Houghtaling and Downey Host Senior Health Q&A

In an effort to engage Monmouth County’s senior community and emphasize the importance of healthy living, Assemblyman Eric Houghtaling and Assemblywoman Joann Downey hosted a Senior Health Q&A on diabetes Wednesday.

“We want to make sure everyone has access to the health information they need to live happy, healthy and productive lives at any age,” said Assemblyman Eric Houghtaling.

“The health of our seniors is a priority here in Legislative District 11,” said Assemblywoman Joann Downey.

Over 30 senior residents attended the Senior Health Q&A, where they had the opportunity to speak to local Pharmacist Ritesh Shah about all of their diabetes-related questions and connect with their legislators.

“I think it’s easy for residents to feel forgotten, or that their representatives are not in touch with their needs. We are here to show that in Legislative District 11, that is not the case. Our residents come first. We strive to connect with our constituents whenever possible to provide them with whatever resources they may need,” said Assemblywoman Joann Downey.

Wednesday’s Senior Health Q&A kicked off the district’s latest outreach initiative, Senior Summer. Throughout the summer, the district will host a series of health and service-centered events during which residents can meet with their legislators and obtain important information.

“We are happy to be able to offer our residents these valuable resources,” said Assemblyman Eric Houghtaling. “At the end of the day, we are here to help our residents in whatever ways we can. By hosting Senior Summer, my colleagues and I are able to engage our community members and connect them with the information and resources they need.”

Assembly Members Houghtaling and Downey will host a second Senior Health Q&A in June as a part of their Senior Summer initiative. The next Senior Health Q&A will feature a presentation by the Alzheimer’s Association, during which representatives will discuss memory loss, dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease. This Health Q&A will be held on Friday, June 1 at the Ocean Township Library from 10 a.m. to noon.

If you are interested in attending the next Senior Health Q&A, please call 732-531-5092 to RSVP. Please feel free to call the Legislative District 11 office at 732-695-3371 if you have any additional questions. For a list of upcoming Senior Summer events, visit www.ericandjoann.com and be sure to follow the Assembly Members’ Facebook page for updates.

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