The Northern Westchester Examiner

AG Schneiderman to Unveil ‘Smart Seniors’ Initiative at Galef’s Senior Forum

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A press release from the office of Assemblywoman Sandy Galef.

New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman will roll out a new statewide program called “Smart Seniors” at Assemblywoman Sandy Galef’s 2012 Senior Forum on Wednesday, July 18 from 9-11:30 a.m. at Cortlandt Town Hall, 1 Heady St., Cortlandt Manor. The new state program is intended to eliminate fraud against seniors.

Also, a short documentary on elder abuse will be shown, after which Assistant Attorney General Gary Brown will speak about this problem and what seniors can do to avoid being victimized. The Senior Forum is sponsored by Hudson Valley Hospital Center, which is providing breakfast for the seniors who attend.

“I am honored that Attorney General Schneiderman chose my 2012 Senior Forum to announce the launch of his brand new senior initiative,” said Galef. In addition to the attorney general, various other guests will be speaking to the attendees.

Suzanne Mateo, nursing administrative director and chair of the NICHE Team at Hudson Valley Hospital Center, will talk about the team’s goal of training nurses in an effort to improve hospital care for seniors.

Laura Traynor, executive director at The Center for Aging in Place, will give a presentation about available community programs that are designed to assist seniors with daily activities.

“The Center for Aging in Place is delighted to be participating in this year’s Senior Forum,” said Traynor. “We look forward to sharing information about how citizen volunteers throughout Westchester County are working together to create new programs that enable older adults to age at home and in community.”

Meryle Richman, director of physical therapy at Briarcliff & Jefferson Valley, P.C., will discuss the choices seniors can make for a healthier and more fulfilling lifestyle.

“I look forward to participating in the Senior Forum to discuss how the new health model advocates prevention and empowers the individual to take better care of themselves,” said Richman.  “By teaching seniors about the risks for falls, seniors will also come away learning how to safely stretch and exercise to live a healthier lifestyle at home.”

Galef said she is pleased with the array of guests that will join her at the forum.

“The best part about it is that they will be covering such a wide range of significant topics, from lifestyle choices to improved hospital care,” she said. “This is a wonderful opportunity for us all to become better acquainted with the options that are out there for local seniors.”

This year, the forum is co-sponsored by the Briarcliff Manor Senior Citizens, Buchanan Senior Citizens Club, Cortlandt Seniors, Crompond Seniors, Croton Senior Citizens, Nor-Cort Seniors, Ossining Golden Age Club, Ossining Senior Citizens, Peekskill Senior Citizens’ Club, Putnam Valley Seniors, Putnam County Office of the Aging, Verplanck Seniors and Westchester County Department of Senior Programs and Services.


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