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Improving the Quality of Life for East Shore Y Residents

Photo: Alder’s Director of Patient Assistance Programs Eva O’Diam prepares to talk with long-time resident Kenny Sheaffer.

Health and recreation are two major factors in determining quality of life.  The East Shore YMCA has recently acted to improve these quality of life issues for residents at the branch.

The East Shore YMCA and Alder Health Services are collaborating to provide primary health care, mental health services and health screenings for residents.  Philip Goropoulos, President/C.E.O. of Alder Health Services, explains “Alder is dedicated to providing high quality health and support programs to individuals and communities who have traditionally been marginalized by the mainstream health care system.”   As a first step in the collaboration, Alders’ Director of Patient Assistance Programs Eva O’Diam has established a weekly visit to the branch to assist residents with healthcare and housing issues.

Executive Director Chad Krebs has spearheaded the installation of cable television in the dormitory.  Residents will have access to about 100 channels for only $2 per week.  The installation is expected to be completed in time for residents to enjoy the Super Bowl in their rooms.

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