Seniors Receive No-Cost Flu Shots, Health Screenings, and Resources at Senior Health Fair Hosted by Council Member Ben Kallos

10/30/2015

New York, NY –  Council Member Ben Kallos hosted an annual Senior Health Fair on Friday, October 30th at Lenox Hill Neighborhood House. Sixteen nonprofits, government agencies, and health institutions conducted screenings, provided informational materials and giveaways to the over 50 seniors in attendance, and no-cost flu shots.

“All New Yorkers should have access to health and wellness resources and services," said Council Member Ben Kallos. "It is especially crucial that we make these resources and services accessible to seniors. It was my pleasure to partner with nonprofits, government agencies, and health institutions throughout the City to bring this event to seniors in my district.”

The fair included a wide variety of services, giveaways, and informational materials, including the following:

  • Walgreens administered flu shots at no cost.
  • New York Presbyterian tested 45 people’s blood pressure and screened 31 people’s glucose levels.
  • State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli’s Office conducted unclaimed fund checks, resulting in 10 claims.
  • American Heart Association provided individuals with hands only CPR training.
  • Department of Finance provided screenings and assistance with Senior Citizen Rent Increase Exemption (SCRIE) and Disability Rent Increase Exemption (DRIE) and handed out Metrocard holders and magnifiers.
  • Rockefeller University distributed fresh apples and hand sanitizer from Rockefeller University
  • Stanley Isaacs Neighborhood Center gave away cloth backpacks and performed a Zumba class demonstration.
  • ICAN distributed pill dispensers, magnets, and other giveaways.
  • Lenox Hill Neighborhood Center gave away reusable cups, taught a yoga class demonstration, and presented on Medicare Part D Enrollment.
  • The New York Foundation for Senior Citizens presented on home sharing.
  • Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s Office presented on identity theft and common scams affecting seniors.
  • Vision Services for Blind and Visually Impaired shared information on their services and referred potential clients.
  • Carter Burden Senior Center handed out information on their senior services and programs.
  • Community Service Society shared information on access to health care, affordable housing and other resources
  • Grow NYC shared information on fresh food boxes, greenmarkets, and other fresh food options in New York.
  • 92nd Street Y distributed information on their community events and senior programs.

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