By Barry Klitsberg, Nassau County Medicare Counselor, FCA
This year marks the 60th anniversary of Older Americans Month, which is celebrated every May as a way for us to acknowledge the contributions and achievements of older Americans, highlight important trends, and strengthen our commitment to honoring our older citizens.
This year’s theme, Aging Unbound, offers an opportunity to explore a wide range of aging experiences and to promote the importance of enjoying independence and fulfillment by paving our own paths as we age.
This may involve reinventing ourselves with a “second act” career or avocation but also includes seeking assistance for chores and tasks that we are no longer able to do for ourselves or need help understanding, such as complex financial transactions.
Family and Children’s Association participates in many programs designed to assist seniors in ways that allow them to remain active, engaged and in charge of their lives.
Popular programs such as Health Insurance Information, Counseling and Assistance Program; Financial Counseling, Bill Payer, Tax assistance, Reverse Mortgages, and programs designed to protect seniors from exploitation are available at FCA.
These programs are offered for free or at minimal cost to seniors. Our office can be reached at 516-485-3425.
Other programs are available through the Nassau County Office for the Aging that helps older adults get out in the community and socialize.
They may include transportation assistance, senior centers, social adult day centers, home-delivered meals and nutrition programs as well as other supportive services. The office can be reached at 516-227-8900.
Please feel free to contact our offices if you or a family member are in need of assistance to remain at home and want to enjoy a full and vibrant life regardless of age.
Barry Klitsberg is an Assistant Health Insurance Information Counseling and Assistance (HIICAP) Coordinator at FCA in Garden City.