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How to Age in Place

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Continuing to live in your home as you age can be challenging. Activities like navigating steps and keeping up with maintenance can be made easier with a little help. On the next Age Wise, learn about home design features, community programs, and social connections that can help you remain independent in your later years.

 

Experts:

Ron Bruno, Executive Director, Morningside Retirement and Health Services
MRHS is a Naturally Occurring Retirement Community (NORC) Program serving the residents of Morningside Gardens in New York City.

Christine Cary, Director, Town of Colonie Senior Resources Department
The Senior Resources Department is the community resource for senior services.  Information about programs, services and events can be found on their website: Town of Colonie SENIOR RESOURCES GUIDE

Julie Dalton, Executive Director, Gramatan Village
Started as a community project, Gramatan Village has become the linchpin in accessing resources for older adults in the greater Bronxville community. 

Deborah Damm O’Brien, Executive Director, DePaul Housing Management
DePaul Housing Management, sponsored by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany, develops and operates primarily senior housing communities for people of all faiths with services and activities that support active, healthy and independent lifestyles. 

Esther Greenhouse is an environmental gerontologist and advocate for Aging in Place, specializing in the impact of the built environment on the level of functioning and well-being of seniors, and is also involved in the broader movement of Universal Design.

Christine Holle, Executive Director, Jewish Family Services of Northeastern New York
The Albany Neighborhood Naturally Occurring Retirement Community (NNORC) helps people aged 60 and over age in place by coordinating services and resources that help seniors maintain their quality of life and independence, access services, and remain connected to their neighborhoods. 

Meika Loe, PhD, Associate Professor of Sociology Colgate University and Author of the book,Aging Our Way: Lessons for Living from 85 and beyond.
To write Aging our Way, Professor Loe spent three years following and interviewing 30 individuals aged 85-102 who were living in rural, suburban, and urban Upstate New York. The 13 lessons she learned from these inspirational elders provide the framework for her book.
Aging Our Way Blog: Lessons for living, from age 85 and beyond by Meika Loe

Loren Ranaletta, President/CEO, Episcopal SeniorLife Communities
Courtney McGinness, VP, Community Outreach, Episcopal Senior Life Communities
Episcopal Senior Life Communities provides a full spectrum of care and housing options for seniors in the Rochester area. In addition, Neighborhood Programs promote health and wellness to seniors in the surrounding areas of our communities, expanding traditional services and allowing seniors to age in their place of choice. 

Mary Ellen VanAuker, Program Director, Beatrice Place
Beatrice Place: moderately priced senior living apartments that offer neighborhood health and wellness programming, an on-site café, common areas and chapel. Repurposed from the former Our Lady of Mercy Church and School in Greece, New York.

Fredda Vladeck, Director, Aging in Place Initiative, United Hospital Fund

The Aging in Place Initiative conducts community, program, and policy analyses; fosters partnerships of health care, social service, and housing organizations; and facilitates the development of innovative model programs to support the expansion and improvement of New York City's aging services, including its NORC Program efforts. 

Additional Resources:

Publication: “Housing Options for Senior Adults in the Capital Region

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