David Lau, ReServist:
NYC Department for the Aging
David, who emigrated to the U.S. from China in 1980, is an IT professional with over 30 years of experience. He served as Data Systems Manager with The First Chinese Home Attendant Corp. in NYC, where he maintained the company’s network server, and revised and designed electronic office records and translated them from English to Chinese. Fluent in Chinese (Mandarin, Cantonese, Toishan) he is a certified interpreter (English to Chinese) who has also translated benefits booklets for seniors for the NYC Department for the Aging (DFTA).
After retiring in 2012, David became a ReServist. He served with several organizations, including as an outreach liaison for the Queens Library. David currently serves as a health mentor for DFTA, educating older adults at senior centers and NORCs about how they can manage chronic diseases, using evidence-based health programs. “It makes them feel better and more comfortable when they are able to help themselves,” he said. “We are promoting a more positive attitude towards coping with a chronic illness.”