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SPECIAL EVENTS

UPCOMING 2019 EVENTS: PLEASE CHECK BACK REGULARLY FOR EVENT UPDATES:

SENIOR JOB FAIR(S): The Monroe County Office for the Aging, in partnership with Monroe County's Workforce Development Manager, and a few of our area partners to host four job fairs around Monroe County in 2019. Employers will be on-site with various part-time and full-time job opportunities tailored to meet the changing needs of older adult workers, including positions for people with limitations.  

Events will take place from 11:00am - 1:00pm on the dates and at the locations below. For more information please call 753-6280. 

  • Town of Chili Senior Center: 3235 Chili Ave, Rochester, NY 14624 - Wednesday, June 19th
  • Town of Henrietta Senior Center: 515 Calkins Road, Henrietta, NY 14623 - Wednesday, July 24th
  • Town of Greece Community & Senior Center: 1 Vince Tofany Blvd., Rochester, NY 14612 - Wednesday, September 4th
  • Multi-Aging Resource Center at the Eastside Penfield YMCA: 1835 Fairport Nine Mile Point Rd, Penfield, NY 14526 - Wednesday, October 2nd

SPRING FLING: Friday, May 17th from 10:00am - 2:00pm at the Memorial Art Gallery on University Avenue.

Every May, the US Administration for Community Living leads our nation’s observance of Older Americans Month. The 2019 theme is “Connect, Create, Contribute.” This year’s theme was designed to encourage older adults and communities to:

  • Connect with friends, families and services that support participation.
  • Create by engaging in activities that promote learning, health, and personal enrichment
  • Contribute time, talent, and life experiences to benefit others.

In Monroe County, we are celebrating Older Americans Month by recognizing several older adults in the community who dedicate their time to making lives better for others. We are going to host 220 older adults who participate in the Congregate Meal Program with a lunch and day at the Memorial Art Gallery on Friday, May 17th. Due to capacity for this location, this event is limited to current Congregate Meal Participants Only. Each Senior Center has been allotted a certain number of seats. Please contact your area Senior Center Coordinator for more information. 

ZOO'S CLUES: We are working on securing a date this summer.

This annual event is held in partnership with the Rochester/Monroe County Youth Bureau and Seneca Park Zoo to bring together our community's older adults and youth to visit the zoo animals and work together on a scavenger hunt to learn about the zoo animals and their habitat. 

SALUTE TO SENIORS: Friday, August 2nd, 2019 from 10am - 2pm at Ontario Beach Park.

This annual event is held in partnership with Rochester/Monroe County Youth Bureau and Monroe County Parks Department to help our community's older adults celebrate summer.

There will be live music, vendors, free lemonade, free water and an outdoor picnic.  If you are age 60+ and/or the spouse of an individual age 60+ and interested in reserving a boxed lunch with suggested contribution of $3.50/meal, please contact your local senior center. If you are not registered with a congregate meal program, you can also contact our office at 753-6280 by Friday, July 19th to reserve your lunch.

Please bring feel free to bring a chair and cooler as all shelters are reserved for congregate meal participants from our senior centers/ Picnic tables are available, but they are first come, first serve.

Please check back for more information as we get closer!

FALLS PREVENTION DAY WITH OUR PARTNERS AT LIFESPAN OF GREATER ROCHESTER, INC.: Falls are the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries for older adults. Falls threaten seniors’ safety and independence. They can generate enormous economic and personal costs. In honor of National Falls Prevention Month, this open house event is held annually in September to educate our community on what they can do to prevent falls and how to fall safer when a fall does occur. In partnership with the Monroe County Office for the Aging, Lifespan of Greater Rochester, Inc. will host demonstrations, assessments, and education from area professionals about falls - what can cause them, how to avoid them and how to minimize/prevent injury when a fall happens. Date: Tuesday, September 17, 2019 at Lifespan of Greater Rochester, Inc. Please check back for more information soon!

SENIOR DAY AT THE ZOO:   NEW FOR 2019! Friday, September 20th from 10am - 2pm at the Seneca Park Zoo - Come out for a fun day to meet some of our unique "non-homosapian" residents! Free admission for individuals age 60+ and non-school aged grandchildren when chaperoned and accompanied by their grandparent. Parents of non-school aged grandchildren will have to pay regular admission. Free tram rides, music and more! Stay tuned for more information coming soon!

COATS FOR SENIORS: Annual Kickoff date TBD. New and gently used clean coats will be collected at area senior centers, Monroe County facilities, and other partner locations. These will then be disseminated to older adults in need. Monroe County typically collects and redistributes 600-700 coats per year. If you are an older adult in need of a new or gently used coat for fall/winter in 2019-20, please contact our office at 753-6280 to be placed on a wait list. We will call when a coat with your size has been collected. Coats are typically collected October - January of each year.

INTERGENERATIONAL FALL CLEAN UP: Saturday, October 26, 2019 - kickoff at Monroe Community Hospital at 9:00am.

Volunteers  and Yards Needed! Please call Hali Radecker at 753-6953 or email: HaliRadecker@monroecounty.gov!

This event is held every fall in partnership with the Rochester/Monroe County Youth Bureau to help older adults who own their own homes prepare for winter. Volunteers throughout Monroe County rake the yards of frail older adults who have limited support to help them remain independent in their homes.

Eligibility: Home owners age 60+ who can no longer rake their own yard and/or have limited family or financial supports.  

Volunteers will need to transport themselves to yard assignments and youth under age 18 must be chaperoned by an adult. Rakes will be available and must be returned to Monroe Community Hospital when yard assignment(s) have been completed. If the volunteer has their own rakes they will not need to return after the event.

ANNUAL PUBLIC HEARING & ELDER LAW FAIR: Wednesday, October 16th from 7:45am - 12pm (speakers start at 8:15am) at Temple B'rith Kodesh on Elmwood Avenue.

The Annual Public Hearing portion of this event is held as a requirement under the Older Americans Month to educate individuals in the community about the Office for the Aging's plan for a coordinated system of community based long-term care services and supports. This is also an opportunity for individuals to provide feedback regarding the plan prior to submittal for state approvals. This event is combined with the Elder Law Fair, a partnership with the Monroe County Bar Association, Legal Assistance Center of Western NY, Lifespan, and AARP, to offer older adults and caregivers the opportunity to learn about and obtain assistance in understanding legal issues that may impact older adults and their caregivers. Check back for more information as we get closer!

HOLIDAY BALL: This annual dinner and dance is held in early December from 5:00pm - 8PM to celebrate the holidays and traditions of our community's older adults and youth in high school and college. More information coming soon! 

Past 2019 Events:

BEAT THE WINTER BLUES: This NEW event was held on Tuesday, February 19th from 10am - 2pm at Radio Social, Rochester's newest Social Club. Located in the historic Stromberg-Carlson Building at 20 Carlson Road, 224 congregate meal participants and community's youth came together for a day of friendship, mentorship, and positive youth development. Our seniors had the opportunity to bowl, play skiball, giant jenga, billiards, corn hole and other games with our community's youth. A boxed lunch was provided. [Stay tuned - so much fun was had by all that we are planning another date!]

Two Generations - Learning Together Furthering Opportunities for Independence - Futhering Opportunities for Fun
Left: Two Generations - Learning Together
Right: Furthering Opportunities for Independence - Furthering Opportunities for Fun!


 
Left: Centro de Oro Senior Center & Monroe High School Students - Friendships Forming in All Languages
Right: Winter Blues Be Gone! Rest is Now On!

 

2018 EVENT UPDATES:

COATS FOR SENIORS: This event was kicked off with a press conference at the County Office Building on December 5, 2018 with County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo and our committed sponsors. The Coats for Seniors Campaign is an annual appeal to our community to look into their heart and their closets, and donate new and gently used coats to assist our community's older adults in need. Coats were collected from December 5, 2018 - January 11, 2019 and then picked up from area drop locations. On January 22, 2019, 700 coats were sorted and re-distributed to our community's seniors and others in need. We thank our generous sponsors and the community for their contribution to keeping our community's older adults safer and warmer this winter season. Sponsor's included: Medical Motor Services of Rochester and Monroe County, Inc., The Greater Rochester Area Partnership for the Elderly (GRAPE), Colony Dry Cleaners, Dry Clean Express and several Monroe County Departments. 

SALUTE TO SENIORS: On Friday, August 17, 2018 approximately 700 older adults from across Monroe County joined us at Ontario Beach Park to celebrate summer with a picnic lunch, entertainment, vendors, and more. 

 

PUBLIC HEARING & ELDER LAW FAIR: On Saturday, October 13, 2018, 83 participants came to Monroe Community Hospital, located at 435 E. Henrietta Road, to hear about Monroe County's plans to deliver person-centered community based long-term care services and supports with our contracted providers in 2019-20. Under the Older Americans Act, public review and comment is required prior to MCOFA submitting an annually updated plan of programs and services for state approval. In addition, attorneys and vendors from across Monroe County came to provide education and help older adults and caregivers understand their rights. Topics included Medicaid, Powers of Attorney, Guardian Rep-Payees, Social Security Issues, Estate Planning and more.

INTERGENERATIONAL FALL CLEAN-UP: As a joint event with the Rochester/Monroe County Youth Bureau, the Monroe County Office for the Aging held a kick-off breakfast on Saturday, October 27, 2018 at Monroe Community Hospital for about 293 volunteers. These volunteers then went to the homes of 68 older adult residents throughout Monroe County to rake their lawns and bag leaves to prepare for winter. This event creates postiive youth development and allows our community's young adults to pay it forward and help an older adult in need.

ZOO's CLUES: As a joint event with the Rochester/Monroe County Youth Bureau, approximately 110 youth ages 7-15 and 90 older adult participants from area senior centers came together on July 13, 2018 at Seneca Park Zoo to visit the zoo animals while performing a scavenger hunt to learn about the animals and their habitat. 


​​​​This event helps bring together Monroe County's multiple generations to learn and grow from each other.

SPRING FLING: On May 23, 2018, 380 individuals age 60+, who participate in Monroe County's Senior Nutrition Program at area community and senior centers, came together at the Double Tree Hotel in Henrietta to celebrate Older American's Month. This event allowed the opportunity for Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo and MCOFA staff to honor our community's older adults for their many contributions to our community.

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