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Tompkins County Office for the Aging

Tompkins County Office for the Aging

The Tompkins County Office for the Aging leads the local Age-Friendly Community efforts, together with many community partners, including the Ithaca College Gerontology Institute, Cornell University, municipal leaders, and human service organizations. The initiative helps to further many efforts which are already underway to plan and prepare for the aging population in Ithaca and Tompkins County, and to engage local residents in the process. The Tompkins County Office for the Aging provides a number of services ranging from Health Insurance Counseling to a Home Energy Assistance Program to a Personal Emergency Response System. Many of these programs are free, volunteer-based, or available to older citizens who fall under a defined income level. Additionally, the Office partners with local and national service providers to deliver services. These include Meals on Wheels, which delivers meals to homes; Gadabout, which provides transportation services for those over 60 and the disabled; and Law NY, which provides legal assistance in civil matters. The Office accepts voluntary contributions towards the cost of these services, but does not deny service because of an inability or unwillingness to contribute.

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Ithaca College Project Generations

Ithaca College Project Generations

Project Generations aims to recognize older adults’ value as community members and combat issues such as depression, loneliness, neglect, and functional impairments for those who are in need of assistance. Students involved in the organization are paired with an older adult in the Ithaca community with whom they will visit for at least an hour each week. Volunteers help to fulfill seniors’ personal and functional needs through providing mental stimulation, companionship, and social support. The organization highly values and respects seniors’ desire to age in place and maintain independence, and its mission is to enrich older adults’ and volunteers’ lives through bridging the gap between generations.

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Project Care

Project Care

Project Care is an initiative started in Tompkins County in 1985 that consists of an active group of volunteers assisting seniors in their homes. In this initiative, volunteers from the surrounding community meet with isolated seniors on a regular basis to provide companionship, provide a break for caregivers, and help with chores and errands in the house. This program is both community-based and college-based, and the college-based initiative, Project Generations, is highlighted below.

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Network of Age-Friendly Communities

Network of Age-Friendly Communities

The Network of Age-Friendly Communities helps participating communities become well-designed, livable communities promote health and sustain economic growth, and they make for happier, healthier residents — of all ages. Being an Age-Friendly community involves engaging in a repeating five year process of planning, implementation, evaluation, and continuous improvement.

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