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, providing 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 300,000 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

  • The Monroe County Office for the Aging and Rochester/Monroe County Youth Bureau will host our Annual "Fall-Clean Up" on Saturday, October 28, 2017 to help our community's older adults. Kickoff for Volunteers at 8:30am. Kickoff located at Monroe Community Hospital in Auditoriums A-C, 435 E. Henrietta Road, Rochester, NY 14620. Please call Christina at 753-6953 by Friday, October 20th to volunteer. If you are an older adult age 60+, own your home and have limited financial and family supports to help prepare for winter, please call 753-6280. We will rake as many yards as we can on this day dependent on the number of volunteers and resources available. Sign language interpreters will be on-site at the kick-off. Please note, volunteers are only permitted to rake, they cannot weed, mow lawns or perform other maintenance. In addition, volunteers are not permitted in the home of the older adult.
  • The Monroe County Office for the Aging and Rochester/Monroe County Youth Bureau will host our Annual Holiday Ball on Thursday, December 14th from 5 to 9pm at the Diplomat Party House on Lyell Avenue. For Youth who are Juniors and Seniors in Highschool - please contact Christina at 753-6953 by Thursday, December 7th. For Adults age 60+, please contact your area Senior Center/Community Center to register. Space is limited! Limited Transportation is available to older adults who participate in the Monroe County Office for the Aging Nutrition Program by contacting your Coordinator. Please call 753-6280 for any other questions.

COATS FOR SENIORS:

On Friday, October 13th, Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo was joined by Monroe County Legislature Majority Leader Brian Marianetti, County Clerk Adam Bello, as well as representatives from Medical Motors, Council for Elders, the Greater Rochester Area Partnership for the Elderly (GRAPE), Colony Dry Cleaners and Dry Clean Express to kick-off the fourteenth annual “Coats for Seniors” program.  The initiative, sponsored by the Monroe County Office for the Aging and Medical Motors, will once again collect and distribute donated winter coats to seniors in need throughout Monroe County.

Donations of new and gently-used, adult-sized coats will be accepted on weekdays between 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at participating senior centers. 

These sites include:

Monroe County Office for the Aging Senior Nutrition Sites
IBERO's Centro De Oro 817 East Main Street, Rochester, NY 14605
Charles Settlement House 71 Parkway, Rochester, NY 14608
Town of Chili  Senior Center 3235 Chili Avenue, Rochester, NY 14624
Community Place of Greater Rochester 145 Parsells Avenue, Rochester, NY 14609
Town of Greece Community & Senior Center 3 Vince Tofany Boulevard, Rochester, NY 14612
Town of Henrietta Senior Center 515 Calkins Road, Henrietta, NY 14467
Town of Hilton-Parma Senior Center 59 Henry Street, Hilton, NY 14468
Town of Irondequoit Senior Center 154 Pinegrove Aveue,Rochester, NY 14617
Lifespan Downtown - WOLK 25 Franklin Street, Rochester, NY 14604
MARC of Baden Street 86 Vienna Street, Rochester, NY 14605
Montgomery / Southwest 10 Cady Street, Rochester, NY 14608
Town of Ogden Senior Center 200 South Union Street, Spencerport, NY 14559
Town of Pittsford Senior Center 3750 Monroe Avenue, Pittsford, NY  14534
The Lodge on the Canal  (Lifetime Assistance Inc. in Sweden) 133 State Street, Brockport, NY 14420
Town of Webster Senior & Community Center 1350 Chiyoda Drive,  Webster, NY 14580
Town of Wheatland Senior Center 22 Main Street, Scottsville, NY 14546

Donation boxes will also be set up at the following locations:

  • Atrium of the Monroe County Office Building, located downtown at 39 West Main Street;
  • Lobby of Faith Wing, Monroe Community Hospital, located at 435 East Henrietta Road;
  • Monroe County DMV locations, Greece Ridge Mall at 152 Greece Ridge Center Drive, 2199 E Henrietta Rd and 545 Titus Avenue;
  • Colony Dry Cleaners, located at 695 Howard Road in Gates, and
  • Dry Clean Express locations: 3159 South Winton Road in Henrietta; 1158 Fairport Road, Fairport;  557 West Whitney Road, Fairport; 7374 Pittsford-Palmyra Road, Fairport;  and 2200 Penfield Road, Penfield.

The program runs from October 13th to December 29th, 2017. At the end of the program, any additional coats that have not been selected by a senior will be donated to local shelters and clothing closets.

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.

Volunteers Age 14+ needed Saturday, October 28, 2017 from 8:30am - 2:30pm for Annual "Fall Clean-Up" - contact Christina at 753-6953 to volunteer! Volunteers will need to provide their own transportation to the kick off site and their assigned yards. Parents/Guardians must sign authorization for Youth under age 18 in order to participate. Community Service Credits Available.

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.

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