Approximately 190,000 senior citizens utilize the many programs and services offered by the Department of Senior Enrichment. The Town of Hempstead has 100 senior citizen clubs and 14 centers, which are open five days a week to serve residents ages 55 and over. Social, recreational and educational opportunities are provided. Membership is free. Activities and services include: physical fitness classes, humanities discussions, current events, history, music, arts and crafts, dance, showtime, painting, ceramics, sewing, needlecraft, macramé, sculpture, calligraphy, creative writing, poetry, shuffleboard, bowling, billiards, bingo, cards, intergenerational programs, luncheons, parties and trips. A variety of cultural and educational programs, films and speakers are also available. The centers offer blood pressure screenings, health programs, income tax assistance and Vial of Life programs.
The Creative Writers Workshop helps to inspire and develop the artistic abilities of seniors who wish to fulfill a lifelong ambition to write. Workshop participants compose original poems, short stories, and memoirs and have an opportunity to share their writings with the community at the conclusion of the 16-week workshop. Call the Department of Senior Enrichment for further information at (516) 485-8100.
For senior artists who enjoy painting and are interested in joining a daytime art league, the Town of Hempstead offers a program called EASEL (Experienced Art Students Enrichment League).
The EASEL program includes art demonstrations, field trips, workshops, discussions, and, most importantly, an opportunity for members to meet and work with fellow artists. In addition, annual art exhibitions are planned. There is no charge for membership and members are requested to provide their own painting material. To become a member of EASEL, or for more information, please call the Department of Senior Enrichment at (516) 485-8100.
Hempstead Town, in cooperation with area hospitals, provides an annual Flu immunization program for resident seniors, age 55 or older, at various senior centers. Flu vaccines will be provided at no out-of-pocket cost to the seniors. The administrating hospital will bill insurance companies; however, there will be no co-payments for those receiving vaccines. You must pre-register at any of the town's senior centers beginning at least one week in advance. For further information, please call Department of Senior Enrichment at (516) 485-8100.
The 2020 Flu Vaccination Program has concluded.
Senior Enrichment offers seniors a comprehensive range of nutritional services, including the hot meal program, offered at most centers. For information please call (516) 485-8100.
The 10-week Senior Summer Beach program is free to Town residents ages 55 and over and runs Monday through Friday at Lido Beach Town Park, from 10 AM to 3 PM. Organized activities such as crafts, painting, line dancing, games, and presentations are offered in an air-conditioned building. The highlight of each day is special live entertainment under an outdoor tent. Outdoor giant-sized mushroom shelters ensure maximum comfort for picnicking. The 2021 Senior Summer Beach program begins Monday, June 28, 2021 and runs weekdays through Friday, September 3, 2021, from 10 AM to 3 PM. The Town provides senior residents with free bus transportation to Lido Beach Town Park from appointed locations on specified days, or free parking passes for those who prefer to drive. Participants may bring their own lunch, or purchase refreshments at affordable prices.
President's Recognition Day is held each May in honor of Senior Citizen's month. Various holiday parties, bazaars, installation lunches, movies and variety shows are scheduled throughout the year.
An integral part of the senior program are the mini-buses which provide seniors with needed transportation between their homes and local senior centers. Additional services provided to senior center members include shopping, banking, swimming, and inter-center shuffleboard tournaments. Transportation to the summer beach program and other special events is provided.
The Vial of Life provides rescue units and emergency service personnel with easy and quick access to vital personal and medical information. Often when medical personnel responds to an emergency at a senior citizen's residence they are unable to act immediately because they do not know what medications the person is taking or other vital information. This program addresses that problem.
A Vial of Life decal posted on the inside of the participant's front door alerts emergency medical personnel that the resident is a program participant. An emergency medical information form is placed inside The Vial of Life container which is kept inside the participant's refrigerator. Participants may also place a Health Care Proxy form in the Vial of Life container. The health care proxy form allows seniors to choose a person or persons to make medical decisions on their behalf should they become unable to make their own medical decisions.
For a free Vial of Life kit, call the Department of Senior Enrichment at (516) 485-8100.
The Department of Senior Enrichment, in cooperation with the IRS, trains volunteers to assist residents with limited income preparation of federal and state income tax returns. Volunteers are assigned to local public libraries and senior citizen centers during the tax season. The 2020 VITA Program has concluded. The Town of Hempstead is currently seeking individuals to become VITA volunteer preparers. To become a VITA volunteer or receive tax preparation assistance, please contact the Department of Senior Enrichment at (516) 485-8100.