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Village of Rockville Centre Department of Senior Services

It is the mission of the Rockville Centre Department of Senior Services to provide essential, quality and responsive service to older residents and their families. Given that the well-being of each resident impacts the entire community, it is the goal of this department to support independence, encourage life satisfaction and promote vital aging for older residents now and into the future.

Village of Rockville Centre Sandel Senior Center

It is the mission of the Rockville Centre Sandel Center to provide Rockville Centre older residents with a multipurpose facility that promotes vital aging and life satisfaction through programs and activities, volunteer and civic participation and meaningful social engagement.

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Rockville Centre provides a vast range of services to older adult residents who comprise approximately 20% of the Village population. In fact, the Village of Rockville Centre is one of the few on Long Island to have a Department of Senior Services. So extensive is the Department's programming that Rockville Centre programs are known to county residents as the "Broadway of Senior Centers."

The Senior Services Department is dedicated to providing a full scope of services to the diverse older adult population. For the active senior, choices include exotic trips abroad, challenging classes, Men’s Club, Tai Chi and Yoga, one can find a "home away from home" to attend on a regular basis or pick and choose from a vast array of classes, programs, health fairs, meals and other services.

For those with specific needs, the professional Social Service Department is available to assist or refer to community services. An extensive Senior Transportation Network includes grocery shopping, daily transportation to the Sandel Senior Center and community activities, non-emergency medical appointments and special trips. For the "specially challenged" senior, the Care Club provides a combination of socialization, nutrition services, trips, and programs to those who might otherwise be homebound.

Volunteering is an important activity at the Sandel Senior Center. Approximately 100 seniors participate in "giving back" to the community as active volunteers both at the Senior Center and in the community.

Seniors Services

The Leonard S. Sandel Senior Center
50 South Park Avenue, Rockville Centre, New York

Activities include trips, lectures, volunteer activities, weekly luncheons, discussion groups, social events, exercise groups, cards and games, movies, etc. Members help formulate programs and direct activities under the guidance of professional staff. Other activities include Center Stage Chorus, a troupe of senior citizens who perform at the Senior Center and in and around the community. There is also a Men's Club and a Spanish Club. The Center publishes a monthly calendar of events. There is a low-cost annual charge for membership in the Center.

Intergenerational Programming
Throughout the year, joint programs are held with elementary, middle and high school students. The highlight of the year is the intergenerational "Sharing" Conference held annually in the spring creating a link between Seniors and South Side High School students.

Nutrition Services
A light lunch is served weekdays, except for Wednesday when a nutritious hot lunch is served. Sign-ups are required. Call 678-9350

The Care Club
An adult day services program, provides a therapeutic and recreational environment where physically challenged older adults participate in a program that is designed to meet individual needs under the supervision of a professional staff. The service has been expanded to include "Project 50" serving disabled adults from the age of 50.
The program includes: therapy, crafts, seated rehabilitative exercise, social work, transportation, lunch, entertainment, discussion session/current events, group games and other activities. Transportation is available. Eligibility is open to frail older adults, without severe psychological or behavioral disabilities, who are able to be transported. Applicants must be accompanied by an aide where appropriate. To apply, contact the Special Services Coordinator, at the Senior Center at 678-9350.

Senior Transportation
Individual Transportation
Door-to-Door service for medical, non-emergency needs is available to eligible seniors. Eligibility is determined in an interview with one of the social service staff members. Seniors must be
Rockville Centre residents, have a membership at the Sandel Senior Center, have a physical impairment and need, and lack other assistance.

Group Transportation
Provided to activities sponsored or cosponsored by Senior Services. Group trips originate at designated pick up spots only. Eligibility is membership in the sponsoring group.

Special Transportation
A bus is available to seniors every Tuesday for Grocery Shopping. For participants of the Care Club and other eligible seniors, transportation in a wheel chair accessible van is available.

Social Work Services

Seniors can receive assistance at the Sandel Senior Center for the following:
Case managers offer assistance to seniors with Medicare, Medicaid, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Food Stamps, HEAP (fuel rebate) and other benefit programs.

Information and Referral

Social work services are available in the home to seniors recently discharged from a hospital, permanently homebound and to those caring for these individuals.

Friendly Visitors/Homebound Services Lifeline Emergency Response System Senior Help Line -
A Social Worker is available for supportive, confidential counseling, to help older persons and their families cope with emotional and personal problems.

Students Helping Older People (S.H.O.P.)
Matches student volunteers with homebound senior citizens.

Alcohol and Substance Abuse Prevention (ASAP)

Provides education and prevention programs to alert elderly residents to the problems related to prescription drug misuse and alcohol abuse.

Medical Services
Complete health screenings annually: anemia and diabetic testing, blood pressure, glaucoma, hearing, nutritional counseling, and mammography. Free flu shots are also given annually.

Friends of Senior Services, Inc. (FOSSI)

Sandel Senior Center
50 South Park Avenue
, Rockville Centre, New York

FOSSI is an organization committed to raising funds for senior programs. As a not-for-profit corporation, FOSSI can solicit private donations that are tax deductible. Monies raised by FOSSI help to expand the services of the center and develop new programs that benefit all the seniors of
Rockville Centre.



The Seal of the Sandel Senior Center in brick at the Sandel Garden Park.

The Sandel Garden Park where members gather outside the Center.

Another view of the Garden Park.


 The dedication of the Garden Park.

The Sandel Senior Center marches at the Rockville Centre St. Patrick’s Parade.