2002-12-07 / Community

Sanders, Deerfield Honor Elders At Senior Expo

Sanders, Deerfield Honor Elders At Senior Expo

Councilman James Sanders, Jr., in partnership with the Deerfield Area Civic Association presented a Senior Expo Friday, November 22, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Builders for Family and Youth Senior Center in Far Rockaway. The keynote address was given by the Honorable Helen Marshall, Queens Borough President.

"The purpose of the Expo is to bring information and resources to our seniors in one venue and to honor them for guiding and sustaining our community," Councilman Sanders said.

"The Expo is a model of what we as a community can do when we work together toward a common purpose. The purpose in this case being to honor our seniors," Deerfield Area Civic Association President Barbara Smith stated in her opening remarks.

The Expo, an all day series of Senior Education workshops, presentations by exhibitors and healthcare screenings was attended by over 175 seniors. The artwork that adorned the exhibition hall and workshop area was created by nursery and public school students specifically for the Expo.

Workshops on "Identifying the Barriers," presented by NYC Department for the Aging (DFTA) Director Darnley Jones, Dr. Vaysman of St. John’s Hospital and Joyce Lawrence of the Parodneck Foundation addressed health, employment, housing and social service issues faced by seniors, and "Basic Estate Planning," presented by Giovanni Silvagnil, ESQ of the law firm of Conners and Sullivan, P.C. presented information on living wills, trusts and retirement issues.

Exhibitors from 15 community based organizations, healthcare providers and businesses gave valuable information and services, which included hypertension, diabetes and cancer awareness screenings by St. John’s Hospital and the Queens Hospital Center. These participants were the Alzheimer’s Care Unit, Alzheimer’s Care Givers, NYC Department For the Aging (DFTA), Exclusive Ambulette, Jewish Community Council, JMB Nursing Care Center, P.C., Lawrence Nursing Care Center, Margert Community Center, Metropolitan Transit Authority, the Parodneck Foundation, Project Liberty, Queens Hospital Center, Resort Nursing Home, St.. John’s Hospital and Verizon.

Contributors from 11 organizations and companies provided breakfast and lunch to the attendees. The contributors were the 101 Precinct Council, Subways, Associated Supermarket, C-Town Supermarket, South Queens Kentucky Fried Chicken, Lawrence Nursing Care Center, Goody’s, The Beach Club, Pepsi-Cola Bottling Corp., Wolfe and Sons Plant Store, and J. K. Nursing, Inc.

Sanders closed the Expo by thanking each participant personally and giving each senior the gift of a plant.

"On behalf of all those that made this event possible, please accept this token of thanks for all that you have done for us. As you nurture these plants as they grow, we will call upon your wisdom to help nurture and build the Rockaways."

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