As many people prepare for the coming over summer, May represents Older Americans Month we well. For 50 years, May has been the month we celebrate older adults across the nation. You could say that Older Americans Month is coming of age. This year’s theme—“Unleash the Power of Age”—emphasizes older Americans’ potential for energy and activism and urges them to embrace it. Joe Robach believes our seniors are one of our most important resources. They represent a vast amount of experience and knowledge . They also represent the greatest generation our nation has ever had.
According to the Administration on Aging, there is no better way to honor and celebrate Older Americans Month than to participate in volunteer activities in and around the community, attend possible speaking engagements involving individuals from that particular generation to gain a greater knowledge of their past, engage is a community sports activity. The stronger and more energized we are in later life, the more we can do to unleash the power of age in our communities. Exercise helps older Americans stay in shape and improves the quality of life at all ages, and being active as a community promotes well-being for all and helps get people involved. Joe Robach believes the best way to pay tribute to our seniors is to simply spend time with either a family member or a senior in your community. Often times seniors just enjoy being able to tell their stories to a new generation.
If you think someone in your community has excelled while aging, there is a nomination process to have a select few honored nationally. Nominees must be at least 60 years old and reside in a U.S. state or territory. Nominees should be actively engaged and committed members of their communities. Their community involvement (through work or volunteerism) must have a significant and positive impact on the community. Nominees should be positive role models who can inspire other older adults to continue to be active, vital members of their communities. Joe Robach encourages everyone to nominate a senior they believe has played an active role in the community and who they believe is worth of this honor.
The New York State Senate today passed legislation (S2149) supported by Joe Robach, that would create a farm-to-senior program to promote the purchase of New York State farm products by senior centers and other institutions for the aging.
The program would replicate a similar effort, the farm-to-school program, which was established in 2002 to enable schools to purchase locally-grown farm produce for school children. Joe Robach believes that the bill would give that same access to seniors.
This bill, supported by Joe Robach, would help facilitate a working relationship between the state Department of Agriculture and Markets, the Office for the Aging, local senior centers and institutions for the aging for the purchasing and promotion of farmers’ products. This would include the development of a promotional event called “The New York Golden Harvest: Seniors Week” to connect local agriculture and foods to seniors at senior centers, farms, farmers’ markets and other locations in the community.
The state would also work on maximizing the use of government funding for senior meals to purchase nutritious, locally produced foods to benefit the health of seniors and the local economy. One method to achieve this could be through the creation of a website to easily identify sellers, buyers, and available products for senior center food service directors and marketers of New York farm products.
The bill was sent to the Assembly. Fore more information on any seniors initiatives, contact the office of Joe Robach.
The New York State Senate, with the support of Joe Robach, gave final passage to a bill that would help make it easier and less expensive for legal guardians caring for seniors or other elderly relatives living out-of-state to carry out their responsibilities. This is one of many bills supported by Joe Robach which would help our seniors.
The measure (S2534) assists New Yorkers caring for adults in other states, as well as out-of-state individuals caring for elderly New Yorkers when they seek approval to fulfill health care, financial, and other legal responsibilities across state lines. It would create a registration form that would be used uniformly by participating states and replace a costly legal process that often required guardians to hire lawyers.
If signed into law, New York would become the 37th state to adopt a uniform standard for out-of-state legal guardianship of the elderly seniors.
Specifically, the bill, which is supported by the AARP, would:
> Make it easier to enforce protective and guardianship orders by authorizing guardians or conservators to register their New York orders in other states;
> Create a process to transfer a guardianship or conservatorship to another state and for accepting a transfer. This would help eliminate the expense and delay of starting a new proceeding;
> Establish a process to determine which state has jurisdiction to appoint a guardian or conservator if there is a conflict; and
> Protect the elderly from abuse and “granny snatching” by preventing someone from wrongfully taking control and assets from an elder, taking the elder across state lines and being named a guardian. In these situations, courts could decline the guardianship due to unjustifiable conduct and penalize abusers.
The bill will be sent to the Governor for his consideration for signing it into law. For more information on initiatives supporting seniors, contact Joe Robach.