Ocean County Officials Seek Input From Seniors

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  STAFFORD – Ocean County officials will be holding a public hearing to gather input from the public on how best to address the needs of seniors.

  The hearing will be held on May 9, 10 a.m., at the Southern Ocean Medical Center, 1140 Route 72 West, Manahawkin. The hearing, conducted by the Ocean County Office of Senior Services, is open to seniors, caregivers and the general public.

  “It’s important we hear from our seniors and their caregivers to determine the needs of older adults living in Ocean County,” said Ocean County Freeholder Joseph H. Vicari, who serves as Chairman of the Office of Senior Services. “Retirees are attracted to the quality of life in Ocean County. However, our seniors need specific services and programs as they age. Gathering their input helps us better assist them.”

  Ocean County Freeholder Director Virginia E. Haines stated: “Our Office of Senior Services does a great job in addressing the needs of our seniors through a host of programs and services…Whether nutritional help, transportation services or outreach, hearing from our constituents is key to making sure our programs are meeting their ever-changing needs.”

  Contact the Ocean County Office of Senior Services at 732-929-2091, 1-800-668-4899 or 1-877-222-3737 to confirm your attendance at the hearing.

  “The Ocean County Office of Senior Services serves as a focal point where older adults and their families can turn for information regarding services and programs and this public hearing is an important step in the annual Area Plan process,” Vicari said. “The Area Plan outlines our process for addressing the current and future needs of our seniors. It also assists in determining funding and the distribution of those funds.”

  The hearing will discuss home and community-based services that support independent living, community planning and events, and opportunities for older Americans to work, volunteer, learn, lead, and mentor. Get involved while also celebrating May as Older Americans Month.

  “Ocean County is proud to be home to one of the largest senior populations in the country. Our seniors – many of whom are veterans and have served in many conflicts throughout our history – bring so many special qualities to life in Ocean County,” Vicari said. “During the month of May we celebrate their lifelong accomplishments and recognize all of them for all they do.”