Committed To Becoming More Age-Friendly
City of Glen Cove United States of America
The City of Glen Cove is fortunate to have a thriving Senior Center which has a full time social worker and a social model adult day component to provide respite for caregivers of seniors with special needs. The Center itself provides daily transportation to health and wellness classes, recreational activities, social service support, a nutritious lunch, and weekly food shopping. The Glen Cove Senior Advisory Council to the Mayor is comprised of City residents and leaders from many areas including mental health, education, and religious organizations who meet monthly to receive a report from the Director of the Glen Cove Senior Center and to discuss ways to improve the quality of life of the City’s older residents.
The City has a seasonal men’s homeless shelter, and low income and senior housing through the Housing Authority and private ownership.
The City’s Community Development Agency’s Residential Rehabilitation Program for income eligible seniors provides funding for home repairs, energy efficiency, and handicap accessibility.
The City hosts three assisted living facilities and three rehabilitation facilities that have strong relationships with the Senior Center.
The City is very proud to promote a strong intergenerational link between the Senior Center and the many public and private schools, Boys and Girls Club, and the Youth Bureau.
The City has a number of recreational and cultural facilities, a library, hospital, Police Department, Fire Department, EMS, and a Volunteer Medical Transportation Program that provides rides to and from medical apointments within the City.
The Senior Center has a police liaison who comes to the Center each week to inform members of current scams, as well as to create a strong relationship for open communication on a number of safety issues.
Although there is a public bus that comes through Glen Cove, the City provides a free service Loop Bus that stops at a number of strategic locations (ie. library, hopstial, shopping center) each weekday. The City hosts two taxi companies that offer senior discounts, and has two train stations for access to New York City. As well, Glen Cove is the only local community that hosts a Senior Recognition Day to honor its centenarians and all seniors within the surrounding area.
In hopes of obtaining Age-Friendly status, the Senior Advisory Council created a separate Advisory Committee made up of thirty-one members of the local community representing all eight AARP initiatives including leaders of government, housing, school systems, religious organizations, senior living, health care, and emergency management among others. This Committee will report to the Senior Advsiory Council to the Mayor as well as other City representatives.