WHERE ACTIVITIES ABOUND
HCS OFFERS A WARM AND CARING
ENVIRONMENT WHERE FRIENDSHIPS ARE FORMED. WITH THE GOAL OF HEALTHY AGING AND IMPROVING THE QUALITY OF LIFE, HCS PROVIDE SOCIAL, EDUCATIONAL, HEALTH AND WELLNESS ACTIVITIES TO HELP REDUCE SOCIAL ISOLATION AND DEPRESSION AMONG OLDER ADULTS.
WHERE LEARNING NEVER ENDS
HCS HAVE CULTURALLY
COMPETENT PROGRAMS AND SERVICES INCLUDING CLASSES
FOR OLDER IMMIGRANT ADULTS, MANY OF WHOM ARE LEARNING AS A SECOND CHANCE TO BE ABLE TO SPEAK ENGLISH, USE A COMPUTER, DANCE OR SING FOR THE FIRST TIME.
HCS operates two community senior centers in Brooklyn.
Sheepshead Bay location:
HCS Sheepshead Bay Neighborhood Senior Center
1413 Avenue T, Brooklyn, NY 11229
Tel: (718) 376-4036
Fax: (718) 376-4124
HCS Bensonhurst Neighborhood Senior Center
(funded by NYC Dept. for the Aging)
7907 New Utecht Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11214
Tel: (718) 621-7960
Fax: (718) 621-7961
With the goal of reducing social isolation, depression and improving quality of life and mental well-being, HCS provides seniors over 60 years of age with nutritious hot meal, field trips and classes in arts and crafts, elementary and advance English, Chinese opera, photography, magic, zumba, choir singing, Chinese dance, nutrition, gardening, computer, cooking, knitting, mah jong, ping pong, tai chi and much more. There are also monthly birthday parties, cultural events and special workshops throughout the year. For those who cannot speak English, HCS also provides letter translation services. Additionally case assistance is provided to anyone who needs help.
We also provide health and wellness programs in collaborative partnership with leading hospitals and health care organizations serving southern Brooklyn. This includes health and wellness workshops, blood pressure screenings and an annual Senior Health Fair.
Our senior centers have specialized programs that are culturally competent for Asian seniors but are non-denominational and open to all seniors 60 years or older, regardless of race, religion, ethnicity or other characteristic. Both our centers are easily accessible by public transportation and are handicapped-accessible.
In 2005 through a city grant from the NYC Dept. for the Aging, HCS launched a program called Social Adult Day Care to assist frail and physically challenged seniors who needed special assistance but would like to continue to live at home rather than be in a long-term care facility. This program gave family members peace of mind and respite from their demanding role of care-giving by offering a safe, social, supportive and stimulating environment for their loved ones during the daytime. Seniors in this program are provided round-trip transportation from their homes to the center where they participate in arts and crafts, physical therapy sessions, music instruction, life story sessions and other activities in a bilingual and bi-cultural supportive setting.