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Train to be an advocate for the elderly

The Ombudservice programs of Nassau and Suffolk are

The Ombudservice programs of Nassau and Suffolk are looking for volunteers who can devote one day a week to act as patient advocates at local nursing homes and assisted-living centers. Credit: Kacso Sandor

Spring training is not just for high-priced baseball players in Florida and Arizona. It's also for priceless volunteers who are needed to begin training locally for a really important team on Long Island.

The Ombudservice programs of Nassau and Suffolk are looking for volunteers who can devote one day a week to act as patient advocates at local nursing homes and assisted-living centers. As a patient advocate, you will be the voice of elderly adults, many too frail to speak for themselves.

Before you are sent to a nearby facility, the state-mandated program includes an extensive training period, which begins next month.

For Suffolk volunteers, training is in Bay Shore; call the Family Service League at 631-427-3700, ext. 240. To volunteer in Nassau, call Family and Children's Association at 516-466-9718; training is in Mineola.

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