Ocean County Press Release
The Ocean County Office of Senior Services will conduct a public hearing from 10 a.m. to noon, May 9 to solicit input on the pressing issues affecting older adults who live in the County.
"Ocean County holds hearings annually to determine the needs of the seniors living here and how best to address those needs," said Ocean County Freeholder Director Joseph H. Vicari, who serves as chairman of Senior Services. "I encourage our seniors and the many caregivers living in Ocean County to attend this needs assessment to discuss the many issues facing our seniors."
The meeting will be held at the Brick Township Senior Center at the VFW Building at 373 Adamston Road, Brick Township. Anyone interested in attending should contact the Ocean County Office of Senior Services at 732-929-2091 to confirm your attendance.
"This meeting is an important step in our annual Area Plan Process," Vicari said. "The area plan outlines how the county receives funding for Ocean County senior programs, and then moves ahead to distribute those dollars to the agencies that work with us throughout each year.
"The Ocean County Office of Senior Services is part of a vast aging network of service providers," Vicari said.
More than 166,000 seniors call Ocean County home. The senior programs are funded through federal, state and county funds totaling more than $5.5 million.
Vicari noted that the services are intended to provide a safety network for the frail/disabled elderly and also to assist 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.
"The major issues addressed include questions about prescription programs, tax assistance programs, caregivers, Medicare and health insurance, in-home services, housing and nutrition services," Vicari said. "It's important for us to learn how current programs are benefitting our residents and what changes, if any, should be made.
"Our services are constantly evolving in order to meet the needs of this growing population," he said. "Gathering information is the first step to making certain our programs are effective and accessible."