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11/12/2009

Roslyn Savings Foundation Grant Supports Health Services Program for Seniors


South Nassau Communities Hospital’s Senior Outreach Services Program recently received an $8,500 grant from the Roslyn Savings Foundation.

The Senior Outreach Services Program provides health outreach, education, screening, and immunization services for older adults in southern Nassau County. The program recently launched a falls prevention service to help older adults reduce their risk of injury due to falls. The new service provides risk reduction education and services and in-home assessments conducted by South Nassau Communities Hospital Home Care.

"The Roslyn Savings Foundation is devoted to supporting organizations, programs and services that educate members of the community about health issues and provide the solutions for those issues," said Marian Conway, Executive Director. “South Nassau’s Senior Outreach Services Program provides services that enhance the health and wellness of our senior citizens.”

South Nassau’s Senior Outreach Program serves a growing population of Nassau County senior citizens who live at home, many of them living on fixed incomes, and provides services that help seniors to maintain their health and wellness and continue living safely in the community.

Services, which are provided free of charge at senior centers and other community locations throughout the hospital’s service area, include:

  • Administration of flu vaccinations
  • Health screenings for prostate cancer, skin cancer, high blood pressure, cholesterol and cardiac risk assessments that support prevention, early diagnosis and
  • Wellness and health education lectures on topics of interest to older adults that teach preventive health care skills and promote good self-care; and
  • Training for staff of senior housing sites in First Aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).
The program’s community-based educational seminars reach hundreds of seniors each year. Recent seminars have addressed preventing falls, steps that older adults can take to protect their eyesight as they age, and advice on how to maintain a heart-healthy diet.

“The Roslyn Savings Foundation is recognized for its support of charitable programs and services that address the range of issues and problems facing the region,” said Joseph A. Quagliata, president and CEO of South Nassau. “We are grateful that it is partnering with us to advance the mission of South Nassau’s Senior Outreach Services Program."

About Roslyn Savings Foundation

The Roslyn Savings Foundation is proud to help to improve the quality of life for its neighbors on Long Island and Queens, with grants totaling almost $17 million dollars to date. The foundation provides invaluable support for an array of social needs – from health-related organizations to education, community services, and cultural activities. The Foundation achieves effectiveness by establishing personal relationships with not-for-profits. The time it spends answering questions and providing guidance results in stronger candidates for future funding not only from Roslyn Savings Foundation, but other foundations and businesses as well. Recently, the Foundation has focused on a few issues that are critical on Long Island, such as the nursing shortage, assisting first-time home buyers, and the environment. By concentrating grants in these areas the foundation hopes to make a significant impact. You can learn more about the foundation at http://www.roslynsavingsfoundation.org/index.htm.

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