2012 Senior Forum

As the population of older adults continue to rise, addressing the safety and health needs for seniors is extremely important.

As the population of older adults continue to rise, addressing fraud abuse, safety and health needs for seniors is extremely important. This adult population, which ranges from 75 to 85 years old, is the fastest growing age group today.

As a leader for the senior population, Assemblywoman Sandy Galef will be hosting a Senior Forum on July 18 from 9 – 11:30 at the Cortlandt Town Hall, 1 Heady Street, Cortlandt Manor.

Her guest speaker will be New York State Attorney General Eric Schniederman, who will be introducing a new statewide program called “Smart Seniors”. The program will educate seniors and prevent fraud abuse. According to Attorney General Eric Schniederman, “Elder abuse is a widespread problem that threatens the financial well-being, physical safety and dignity of senior citizens”.   

Following a breakfast provided by Hudson Valley Hospital Center, the attendees will hear from multiple speakers on a variety of topics:

Meryle Richman, Director of Physical Therapy at Briarcliff & Jefferson Valley, P.C. will discuss how the new health model advocates prevention and various ways for the individual to take better care of themselves. 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.

Laura Traynor, Executive Director of The Center for Aging in Place, will share information about local community programs which have been created specifically to assist seniors with tasks and chores. Suzanne Mateo, Nursing Administrative Director and Chair of the NICHE Team at Hudson Valley Hospital Center, will introduce attendees to the Hospital’s new NICHE initiative which trains its nurses to provide excellent care for older hospitalized adults. Following Attorney General Schneiderman’s presentation, a short documentary will be shown about elder abuse.  Subsequently a discussion with Assistant Attorney General Gary Brown will be held on the movie and the impact elder abuse can have on seniors.


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