Union County, NJ – Union County seniors and caregivers are invited to participate in a public meeting on Monday, September 25 at 10:00 a.m. at the O’Donnell-Dempsey Senior Center, 622 Salem Avenue in Elizabeth, to express their views on the service needs of seniors.
“This public hearing is a good opportunity for residents to request services in areas such as caregiver support, utility assistance, affordable housing, transportation — especially assisted transportation – and more,” said Freeholder Chairman Bruce H. Bergen.
The meeting will be conducted the Union County Division on Aging and Disability Resource (ADRC), which will provide the state with a report on the needs of seniors, including priorities identified by seniors participating in the meeting.
The state service plan will list service needs, establish service priorities, and explain how the federal Older Americans Act and state funding will be used. States must submit their plans to the federal Administration on Aging every four years.
ADRC was formerly known as the Division on Aging, one of 670 “Area Agencies on Aging” nationwide established under the federal Older Americans Act of 1973. A division of the Union County Department of Human Services, it was reorganized as ADRC in accordance with a 2012 state initiative aimed at improving services for the elderly and persons with disabilities.
ADRC provides services to promote wellness, independence, dignity and choice for seniors and their families, and it provides printed information in both English and Spanish. The division’s other services include information and assistance, the state Respite Program, and nutrition programs including home-delivered and congregate meals, the Farmers Market food voucher program and nutrition education.
For more information about ADRC call 908-527-4870 or toll free at 888-280-8226, or visit online at ucnj.org/departments/human-services.
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