The previous several months have brought many challenges as New Yorkers faced the COVID-19 pandemic. Our members rose to the challenge and continued to serve not only their regular customers but also a significant increase as shelter in place orders became the new normal.
When the COVID-19 pandemic hit New York, this network instantly adapted their delivery model, and absorbed a 90% increase in demand for services. Additionally, as congregate sites, social adult day programs, and administrative offices closed, Area Agencies on Aging, and their contractors were nimble, and ensured services would continue. Individuals whom did not have access to food, prescriptions, transportation etc were served without interruption. Stories from across the state show the dedication and resilience of staff, volunteers, and community members. Partnerships were leveraged, staff stayed late and came in early, and older residents were protected. Many of you participated in the animatronic pet project, as you acknowledged the impact of social isolation on the older population. People were protected from financial exploitation, as they had a trusted source of information to turn to. The phone calls to isolated individuals are the highlight of the day to many, and provide a vital health and safety check. These services continue to be paramount in ensuring the well-being of the individuals and families you serve.
It is satisfying to know that we have the support of local government, staff, and our communities in acquiring the necessary resources to reach our goals. This collective support enables us to continue to launch new strategies and establish new partnerships as we continue to provide services to older adults in New York.
I would like to extend my heartfelt thank you, and admiration for your work and dedication for the residents of New York. Your stories and successes are the blueprint for states that are going to be facing an increase in infections over the next few months. It has been said many times, that crisis shows the best and worst of society. As always, our network continues to be an example of the best.
MaryAnn Spanos,Bylaws and Nominating Committee Chair (Chautauqua)
Sue Carlock, (Livingston)
Terry McGee Ward,(Greene)
Kim Salisbury, (Chemung)
In this Issue:
From the Director's Desk
Thank You to Governor Andrew Cuomo for $15 Million to Address Unmet Needs
Hand Sanitizer Deliveries
Services & Stories
Make Sure Your Wishes are Known
Aging-NY Website Changes
For AAA Directors
Governor Andrew Cuomo and
State Legislators for $15 Million
Governor Andrew Cuomo included in his 2020-2021 Executive budget $15 million to address the unmet needs of older adults who are on waiting for services. Thank you for hearing requests for support and responding to the needs of our family members, neighbors, and friends. These funds and will directly benefit 9,000 New Yorkers!
Working Together to Realize Positive Outcomes
#PublicHealthIsHere4U - Office for the Aging
MEDIA SERIES DESIGNED TO HIGHLIGHT LOCAL PUBLIC HEALTH EFFORTS New City, NY, - Rockland County Executive Ed Day and County Health Commissioner Dr. Patricia Schnabel Ruppert announce the latest update to the #PublicHealthIsHere4U media series,...
Many thanks to all the friendly faces and helpful hands.
InSchohariecounty, a local art studio donated supplies for some older adults to paint their own coffee cups! Schoharie County Office of Aging sent out the cups and paints, they returned them painted, the studio fired them and these are the final products, ready to be sent out to the clients.Using art to combat #socialisolation !
News from Cattaraugus County Department of Aging
COVID-19 has presented many challenges with delivering service to communities throughout the country. The counties in New York State recognized early on that forming partnerships within their...
Honoring Volunteers -Recognizing Unselfish Acts of Kindness
This is Frank Arpino, one of the volunteers with the North Seneca County Home Delivered Meals program. Frank retired a couple years ago from a 40+ year career as a professional truck driver. About a year and a half ago he joined the program and delivers a route in the north west corner of Seneca County on Mondays. During the quarantine Frank has stepped up to the plate and packed the meals for delivery four of five weekdays since March as well as an additional route.
When not delivering meals he is running errands for other local homebound individuals. Frank was, and will be again, a tour driver for the White Deer tours in Romulus. He and a group of friends maintain a collection of military vehicles for parades and shows in the area.
Make Sure Your Wishes are Known
There is no better time to assure you have your wishes known at the end of life should you be unable to make decisions for yourself. During the COVID-19 emergency, the immense value of thoughtful end-of-life discussions and documentation of medical orders was recognized by health systems in all settings across our state.
Advance directives such as the New York Health Care Proxy and Living Will and medical orders documented on the Medical Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (MOLST), when appropriate, are key tools to assure your wishes are honored. Start your conversation today! Over the next few weeks we will provide links and tools to help you make sure your wishes are honored.
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