Joe Robach Assists in Opening of Housing for Seniors

Recently, Senator Joe Robach attended a grand opening for a housing development for seniors.  The event took place on Friday, September 13th at the Unity Hospital campus.  With the opening of the “Hamlet,” the Unity Hospital campus is now one of the premiere locations for adult living.  More than ever, senior housing is needed, not only in Monroe County, but throughout the entire country.  Joe Robach understands just how important housing for seniors is in our area and will continue to fight for our senior population in the State of New York.

The housing development, on the Unity Hospital campus, was a $22 million project which consisted of the addition of 40 units in the assisted living portion of the complex, along with the development of the Alzheimer unit for the hospital. Joe Robach has worked with Unity hospital for many years to ensure that seniors of the Town of Greece have a safe, comfortable place to live, while making sure the necessary services are being provided.

There are several other senior living community within the Town of Greece as well.  Currently, there are two other which are in the process of being developed.  The first location is on the corner of Latta Road and Long Pond Road.  This will be a four-story building located directly behind Sawyer Park.  The other location is on the corner of Long Pond and Ridge Road.  Both senior living community are in the process of securing funding for development.  Both properties are also considered affordable senior housing meaning there are income restrictions for seniors who are interested in making these locations their primary residence.  Being able to have seniors remain in their communities for housing is essential to their quality of life and well being.  Joe Robach has, and will continue to be the voice for seniors to ensure their needs are being met within Monroe County.

Joe Robach Educates Seniors Regarding Their Medications and Staying Organized.

Senator Joe Robach understands how important it is for seniors to not only receive their medications, but to understand their options when it comes to making payments for those costly prescriptions.  Senior citizens make up the fastest growing segment of the population in our country today.  People are living longer than ever due to improvements in the medical field such as better medications.

Making sure seniors are receiving the correct prescriptions is becoming a larger and larger issue.  About 100,000 people over the age of 65 were taken to the emergency for adverse reactions to medications that were prescribed inaccurately.  Medications can act differently in seniors due to the fact that, as people age, internal organs, like the liver and kidneys can change.

The best thing both doctors and patients can do to help reduce these numbers, is to spend more time discussing the reason the drugs are being prescribed and what side effects those drugs may have.  Having several family members and friends that are seniors, Joe Robach has long been committed to educating seniors about medications and also making sure those meds are affordable.

In New York State, the EPIC program for prescription drugs allows seniors to save a significant amount of money on their annual prescription drug costs.  In order to be eligible, a senior must: be a NYS resident age 65 and older, have an annual income below $35,000 if single or $50,000 if married, be enrolled or eligible to be enrolled in Medicare Part D, and not be receiving full Medicaid benefits.  Joe Robach has continued to vote for funding increases to EPIC as it is an important program for seniors and there is a clear need for the program.  If you are interested in learning more about EPIC, please log onto www.health.ny.gov/health_care/epic/.