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March 2, 2021 - 5:37pm

While they won’t receive a “master’s degree in Aging,” the men and women who complete the Aging in Mastery Program through the Genesee County Office for the Aging will walk away with knowledge of the behaviors that promote healthy living and a greater sense of well-being.

That’s the word from Jill Yasses, aging services specialist at the OFA, which is conducting – in conjunction with the National Council on Aging Inc. -- virtual and, hopefully soon, in-person classes for adults 55 and older.

“The goal of the Aging in Mastery Program is for participants to lead a healthy and happy life by focusing on key aspects of health, finances, relationships, personal growth and community engagement,” Yasses said.

The 10-class core curriculum covers a different topic in each session, she said.

Topics are Navigating Longer Lives, Healthy Relationships, Exercise and You, Sleep, Healthy Eating and Hydration, Financial Fitness, Medication Management, Advance Planning, Falls Prevention, and Community Engagement.

“Most of the classes include a guest speaker who is familiar with the topic being discussed,” Yasses said. “This program is interactive so the participants are very involved in the conversations, and there is no charge for the program.”

On Monday, the Genesee County Legislature Human Services Committee voted in favor of the OFA contracting with the Population Health Collaborative in Buffalo to deliver $4,000 in grant funding for the program.

Genesee County OFA Director Diana Fox reported that all expenses will be paid through this service agreement extension at no cost to the county.

Yasses said a virtual class just finished and another one is being set up.

“This class is normally offered in person but due to COVID we did a pilot program to see how a virtual program would be,” she said, adding that she already has started a list for those interested in taking the next class (date to be determined).

She said the goal is to offer an in-person class once COVID-19 is under control, but a third virtual class is a possibility.

“The virtual class is very beneficial to those who have difficulty leaving the home due to lack of transportation, a disability or even a caregiver who cannot leave their loved one alone,” she explained.

Class size is usually 10 to 15 people, but could be increased depending upon the interest level, Yasses said.

For more information or to sign up for a class, call her at (585) 343-1611. Click here to access the ADP website.

December 24, 2020 - 12:52pm

Submitted photos and press release:

The Genesee County Office for the Aging’s Home Delivered Meals program offers a nutritionally balanced, hot meal at lunchtime, up to five days per week. The meals are delivered with a smile by dedicated RSVP volunteers and Office for the Aging staff.

Each person receives ongoing case management, an important piece of the program, which supports their health and independence in the community.   

This week, due to the generosity of a local couple’s bequest, a local dentist and his wife, and individuals employed by Genesee County government, the older adults participating in the program were treated to a holiday gift bag.

The Office for the Aging has seen tremendous growth in the program; a 55-percent increase since the beginning of the pandemic. The support of the local community has been tremendous and necessary to meet the demand.

During this season of giving, the office wishes to thank everyone involved in making this program one that the community can depend on.   

If you wish to support the Home Delivered Meals program by volunteering or donating, please call (585) 343-1611 or email [email protected].

More volunteers are particularly needed to deliver meals in the City of Batavia at this time.

Financial donations to the Genesee Senior Foundation Inc., a nonprofit affiliated with the Office for the Aging, are always appreciated.

November 3, 2020 - 10:31am
posted by Mike Pettinella in news, notify, Genesee County Office for the Aging.

In 10 short years, all baby boomers will be 65 years of age or older. That bit of information about Americans born between the years of 1946 and 1964 is much more than a mere statistic to Diana Fox, director of the Genesee County Office for the Aging.

It represents the fact that the demographics of the county are showing an increasingly aging population – and it presents new challenges for the agency as it continues to provide a variety of services for seniors.

Fox, during a departmental review Monday at the Genesee County Legislature’s Human Services Committee meeting, said she and her staff are considering the best ways to meet the needs of residents in the 65-and-over age group, which is expected to exceed 15,000 – about a fourth of the county’s population -- in 2030.

In her seven-page report, Fox said the OFA’s priorities include: the need for home care workers; funding for home-delivered meals; navigating the health insurance system; and dealing with rising health care costs; assessing senior citizens’ housing requirements; and exploring the impact of opioids (prescription medication) on older adults.

“Even with COVID, the numbers continue to rise,” concerning caregivers who need help and request for meals, Fox said, reporting that the median age in Genesee County is 43.3, with many of those in that age group falling into the “caregiver” category (also known as the “Sandwich Generation”).

Fox said the OFA coordinated the delivery of more than 30,000 meals to residents’ homes this year (frozen, sandwich and emergency meals), but “getting food out to people will (continue to) be a challenge … so we are investigating other opportunities.”

She said some communities partner with restaurants to deliver meals, but it has to be worthwhile for restaurant owners for it to be successful.

“Housing is a need,” she said, noting that older adults have to consider whether a ranch home would be better than an up-and-down dwelling.

“It’s important that we continue to work on building our county to be more livable, as well as creating more home and community-based supports and options, ranging from housing to in-home care to keeping older adults in our county so they may live out meaningful lives in settings with services that meet their needs,” she wrote.

Along those lines, Fox said that home care aide availability is “critically low nationwide,” and while the OFA has access to state “Unmet Needs” funding, it’s “not going to solve the overall problem of those who truly need in-home aides to help with personal care.”

Fox said the OFA offers wellness and recreation programs to address social isolation issues and services that include review of health insurance options and eligibility for benefits, but more support is needed as premiums and prescription drug costs increase and chronic health conditions worsen.

She said the OFA is “partnering with the community” (with agencies such as Genesee/Orleans Council on Alcoholism and Substance Abuse and the Department of Social Services) to identify the various problems stemming from the use of opioids such as oxycodone.

On a positive note, she said that her department has not been informed of a 20-percent cut in state aid, which seems to be affecting most programs and municipalities, but she is concerned by several potential retirements of OFA staff members in the next few years.

The Genesee County Office for the Aging proposed budget for 2021 shows total appropriation of $2,070,640, with $1,580,316 in revenue and $490,324 in support from the county. With a staff of 21.8 full-time equivalent, salaries and fringe benefits make up about 64 percent of the budget.

September 15, 2017 - 8:51am

Backed by data that shows a definite need for senior housing in Genesee County, developer Ronald Long envisions a 35- to 40-unit townhouse complex at 47 W. Main St. in the Village of Corfu.

Long, a resident of Judge Road in Alabama, presented a site plan for his project’s initial phase – two six-unit buildings -- to the Genesee County Planning Board on Thursday night.

And he left the meeting with an approval from the board, contingent upon modifications that include creating buffers from neighbors, placing a sidewalk to an existing building on the site, providing lighting and landscape plans to the Corfu Village Planning Board and obtaining a permit from the state Department of Transportation.

“We’ll probably have them (the apartments) rented before they’re even finished,” Long said, adding that they will rent at the market rate. “We’ve been working with the (Genesee) County Office for the Aging, which indicates a dire need for reasonably priced housing (for seniors).”

Planning Director Felipe Oltramari backed up Long’s statement, pointing out that housing located close to “shops and services is one of the reasons we see this as a good thing – adding density to the village.”

Last night’s site plan review was for Long’s plan to construct 12 units, six in each building.

He said his company, Toor Inc., would like to expand the project to 35-40 units – all in structures located behind the existing 3,400-square-foot building formerly known as The Market.

He said The Market building could be used as a clubhouse for residents (as is the current plan) or converted into another business.

Long said he would like to begin construction on the first phase by the end of this year. He said he will conduct a contest to name the complex, which currently is being called Corfu Senior Apartments.

In other action, the board:

-- Approved with modifications a special-use permit to construct two cabins for the R2R Christian ministry at 9936 Simonds Road, Darien.

Rich Ohlson, ministry president, said the cabins would be used for overnight programs for the 50 or more youth -- mostly teens from troubled homes – who participate. He said activities include indoor sports (in the main building’s gymnasium) as well as fishing.

“We’re reaching kids before addiction,” Ohlson said, noting that many young people in these situations turn to alcohol and drugs.

R2R conducts programs and religious services every Saturday from 5 to 8:30 p.m. and also hosts day camps at selected times throughout the year. The cabins, with eight bunks each, are to be built behind the campsite’s main building.

Planners OK'd the permit as long as R2R: puts in an access drive with a turnaround adequate for emergency vehicles; provides a parking plan acceptable to the Darien Town Planning Board; and obtains an elevation certificate by a licensed surveyor or engineer to ensure the cabins are not built within the flood hazard area.

-- Approved a 7,200-square-foot storage building at S&S Limousine at 7160 W. Main Road, Le Roy, recommending that the applicant, Joe Spadaro, merge three parcels into one.

Spadaro said the building, which will be placed on the west side of his property, is needed to “get the limos out of the snow.”

Currently, he has a fleet of more than 50 limousines.

-- Recommended for disapproval a request for a special-use permit and area variance by Peter Zeliff to convert the former Michelle's Bakery on West Saile Drive into a rental home.

Planners cited a Town of Batavia zoning law that says such a conversion in a commercial district is allowed only if the location is within 500 feet of other residential structures. The request was for a variance of 2,000 feet.

They also said that locating a single-family home next to the County Airport is "questionable and may pose significant impacts."

Zeliff has the option of taking his request to the Town Planning Board and Zoning Board of Appeals.

-- Approved a site plan submitted by O-At-Ka Milk to construct a 29,075-square-foot addition at its food manufacturing facility on Cedar Street.

January 28, 2015 - 10:22am
Event Date and Time: 
November 16, 2015 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Will you be new to Medicare due to age or disability by May 2016?

Thinking of retiring, but not certain what the next steps are?

Attend the LAST session of 2015 and learn all about Medicare!

Next session will not be until March 2016!

Held at the Office for the Aging - 2 Bank Street, Batavia

Reservations are NOT required!

 

January 28, 2015 - 10:16am
Event Date and Time: 
October 22, 2015 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Will you be new to Medicare soon due to age or disability?

Thinking of retiring, but not certain what the next steps are?

Attend one of our sessions and learn all about Medicare!

Held at the Office for the Aging - 2 Bank Street, Batavia

Reservations NOT required!

 

January 28, 2015 - 10:01am
Event Date and Time: 
August 25, 2015 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Will you be new to Medicare soon because of age or disability?

Thinking of retiring, but not certain what the next steps are?

Attend ONE of our sessions and learn about Medicare!

All sessions are held at the Genesee County Office for the Aging -

2 Bank Street, Batavia - and begin at 6pm

Reservations are NOT required.

January 21, 2015 - 4:48pm
Event Date and Time: 
July 27, 2015 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Will you be new to Medicare soon because of age or disability?

Thinking of retiring, but not certain what the next steps are?

Attend one of our sessions and learn about Medicare!

All sessions are free and are held at the Genesee County Office for the Aging—

2 Bank Street, Batavia.  All begin at 6pm.

Reservations are NOT required!

 

 

January 21, 2015 - 4:46pm
Event Date and Time: 
June 24, 2015 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Will you be new to Medicare soon because of age or disability?

Thinking of retiring, but not certain what the next steps are?

Attend one of our sessions and learn about Medicare!

All sessions are free and are held at the Genesee County Office for the Aging—

2 Bank Street, Batavia.  All begin at 6pm.

Reservations are NOT required!

 

 

January 21, 2015 - 4:42pm
Event Date and Time: 
May 27, 2015 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Will you be new to Medicare soon because of age or disability?

Thinking of retiring, but not certain what the next steps are?

Attend one of our sessions and learn about Medicare!

All sessions are held at the Genesee County Office for the Aging—

2 Bank Street, Batavia.  All begin at 6pm.

Reservations are NOT required!

 

 

January 21, 2015 - 4:40pm
Event Date and Time: 
April 29, 2015 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Will you be new to Medicare soon because of age or disability?

Thinking of retiring, but not certain

what the next steps are?

Attend one of our sessions

and learn about Medicare!

All sessions are free and held at the

Genesee County Office for the Aging—

2 Bank Street, Batavia.  All begin at 6pm.

Reservations are NOT required!

 

January 21, 2015 - 4:38pm
Event Date and Time: 
March 24, 2015 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

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Will you be new to Medicare soon because of age or disability?

Thinking of retiring, but not certain

what the next steps are?

Attend one of our sessions

and learn about Medicare!

Sessions are held at the Genesee County

Office for the Aging—

2 Bank Street, Batavia and begin at 6pm.

Reservations are NOT required!

 

November 6, 2014 - 2:47pm
posted by Cheryl Thorley in Job Posting, Genesee County Office for the Aging.
Company Name: 
Genesee County Office for the Aging
Job Type: 
Full-Time

$56,742-$64,757
For qualifications, job duties and application info: www.co.genesee.ny.us
Application deadline: November 28, 2014.

August 11, 2014 - 11:22am
posted by Billie Owens in Genesee County Office for the Aging.

Press release:

The Genesee County Office for the Aging is critically short of volunteers to take seniors to medical appointments and deliver Meals-on-Wheels.

Currently there are individuals in need of help through the Medical Transportation Program, but there are not enough volunteers to provide this service.

Courtney Iburi, specialist, Aging Services, noted that this shortage of volunteers, “may mean that one of our seniors will miss a medical appointment, putting their health at risk."

The program is free for individuals in Genesee County, 60 years of age and older, who need transportation to medical appointments outside Genesee County.

Additionally, the Meals-on-Wheels program which provides a noontime meal to homebound individuals five days a week is short-handed. Current volunteers are helping by doing two or even three routes a day to ensure delivery of the meals.

Supplemental liability insurance is provided to all volunteers and mileage reimbursement may be available.

Individuals interested in more information may contact Dorian Ely, director of the RSVP Volunteer Placement Program at the Office for the Aging at 585-343-1611.

July 28, 2012 - 5:38pm
posted by Billie Owens in Genesee County Office for the Aging.

Press release:

The Genesee County Office for the Aging has announced that there is a waiting list for homebound individuals seeking the support of a friendly visitor.

Currently there are individuals in various areas of the county who would very much like to receive services through the Home Visitation Program coordinated by Catholic Charities.

The program is a free service for individuals in Genesee County, 60 years of age and older, with a limited ability to get out of their homes who would enjoy a friendly visitor offering socialization and companionship.

Individuals interested in more information on becoming a friendly visitor may contact Dorian Ely, director of the RSVP Volunteer Placement Program, at the Office for the Aging at 343-1611.

The Home Visitation Program is made possible by the Rochester Area Community Foundation’s Muriel H. Marshall Fund for the Aging.

October 24, 2011 - 3:17pm

Press release:

Today, the Genesee County Office for the Aging announced the need for veterans to serve as volunteer home visitors to other veterans.

According to Mary Alexander, director of the Home Visitation Program at Catholic Charities, “We are seeing an increasing number of requests from veterans of the Korean and Vietnam era who are now homebound. The simple act of a weekly visit from another veteran can make a real difference in reducing another’s sense of isolation and loneliness.”

Dorian Ely, director of the RSVP Volunteer Placement Program at the Office for the Aging, reports that RSVP has veterans serving veterans at the New York State Veterans Home and the VA of Western New York Healthcare System.

“We are excited about this new opportunity to place volunteer veterans in assignments where they can make such a positive impact on the lives of other veterans," Ely said.

The Home Visitation Program is a free service to individuals in Genesee County, 60 years of age and older, with a limited ability to get out of their homes and who would enjoy a friendly visitor offering socialization and companionship. Individuals may request services themselves or be referred by an agency or faith-based community.

The program is made possible by the Rochester Area Community Foundation’s Muriel H. Marshall Fund for the Aging. For information on the program or to volunteer, contact Mary Alexander, Catholic Charities, at 343-0614 or Dorian Ely, RSVP Volunteer Placement Program at the Genesee County Office for the Aging, at 343-1611.

October 4, 2011 - 12:45am

For every department in Genesee County, this year’s mandated budget cuts are hard to swallow. The county legislature is forcing 5-percent cuts across the board, in order to fit the county budget under New York State’s new 2-property tax cap.

Nowhere is the hurt more apparent than at the County Office for the Aging. Director Pamela Whitmore had already lost $102,000 in annual state grant money this year – a significant blow to her 2012 budget. With the mandated 5-percent cut on top, the Office for the Aging will now have to eliminate over $134,000 in spending.

Whitmore likened the 5-percent cut to that proverbial straw that broke the camel’s back.

“People are not going to get the level of service that they’ve gotten in the past,” Whitmore told the legislature’s Human Service Committee on Monday night.

She announced a planned $5,000 reduction to “Meals on Wheels,” which will now be on a three day-per-week delivery schedule if her budget goes according to plan. There are also pending staff cuts, social program reductions and fewer hours available for in-home services.

“Less staff means less time to do that face-to-face information and assistance – which is really the majority of what we do,” Whitmore said after the meeting.

Her message is further highlighted by this year’s census report, which shows a 16-percent increase in the over-60-year-old population in Genesee County. The census bureau also estimates that the population over 85-years-old, which is the most expensive to serve, has jumped by 33 percent in Genesee County the past decade (official numbers are not yet available for that category).

“It’d be one thing if the grant losses were just taking one program away…but most of our losses just took parts of each grant away,” Whitmore said. “So in essence, most of our services are still available, but there (are fewer) resources to provide them.”

In another Human Services report Monday, Chris Kuehl from the county nursing home told committee members that the home was able to reduce five positions to just three by consolidating some worker duties. That will save the nursing home $47,233 this year, and $104,439 in 2012, if the cuts are approved by the full legislature.

Also at the Human Services Committee, members approved the nomination of David Whitcroft as the interim public health director for Genesee County. Whitcroft's nomination comes on the heels of Randy Garney's abrupt retirement a week-and-a-half ago. Whitcroft will be paid $65,106 plus $600 in longevity pay. He officially takes over on Wednesday, if approved by the full legislature.

September 23, 2011 - 1:36pm
posted by Billie Owens in cats, Genesee County Office for the Aging.

The Genesee County Office for the Aging has announced two new transportation services for Genesee County residents, age 60 and over. The Community Action of Orleans & Genesee CATS Assisted Transportation service now includes weekly rural service for shopping trips to Batavia and medical trips to Buffalo and Rochester.

According to Coutney Iburi, specialist for Aging Services, “The purpose of the rural shopping service is to ensure that all seniors in Genesee County have access to transportation services for their grocery, pharmacy or other personal shopping needs.”

The CATS service helps people who need assistance getting out of their homes and onto the bus or need help getting their groceries loaded onto the bus and into their home.

Iburi noted that seniors wishing to use the CATS medical transportation are urged to schedule their Buffalo area appointments on Tuesday afternoons and their Rochester area appointments on Friday mornings.

The Transportation Coordination Program assists seniors and their caregivers in understanding available transportation options. The program is made possible by the Rochester Area Community Foundation’s Muriel H. Marshall Fund for the Aging.

Prior registration for use of the CATS services is necessary. Contact the Office for the Aging to register or for more information at 343-1611.

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