Today it was announced by New York for Seniors, that August is now officially ‘HealthyNYC Caregivers Appreciation Month’.
“We concentrate on our seniors in New York City, but we realize that their adult children play an extremely important role in their lives. These adult children, in many cases do not think of themselves as caregivers. We found that many people only think of caregivers in terms of nurses, home aides or others in the healthcare profession”, stated Wayne Jordan, Director of New York for Seniors. “We want to recognize the family members, who are indeed caregivers, and we want to educate them about the resources that are available to them and their parents or elderly family members. Naming August as HealthyNYC Caregivers Appreciation Month allows us to put focus on the caregiver’s role as it pertains to supporting New York City’s seniors.”
One of the resources that will be made available to family members as caregivers, will be the HealthyNYC Expo, which will include representatives from home care agencies, healthcare professionals, transportation resources, city agency representatives and more.
“Most caregivers fly under the radar, providing mostly uncompensated care to their loved ones, and the service may be under appreciated. By New York for Seniors creating a Caregivers Appreciation Month, the services of the family member is brought to the forefront”, stated Maria Pollack, VP Community Relations Tradition Home Care. “This initiative allows us to celebrate their continuous dedication to their work.”
As part of ‘HealthyNYC Caregivers Appreciation Month’, New York for Seniors will host the ‘Senior Pavilion’ section at the HealthyNYC Expo (Brooklyn) and the HealthyNYC Expo (Governor’s Island). The ‘Senior Pavilion’ will have extensive resources available for seniors. Home Care agency representatives will be on hand to answer questions about home care services, NYC Dept of Finance will be present to discuss how seniors can freeze their rent in NYC and there will be information on how family members can be paid for caring for loved ones. Besides the multitude of resources, there will also be plenty of entertainment, exercising, DJ, refreshments and giveaways.
The Healthy NYC Expo will include the following activities;
- Free Total Body Conditioning Movement class (Alwayz Fit 4 Lyfe)
- Senior Pavilion Section (Free refreshments for seniors and giveaways from partners)
- Fresh fruit and smoothies
- Health Screenings
The HealthyNYC Expo is FREE for attendees. You can Register Here. There are opportunities available to become a sponsor, tabling vendor or community partner. Contact Vernon Jones Sr., at 718-285-9351 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.