Thursday, December 13, 2018

Area Agency on Aging's Role in Managed Care Era Draws Packed Crowd

Educational Institute produced by Albany Guardian Society

During the question and answer session of an informational community breakfast with leaders from Capital Region Area Agencies on Aging, a Saratoga County woman stood up and told the aging agency leaders her husband was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. She mentioned his doctor's name and his prognosis and then: “I take him to work with me every day,” she said, holding back tears.

The Albany Guardian Society Institute featured Capital Region Area Agency on Aging Directors (l to r) Carol Rosbozom, Judy Coyne, Sandra Cross and Carol Rosbozom and Aging NY Executive Director Laura Cameron (standing).

The audience fell silent. Sandra Cross, Director of the Saratoga County Office for the Aging on the panel with colleagues, immediately spoke up and said there are adult day services programs in Saratoga. "See me afterwards," she told her. "I'll give you a name and number to call."

The informational community breakfast, which took place in June at the Carondelet Hospitality Center in Latham, was held for the public as well as aging services providers interested in finding out more about the Capital Region Area Agencies on Aging. It was billed as "A Conversation with the Directors of our four Area Agencies on Aging” and was sponsored by the Albany Guardian Society.

The event featured four Area Agency on Aging Directors from the Capital Region: Laurie Bacheldor, Manager of the Schenectady County Department of Senior & Long Term Care Services; Judy Coyne, Commissioner of the Albany County Department for Aging; Sandra Cross, Director of the Saratoga County Office for the Aging; and Carol Rosbozom, Director of the Rensselaer County Unified Family Services, Department for the Aging.

The session focused on agencies services in Albany, Rensselaer, Saratoga, and Schenectady counties and opened with an overview presentation (click here for the SlideShare PowerPoint presentation) by Association on Aging in New York's Executive Director Laura Cameron. The Directors/Commissioners followed with services, innovative programs offered by their individual agencies, demographics of their counties and future projections for their

A Conversation with Four Area Agency on Aging Directors was produced by the Albany Guardian Institute.

Area Agencies on Aging (AAAs) design, fund, and coordinate programs that enhance the community support system designed to maintain senior citizens in their homes, with the goal of postponing and preventing the need for more medically intensive and costly health care services. Area Agencies on Aging pride themselves on the ability to keep those they serve in the community.

These services will become increasingly important as the population ages.

For an overview of Area Agencies on Aging, view the event SlideShare PowerPoint at the bottom of the page. Feel free to "share" the SlideShare by clicking on "embed." You'll be presented with code automatically produced that you can then place on your own web page. For more information, contact Aging NY at (518) 449-7080.

About Albany Guardian Institute

The Albany Guardian Society's mission is to engage in a broad spectrum of endeavors that will improve the quality of life for seniors. The Albany Guardian Society Institute is a series of workshops on issues related to aging and aging services. Click here for the Fall 2013 catalog. There is no cost to attend the programs; however, registration is required for each course you wish to attend.

About Association on Aging in New York
The Association on Aging in NY (Aging-NY)represents the state’s local offices for the aging, which were established under the federal Older Americans Act to respond to the needs of Americans age 60 and over. Aging-NY provides professional development and education that includes the annual Aging Concerns Unite Us (ACUU) conference, webinars, regional caregiver forums and a fall Leadership Institute. The Association works to strengthen and expand long term services and supports to individuals so they may age in place in the community.  A core philosophy is to work in collaboration with other agencies, which is accomplished through the Aging Alliance, a coalition of organizations representing Older New Yorkers. For more information, go to
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