VOICE OF THE LEGISLATIVE MAJORITY: Aging In Rockland

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Harriet Cornell-2By Legislator Harriet Cornell (D- West Nyack)

Rockland County Legislature

As a longtime Rockland resident, I have seen our County – and our residents – grow older. That is why I led a study called, “Project Tomorrow: Aging In Place,” which explores the aging population, services that are available and those still needed.

I was very pleased to be able to work with June Molof, Rockland’s Director of the Office for the Aging (OFA), on that report and many other projects over the years. June is a dedicated leader and advocate for our seniors, and has been a tireless public servant for over 40 years. At the end of July, June is retiring, but she leaves behind an incredible legacy, a wide array of programs that benefit Rockland’s seniors, and a devoted staff to carry on the work.

The Rockland County Office for the Aging provides counseling on issues such as insurance and employment opportunities for seniors in need. Educational opportunities exist to place seniors in college classes in Rockland, because as we all know, learning never stops and keeps mental faculties sharp.

OFA also has important partnerships with nonprofits such as Meals on Wheels. County residents who need and qualify for meals are able take advantage of this life-saving program, which also provides social opportunities, computer classes and more.

The Expanded In-Home Services for the Elderly Program (EISEP) helps frail seniors live in their homes by giving them access to needed support such as health and cleaning services.

There are also many clubs for seniors run by organizations and towns across Rockland, and the OFA assists in finding seniors the right club for them.

Getting around Rockland doesn’t need to be difficult: We have expanded transportation services, especially TRIPS buses which take seniors to doctors’ appointments, shopping and work.

The County also partners with Rockland Community College to offer the RSVP program, which matches seniors with volunteering opportunities that interest them so they can stay busy and contribute to their community in a meaningful way.

The report on “Project Tomorrow: Aging In Place,” can be found on the County Legislature’s page at www.RocklandGov.com

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