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February/March 2014
Aging Together NY  

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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.

Featured in this month's edition: Two one-house bills that reflect an increase in Community Services for the Elderly funding, a "new" Chairman for the Senate Aging Committee and more strong support for #OAA reauthorization.

The Association on Aging in NY launched its new Key Supporter program last month. Click here to find out why you should become a Key Supporter.

Best regards,

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     Michael Romano, President
Laura Cameron, Executive Director

Trending Topics 

IDC Releases Report on Making NY More Affordable for Seniors 
Aging-NY (3/19/2014)

Members of the Senate Independent Democratic Conference released a report on making New York more affordable for seniors that included a recommended increase in Community Services for the Elderly funding for community-based programs and services. Click here for the press release and click here for the report.


Making New York State More Affordable for Seniors

The Senate Independent Democratic Conference press conference featured the Association on Aging in NY and partners: the Council of Senior Centers and Services-NYC, Lifespan of Rochester and the NYS Coalition for the Aging. View the entire press conference by clicking on the video on the right.

Senate IDC News Conference on Making New York Affordable for Seniors - 03/19/14
Senate IDC News Conference on Making New York Affordable for Seniors - 03/19/14

NY Legislature Recognizes Value of Supporting Independence for Seniors

Aging-NY (3/14/2014) 

Every day seniors and their caregivers reach out to their local offices for the aging and community agencies for information, assistance and services, and today they have a better chance of receiving those services, thanks to the New York State Legislature. Read more.  


Aging-NY Releases New Budget Chart for NYSOFA  

Aging-NY (3/17/2014) 

The Association on Aging in NY has released a new budget chart that reflects the latest on the budget with proposals from the NYS Senate and Assembly. Read more. And for all of the latest on the budget, click here.   


NY Gets a Waiver, and the Complicated Part Begins  

Politico Magazine, NYTimes, Daily News (2/18/2014) 

Federal officials confirmed the agreement, but said that all the details had not yet been worked out, and that receiving the full amount would be contingent on benchmarks along the way. Read more.   


Labor Department Underlines Aging Advocates Concerns    

NYTimes (2/26/2014) 
What will the largest occupation in the United States be by 2020?

Read more.   


Aging in New York

Senator Valesky Named Chair of Senate Aging Committee  

Press Release (2/28/2014)

What does IDC Leader and Senate Majority Coalition Co-Leader Senator Jeffrey Klein have to say about Sen. Valesky being named Chair of the Senate Aging Committee? Read more.

Aging Groups Unveil State of the State's Aging Services

Aging-NY (2/4/2014)
The Council of Senior Centers and Services-NYC and the New York State Coalition for the Aging and Lifespan of Rochester representatives honored Laura Cameron, Executive Director of Aging-NY, at this year's  Legislative Conference, for her advocacy on aging issues and initiating the ACUU "Aging Concerns Unite Us" conference.  Read more.

Laura Cameron, Executive Director of Aging-NY, accepted the  Henrietta Rabe Humanitarian Award for her work in the aging services field during February's Legislative Conference. (L to r) Igal Jellinek, Council of Senior Centers and Services (CSCS) of NYC; Corinda Crossdale, Director of NYS Office for Aging; Laura Cameron; Ann Marie Cook, CEO of Lifespan.

Webinars for the Aging Network - no registration fee!
Aging-NY (3/15/2014)
Aging-NY, NYSCA, CSCS and NYSOFA are partnering to provide webinars on a variety of topics, including identifying depression in seniors and developing evidence-based programs. Click here to view the descriptions and register, or visit our website to listen to recorded webinars. Click here.
Gadgets May Help Seniors Live Independently Longer 
Poughkeepsie Journal (2/22/2014)
Technology is bringing new gadgets to old age and making independent living even more of an option for seniors. A sensor that can detect when a senior is not moving in a normal manner is among the latest. Read more.

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This year's Aging Concerns Unite Us conference will be the biggest ever! Showcase your services or products to over 400 Aging and Disability Service professionals. Click here to view our Sponsor and Exhibitor opportunities. Click here to view the preliminary agenda and register online. 

Aging in the Community  
Mayor Appoints Donna Corrado NYC Commissioner of the Department for the Aging
The Jewish Voice (2/20/2014)

Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Tuesday, February 18, three key appointments to his administration, including Donna M. Corrado appointed to serve as commissioner at the Department for the Aging. Read more.

Albany Murder Casts Light on Senior Thefts
Times Union (2/22/2014)
If Richard Englander's killing happened the way his family and investigators believe it did, it is an extreme example of a financially motivated crime against a senior. Read more.
Aging Population Increases and It Shows
The Daily Gazette (3/15/2014)
Local adult day care centers are seeing increased demand for their services as the elderly population increases and the number of potential caregivers declines. Read more.

County Proclaims 2014 "Year of the Senior"

Proclamation (3/7/2014)
Which New York State County recently proclaimed 2014 the Year of the Senior because one in four residents is over the age of 60? Click here to find out. 
Aging in the Nation     

Families are Critical to Nation's Health-Care System
The Washington Post (3/4/2014)
The Pew Research Center found last year that nearly 4 in 10 American adults identified themselves as a family caregiver and the need is only growing. Read more.

More U.S. Reps Get Behind #OAA Reauthorization
The Oregonian (2/21/2014)
U.S. Rep. Suzanne Bonamici plans to introduce national legislation that would reauthorize the Older Americans Act, which helps fund home delivered meals and other programs benefiting aging citizens. Read more.

Tennessee Turns to Community-based Care for More Cost Effective Approach to Long Term Care
NYTimes (3/6/2014)
Tennessee has chosen to be as cost-effective as possible, and that has allowed the state to eliminate waiting lists for community-based services, which now serve nearly 13,000 people, up from 5,000, while keeping the number of nursing home residents flat at 19,200. Read more.

New Blood Test for Alzheimer's Disease
USA Today (3/10/2014)
How soon will it be before a blood test will be able to predict whether someone is at risk of Alzheimer's Disease? Click here to find out.

Troubling Signs for Grown Children of Alzheimer's Patients
Los Angeles Times (2/12/2014)
The brains of adults who have elderly parents diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease show troubling hallmarks of the same disease even in middle age. Read more.

In Sickness and Health, Sex Keeps Older Couples Happy
Reuters (2/26/2014)
Authors of a new study highlight the idea that being sexually active isn't restricted to vaginal intercourse, but people can expand their idea of what sex is. Read more.

Aging in Place Becomes Easier in D.C.
The Washington Post (2/06/2014)
Thanks to a phenomenon that has swept through the Washington area at an astonishing rate in recent years, more residents of D.C. have  been able to remain independent. Read more.

Aging in the World  
An Aging Population May Be What the World Needs
Bloomberg BusinessWeek (2/11/2013)
The good news: the drop in birthrates reflects growing gender equality. Read more
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