Senate and Assembly Honor 80 Seniors for their Volunteerism at NYS Office for the Aging Luncheon
Albany (5/7/2014) – New York State Senator David J. Valesky and Assemblywoman Joan Millman looked over an audience of senior volunteers recently and said what everyone else was
Senator David J. Valesky, Chairman of the Senate Aging Committee, Assemblywoman Joan Millman, and Corinda Crossdale, Acting Director of the New York State Office for the Aging honor 80 senior volunteers on Senior's Day 2014.
thinking: rather than calling the aging population a burden call it what it really is – an opportunity.
The opportunity of having so many people over the age of 60 means New York has a greater pool of experience to draw from for volunteering. New York is the third largest state and the baby boomer generation is creating an even bigger pool.
Nearly 700,000 older adults contribute 119 million hours of volunteer service valued at $3.35 billion every year in New York State, according to the New York State Office for the Aging (NYSOFA).
Every year in May, the New York State Office for Aging and local Area Agencies on Aging gather in Albany to pay special tribute to senior citizens who volunteer in their communities. This year 80 seniors – the oldest was 100-year-old Donald Dubois of Ulster County – were honored at the luncheon. Sen. Valesky and Assemblywoman Joan Millman were part of the New York State Office for Aging’s annual Senior Citizens’ Day Celebration on May 6, 2014 at the Egg on the Empire State Plaza in Albany, NY. (See slideshow of photos from the event below on the right.)
More than 200 attendees were on hand to celebrate the contributions made by older New Yorkers to their communities through volunteerism and civic engagement. Corinda Crossdale, Acting Director of the New York State Office for Aging echoed the sentiments of Sen. Valesky and Joan Millman when she spoke to the 200 plus guests at the
Corinda Crossdale, Acting Director of the NYS Office for the Aging (NYSOFA), visited with senior volunteers being recognized at NYSOFA's annual Senior's Day luncheon.
“Our older adults helped to make New York the Empire State, and their continued involvement in communities and neighborhoods will enable New York to be the best it has ever been,” Corinda said, recognizing the 80 chosen for this year's Senior Day celebration.
“The outstanding individuals being honored here today collectively represent over 5,950 years of life experience and 2,249 years of community service experience, she said. "Multiply that by the hundreds of thousands of older volunteers in the state, and you will realize the enormous impact that older New Yorkers have on the quality of life of citizens in our State. We recognize and honor them for their contributions.”
Dubois, a volunteer for the international P.E.T Project, and Richard Dickershaid, Schenectady County who created a baseball league for individuals with disabilities, were singled out by Sen. Valesky and Assemblywoman Joan Millman for their volunteerism. For a booklet containing all the names of the honorees, click here
Some of the organizations that benefit from senior volunteers this year include: the Fresh Air Fund, the Olean Senior Nutrition Program, the Arnot Medical Center, the Children’s Miracle Network, Chase Memorial Nursing Home, Therapy Dog International, Hospice, the Health Insurance Information Counseling and Assistance Program, the Salvation Army, Helping Hands. The list is long.
The outstanding honorees represented 2,249 years of volunteer experience, 2,400 years of work experience and 5,950 years of life experience.
For information about NYSOFA programs and services, visit www.aging.ny.gov.
A statewide senior citizens help line is available to all those seeking information on aging programs. The toll free help line number is 1-800-342-9871.About Us
The Association on Aging in New York Area 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. The Association 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 http://www.agingny.org