live more independently and safely in their own homes.”
"All the latest demographic research shows that we are aging as a community faster and faster. This so-called gray wave will engulf us if we don't find ways to let people age gracefully and safely in their own homes,” Lawrence Levy of Hofstra University said, “Providing the latest technology will help make that experience all the better. That's what makes this conference so important – connecting our seniors and our seniors to be to a world of information, relationships and care."
Prominent authors will also make presentations. They include Hal Spielman, who wrote ‘Suddenly Solo: A Lifestyle Road Map for the Mature Widowed or Divorced Man,’ Abby Stokes, who wrote “Is This Thing On?”, a computer handbook for seniors, and Katherine Bouton who penned “Shouting Won’t Help: Why I—and 50 Million Other Americans—Can’t Hear You,” which discusses the newest assistive devices for the hearing impaired.
Transportation will be available from various locations throughout the Town. There will be a FREE lunch voucher for the first 500 attendees.
Space is limited; please make sure you register today. For more information, please call 311.
The first “Aging in Place” Conference and Expo back in 2011 at Hofstra University. From left, Supervisor Jon Kaiman, addressing the crowd, Hofstra President Stuart Rabinowitz, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Michael Dowling, President/CEO of North Shore LIJ, and Larry Levy, Executive Dean, Hofstra University’s National Center for Suburban Studies.