We were recently mentioned in a blog post by the Diverse Elders Coalition about the mental and physical effects of loneliness on older adults. The article highlights our volunteer partners, The Harmony Exchange. The photo featured in the piece is a picture of volunteers spending time with seniors at our Roosevelt Island Senior Center. It is so important for older adults to know they are still appreciated and not forgotten. Click here to read about ways you can help local seniors.
According to a recent study by National Poll on Healthy Aging, one third of seniors say they are lonely. Feeling isolated affects memory, mental and physical health. Thanks to a generous donation from New York Community Trust, we are connecting Roosevelt Island homebound seniors with their neighbors, friends, and family.
We are so happy to announce our recent partnership with New York Community Trust. The group recently gifted us with a grant that will provide 40 Roosevelt Island homebound seniors and individuals with disabilities with virtual connection via Amazon Echo smart screens. The project will help combat isolation by enabling participants to access programs remotely, make video calls, and leverage features that support health & wellness like medication adherence reminders and healthy cooking demos. We are so grateful for this generous and innovative grant! Click here to read more about this fabulous grant in the NYCT newsletter.
As the temperatures have been breaking 90 degrees this July, our seniors have been enjoying air conditioning, nutritious meals, and cool activities. The heatwave brought the press to our Leonard/ Covello Senior Center to spread the word about cooling centers. All of our senior centers have cold air for people to enjoy. Because heatwaves can be a potential health risk to seniors, we have plenty of space for people to cool off and enjoy fun activities.
The heat has been out of control this July. High temperatures are health risks for seniors. Luckily, all of our CBN centers double as cooling centers. Our karaoke machine is blasting the tunes, and the air conditioner is blasting cold air for our seniors to relax and have a good time. We have plenty of space to hold activities for members of the community to have fun and escape the sun for a few hours. Watch the NY1 video below to see our member Joseph Smith and other seniors at our Covello Senior Center beat the heat!