New York State Office for the Aging

New York State Office for the Aging Welcome to the official page of the New York State Office for the Aging (NYSOFA). NYSOFA strives to keep Facebook visitors informed of news, events, and information that is of interest to older New Yorkers, their family members and caregivers.
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New York State Office for the Aging (NYSOFA) welcomes and encourages you to participate in the discussion on www.facebook.com/NYSAGING. By contributing to this site, you agree not to post any content that contains advertising for private or political purposes, harassing or defaming images or language, pornographic content, encouragement of illegal activity and the sharing of confidential, proprietary or otherwise restricted information. To keep the discussion open and relevant, all content on this site is moderated by NYSOFA staff after it is submitted by a user. NYSOFA reserves the right to delete any content and block or remove any users that violate the Terms of Participation. If you have any questions about the Terms of Participation for this site, please contact NYSOFA at [email protected]/ Thank you for visiting New York State Office for the Aging (NYSOFA) on www.facebook.com/NYSAGING. The opinions and beliefs expressed on this site are those of the users and do not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of NYSOFA. Comments posted on this site are not considered formal public comment and are not promised or guaranteed to be accurate, current, or complete. NYSOFA assumes no responsibility for and expressly disclaims responsibility for updating this site to keep information current or to ensure the accuracy or completeness of any posted information. Links or advertisements provided on this website may have been placed there by the social media provider and not the NYSOFA. Their placement does not constitute an endorsement of the content, viewpoint, accuracy, opinions, policies, products, services, or accessibility of those items. Once you follow a link to another website from this website, including one maintained by the State, you are subject to the terms and conditions of that website. Personal attacks, inappropriate postings and/or profanity are not permitted and are subject to review by the site administrator.

Mission: Our Mission is to help older New Yorkers be as independent as possible for as long as possible through advocacy, development and delivery of person-centered, consumer-oriented, and cost-effective policies, programs and services which support and empower older adults and their families, in partnership with the network of public and private organizations which serve them.

The National Eye Institute defines glaucoma as a group of diseases that destroys vision by attacking the optic nerve. Th...
01/03/2021

The National Eye Institute defines glaucoma as a group of diseases that destroys vision by attacking the optic nerve. Those 60 and older, particularly Hispanics/Latinos; African Americans over 40; and people with a family history of the disease have a higher risk of developing glaucoma. Know the warning signs: http://ow.ly/wGeW50CXdbM

Good news for older NYers and food insecure households! This official announcement follows the USDA Food and Nutrition S...
01/03/2021

Good news for older NYers and food insecure households! This official announcement follows the USDA Food and Nutrition Service’s recent approval allowing Instacart and ALDI to expand their online EBT SNAP pilot in NY and 22 other states. Full article: http://ow.ly/zRDX50CXcgN

01/03/2021

The Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) helps low-income people pay the cost of heating their homes. If you are in danger of running out of fuel or having your utility service shut off, or if someone you know needs help, visit: http://ow.ly/D9eo50CX5W1

As the new year arrives, many people face challenges in setting goals and “sticking to” New Year’s Resolutions – from ma...
01/01/2021

As the new year arrives, many people face challenges in setting goals and “sticking to” New Year’s Resolutions – from making healthier food choices to starting an exercise program. In 2021, NYSOFA and SNAP-ed NY are teaming up each month to offer ideas and resources! We'll have more news about the SNAP-Ed and NYSOFA partnership soon. For now, here is registered dietitian Wendy Beckman’s first-in-the-series piece “Is the New Year a Time for a New You?” It explores ways to motivate yourself in 2021.
https://aging.ny.gov/news/snap-ed-new-york-new-year-time-new-you

Timeline Photos
01/01/2021

Timeline Photos

"Mom, if Dad passes away, are plans in place for keeping the house?  Dad, if mom needs extra care for her diabetes after...
12/30/2020

"Mom, if Dad passes away, are plans in place for keeping the house? Dad, if mom needs extra care for her diabetes after you retire, are you financially ready?" These are tough questions.

The Elder Preparedness Self-Assessment Tool (TEPSAT) is a free questionnaire. Talk with relatives about their level of preparedness for their later years this holiday season - here is a link to help you start the conversation: http://ow.ly/3K8650CWavo

As you consider your goals for 2021, be good to yourself. If you're looking to add healthy activity to your plate, this ...
12/29/2020

As you consider your goals for 2021, be good to yourself. If you're looking to add healthy activity to your plate, this blog about the mental and practical benefits of journaling daily, and writing by hand http://ow.ly/yM6X50CW9mX could convince you to start a new hobby.

Recap of Governor Andrew Cuomo's briefing today:- Today is Day 303- Nationwide, we're seeing sharp upticks in positivity...
12/28/2020

Recap of Governor Andrew Cuomo's briefing today:
- Today is Day 303
- Nationwide, we're seeing sharp upticks in positivity from 12/26 to 12/27.
- This may be a function of less people being tested, and those who DID report a test result having gone to get a test due to feeling ill. This may be corroborated due to the fact that a higher proportion of Urgent Care Facilities reported results yesterday.
- Since yesterday, the state saw an increase in hospitalizations, ICU and intubations
- 140k New Yorkers have received the first vaccine dose- New York has vaccinated more people than any other state.
- 259k additional New Yorkers are expected to receive the vaccination this week.
- This week the priority populations expand to include: Urgent Care Center employees, people administering C19 vaccines and residents of OASAS (Office of Addiction Services and Supports) facilities
- Next week - the criteria will open to: ambulatory care health care workers, and public facing public health workers, including those administering C19 tests.
- A NY Healthcare Provide may have fraudulently obtained vaccine doses. This matter has been turned over to the NYS Office of the Attorney General.
- The Governor is issuing Executive Orders (EO) to:
1. increase penalties for providers who intentionally disregard prioritization.
2. extend housing eviction moratorium.
3. withhold pay increases for all commissioners and statewide elected officials
- The Buffalo Bills and NYSDOH - New York State Health Department continue to work together to develop a pilot plan to reopen the stadium. This will hopefully result in a model that will guide the reopening of sports and entertainment venues.

NYSOFA honored nearly 90 older volunteers from across the state in our first-ever VIRTUAL Older NYers' Day celebration o...
12/28/2020

NYSOFA honored nearly 90 older volunteers from across the state in our first-ever VIRTUAL Older NYers' Day celebration on Nov. 17. We're sharing their amazing biographies with you here each week, six per week, in alpha order.

This installment of #ONYersAwardeeMonday features awardees Gail Domion and Ralph Dow (Herkimer County) - Lorna Christie and Elizabeth Stanley (Kings County) - Jesse Schantz (Lewis County) - and Paul Maginn (Livingston County). Thank you for your amazing contributions!

#HERKIMERCOUNTY
#KINGSCOUNTY
#LEWISCOUNTY
#LIVINGSTONCOUNTY

The new CV19 CheckUp Tool, developed by BellAge, Inc, in partnership with NYSOFA and @AgingNY, helps you find out your r...
12/27/2020

The new CV19 CheckUp Tool, developed by BellAge, Inc, in partnership with NYSOFA and @AgingNY, helps you find out your risk of contracting COVID-19. Using your data, the free, anonymous tool can help your family stay safe during the pandemic. https://newyork.cv19checkup.org/

Although many aspects of nursing home life have changed since the COVID-19 crisis began, the right to expect quality ind...
12/27/2020

Although many aspects of nursing home life have changed since the COVID-19 crisis began, the right to expect quality individualized care has not. Facilities are still required to provide the care and services your loved one needs to reach his or her highest level of well-being. This fact sheet http://ow.ly/Gzn350CT7Ph describes what you can do to advocate for your loved one and for all residents of long-term care facilities. For more help with advocacy in long-term care facilities, please call NYS Long Term Care Ombudsman program: 855-582-6769

#WAYNECOUNTY uses BINGO to battle social isolation, innovating a way to keep its residents in touch and contacted. Day 2...
12/26/2020
Wayne County - B I N G O

#WAYNECOUNTY uses BINGO to battle social isolation, innovating a way to keep its residents in touch and contacted. Day 2 of #2020NYSOFAVIDEOPALOOZA continues! https://youtu.be/kk5JhvGs_jU

Cabin fever, isolation, loneliness. For older adults these are very real dangers, especially in regard to maintaining mental health. Combating social isolati...

12/26/2020

#2020NYSOFAVIDEOPALOOZA This great DIY how-to highlights the work of NYSOFA and AgingNY, along with BellAge, to help keep NYers of any age safe by providing a free online checkup tool. Kelly Soller of #SULLIVANCOUNTY tells us all about the tool which will help you determine your chances of getting COVID-19. Visit: https://newyork.cv19checkup.org/

12/26/2020

This video features #YONKERS - and we like how they reached out to tell us about their efforts! #NYSOFAVIDEOPALOOZA – Day 2! Thanks to your dedicated staff, we were able to share a great story.

12/26/2020

The second half of NYSOFA’s first-ever #NYSOFAVIDEOPALOOZA is happening now! This video features #STLAWRENCECOUNTY and it's one of our favorites of 2020. It shows what can be accomplished for older New Yorkers when we think out of the box and put great teams together. Thanks St. Lawrence County staff and Clarkson students. Great collaboration!

Day 2 of NYSOFA’s first-ever #NYSOFAVIDEOPALOOZA posts here today! This video features #SARATOGACOUNTY - and the soundtr...
12/26/2020
Saratoga County - COVID Response

Day 2 of NYSOFA’s first-ever #NYSOFAVIDEOPALOOZA posts here today! This video features #SARATOGACOUNTY - and the soundtrack for this one brings the funk. Thanks, 'Toga!

Saratoga County volunteers and officials step it up and deliver for the county's many older residents during the pandemic.

The second half of NYSOFA’s first-ever #NYSOFAVIDEOPALOOZA  posts here today, each hour until 3 pm! This video features ...
12/26/2020
Oswego County - Community

The second half of NYSOFA’s first-ever #NYSOFAVIDEOPALOOZA posts here today, each hour until 3 pm! This video features #OSWEGOCOUNTY and you'll see that for them it's more than a job, it's about community. https://youtu.be/tVKa09JvmQc

Like many in the network, Oswego County has had to meet new challenges brought on by COVID-19. You'll see why the Oswego County Office for the Aging's respon...

Happy Kwanzaa! Please enjoy our first-ever #NYSOFAVIDEOPALOOZA – it's Day 2! Today we’ll post more of the videos we made...
12/26/2020

Happy Kwanzaa! Please enjoy our first-ever #NYSOFAVIDEOPALOOZA – it's Day 2! Today we’ll post more of the videos we made about the important, amazing dedication shown from Area Agencies on Aging in 2020. Video #1 , Day 2 features #OSWEGOCOUNTY. Full schedule below! Start time in 15 minutes.

Timeline Photos
12/26/2020

Timeline Photos

NYSOFA’s first-ever #NYSOFAVIDEOPALOOZA is in full swing! This video features #OTSEGOCOUNTY and shows how Otsego staff a...
12/25/2020
Otsego County - Stepping Up

NYSOFA’s first-ever #NYSOFAVIDEOPALOOZA is in full swing! This video features #OTSEGOCOUNTY and shows how Otsego staff and volunteers have stepped up in the battle to keep older adult residents safe from COVID. https://youtu.be/v7fFNqCtCcs

Otsego County Office for the Aging staff have responded to an increase in services needed by its older residents. The pandemic added challenges, and they've ...

NYSOFA’s first-ever #NYSOFAVIDEOPALOOZA  posts here today and tomorrow! This video features NYSOFA's robotic pet program...
12/25/2020
NYSOFA - Robotic Pet Project 2020

NYSOFA’s first-ever #NYSOFAVIDEOPALOOZA posts here today and tomorrow! This video features NYSOFA's robotic pet program! You may tear up a bit on this one. We did when we made it. (:
#ROBOTICPETS

The aging network unites with the New York State Office of the Aging to begin an innovative pilot program and determines it's viable. With Director Greg Olse...

NYSOFA’s first-ever #NYSOFAVIDEOPALOOZA posts here today and tomorrow! This video features information about PRIDE Month...
12/25/2020
NYSOFA - PRIDE Month 2020

NYSOFA’s first-ever #NYSOFAVIDEOPALOOZA posts here today and tomorrow! This video features information about PRIDE Month, a celebration born in NYC. It's a great example of NY's long tradition of LGBTQ inclusion and activism. #PRIDEMONTHNYC50

It all started in New York City in 1970. Here's brief look at the story of PRIDE and what NYSOFA employees did to celebrate! Clearly, love is love, at any age.

NYSOFA’s first-ever #NYSOFAVIDEOPALOOZA  posts here today and tomorrow! This video features #COLUMBIACOUNTY and some of ...
12/25/2020
Columbia County - Comfort Care Packages

NYSOFA’s first-ever #NYSOFAVIDEOPALOOZA posts here today and tomorrow! This video features #COLUMBIACOUNTY and some of their important work fighting social isolation early on in the pandemic.

New York State is diverse, and with that comes an older population with a myriad of varying needs. In Columbia County, many older residents received custom-m...

Merry Christmas! Please enjoy our first-ever #NYSOFAVIDEOPALOOZA today and tomorrow! Over the next 48 hours we’ll show y...
12/25/2020
Allegeny County - Amazing Volunteers

Merry Christmas! Please enjoy our first-ever #NYSOFAVIDEOPALOOZA today and tomorrow! Over the next 48 hours we’ll show you the videos we made this year about the important, incredible dedication shown from Area Agencies on Aging this year. This video kicks it off - and features #ALLEGANYCOUNTY staff and volunteers.

The Allegany County Office for the Aging is grateful for a loyal and long-serving cadre of volunteers, who handle home-delivered meals with faith and devotion!

Merry Christmas!
12/25/2020

Merry Christmas!

Grab your snacks. Get a warm blanket and some cider. Collect the cats. Whether you watch on your phone or cast to a TV, ...
12/25/2020

Grab your snacks. Get a warm blanket and some cider. Collect the cats. Whether you watch on your phone or cast to a TV, enjoy! Tomorrow and Saturday, we'll share stories of hard work and dedication of AAA staff in the field. These teams are working all the time to help make the lives of older NYers better. Thank you. #popcorn

"COVID-19 and Nursing Homes: What Families and Residents Need to Know" guides you through COVID safety in long-term care...
12/23/2020

"COVID-19 and Nursing Homes: What Families and Residents Need to Know" guides you through COVID safety in long-term care facilities this holiday season. http://ow.ly/8uNU50CT7lb For more help with advocacy in long-term care facilities, please call the NYS Long Term Care Ombudsman program: 855-582-6769

Recap of today's briefing from Governor Andrew Cuomo:- Today is day 298- Since yesterday, hospitalizations, ICU and intu...
12/23/2020

Recap of today's briefing from Governor Andrew Cuomo:
- Today is day 298
- Since yesterday, hospitalizations, ICU and intubations have all increased.
- The Governor is very concerned about the new UK strain of COVID, which has been proven to be more dangerous than the previous strain. 120 countries require testing and have travel restrictions. The US Government is doing nothing to protect Americans from this strain of the virus. The Governor urged HHS Secretary Alex Azar and CDC Director Robert Redfield to take action to prevent the unnecessary loss of American lives.
- The Wadsworth Lab is working to trace the movement of the new UK strain.
- The next ten days are going to be critical for what happens with the virus in 2021. While we have seen an increase in cases in NYS, we did not have a major spike, as many other states have experienced. The choices that New Yorkers made around Thanksgiving were directly responsible for preventing the spike.
- No hospital in the state is within 21 days of 85% capacity. An economic shutdown is not inevitable if we all make good choices.
- On vaccinations: 89,000 New Yorkers have already received one vaccine dose! In the first two days of inoculating nursing homes, 90 facilities participated and 22,000 vaccines were administered.
- More good news: Moderna vials hold 11 doses, not the ten doses we anticipated.
- The timeline for full vaccination has been pushed out to possibly the end of 2021. NYS is currently tackling the challenge of keeping the economy open safely.
- The Buffalo Bills are working with NYS to launch a pilot demonstration of using rapid testing to allow fans to attend the first playoff game.
- Today, NYS distributed 7,300 toys, coats and school supplies across the state for the holidays.
- Regarding rental assistance: the governor anticipates extending this program before it lapses.
- Today is Festivus. For those who celebrate, may your aired grievances be received with an accepting heart, and may you prevail in the feats of strength.
- #GoBills

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The New York State Office for the Aging's (NYSOFA's) home and community-based programs provide older persons access to a well-planned, coordinated package of in-home and other supportive services designed to support and supplement informal care. The NYSOFA's overall goal is to improve access to, and availability of, appropriate and cost-effective non-medical support services for older individuals to maximize their ability to age in their community and avoid higher levels of care and publicly financed care. NYSOFA achieves this through our network of 59 local Offices for the Aging. There is a local office for the aging in every county in NYS (New York City has one office that covers all 5 boroughs). The dedicated people who work at your local office for the aging have the training, experience and local knowledge to help you access a variety of services and benefits, or can direct you to the appropriate agency or organization for help.

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