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NYC Office of Actuary NYC Department for the Aging
Health Promotion

Keep on Track Volunteer

More than half of all people over 65 have hypertension (high blood pressure). Uncontrolled high blood pressure is a major risk factor for strokes, heart attacks, heart failure and kidney disease. Using the Keep on Track program developed by DFTA and the NYC Department of Health, volunteers use blood pressure monitors to measure seniors’ blood pressure and explain readings at senior centers and other locations throughout the City. Participants benefit because measurements are taken in-between doctor’s visits, offering participants the convenience of not having to travel to a medical facility and the comfort of knowing their status in the meantime. No prior medical experience is necessary.

Tasks:

  • Take blood pressure measurements using digital monitors
  • Explain what the measurements mean to participants
  • Record participants’ data into the Dashboard software

Requirements:

  • Possess good interpersonal skills
  • Exhibit patience and empathy for older adults
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality when dealing with program participants
  • Dependability and punctuality
  • Uphold the values of the Keep on Track Program
  • Submit DFTA Volunteer time sheet(s) for service provided

Preferred Skills:

  • Ability to speak languages other than English desired, but not required

Training:

  • Must successfully complete program training

Time Commitment:

  • Volunteers serve weekdays between 9:00am – Noon
  • Ability to serve multiple times a week is desired
  • Sessions run approximately 2 hours, twice a month
  • Minimum one year commitment strongly requested
Interested? RSVP for an upcoming DFTA Volunteer Information Session.