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Nesconset forum on senior-citizen safety, access

The hazards faced by senior citizens when they try to cross busy roads will be among the topics discussed today at the Nesconset branch of the Smithtown public library.

The forum, sponsored by the New York chapter of the AARP, also will look at problems senior citizens have when their neighborhoods no longer meet their needs as they get older.

The discussion will start at 1 p.m. at the library at 148 Smithtown Blvd.

In a news release, AARP said New York ranks fourth in the nation for pedestrian fatalities among residents 65 and older. AARP said it advocates laws to improve the “walk-ability” of roads.

Main Street in downtown Smithtown has been the site of three pedestrian fatalities since November 2009. One of the victims was Charles Doonan, 65, of Flushing, who died in August 2010 after being struck by a car seven months earlier.

AARP also supports laws that allow senior citizens to remain in their homes and communities. To confirm attendance, call the AARP at 877-926-8300 or go to aarp.cvent.com/event/NYActLocally.
 

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