BY BARRY WARNER
The Third Annual Senior Fair, sponsored by Senator David Carlucci and Rockland Community College (RCC), was held at RCC’s Eugene Levy Fieldhouse on Thursday, August 28, drawing approximately 1,000 seniors.
The event sets out to inform and empower seniors with health information, nutrition counseling, energy conservation and the opportunity to volunteer for many non-profit organizations. The greater goal is make it possible for seniors to continue living in Rockland, especially those with family roots in the county.
Senator Carlucci said, “This is a great event for all Rockland County seniors to gather under one roof to view the services and programs available to them. People are living longer and the objective is to improve the quality of their lives. Currently, there are 59,000 people or 15 percent of our population living in Rockland County over the age of 60. Today, we expect 1,000 seniors to attend and take advantage of the information dispensed by more than 100 vendors, government agencies and non-profit organizations.”
Organizations represented included the Rockland County Department of Health, the New York Statewide Senior Action Council, the Orange and Rockland ‘Green Team,’ the Mental Health Association of New York, Familya of Rockland County, the American Legion, the Sheriff’s Office of Rockland County, the New York Organ Donors Association, the Office of The New York State Attorney General, the Rockland County Foster Grandparent Program and the Rockland County Office For The Aging.
The Speaker Series involved the following presenters and their topics:
. Chief Barbera of The Rockland County Sheriff’s Office- At Risk Senior Registration and Operation Medicine Cabinet.
. Gary Brown, Assistant NYS Attorney General, Westchester Regional Office- Smart Seniors and Smart Investors Initiative.
. Dina Nejman of The Geriatric Mental Health Alliance and Helene Fisher, co-founder of Say Ah, Inc.- Caregiver Advice.
. Dr. Nunzio Pomara and Dr. Anna MacKay of The Nathan Klein Institute- Brain Health.
Living well. Staying well. Keeping an active lifestyle. That was what the Senior Fair was all about.