Our Senior programs improve the quality of life for seniors by providing them with case management services, which include connection to a range of benefits and individual and group counseling. We assist seniors in understanding and applying for benefits such as Medicare, Medicare Savings Program (MSP), Medicaid, SNAP, SSI, Access-a-Ride, SCRIE, DRIE and Senior Metro Card. Since 2017, through the Department of Health and Mental Health's Geriatric Mental Health Initiative program, we are conducting depression screenings for seniors, conducting home visits for home-bound seniors and providing supportive counseling at home and in the office. Through our senior support groups, seniors have the opportunity to discuss issues of concern and connect with other seniors who might be coping with similar issues.


    Interactive workshops are organized on topics such as recognizing early signs of depression, anxiety, and mental health needs, stress and anger management, positive thinking, healthy eating and relationship building. These are held at senior centers across Queens including SACSS office. These presentations are conducted in South Asian languages and focus on the physical and emotional wellness of the seniors. Recreational activities such as monthly Bollywood nights provide seniors the opportunity for peer engagement. Group activities such as collage making and book reading provide seniors with a venue to express their creativity and stimulate brain function.


    SACSS is a community partner of MSKCC-Geriatrics. GRIP brings together professionals from different disciplines sharing their expertise on health issues among seniors and their caregivers. This project aims to develop culturally sensitive education modules and resources that are available for seniors and their caregivers. Educational, interactive workshops are conducted in various South Asian languages at Senior Centers on topics such as memory loss, dementia and Alzheimer’s, medication management, falls prevention and mobility, safe patient handling, and caring for the caregivers.

South Asian Council for Social Services

143-06 45th Avenue, Flushing, New York 11355

(718) 321-7929   |   sacss@sacssny.org


SACSS was created in 2000 with a mission to empower  and integrate underserved South Asians and other immigrants into the economic and civic life of New York. We assist individuals and families in the areas of healthcare access, senior services, other benefits and civic engagement. We provide basic and advanced English and computer classes. SACSS runs the first South Asian food pantry in New York.  All of our programs are free and are provided by culturally competent staff members who speak Hindi, Bengali, Urdu, Punjabi, Gujarati, Kannada, Marathi, Malayalam, Nepali, Tamil, Telugu, and Spanish.