Rated by Money Magazine as one of the top five “Best Places to Live for a Healthy Retirement in America,” the Town of North Hempstead is located about 14 miles from Manhattan, just east of the borough of Queens in the Long Island area. First settled by Europeans in 1643, the Town was established in 1784, and in 1899, incorporated with the towns of Hempstead and Oyster Bay to form the County of Nassau.
Today, the 222,000 residents here enjoy a progressive, upscale suburban town that is a short 30-minute train ride into the heart of New York City. North Hempstead senior living offers an abundance of cultural and recreational activities along with excellent public transit and access to world-class healthcare.
North Hempstead Attractions
North Hempstead senior living provides endless opportunities to visit the many museums, theaters, shopping areas and attractions in nearby New York City. Popular day trips include visits to the Freeport Nautical Mile, one of Long Island’s oldest maritime communities, and strolling along the 2.5-mile boardwalk at Long Beach.
Flower lovers will enjoy visiting the Clark Botanic Garden, which offers free live concerts every Tuesday evening throughout the summer. With over 25,000 restaurants, 331 movie theaters and 530 libraries located within 15 miles of North Hempstead, dining and entertainment options abound.
North Hempstead Senior Activities
The Great Neck Senior Center is a popular gathering place for those enjoying North Hempstead senior living. This center provides a full calendar of activities ranging from Yiddish reading groups, Tai Chi lessons, Bingo and Mah Jong games, and daily hot lunch service.
Seniors can participate in folk dancing classes or join a trip to see a Broadway play. There’s always something for seniors to do in North Hempstead, with year-round swimming, 38 parks and special recreation programming for seniors at all Town recreation centers.
North Hempstead Medical Facilities
North Hempstead senior living offers access to some of the best medical facilities in the country. The North Shore University Hospital (NSUH) on Long Island was named the nation’s top hospital in the AARP’s Modern Maturity magazine.
NSUH has been recognized for its patient care by a number of organizations, including being ranked as one of the Top 100 Hospitals for Cardiovascular Care by Thomson Reuters.
North Hempstead Transit
Surface buses in North Hempstead are operated by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) and connect Nassau County with the entire New York City, Long Island and Staten Island transit system. Residents of North Hempstead senior living enjoy half-price fares on MTA and the Long Island Railroad, except on trains traveling during the weekday rush hour. For people with physical or visual disabilities who have difficulties using the mass transit system, the Able-Ride/Paratransit program provides door-to-door transportation using lift-equipped vans.
The Town owns a fleet of buses which provide seniors free, weekly door-to-door transportation for grocery shopping, as well as free monthly trips to Roosevelt Field. North Hempstead has also launched a pilot program called Project Independence, which provides seniors with free weekly taxi rides to local shopping areas and discounted rides to medical appointments.
Written by senior housing staff writer.