Senator Farley Announces Elder Network Receives Boost From The Governor And State Legislators

Hugh T. Farley

December 13, 2006

“As we watch the unprecedented demographic shift in America, the most visible sign of which is the aging of the baby-boom generation, we understand that new approaches are required to seize the opportunities and meet the challenges that accompany this tremendous change,” said Neal E. Lane, director of the New York State Office for the Aging. “The partnership between government, philanthropy, research and the Capital Region communities is an engine of innovation that can, and will, instruct us as to where public policy should go in the future. It is an exciting and promising initiative, one that we at the State Office for the Aging are most proud to be a part of.”

“As we enter the era of Baby Boomer retirements, it is increasingly crucial for our communities to be prepared for both the challenges and opportunities which will face us,” said State Senator Hugh T. Farley. “This project will look at sustainable opportunities in both urban and rural communities, and represents an important investment.”

UAlbany Officer in Charge Susan Herbst said, “Our schools and programs collaborate with public and private agencies to improve life in the region and state, including the lives of thousands of UAlbany alumni living in the Capital Region. ENCR’s important work is one more example of the achievements and promise of university, community, and government partnerships.”

“This funding is essential to supporting the greatest generation of New Yorkers and providing a resource they deserve as they reach the age of retirement and beyond,” said Assemblyman Ron Canestrari. “The innovative program at the University at Albany will allow us to explore the best ways to prepare and meet the needs of the aging community in the Capital Region and throughout New York State.”

“The nature of aging is changing and the needs of our elderly are changing,” said Assemblyman Jack McEneny. “People are remaining more active and living longer. We must prepare for tomorrow for all of our citizens, including our growing number of seniors. This funding will go a long way toward insuring a longer and healthier future for the area’s seniors.”

  • Established health and faith-based programs in which community advocates assist their peers to enable them to remain safe and healthy in their neighborhoods.
  • Created an integrated website as a clearinghouse of information on the array of regional health and social services supported with county assistance.