Ann Marie Maglione, Legislative Committee Chair (Orange)
MaryAnn Spanos, Bylaws and Nominating Committee Chair (Chautauqua)
Patricia Baroody, (Steuben)
Gina Cantanucci-Mitchell, (Washington)
Tina Cardoza-Izquierdo, (Rockland)
Irene Coveny, (Ontario)
Darlene DiCarlo, (Niagara)
Nancy Dingee, (Schoharie)
Pete Headd, (Onondaga)
David Jordan, (Montgomery)
Cathy Mackay, (Cattaraugus)
Terry McGee Ward, (Greene)
In this Issue:
Thank You to Governor Andrew Cuomo for $15 Million to Address Unmet Needs
Advocacy - Working Together to Realize Positive Outcomes
Honoring Volunteers - Recognizing Unselfish Acts of Kindness
Aging Concerns Unite Us (ACUU) Conference 2019
Services & Stories
Aging-NY Website Upgrade
pictured above: Chautauqua County United Senior Council advocating for the over 400 people on the OFA waiting lists for services. Some people have been waiting for over 3 years.
Governor Andrew Cuomo and
State Legislators for $15 Million
Governor Andrew Cuomo included in his 2019-2020 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
AAA Directors from across the state and AgingNY staff met with legislators on Advocacy Day 2019.
AARP held a press conference in March and was joined by AgingNY's Executive Director, Michele Roberts, as well as Senator Rachel May, and Assemblymember Harry Bronson, Chairs of the Aging Committees, to join with AARP in advocating for funding to help older New Yorkers Age in place.
Older New Yorkers around the state wrote letters, made calls, and met with their legislators asking them to make sure the Governor's proposed $15 million for unmet need remained in the Budget. Efforts paid off.
Older New Yorkers Volunteer
in their Communities
935,060older New Yorkers contribute
495 million hoursof service at an economic value of$13.87 billion*
Older New Yorkers Provide Vital Caregiving Services
There are over 131,000 grandparents
raising their grandchildren in New York.
* Sources: Corporation for National and Community Services NYS Data 2015 and the American Community Survey 2015 Five-Year Estimates.
Honoring Volunteers -Recognizing Unselfish Acts of Kindness
On Tuesday, May 21, 2019, Older New Yorkers' Day was celebrated in Albany when volunteers gathered at the invitation of NYSOFA, who honored the volunteers in a lovely luncheon ceremony. Congratulations to all awardees and thank you for giving so freely of your
time and talents in the support of others.
Each year, AgingNY in collaboration with NYSOFA, recognizes a AAA for innovative use of volunteers in providing services that further their mission, provide high-quality service, and assist older adults in maintaining their independence. The Volunteer Innovations Award was presented to the NYC Department For the Aging for their Volunteer Resource Center.
The center has managed to recruit volunteers using multiple methods, and engage volunteers in a variety of experiences, that are well-matched to their personal goals and abilities. For such a large AAA that serves thousands of folks in the NYC each year, they not only fill several thousand hours of support needs, but have managed to customize a process that is focused on individual volunteer satisfaction. Congratulations.
Pictured above left: Greg Olsen greets Rockland County Awardee Betty Meisler; lower left: Celebration in the Hart Lounge - The Egg, Albany; and above right: AgingNY's Michele Roberts (Executive Director),Monica Seale (Director of the NYC Department for the Aging Volunteer Resource Center) andGreg Olsen (Acting Director, NYSOFA)
This Year's ACUU was a Hugh Success. Thanks go out to our Partner Agency, NYSOFA, and community partners who were part of the planning committee.
New York’s network of aging services professionals convened on June 11th in Albany for the 23rd annual two-day ACUU conference, which highlights the policy and program direction New York State is taking to improve the lives of older adults and their families. The conference presented 32 training workshops on best practices, innovative programs, and service delivery reforms that enhance services and programs for older adults, their families, and caregivers.
This year’s workshops and keynote sessions focus on the changing landscape within New York State as health care and social service delivery begin to come together to provide higher quality, comprehensive, and more cost-effective services.
Services:Social Adult Day Care (SADC), Case Management (CM), Home Delivered Meals (HDM), & Caregiver Respite
Story details provided by Fulton County OFA
Mrs. S. was referred to the Office for the Aging by her husband to find out what services were available as his wife had mild to moderate early onset Alzheimer's Disease and he was her caregiver.She was61years old, he was67, and they had been happily married for38years.She and her husband lived at home and she was being followed closely by a neurologist and her primary care doctor and was prescribed medication to help with the dementia and with anxiety. Mrs. S had been a school teacher along with her husband, which was how they met. The couple had two adult children, both of whom live out of state so they were unable to provide care support.
Mrs. S. and her husband were interestedinHome Delivered Mealsasshe had been the one to cook, but could no longer do this. They were also interested in the Social Adult Day Care Program. A COMPASS assessment was completedforboth of them by the Caseworker assigned. Initially, Mrs.S began attending the Social Adult Day Care Program (SADC) at the Johnstown Senior Center (1)day per week and both began receiving Home Delivered meals3days a week.Over time, Mrs. S.increasedher attendance to3days a week. Her OFA Caseworker visited her regularly at SADC and kept in touch with her husband to monitor services, supports and needs. She thoroughly enjoyed attending the SADC program and this provided much neededrespitefor her husband.
Her husband was provided information on Caregiver Services available to him through OFA.He was (and remains) a very caring and attentive caregiver who madesurehis wife was engaged in her community andleda full life. They went to local plays together, attended Yankee Games, concerts, Super Bowl games, went to the US Open, visited 48 states and also went on trips together with the local Johnstown Senior Center.He was then able to attend the annual Hats Off to Caregivers program, which is a day of workshops and information for Caregivers.His wife was able to be in the Respite Care area while he attended the workshops.At one of the workshops, he made a contact with presenting partner agencies and was able to arrange in home respite for his wife, through Catholic Charities and Eddy Alzheimer's Services.The respite care was availableseveraltimes a week; (Mr.S. had also utilized some private hire aides to help at home). This care made it possible for him to attend a Support Group regularly and benefit from the information and the support offered by other attendees.Theinhome respite care also made it possible for him to participate in social activities that gave him some much needed contact with friends.Usingtheseservices he was able to keep his wife home, safely, for quite some time.
As the disease progressed and Mr. S found it very difficult to care for his wife at home, and Mrs.Swas placed in a Nursing Home four years after Fulton Co. OFA met her.Mr. S. continues to visit his wife onadaily basis at the nursing home and attends the Caregiver Support Group monthly meetings here at OFA when he is able to do so.
Being able to reside at home with a loved one, priceless
Estimated Savings: $104,269
Social Adult Day Care (SADC), Case Management (CM), Home Delivered Meals
Aging-NY started the new year with a brand new website! Our new website will give our members and visitors an enhanced viewing experience. We know our visitors access our website on both computers and smart devices. Upgrading to a modern, responsive platform ensures that all of our visitors have a positive experience.
Visit the new site, then tell us what you think. Are there other changes you'd like to see? Can we combine information and make fewer pages? Send an email to Evelyn Stilson-Ouderkirk with your comments and suggestions.
Ann Marie Maglione, Legislative Committee Chair (Orange)
MaryAnn Spanos, Bylaws and Nominating Committee Chair (Chautauqua)
Irene Coveny (Ontario)
Nancy Dingee (Schoharie)
Pete Headd (Onondaga)
David Jordan (Montgomery)
Cathy MacKay (Cattaraugus)
Terry McGee Ward (Greene)
In this Issue:
Advocacy Day 2018: Looking Forward
Save the Date for ACUU 2018
Meet Michele: Aging NY's new Interim Executive Director
Now Available Online: Jan. '18 NYSAC presentation
Advocacy Day in Albany
February 6, 2018
This year’s Advocacy Day truly began before February 6thwith older New Yorkers from around the state lending their voice through hundreds of letters they wrote and sent to their legislators. As a newcomer to the Association, I was impressed with the strong advocacy efforts of our AAAs. It was nice to see (and meet) so many Directors who traveled to Albany to collectively advocate for key changes to the Governor’s proposed budget, and hear of so many others who made appointments in their local districts. Legislators were welcoming and informed (or wanted to be informed) on the proposed NYSOFA budget, and what the proposed cuts would mean to older New Yorkers and the NY Connects program. One of the important things that came out of Advocacy day is that the Association needs to work with the AAAs to update our statistics on waiting list numbers. Many of our legislative advocates asked about waiting lists and support needs that are unserved and/or underserved. This information helps our Legislators understand the needs of our network and why continued and increased funding is needed. As a result of these discussions, the Association will be reaching out to AAA Directors with a waiting list survey and ask for ideas on how we can better understand each our counties needs for the future.
Above: Advocates pictured with Senator Serino and Assemblywoman Lupardo
There is still time NOWto reach out to your local legislators (and/or follow-up with them again) to ask them to fully restore New York Connects to the $33 million (OFA) and $8 million (ILCs) per year for a total of $41 Million. The current amount proposed in the Governor’s budget is only $44.5 million over two years. This is not adequate to meet the demands of a now ramped-up system. The adage “‘If we build it they will come” – has proven true and our older New Yorkers, persons with disabilities and informal family caregivers continue to come … in leaps and bounds. More than 230,000 calls came in through NY Connects last year, and many directors report seeing a drastic increase since the launching of the statewide public awareness campaign.
If we provide a system for information, assistance and referral regarding long-term care services and supports, we also need services to support those needs. To meet this need, we will continue to inform our Legislators how $24 million additional Community Services for Elderly (CSE) Program funds are needed to decrease waitlists and/or provide services our older New Yorkers and their caregivers in need.
Finally, we will continue to educate our Legislators about Elder Abuse and the financial and health impact Elder Abuse has on our older New Yorkers. To meet this need, we will continue to inform our Legislators on how an additional $10 million dollars can further support prevention and intervention for Elder Abuse, a growing problem that is under recognized, under reported, and under prosecuted.
- Michele Roberts,Interim Executive Director, Aging NY
Registration for the 2018 Conference will be opening very soon. The Early Bird price is $195 for the full conference and $100 for a single day, if paid in full by May 21st. Pricing will increase after May 21st, so be sure to register now!
Michele Robertsjoins the Association on Aging as the Interim Executive Director.
I am grateful for the opportunity to join the Association on Aging in New York and help carry out the vital work that the aging network does on behalf of our older New Yorkers. I have long held the core belief that all people deserve the right to be as independent as possible as they live, work, and participate in society, and I have always encouraged and supported integration and independence.
I have spent the majority of my career in the business realm as the director of marketing and business development for a quality architectural and engineering firm (over 17 years). This work required outreach and collaboration with public and private entities, strategic planning, contract development, a keen focus on cash flow, business development, and marketing. Additionally, I have a good many years of experience in the social services field working with the aging population as the Executive Director of a Senior Center; and working in jobs that transitioned individuals with disabilities out of sheltered workshops into competitive, community employment.
I look forward to my interactions with you, and I plan to work hard to strengthen the Association, support the excellent work that you are doing within the aging network, and be a strong advocate for the folks we serve.
Coming Soon in Spring 2018
Look for the Waitlist Survey
Business Acumen Trainings
Now Available Online
Slides from the New York State Association of Counties presentation "The Future of Senior Services in New York State" arenow available. This workshop was presented at the January 2018 NYSAC Legislative Conference.
We are making plans for our annual Advocacy Day in Albany this February and there is not a more important time to come to Albany and advocate for the resources we need to support older New Yorkers and their families. The news out of Washington, DC and its potential effect on New York State is very discouraging and recent reports from New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli point to a budget "triple threat" of "projected budget gaps, weaker than expected personal income tax collections and cuts to federal programs."(Read the report)
We will be working to ensure our priories are included in the 2018-19 State Budget and your advocacy will be needed. Please mark your calendars and consider joining us in Albany as we meet with legislators, legislative leaders and key legislative staffers. Hope to see you in Albany in February!
Stay tuned for more information
on how you can take action!
ACUU 2018 Planning is Underway
June 5-6, 2018
We are beginning to plan for next year’s Aging Concerns Unite Us Conference on June 5-6, 2018. The event will once again be held at the Desmond Hotel and Conference Center. We look forward to bringing exciting workshops, speakers and presentations on the forefront of aging services and supports from New York State and around the country.
We will have many opportunities for sponsors and exhibitors and hope you will be able to join us in 2018. Stay tuned for more information, including registration, scheduling and sponsorship opportunities for the ACUU Conference in the coming months!
"Building Skills for Elder Justice and Other Services" Regional Training Program Series
The "Building Skills for Elder Justice and Other Services" Regional Training Program Series focused its training on helping the aging professional network build their skills in the areas of strategic planning, building partnerships and leveraging financial and community resources, placed within the context of legal services.
A total of 161 individuals across the State enrolled in this program. The feedback from the participants was quite favorable and indications were that this program would prove beneficial to many of the participants. This training program series was offered in collaboration and funding from New York State Office for the Aging and the Association on Aging in New York was instrumental in coordinating the site logistics.
"Enhancing Your Business Acumen and Grant Writing Skills" Regional Training Program Series
The "Enhancing Your Business Acumen and Grant Writing Skills" Regional Training Program is focused on building an individual's skills including positioning your agency in new partnerships and collaborations as well as improving one's grant writing fund raising skills. The program has met with great reviews and is still being offered in the month of November.
There is no charge for the Business Acumen program however preregistration is required. The program is open to anyone in the aging professional network. This training program series is offered in collaboration and funding from New York State Office for the Aging and the Association on Aging in New York is instrumental in coordinating the site logistics.