Services Now Offered to Chinatown Seniors at Confucius Plaza

Posted on: December 12th, 2019 at 5:09 am by

Photo: Councilwoman Margaret Chin

A new retirement community program is headed to Confucius Plaza on the Bowery.

Earlier this week, Councilwoman Margaret Chin joined Confucius Plaza Management, Hamilton-Madison House staff, and local seniors at the 44-year-old complex to unveil the new Naturally Occurring Retirement Community (NORC) entity.

The facility is aptly named The Joy Peace Center, and offers social work and nursing services, alongside fitness, art, and educational classes to help older residents of Confucius Plaza “age in place with health and dignity.” It’s operated by the Hamilton-Madison House.

The new program was created in response to Confucius Plaza’s recent designation as a NORC, which denotes an apartment complex or a neighborhood in which residents initially arrived as young people, stayed to raise their families, and remained once their children grew and moved away.

As acting chair of the Committee on Aging, Chin helped secure $100,000 to start the Joy Peace Center NORC at Confucius Plaza.

“Our elderly neighbors love living here and want to stay,” says Lok Sang Mui, President of Confucius Plaza, and longtime resident. “At Confucius Plaza we want to do all we can to help them remain in our community, where many have lived for more than 30 years.”

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