FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 1, 2013
North Hempstead’s Recent FunDay Monday Health Fair Draws Record Crowds
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North Hempstead, NY –North Hempstead Supervisor Jon Kaiman and the Town Board, along with Nassau County Legislator Wayne Wink recently welcomed local officials and over 900 seniors to North Hempstead Beach Park on Monday, July 29th, to what Town representatives are calling the most well-attended FunDay Monday Senior Health Education and Information Fair, in the event’s 20 year history.
Blessed with beautiful weather, seniors from all areas of the Town were able to consult with 74 exhibitors who provided practical assistance on an array of topics. Attendees were able to take advantage of free screenings provided by cardiologists, pharmacists, ophthalmologists, audiologists, podiatrists and physical therapists. Nurses, attorneys, financial advisors and advocates were also on hand to provide assistance and information.
“This is an example of the constant outreach to our senior population that we are committed to in the Town of North Hempstead,” Town Supervisor Jon Kaiman said. “I am pleased that so many seniors are taking advantage of this great opportunity to connect with healthcare representatives and government officials.”
Supervisor Kaiman welcomed U.S. Congressman Steve Israel to this year’s Health Fair. “The Town of North Hempstead has always been at the forefront of responding to the needs of seniors in a very innovative and proactive way,” said Congressman Israel, one of several local officials on hand to greet those in attendance.
County Legislator Wayne Wink, who once again partnered with the Town on the fair, said, “This is an example of government working together to achieve something great. It’s so important to connect seniors directly to essential services that can have a sizable impact on their lives.”
County Legislator Judi Bosworth also attended the event. She said, “It’s so critical for government to step up and connect seniors directly with services that can impact their health and quality of life. That’s exactly what today’s fair does.”
Seniors seemed to be overjoyed with the amount of services available to them, including Delorise Stover of Great Neck. “The Health Fair this year is better than ever before. I got my blood pressure checked and my cholesterol checked, all at the same tent. At the last one I found out I was a diabetic; today they followed up to make sure everything was ok.”
“Before I came today I didn’t realize North Hempstead offered emergency management for seniors,” said local New Hyde Park senior Richard Husch. “I got a ton of valuable information and everyone couldn’t have been friendlier.”
This year’s list of exhibitors included representatives from Long Island Cares Harry Chapin Food Bank, Meals on Wheels, NICE - Able Ride, North Shore LIJ- Health System, Health Care Partners IPA, Walgreens, Family Aides, Inc., St. Francis Hospital, Winthrop University Hospital, Nassau University Medical Center and a variety of Town of North Hempstead departments including DOSA, 311 Call Center, Parks and Recreation, Receiver of Taxes Charles Berman, Office of the Town Clerk, Public Safety, the Animal Shelter and Solid Waste Management Authority as well as government official Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel.
Nicole Dominguez, a vendor representing Walgreens said, “The turnout’s been great this year. Seniors have approached us with a bunch of questions about medication and services, and we’ve been happy to help. I think they appreciate the relaxed setting of a fair like this; there are no long lines like you might see in a pharmacy; there’s less pressure here.”
Congressman Steve Israel, Town Supervisor Jon Kaiman and County Legislator Judi Bosworth, speak with a group of seniors.
Congressman Steve Israel and Town Supervisor Jon Kaiman with the Chinese senior group Joy Fu.
Representatives from AARP help out a senior.
Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel, 3rd from left, with representatives from her office at her information table..