Brooklyn-State Senator Marty Golden, Chairman of the Senate Aging Committee, with representatives of the Bay Ridge Center for Older Adults, Lutheran Medical Center and the Jewish Community Relations Council of New York, will be hosting a ribbon cutting ceremony and welcome to Brooklyn, New York City’s newest N.O.R.C. (Naturally Occuring Retirement Community), at an event tomorrow, Thursday, April 6, 2006, at 12:00 p.m. to be held at Shore Hill Senior Housing, 9000 Shore Road in Brooklyn.
Through the efforts of Senator Marty Golden, the New York State Office for the Aging has allocated $144,000 and selected the Bethlehem Lutheran Church to be funded under the Neighborhood Naturally Occurring Retirement Community Program (NORC).
A NORC is defined as an area, be it an apartment building, housing complex or a community, where most a large percentage of the residents have grown old. NORCS allow for the opportunity for seniors to reside and call home a location that is populated with many other seniors, yet at the same time, not having to move to a senior living facility, thus promoting a lifestyle of independence, dignity and choice, allowing older Americans to live among neighbors who have shared values and needs.