Ocean County Press Release
Public Invited to Comment on Senior Services and Programs
10/3/2013

TOMS RIVER – The services and programs provided to Ocean County seniors will be the focus of a public hearing scheduled for Oct. 8.

The Ocean County Office of Senior Services will host the hearing on the 2014 Area Plan Contract Update scheduled for 1:30 p.m., Oct. 8 at 1027 Hooper Ave., here, Building 2, and Third Floor Conference Room.

"The Ocean County Office of Senior Services serves as the focal point where older adults and their families can turn to for information regarding services and programs," said Freeholder Joseph H. Vicari, Chairman of Senior Services. "The 2014 Area Plan outlines our plan for addressing the current and future needs of our seniors."

The 2014 Aging Services Plan is expected to provide 527,788 units of support for programs including access, home, community, nutrition and caregiver.

"These are key areas that help our seniors maintain their independence and their quality of life," Vicari said.

A copy of the 2014 Area Plan Contract Update Summary is available by calling the Ocean County Office of Senior Services at 732-929-2091 or 1-800-668-4899 and will be posted on the Ocean County website at www.co.ocean.nj.us.

"We encourage our residents to participate in this upcoming meeting regarding Ocean's plan to address our seniors' needs," said Freeholder Director John P. Kelly. "Freeholder Vicari along with his staff at senior services does an outstanding job in not only addressing the current needs of our seniors but by being proactive and looking at the future needs of this growing segment of our population."

The programs are funded through federal, state and county funds totaling $5.2 million.

Vicari noted that the services are intended to provide a safety network for the frail/disabled elderly and also, services that have an important role in assisting the newly arrived senior adult in preparing for a healthy future.

"Our Office of Senior Services has a wide array of information and programs to promote healthy aging from helping people prepare for the numerous aspects of Medicare to choosing a healthier lifestyle," Vicari said. "We make every effort to meet the many needs of our older adult population."

So far this year, the Office of Senior Services has conducted 77 community presentations and the staff has responded to over 6,700 people and provided information to 8,800 visitors through its website.

"The major issues addressed by our Senior Services staff include questions about prescription programs, tax assistance programs, caregivers, Medicare and health insurance, in-home services and consumer issues," Vicari said.

Jane Maloney, Director of the Office of Senior Services, said the Oct. 8 meeting is the second one conducted by the Office of Senior Services regarding the 2014 Area Plan Contract Update. A public meeting was held at the Ocean County Southern Service Center, Stafford Township, in June to gather feedback regarding the needs of older adults.

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