May is Older Americans Month
Each May, the Administration for Community Living of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services celebrates Older Americans Month to recognize older Americans for their contributions. In honor of the 50th anniversary of the Older Americans Act (OAA), the focus the theme is Get into the Act. Now is the time to Get into the Act to promote healthy aging, increase community involvement for older adults, and tackle important issues like the prevention of elder abuse. For more information about Older Americans Month, please click the button below:
Administration for Community Living
Medicare 101 Seminars
The Office for the Aging will present seminars about Medicare:
- May 14th at the Suffern Free Library at 7:00 p.m.
- May 20th at the Rose Memorial Library in Stony Point at 6:30 p.m.
Free Smoke Alarms Available
The Department of Health Healthy Neighborhood Program can provide and install free smoke alarms to eligible residents, including seniors. All that is required is a brief home survey at the time of the visit. Please call (845) 364-3290 or 3292 to schedule an appointment or for more information.
The Power of Age Conference
The Power of Age Conference will take place at Rockland Community College Fieldhouse on May 27, 2015 from 9:00 am to 12:45 pm.Brochure
Meals on Wheels celebrated National Volunteer Week
Meals on Wheels celebrated National Volunteer Week, April 12-18th by recognizing our dedicated volunteers who do so much for our seniors. We are thankful for our hardworking Meals on Wheels volunteers! We recognized our volunteers during National Volunteer Week, but we are also looking forward to a special thank you event for our volunteers on June 11th. More details to follow as the date approaches!
Expanded Coverage for More NYS Seniors
The New York State 2014-15 budget included the expansion of the Elderly Pharmaceutical Insurance Coverage Program (EPIC) to cover the prescription needs of more seniors. Eligible income brackets wereexpanded to double for married couples (from $50,000 to $100,000) and to more than double for singles (from $35,000 to $75,000). Please click on the image below for more information.
Celebrating Seniors during March for Meals
The month of March mobilizes hundreds of Meals on Wheels programs like ours across the country to reach out to the community and build the support that will sustain our programs all year long in the national March for Meals campaign. One of the ways that Meals on Wheels Programs & Services of Rockland has celebrated March for Meals was by marching in the Pearl River St. Patrick's Day Parade on March 22nd. Participants had a lot of fun and showed March for Meals spirit by wearing cardboard cars created by Homebound Program volunteer driver and artist, Charlie Goldstein!
Audio from WRCR AM 1300
March for Meals Helps Keep Rockland Beautiful
Clarkstown/Pearl River Senior Center members assist ARC members in painting a community trash receptacle with the logo below in honor of March for Meals. The Artful Receptacle project is a program of Keep Rockland Beautiful, where local artists and community groups transform trash receptacles into works of art. Over 300 hand-painted cans grace our beautiful county!
R2M Realty Charity Give Back Program
Thank you to R2M Realty, a new real estate brokerage firm opened in Rockland County by Kenyatta Jones-Arietta. Ms. Jones-Arietta commitment to the community is evidenced by her agency's Charity Give Back program where R2M will donate 3% of their commission on residential sales to the company's buyers and sellers' local charity of choice. They can also choose up to 3 local charities in which the company will donate 1% of their commission to each of the three charities. Fortunately, Meals on Wheels Programs & Services of Rockland has been lucky enough to already benefit from this program! Please click below to visit R2M's website:R2M Realty
and click below to read R2M's press release:Press Release
Serving Families Affected by Breast Cancer
Did you know that your Meals on Wheels serves families affected by Breast Cancer?
Meals on Wheels Programs & Services of Rockland is participating in the Magnolia Meals at Home™ program. Many of our neighbors living with breast cancer receive up to six monthly home deliveries of up to seven meals designed to help meet their nutritional needs. In addition, family members may also receive up to 10 meals as well. To find out if you or a loved one is eligible visit the Magnolia Meals website by clicking below or contact Ilsa Svoboda at firstname.lastname@example.org or at (845) 624-6325.Magnolia Meals
Celebrating Our 9 Millionth Meal!
Meals on Wheel's 9 Millionth Meal was delivered to 93 year old Nora Cahill by County Executive, Ed Day and Sheriff Falco on July 23, 2014.
Barbara Kohlhausen. Ed Day, and Stan Schwatz are pictured in front of a 1956 Mercury holding the 9 millionth meal.FIOS1News
Countywide Telephone Reassurance Program
If you are over 60 and living in Rockland County and would like to get a free, friendly phone call each day, you may request it from Northern Services Group. To become a recipient or volunteer for the program call the Director of volunteer Services at Northern Services Group at (845) 426-6757.
A Worry-Free Way for Seniors to Stay Connected
Assurance Wireless, is partnering with Meals on Wheels Association of America to provide FREE cell service to low-income eligible seniors. In a world where many seniors are struggling for access to basic needs, Assurance Wireless, can help them stay connected to family, friends and emergency services.
Click on the link below for more information:PDF
Research Backed Evidence Confirms "More than a Meal" Benefit
Meals on Wheels of American released the results of The More Than a Meal Research Study, on March 2, 2015. The study, conducted by Brown University and funded by AARP Foundation, not surprisingly, reveals significant impact of meal service delivery on the health and well-being of adults 60 years of age and older.
Key findings include:
- Those receiving and/or requesting Meals on Wheels services are significantly more vulnerable compared to a nationally representative sample of aging Americans.
- Those who received daily-delivered meals experienced the greatest improvements in health and quality of life indicators over the study period compared to the control groups.
- Those who lived alone and received daily-delivered meals were more likely to report in worry about being able to remain in home and improvements in feelings of isolation and loneliness over the study period, compared to the control groups.
To read an executive summary of the study or the full report, please visit:More Than A Meal
Bite into a Healthy Lifestyle During National Nutrition Month
One of the many ways Meals on Wheels proudly participated in both National Nutrition Month and the National March for Meals Campaign was by presenting nutrition workshops at our five senior centers. The presentation focused on healthy lifestyle choices with a particular emphasis on healthy snacks. Seniors enjoyed samples of healthy snacks such as fruit, vegetables and almond milk.
Meals on Wheels Student Volunteer Receives Service Award
Meals on Wheels is pleased to announce that the agency presented the President's Volunteer Service Bronze Award through the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards to student volunteer Kory Borkenoff in recognition of his significant volunteer service. Kory has volunteered over 100 hours for Meals on Wheels. In addition to a certificate, Kory also received a letter from the President of the United States. Meals on Wheels is fortunate to have such committed volunteers like Kory!
Meals on Wheels President & CEO Don Hammond and Vice President for Operations Jim Burton present Kory Borkenoff with the President's Volunteer Service Bronze Award.
Students at Liberty Elementary School
Thank you to the students at Liberty Elementary School, in Nyack, NY, for their generous donation of over 200 blizzard boxes. In this photo Liberty students and staff pose with Meals on Wheels President & CEO Don Hammond, Meals on Wheels Volunteer Coordinator Sharon Martini and the students generous donation.
Adult Day Participant's Family Shares Their Beautiful Story
Lifelong Rockland residents Delores and John Lodico's life philospohy can be summed up by the title of a recently published book about their family: Always Room for One More. The title was chosen and the book was created by all three of the Lodico couple's children. Meals on Wheels' Adult Day Care of Rockland program is pleased to be able to help care for John several days each week. To read the Lodico's story in a recent Rockland County Times issue, please click on the link below.
Rockland County Times
Growler & Gill Guest Bartender
Thank you to Growler & Gill for hosting our guest bartender fund raiser and thank you to our guest bartenders and everyone who attended for your generous tips. The agency raised to close to $3,000 to support seniors and the homebound!
The "Coupon Queen" Donates Two Van Loads of Food!
On December 23rd Meals on Wheels was fortunate to benefit from the efforts of Rockland's own Coupon Queen. Anna D'Souza delivered two van loads of food and personal care items to be distributed to beneficiaries of Meals on Wheels programs. Please click below to watch Verizon Fios Channel 1's coverage the story!
Senator David Carlucci, Anna D'Souza and Don Hammond pose in behind of some of the food donated by AnnVerizon Fios Channel 1
Ladels of Love at Lakeview
Meals on Wheels continues to fight senior hunger with the agency's "Ladles of Love" monthly free soup program. On March 18th 30 bowls of nutritious and delicious vegetable soup were distributed at the Lakeview Village Apartments in Spring Valley. Meals on Wheels will continue its monthly free soup day at various county locations.
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