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PULITZER PRIZE WINNER, COMMISSIONER, COUNCIL MEMBER AND LOCAL SENIORS CELEBRATE OLDER ADULTS MONTH

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

PULITZER PRIZE WINNING AUTHOR, COMMISSIONER EDWIN MENDEZ-SANTIAGO, COUNCIL MEMBER VINCENT J. GENTILE AND LUTHERAN FAMILY HEALTH CENTERS
CELEBRATE OLDER ADULTS MONTH


June 2008, Brooklyn, New York…Along with special guests and members of the community, Lutheran Family Health Centers' Services for Older Adults program held its Annual May Luncheon to celebrate national Older Adults Month. With Pulitzer Prize-winner Robert Butler, M.D., as the keynote speaker, the event focused on the theme, "Working Together for Strong, Healthy and Supportive Communities."

New York City Council Member Vincent J. Gentile captured the spirit of Older Adults Month with this unforgettable slogan that he championed at the luncheon: "It's good to be young, but older adults have more fun!" Other special guests New York City Department for the Aging Commissioner Edwin Mendez-Santiago.

The event occurred on May 27 at the Bay Ridge Manor, and celebrated Brooklyn's older adults with highlight guest speaker Robert Butler, M.D. As a gerontologist and psychiatrist, Dr. Butler has worked to push population-aging issues into the public arena, founding the first geriatrics department in the nation, as well as authoring Why Survive? Being Old in America and The Longevity Revolution. From 1975 to 1982, Dr. Butler served as the founding director of the National Institute on Aging at the National Institutes of Health.

This year's Older Adults Month theme speaks to the opportunities health care providers and their communities have to provide high quality care to a growing older adult population. "With one of the largest senior populations in the United States right here in Brooklyn, the Lutheran Family Health Centers provide a wide variety of programming geared specifically for the aging population," said Larry K. McReynolds, executive director of the Lutheran Family Health Centers. "It's what our senior community expects and deserves." LFHC's Services for Older Adults program provides transportation, adult day programs, wellness services, care giver support services and many others. To learn more about Lutheran's Services for Older Adults program call 718-630-7588.

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