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Long Term Care Survey

In Governor Cuomo’s 2018 State of the State, he announced the launch of a Long Term Care Planning Council to prepare for the emerging needs of New York State’s growing aging population. The charge of the Council is to examine New York’s long term care system.  Specifically, the Council will:

  • Analyze, evaluate, and identify the existing service gaps in New York’s long term care system
  • Determine the most cost-effective evidence-based interventions
  • Prepare a strategic plan to meet the emerging needs of New York’s aging population over the next decade

The New York State Department of Health and the New York State Office for the Aging are requesting that you complete a brief anonymous survey to assist the Planning Council in this effort. For the purpose of this Council, the “long term care system” should be broadly interpreted to include a variety of services and supports that help meet both the medical and non-medical needs of individuals with a chronic illness, disability, or functional need, and includes services and supports for caregivers.

Please respond by June 18, 2018.

Rockland County Youth Bureau Seeks Trades and Crafts People for Repair Cafe

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County Executive Ed Day today announced that volunteer Repair Coaches are being sought for the 2018 Repair Café, scheduled for Sunday, May 6th at the Nyack Center.

Repair Café is a community event where people can bring broken household items to be repaired for free by volunteer Repair Coaches. There will be several repair stations, including: computers and electronics, lighting, furniture, clothing, toys, small appliances, and jewelry.

Repair Coaches are social people at least 18 years old with high level repair experience in trades or crafts such as small appliances, woodworking/carpentry, computers and electronics, sewing and knitting, and jewelry.

Volunteers are needed for five hours on Sunday, May 6th from 9 am until 2 pm at Nyack Center, located at 58 Depew Avenue, Nyack NY 10960. Repair Coaches will collaborate heavily with the public, with other repair people, and with students looking to learn more about trades.

Learn more here…

Study Participants Needed-Deaf People & Social Trauma

To take the survey, go to this link:

This study is a dissertation by Holly Siegrist, M.A., M.S., a deaf doctoral student in the Clinical Psychology Program at Alliant International University and supervised by Rhoda Olkin, Ph.D., at the California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University, San Francisco.

The purpose of this study is to investigate difficult social experiences that deaf/Deaf and hard of hearing people may have faced in childhood, such as trauma as a result of oppression or abuse, and how these experiences shape their sense of identity and social interactions as adults, with particular attention to experiences of exclusion.

The focus of the study is on social interactions between deaf and hearing people. However, the study also examines social interactions of deaf people with other deaf people, and intersectionalities of oppression. Another focus is on identifying both positive and less adaptive ways that deaf people handle difficult social interactions. Deaf people age 18 and up are compared by generations, gender, and whether participants had sign language as their first language. The study involves an internet survey distributed to the United States and Canada, and email interviews with participants in the United States. 

This study also aims to inform clinicians working with deaf clients, and policy makers, about how oppression can affect deaf people’s sense of identity and social development. Psychological distress due to oppression in social interactions has important ramifications in the social lives of deaf people. The results of this study will be available in June 2018.

To take the survey, go to this link:

CHORE Handymen Philip Stephenson and Nick Amendola are Volunteers of the Week!

Read the complete article at the Rockland County Times website.

CHORE volunteers Philip Stephenson and Nick Amendola.

Aging can be a difficult time for many people, as they rely on the help of family and friends as they get older. Without this option, they need the help of people who volunteer their time to help them with basic tasks, such as replacing light bulbs, installing grab bars and repairing handrails.

CHORE is a resource to people living in Rockland County who are 60 or older, or a person living with a disability, regardless of age or income status. CHORE helps people to maintain the independence of living at home by providing free minor household repairs and home improvements that make living at home safe. Repairs are generally completed within two weeks from the request. CHORE prioritizes minor home repairs that are related to safety concerns. Any minor home repair that will help prevent falls or keep people safe in their home will be scheduled as soon as possible.

CHORE, a program of Bridges, is supported through a combination of volunteers, a grant from the Rockland County Office for the Aging and the generosity of local businesses and residents. Contact Bridges for more information about the CHORE program by phone at 845-215-1010 or visit the CHORE webpage.

Read the complete article at the Rockland County Times website.

Google Maps Is Making Travel More Accessible for Wheelchair Users

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The platform is adding wheelchair-accessible navigation options for transit routes in six major cities.

Google Maps is making significant strides to address the needs of wheelchair users worldwide. The tech company recently announced the launch of wheelchair-accessible routes to its navigation platform in a move that will finally make it easier for people with access needs to plan for—and get around during—trips to major cities. 

When interacting with Google Maps, users will now be able to select “wheelchair accessible” as a route navigation option. The new feature is rolling out in six major cities—starting with London, New York, Tokyo, Mexico City, Boston, and Sydney—and Google plans to add more cities with wheelchair accessible routes in the future.

Read the complete article here…

A Road To Reducing Hunger

We are on the Road to Reducing Hunger with an expanded RCAH Food Recovery Program!

Rockland Community Against Hunger (RCAH) is a collaborative of Food Pantries and Feeding Programs in Rockland County, NY.  It’s lead agency TOUCH, in collaboration with BRiDGES and Meals on Wheels of Rockland recently received a grant to acquire the storage capacity and new vehicles to recover food and distribute it to support more than 40 Food Pantries and Feeding Programs throughout Rockland County.

Now WE NEED YOUR HELP to continue the journey!   To get started, we need to raise money for supporting equipment and supplies. 

Click Here To Donate To The Crowdrise Campaign!

Millions of Americans face food insecurity, which impacts numerous aspects of an individual’s life, including physical and mental health, academic performance, and future economic productivity.

WHAT is food insecurity?  Lacking access to sufficient, safe, nutritious food to maintain a healthy and active life and often no guarantee of the next meal.

WHO is food insecure? One in every 6 Americans

The number of people in Rockland County requiring additional healthy food is growing at alarming levels! 14.4% of Rockland County residents survive at poverty level, most being food insecure.

To meet this growing need, The RCAH Food Recovery Program will pick up healthy recoverable food from supermarkets, farms, farmers’ markets and the Food Bank of the Hudson Valley and distribute this to the many Food Pantries and Feeding Programs throughout Rockland County.  

Your donation of:

  • $250  will buy a 1/2 of a scale, a truck ramp, or 2 rolling carts
  • $100 – will buy 2 floor mats or a rolling cart
  • $50 – will buy a bin to store the food  (but we need 20 of them!)
  • $ 10-25 – helps to buy supplies  (totaling $1,000)