Office for the Aging

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Julie Allen Aldrich
Director

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Monroe County Office for the Aging

Monroe Community Hospital
435 E. Henrietta Rd.
Room 3rd floor, West
(Faith Wing)
Rochester, NY 14620
Phone: 585 753-6280
Fax: 585 753-6281

We Excel In Aging Well!

The Monroe County Office for the Aging is dedicated to serving our older residents.

In 1973, the Office for the Aging was established by the Monroe County Legislature and designated by the Federal and State governments as the Area Agency on Aging. The Monroe County Office for the Aging (MCOFA) is proud to celebrate over 40 years of excellent service to its older residents, and is committed to continuing this tradition of service.

The Office for the Aging is responsible for planning, coordinating, funding and advocating for programs and services which meet the needs of Monroe County residents age 60 and over, information and assistance for individuals with disabilities, and their caregivers of any age. Services are targeted to individuals with the greatest social and/or economic need, placing emphasis on serving those older persons who are low-income, minority and/or those with physical and mental disabilities.

In 1973, there were 97,000 residents 60 years of age and older in Monroe County. Today, there are more than 145,000 older residents, and the numbers keep growing. It is our goal to ensure that Monroe County’s older citizens “Excel in Aging Well.”

GOALSPicture of elderly couple on the beach.

The goal of Office for the Aging is to promote a safe and independent lifestyle through timely and responsive systems of protective services, long-term care, quality nutrition and supportive in-home services through a consumer-focused and coordinated service delivery system that protects, supports, and advocates for older residents of Monroe County.

Monroe County's NYConnects: (585) 325-2800

Monroe County’s New York Connects is your community's answer to information on how and where to access Home and Community Based Long-Term Care Services. NYConnects provides comprehensive and unbiased information and assistance for all long-term care services regardless of age. This information includes screening for social and medical needs, financial status, available service options regardless of payer source, comprehensive needs assessment, service/care coordination, and public education. Do you have questions on legal services for older adults, healthcare options for older adults, personal emergency response units, home care assistance, congregate and home delivered meals, nutrition education and counseling for older adults, falls prevention, depression and isolation, case management, burial assistance, or other Long Term Care needs? If so this is your one stop information and assistance line and a service that is free for all to use. Translation services available for indivduals with limited english proficiency.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

Dates and new events will be updated when available. If interested in participating at any of our events, please contact our office at: (585) 753-6280. We are always looking for volunteers as well as entertaining our participants!


The Monroe County Office for the Aging will be celebrating Older American's Month and honoring our community's older adults on Friday, May 6th, 2016 from 10am - 2pm with our Spring Fling. This Kentucky Derby Themed event will be held at the Diplomat Party House on Lyell Avenue with entertainment provided by "The Swooners". Please contact your local area Senior Center if interested in participating.

The Intergenerational Fishing Day is coming up on Saturday, May 21st, 2016 from 10am -2pm at Powder Mills Park at the Powder Horn Lodge. We invite one and all to participate in this fun event for our community's older adults and youth to learn to fish and teach to fish! The DEC waives fishing licenses for our older adults on this day!

The Annual Salute to Seniors Event will be held at Ontario Beach Park on Friday, August 19th, 2016 from 10am -2pm. Box lunches will be available through area senior centers. More information will be posted by early July. Please contact our YAR and Special Events Coordinator at 753-6953 with any questions.

MORE ON EVENTS

The Monroe County Office for the Aging sponsors several events throughout the year to support our community's older adults. We often team up with our Youth Bureau to create Intergenerational opportunties for our youth and older adults to share experiences, learn from each other and help each other. The following events happen every year with a few other events sprinkled in throughout the year: Spring Fling, Intergenerational Fishing Day, Salute to Seniors at Ontario Beach Park, Fall Clean Up, Holiday Ball. Please check in regularly to see new pictures and find out about upcoming events.

       

n4a Releases Livable Communities Report - Featuring Monroe County as one of it's Technical Assistance Grant Recipients

On Wednesday, May 6th, 2015 n4a released a major report on the growth of the Livable Communities movement during an event on Capitol Hill. The report, “Making Your Community Livable for All Ages: What’s Working!,” draws from the experiences of local communities and national leaders and is intended as an engagement tool for community members who are taking on or ramping up efforts to make their communities more livable for people across the lifespan.

Since the release, the report has appeared in an article in the Washington Post, the Coloradoan and has been downloaded nearly 60,000 times from the n4a website!


Livable Communities Event Presenters: Stephanie Firestone, n4a; Jessica Maurer, Maine Association of AAAs; Julie Aldrich, Monroe Co. (NY) Office for Aging; Roger Lewis, Washington Post Columnist (moderator); Cathy Bollinger, York Co. (PA) Community Foundation; Sandy Markwood, n4a

 The Intergenerational Scavenger Hunt at Seneca Park Zoo was held on May 27th. 165 Youth and Seniors participated in this inaugural event. Older Adults and Youth were teamed up to solve "Zoo's Clues." This event was planned in partnership with the Youth Bureau and Spencerport High School's Service Learning Program (SLP) participants.

        

The New York State Office for the Aging held a Focus Group to discuss the creation of an Office of Community Living at the Pieter's Family Life Center on October 9, 2015 with over 75 attendees present to share their ideas, comments and concerns. Shown here, Leanne Rorick, NY Connects Coordinator, Lifespan with Corinda Crossdale, Director, New York State Office for the Aging (and former Director, MCOFA) and Julie Allen Aldrich, Director, Monroe County Office for the Aging:

The 2015 Intergenerational Fall Clean Up was held on Saturday, October 17, 2015 with over 300 volunteers dispersed to yards of older adults across Monroe County. Thank you to all of all of volunteers for helping our community's older adults prepare for winter! We will announce our 2016 date by mid-August.

Coats for Seniors Coat Drive:

The 2015 Coats for Seniors Program was launched on October 19, 2015 and we had great success. We collected over 625 coats throughout Monroe County to help some of our most vulnerable older adults.

We'd like to thank all of our sponsors and welcome our two new sponsors, GRAPE and Dry Clean Express.

This event is launched every October and coats are collected until January 1st and then distributed throughout the community. For more information on the “Coats for Seniors” program, please contact the Monroe County Office for the Aging at 585-753-6280. Seniors interested in receiving a coat can call any participating senior center to make arrangements.

CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS INTERESTED IN HELPING CAREGIVERS:

We and our partner agencies are always looking for volunteers. Volunteers are needed for help with data entry, Special Events, Senior Companions, Respite Relief and More. Are you looking for way to give back to your community and interested in helping our community's older adults and the families that care for them? We have short term and long term opportunities. If yes, please call our offices at (585) 753-6280 or NY Connects at (585) 325-2800.

Caregiving is a difficult job and when we care for our loved ones, we are often afraid or even too tired to ask for help. If you are a Caregiver in need of a hand, or you want to help a caregiver and don't know how, please check out the Caregiver Respite Project, by going to: www.HelpACaregiver.org.

THE MORE YOU KNOW

The 2016 National Asbestos Awareness Week was the first week in April. To understand how older adults can be impacted by Asbestos, please go to: https://www.mesotheliomaprognosis.com/mesothelioma

Falls are one of the leading causes of premature hospitalizations, relocation into long term care facilities and even death for older adults. The 2016 National Falls Prevention Awareness Day was March 1, 2016. For more information on what you can do to prevent falls or at least minimize the damage that can be caused from a fall, please contact our NY Connects Office at 585-325-2800, participate in one of our Matter of Balance Courses, or review at the attached link: https://www.ncoa.org/healthy-aging/falls-prevention/falls-prevention-awareness-day/

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