2005-07-20 / Seniors

Senior Residence In LIC Opening In Jan. Applications Available

River View Gardens, a senior residence presently under construction in the Queens West development in Hunters Point in Long Island City, is scheduled to open next January. Applications for admission are now available.

Residents for the 79-unit facility will be chosen through a lottery drawing by the New York Foundation for Senior Citizens, the project sponsor, according to Assemblymember Catherine Nolan.

The lawmaker said prospective tenants can obtain applications by calling her office in Ridgewood at 718-456-9492, asking for Ingrid and faxing their names and addresses to her office; the fax number is 718-417-4982. Information can also be mailed to: ATTN Ingrid Schleimer, Office of Assemblymember Catherine Nolan, 61-08 Linden St., Ridgewood, N.Y. 11385.

“In order to extend this opportunity to all members of the community who are interested, I will be compiling a list of names and contact information of interested constituents,” Nolan explained. “I will then share the list with the New York Foundation for Senior Citizens, which has assured me that it will provide those interested with applications for the lottery.”

To be eligible, an applicant must be “well elderly” person, 62 years of age and over, or “frail elderly,” 65 and over under the New York state-approved Enriched Housing Program.

“This program provides extensive support services which allow residents to live independently in the community and enjoy the highest quality of life,” Nolan said. The residence will contain 79- one-bedroom apartments, a lobby, lounge, community room and kitchen, activity and work rooms, an apartment for the resident superintendent and other resident facilities, according to the lawmaker.

The single-building residence is located next to the City Lights high-rise apartment building, one of two in the huge development on the East River shoreline that are presently occupied.

NEW CATARACT TREATMENT OPTION: Prevent Blindness America, a century-old organization promoting eye health and safety, reports that under changes put in place earlier this year, Medicare now offers an option to seniors requiring cataract surgery.

According to a news release issued by the organization on the occasion of August being Cataract Awareness Month, a person can receive the standard replacement lens, paid in full by Medicare, or upgrade to a new option that not only replaces the cataract-clouded lens, but can correct presbyopia, the loss of the ability of the lens to focus on near objects.

Anyone choosing the new option must pay the difference in cost, but can apply the credit for the standard lens to the total cost.

Cataracts are a clouding of the ocular lens which blocks light needed for sight. They are the leading cause of blindness in the world, and more than half of all Americans will develop them by age 80. Surgery has a 95 percent success rate, according to Prevent Blindness America.

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