JAMAICA, Queens — A Queens councilman said he allocated hundreds of thousands of dollars to NYCHA to enhance security at a public housing building for seniors, following to years of complaints to his office about unauthorized visitors and seniors living in fear.
But those security improvements are pending.
City Councilmember Daneek Miller was told by the city last week that the new security improvements won’t be done until 2021.
Just outside NYCHA’s Conlon-Lihfe Towers in Jamaica, Queens, seniors said they are afraid to live there.
Connie Green, 79, who lives in the building, said since the pandemic, security concerns have gotten worse.
Miller said he’s been listening to the seniors complain about security for years. Back in 2017, he thought he did something about it. He allocated over $320,000 to replace front doors with new doors that would require a key card entry, and funds to pay for several new
If your health is exemplary, if you have no physical or mobility challenges, if completing tasks you’ve always handled with ease is still easy, and if no one in your life suffers from any of these difficulties, you may never cross paths with an occupational therapist. And you’d probably be the exception, rather than the rule.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Occupational Outlook Handbook, OT jobs are expected to increase 16% by the end of the decade. A rapidly-aging population has much to do with that, especially the millions of seniors who want to continue living independently in their own homes. (The Covid-19 pandemic has likely increased this number too, as seniors in nursing homes have been especially hard hit by the virus.) Occupational therapists are the healthcare field’s wellness design facilitators.