Galef Hosts Attorney General at Senior Forum

Schneiderman to debut new ‘Smart Seniors’ program

Assemblywoman Sandy Galef will be hosting New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman at her 2012 Senior Forum on Wednesday, July 18, from 9 – 11:30 a.m. at Cortlandt Town Hall, 1 Heady St., Cortlandt Manor. The Attorney General will roll out a new statewide program called “Smart Seniors,” which is intended to eliminate fraud against seniors. His office will also show a short documentary on elder abuse, 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, who is providing breakfast for the seniors who attend.

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 NICHE 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 explain to the audience about the community programs that are available to seniors that are designed to provide them assistance with daily activities. Meryle Richman, Director of Physical Therapy at Briarcliff & Jefferson Valley, P.C., will discuss the choices seniors can make in order to live 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. 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,” said Richman.

“The Center for Aging in Place is delighted to be participating in this year’s Senior Forum. 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,” said Traynor.

“I am honored that Attorney General Schneiderman chose my 2012 Senior Forum to announce the launch of his brand new senior initiative. Also, I am so pleased with the array of guests that will join me at my annual Senior Forum,” said Galef. “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. This is a wonderful opportunity for us all to become better acquainted with the options that are out there for local seniors.”

In addition, many local senior groups co-sponsor the Senior Forum. This year’s co-sponsors are: 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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