Carlucci’s Column: Helping Seniors Access Critical Services

BY SENATOR DAVID CARLUCCI
It has always been my mission to help seniors by making sure they are aware of services and programs, which could improve their quality of life. This is why I annually work with Rockland Community College to host a Senior Fair at the Eugene Levy Fieldhouse in Suffern.
This year marks our 7th Senior Fair, back by popular demand. The free event offers seniors an easily accessible one-stop shop, where they can learn about recreational, health, legal, housing, or financial services or programs that are offered in Rockland or by the state. Often there are programs to save on property taxes or prescription drugs, but seniors many not know if they are eligible to take advantage of them. The Senior Fair should take the guesswork out and make resources readily available.

Whether seniors want to learn about health and fitness or financial planning, the Senior Fair is a great way to connect them with stakeholders in our community who are passionate about helping others. The fair features more than 100 local vendors. Some attending this year include: Community Home Health Care, Rockland County Department of Public Transportation, A&T Healthcare, LLC, Meals on Wheels, CVS Pharmacy – Optical, and National Council of Jewish Women Rockland.

In addition, each year we select different guest speakers who not only lead useful presentations on relevant issues to seniors, but they can answer questions. In the past, we have lined up District Attorney, Thomas Zugibe to discuss scams targeting seniors and various medical professionals on aging, memory loss, and Alzheimer’s disease.
This year’s Senior Fair will be held on Thursday, August 23rd from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at Rockland Community College’s Eugene Levy Fieldhouse on 145 College Rd. in Suffern.
For seniors or vendors interested in attending, please contact my office to RSVP at (845)-623-3627.