More than 1,000 seniors attended State Sen. Dean Skelos’s Golden Gathering on Oct. 19. A wide variety of federal, state and local government agencies and health care organizations converged on the Rec Center in Rockville Centre for the event, and more than 750 flu shots were administered.
In its 10th installment, the Golden Gathering gave the elderly in Skelos’s 9th Senate District an opportunity to receive health information specifically geared to them. The agencies partner with South Nassau Communities Hospital and the Molloy College of Nursing to help provide the information and services. The big draw of the Golden Gathering, however, is the access to the flu shots by a demographic that is often more susceptible to the disease.
“A number of years back, flu shots were more difficult to come across, but through early planning and coordination we were able to provide to those in need,” said Skelos Spokesman Tom Locascio. “Some of the agencies and groups change year to year, but really, I think we have a pretty good model of success.”
Skelos was happy with the turnout for the 10th straight year.
““I was pleased to host my 10th Annual Golden Gathering Senior Health Fair, and thank all those who attended this wonderful event,” he said. “Working together with South Nassau Communities Hospital, Molloy College and over 50 other government agencies and vendors, we were able to bring a wide variety of services to over a thousand seniors from across my Senate district who attended this event.”