For Immediate Release Media Contacts: Collin Nash, Sid Nathan, and Jason Elan
June 29, 2011 (516) 869-7794
Town of North Hempstead Announces Opening of Roslyn Project Independence Site, the Fourth in Planned Town-wide Network
North Hempstead, NY—Taking another giant step along the road to regionalizing North Hempstead’s ambitious “aging in place” program, Supervisor Jon Kaiman and Town Councilman Tom Dwyer joined with several other County and local elected officials last week to officially open the doors to the Project Independence Roslyn area office, the fourth of a planned network of eight offices throughout the Town.
More than 300 attendees, including health care and senior care providers, flocked to the June 24th open house at the new location, the Sid Jacobson Jewish Community Center, at 300 Forest Dr., East Hills.
“With the opening of this office, we are one step closer to accomplishing our goal of creating a Town-wide network of eight Project Independence locations,” Supervisor Jon Kaiman said. “We are honored to be able to have come this far in the pursuit of our commitment to help our senior residents stay in their own homes and communities as long as they wish.”
With North Hempstead’s—and indeed the nation’s—senior population growing exponentially, Supervisor Kaiman developed Project Independence three years ago to help support and empower seniors by providing an array of services through partnerships with government, service providers, businesses and the local community.
In addition to the new Roslyn office, three other locations have been opened over the past year and a half: one at Clinton G. Martin Park, another at the Great Neck Senior Center and the other at the Port Washington Community Center.
The long-term plan is to establish eight Project Independence sites throughout the Town.
“We are so fortunate to have this program in our Town,” said Rhoda Bleich of Manhasset Hills. “The community would be foolish not to avail themselves to it.”
Project Independence is multi-faceted but it has one primary goal: help seniors live healthy, active and engaged lives as members of the community they choose to live in.
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.
The Town recently broadened the menu of offerings by introducing a free transportation service to designated area supermarkets as well as low-cost taxi rides for non-emergency medical visits.
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. Please call 311 for more information.
Supervisor Jon Kaiman (middle) is joined by Receiver Charles Berman (left) and Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel (right) announcing North Hempstead’s Composting Cooperative Program at Clark Botanic Garden in Albertson.