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LAKEWOOD – Heritage Ministries has opened a new location in Chautauqua Mall to better serve area residents.

On Friday, a grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Heritage Living location, next to JC Penney, was held.

State Sen. Cathy Young, R-Olean; Assemblyman Andy Goodell, R-Jamestown; Jacqueline Chiarot, regional director for Congressman Tom Reed; Dr. Mary Ann Spanos, director of the Chautauqua County Office for the Aging, joined David Smeltzer, Heritage executive director and Doug Justham, Heritage director of marketing and development, in opening the new site at the mall.

Heritage Living is a new concept for reaching Chautauqua County seniors and their families.

Goodell added that Heritage Ministries has been extremely helpful in educating him on issues facing seniors.

“I’m on the health committee … when I speak at Health Assembly Committee (the knowledge) helps.”

Young said that the variety of services Heritage offers and connects people with was important.

“When you put it all together it makes a lot of sense,” she said.

“The mall is the perfect location,” Chiarot said regarding the new location.

Spanos added that Heritage is doing well at integrating the community and the independent and assisted living, trying to bring the community into Heritage Living.

“The purpose of this location is to be very accessible … to connect people to services,” Smeltzer said.

The new Heritage Living location will provide easy access to many questions seniors and their families have about life’s changing needs.

“We have so many exciting activities planned for Heritage Living at the mall, we almost do not know where to start,” Justham said in a previous interview. “The management at Chautauqua Mall has been great to work with and, together, we are looking forward to starting a mall walkers’ club.

Area seniors can participate in free informational seminars every week at the new location.

For more information, contact Doug Justham at 487-6873.