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The Association on Aging in NY launched its new Key Supporter program last month, and we want to thank PeerPlace Networks health and human services software systems for becoming a Key Supporter of Aging-NY and a Diamond level sponsor for our annual ACUU conference. Click here to find out why you should become a Key Supporter. 
Featured in this month's edition: Legislative Conference on February 4th in Albany, joint budget platform for $26 million in Community Services for the Elderly, and bipartisan support in Congress for the Older Americans Act. The year 2014 also brings a newly elected President to Aging-NY, Michael Romano read more.
Aging Together NY is a monthly newsletter dedicated to sharing news and analysis on aging issues and community-based care locally, in New York State and around the nation.

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     Michael Romano, President
Laura Cameron, Executive Director

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Aging Advocacy on Tap for Feb 4 at Empire State Plaza   

Aging-NY (1/27/2014) 
A Legislative Conference -- A Blueprint for Transforming Aging in New York -- sponsored by upstate, central and New York City aging groups takes place Tuesday, Feb. 4th at the Empire State Plaza in Meeting Rooms 4 & 5 Albany, NY. Just come for the day. Read more. And, while you're here, visit your legislator. Click here to make an appointment.  


You can still register for the Legislative Conference!

Mail-in registration form or register online by credit card click here.

Aging-NY Welcomes Another Key Supporter  

Aging-NY (1/25/2014) 

"PeerPlace Networks is delighted to become a Key Supporter of the Association on Aging in NY. We share the vision of providing excellent home and community based services to New York's older residents - where they prefer to receive them," said PeerPlace Networks' President, Eric Frey. Read more.


Aging Groups Release Joint Budget Statement  

Aging-NY, CSCS, Lifespan, NYSCA (1/5/2014) 

The Association on Aging in NY, Council of Senior Centers and Services of NYC, Lifespan and the NYS Coalition for the Aging joined forces and data and determined that a $26 million increase in the flexible Community Services for the Elderly program would go a long way toward depleting statewide waiting lists. Read more.


Gov. Cuomo Releases Proposed Budget  

Aging-NY (1/21/2014)  

Gov. Andrew Cuomo's executive budget proposal for the fiscal year that begins in April holds the growth in state spending below the 2 percent that's stood as his benchmark for past budgets - reflecting both continued austerity efforts and the governor's desire to find the nearly $500 million required to fund tax relief. Read more. 

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Aging in New York  
New Board President, Michael Romano, on the Vital Role of New York's Aging Network
Aging-NY (1/15/2014)

If he had Gov. Cuomo's undivided attention, what would Michael Romano, the Director of the Oneida County Office for Aging and Continuing Care and the Association on Aging in NY's new Board President, want the Governor to know about the Aging Services Network? Read more.

Crossdale is Cuomo Pick for Director of NYSOFA  
Gov. Cuomo (1/14/2014) 
Pending her confirmation by the New York State Senate, Ms. Crossdale will serve as Acting Director, where she will lead the New York State Office for Aging's efforts to improve access to cost-effective non-medical support services for older individuals to maximize their ability to age in their communities and avoid higher levels of publicly-financed care. Read more.  
Corinda Crossdale and
Laura Cameron
Feb. 4 Conference Welcomes Corinda Crossdale and Gives Award to Laura Cameron

The Legislative Conference at the Empire State Plaza in Albany will welcome Corinda Crossdale, the Gov.'s nominee for Director of NYSOFA. At the event, CSCS and NYSCA will present the Henrietta Rabe Award to Laura Cameron of the Association on Aging in NY. The conference is an opportunity for the aging network to visit Legislators to support more funding for aging services. Read more.
Gov. Cuomo Proposes Establishing Regional Health Improvement Collaboratives
NY Health Care Blog (1/24/2014)
The governor's 2014-15 budget provides funding for establishing Regional Health Improvement Collaboratives (RHICs) as well as support for the Finger Lakes Health Systems Agency. Read more.

CSCS Conference: Should Medicaid Be Our Long Term Care Insurance?
Aging-NY (1/28/2014)
New Yorkers should not have to depend on Medicaid for their long term care insurance but without more aging services funding Medicaid is the only option for aging New Yorkers, according to advocates who spoke at the Council of Senior Centers and Services of NYC's annual conference. Read more.   
Aging in the Community 

Director Profiles
Herkimer Aging Office Director, Kathy Fox, on the Best and Most Challenging Part of the Job
Aging-NY (1/15/2014)
Ask Kathy Fox what she likes most about her job as the Director of the Herkimer County Office for the Aging and she talks about her small staff. Ask her what the most challenging part of the job is and her answer is the same - her small staff. Read more.

More Community News      

Google Donates Tablets to Seniors Impacted by Storm

Gov. Cuomo (1/27/2014)

Approximately 17,000 Google Nexus 7 tablets were donated by Google to assist New Yorkers impacted by Super Storm Sandy and 700 of them went to senior centers located throughout Sandy-affected areas of Suffolk County. Read more.

Cattaraugus County Warns Against Elder Scam

Springville Journal (1/10/2014)  

The Cattaraugus County Department of the Aging recently logged a number of tips from older adults who had reported receiving calls regarding medical alert devices. Read more.  

Office for Aging Services at the Mall

Dunkirk Observer (1/27/2014)
Open since December, Heritage Living at the mall is serving the community by providing an easy-access location for area seniors and their families to get answers to questions about a senior's evolving needs. Read more. 
Aging in the Nation     

Two New York Congressmen Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Reauthorize #OAA
Daily Freeman (1/24/2014)
Rep. Chris Gibson (NY-19) and Rep. Tom Reed (NY-23) introduced H.R. 3850 (click here) in January to reauthorize the Older Americans Act. Click here for the original meeting that prompted the bill. Office for the Aging directors (below) from across the 19th district again met with Rep. Gibson recently when he introduced the bill. Read more.
Office for Aging Directors (l to r) Mary Kaye Dolan, Dutchess; Terry McGee Ward, Greene; Kary Jablonka, Columbia; and Anne Cardinale of Ulster, joined Congressman Chris Gibson (center) when he introduced House Bill 3850, Reauthorizing the Older Americans Act. Click here for 5 Reasons to Reauthorize the Older Americans Act in 2014.
President Obama Restores Some Funding Lost to Sequestration n4a, Aging-NY, LeadingAge (1/17/2014)
Pres. Obama signed into law H.R. 3547, an omnibus spending bill that funds senior housing and home and community-based services under the Older Americans Act through the remainder of fiscal year 2014. Read more.

n4a's Year in Brief for Aging Advocates Coming Soon
n4a (1/30/2014)
For two decades, n4a members and allies have relied upon our Aging Policy Briefing and Capitol Hill Day for valuable information about the federal policy issues that affect your work every day. Please join us for our 20th Annual APB April 28-29, 2014, at the Washington Court Hotel on Capitol Hill. Read more.

Does the U.S. Economy Value Caregivers?  
The Atlantic (1/9/2014)
Have we lost sight of the care paradigm, the necessary complement to competition? Read more.

The Older May Just Be of Fuller Mind
NYTimes (1/27/2014)
It goes without saying that many people remain disarmingly razor-witted well into their 90s; yet doubts about the average extent of the decline are rooted not in individual differences but in study methodology. Read more.

Aging in the World  
Fostering for the elderly launched in Leicester
The Telegraph (1/22/2014)
Leicester City Coucil insists that fostering is not meant to replace care homes, but has confirmed plans to close or sell-off eight of its care homes. Read more
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AAA Member Meeting - February 4 from 2:30 to 4:30 pm
The Association on Aging in NY has scheduled a Member Meeting in the afternoon, as part of the Legislative Conference. Click here for the Member Meeting agenda.  
Resources Page - new and improved!
Visit the redesigned Member Resources Page - a one-page overview of events, resources, and list serve summaries. Is your in box overflowing?  Did you misplace the latest update from Aging-NY? No worries - we've added a brand-new section on the resources page listing all updates sent to AAAs.  If you need assistance signing on to the members-only page, contact Karen Thornton or Alyssa Petronio, or give our office a call 518-449-7080. 
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