Lockport Native Becomes New President of the Network in Aging

Lockport Native Becomes New President of the Network in Aging

Lockport, NY (December 14, 2018) – Angela Blackley has been approved as the new incoming 2019-2021 President for the Network in Aging of WNY. The Network is celebrating 38 years as the premiere, non-profit networking group for professionals involved in the field of aging serving the eight WNY counties. In her new role, Blackley will be responsible to oversee the day to day operations of the network and its eight working committees.

“I am very excited to take on this leadership role for the Network,” says Blackley, “I have been providing assistance to the aging population for over 30 years in my career and am ready to continue and enhance the work the Network does and opportunities we provide our dedicated members. Through them, we are able to continue to provide vital supports for those involved in the aging process throughout the entire community.”

Blackley was born and raised in Lockport and received her Associates in Nutrition and Food Management from Erie Community College. She currently works as the early Memory Loss Coordinator for the Dale Association in Lockport. There she provides therapeutic intervention, social day and programming for those affected by dementia. She is a certified Powerful Tools for Caregivers Instructor and teaches a six-week, county sponsored program that assists caregivers of adults with chronic conditions. She is also a Transitions of Care Coordinator and helps families with loved ones being discharged from the hospital to make sure sufficient services are in place for them to have a successful transition back at home.

In the past she has been an active member of the State Wide Senior Action Council of New York, served as past president of the New York State Association of Nutrition and Aging Services Programs, been the secretary and VP of Professional Development for the Board of Directors for the Network in Aging, and is currently vice president of CASE (Coalition of Agencies in Services for the Elderly). She served as the WNY delegate to the 2005 White House Conference on Aging in Washington, DC.

About Network in Aging of Western New York
The Network in Aging of Western New York is a non-profit, voluntary corporation, founded in 1981 and is committed to bringing together individuals and organizations involved in aging and improving the quality of life for older persons and their support network in the area. They currently have over 100 member agencies specializing in various fields including education, health and social services, and community and government leadership. Their mission is to provide members with opportunities for resource exchange, professional development and stimulation of interdisciplinary collaboration through networking events, educational programs and strategic partnerships. For more information contact 716-829-3712 or visit networkinaging.org.

December Networking event presents a “Merry Little Christmas Party”

Network in Aging presents a “Merry Little Christmas Party” Networking Event

Williamsville, NY (November 19, 2018) – This month’s networking event for professionals will feature various Christmas traditions and holiday favorites on Thursday, December 6 from 4:30pm to 6:30pm at Brompton Heights, 275 Brompton Road. Guests will enjoy a visit from Santa, holiday music by violinist Lena Pasqualetti , raffles and giveaways and homemade refreshments. Attendees are also asked to bring donations of new hats, gloves, coats, boots and scarfs to benefit the Warm the Children charity. This event is sponsored by Brompton Heights and Family Choice of New York.

Once a month, select member agencies of Network in Aging collaborate to develop a themed “Network with the Network” event. These complimentary events are designed for members to meet regularly in a variety of settings and are also open to area professionals who want to learn more about the sponsoring organizations and the Network.

For more information on the event, or to RSVP, contact Lisa Piazza at lpiazza@hamistergroup.com by December 3 or call 716-529-9646. For more information on joining the Network in Aging, contact Lisa Boron at 716-829-3712.

“The Network in Aging is a long standing, vital organization which has a special place in the community among professionals,” said Kristin Surdej, current Network in Aging President. “Our organization has grown over the years and has become eclectic in its membership. Members are from for profit and non for profit alike. Membership includes those in the field of aging and others from organizations or businesses who serve those in the aging population”.

About Brompton Heights
Brompton Heights is a luxurious senior living community located on six acres of land, just outside of Buffalo in Williamsville. With inclusive amenities and services, our seniors have the opportunity to live a better, more purposeful and healthier life in the warm company of friends, without any of the daily hassle or isolation that can come from living at home. We offer all levels of care including assisted living, memory care, short term care and independent living. All rooms are licensed for enhanced care, allowing us to adjust our care without a resident having to move as medical needs change. Going above and beyond, we have a nurse on property, not on call, 24/7 providing additional peace of mind.

About Family Choice of NY
Since 2005, Family Choice of New York has been providing exceptional care and support to Independent Health members in Western New York. Our organization specializes in providing care to individuals with chronic care conditions. Family Choice of New York offers several different programs designed to address a wide array of health care needs in a variety of settings including Nursing Facilities, Assisted Living Facilities, and within the community. We are proud of our strong relationship with participating facilities, community leaders and organizations who are committed to excellence in the care of older adults.

About Network in Aging of Western New York
The Network in Aging of Western New York is a non-profit, voluntary corporation, founded in 1981 and is committed to bringing together individuals and organizations involved in aging and improving the quality of life for older persons and their support network in the area. They currently have over 100 member agencies specializing in various fields including education, health and social services, and community and government leadership. Their mission is to provide members with opportunities for resource exchange, professional development and stimulation of interdisciplinary collaboration through networking events, educational programs and strategic partnerships. For more information contact 716-829-3712 or visit networkinaging.org.

November Networking event presents “Giving Thanks to Caregivers”

Network in Aging presents “Giving Thanks to All of Our Caregivers”

Buffalo, NY (October 10, 2018) – This month’s networking event for health care professionals will feature an evening of appreciation for all of the hard working caregivers working with the senior population. Please submit the name of a special caregiver, along with a picture and brief description of why they are so special. Be sure to invite them to attend as your guest. Each caregiver will be recognized that evening and one will be selected as Caregiver of the Year! Submissions can be made to John Tomes at jtomes@depaul.org or (716) 476-2780. This event will take place at Wheatfield Commons (3920 Forest Park Way North Tonawanda, NY 14120) on November 14, 2018 from 4:30-6:30. It is sponsored by Wheatfield Commons, Hearts & Hands, Williams & O’Connor Financial Planning Group and Univera Healthcare.

Once a month, select member agencies of Network in Aging collaborate to develop a themed “Network with the Network” event. These complimentary events are designed for members to meet regularly in a variety of settings and are also open to area professionals who want to learn more about the sponsoring organizations and the Network.

For more information on the event, or to RSVP, contact John Tomes at jtomes@depaul.org or (716) 476-2780. For more information on joining the Network in Aging, contact Lisa Boron at 716-829-3712.

“The Network in Aging is a long standing, vital organization which has a special place in the community among professionals,” said Kristin Surdej, current Network in Aging President. “Our organization has grown over the years and has become eclectic in its membership. Members are from for profit and non for profit alike. Membership includes those in the field of aging and others from organizations or businesses who serve those in the aging population”.

About Wheatfield Commons
Wheatfield Commons, a new DePaul Senior Living Community at 3920 Forest Parkway in North Tonawanda, New York, is welcoming new residents for both assisted living and memory care accommodations. Wheatfield Commons provides gracious, single-floor living in a well-appointed setting with spacious, furnished suites and a choice of floor plan. The community offers a full range of amenities, supportive, caring staff and personal care services that promote independence and dignity. Wheatfield Commons has inviting grounds and courtyards, and is close to shopping, restaurants and places of worship. Rates are all-inclusive and stays may be long- or short-term. Contact Administrator Kathy Hyland or Marketing Director John Tomes at (716) 475-7600 or via email at wheatfieldinfo@depaul.org. Visit www.depaul.org/locations/ wheatfield-commons/ or on Facebook at www.facebook. com/wheatfieldcommons/.

About Hearts & Hands
Hearts and Hands, founded in 2003, is a not-for-profit organization which pairs screened, trained volunteers with older or physically challenged individuals for escorted, door through door transportation and non-medical in-home supports, including caregiver respite. All services maintain or improve the quality of life for our older neighbors helping to them remain in their home. Hearts and Hands provides services in Akron-Newstead, Alden, Amherst, Clarence, Holland, Marilla, Wales, North Tonawanda, Lockport, and the Tonawanda Indian Reservation. Services will be expanding into Kenmore and Tonawanda in 2019. All services are free.

About Univera Healthcare
Univera Healthcare is a nonprofit health plan that is part of a family of companies financing and delivering health services for about 1.5 million upstate New Yorkers. Based in Buffalo, the health plan serves members across the eight counties of Western New York.

Univera Healthcare is a seven time medalist in the Business First Best Places To Work competition. It has been honored as among Western New York’s Healthiest Employers. For the third year in a row, the health plan has earned a perfect score of 100 percent and the designation Best Place to Work for LGBT Equality on the Corporate Equality Index, a national benchmarking survey on corporate policies and practices related to workplace equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees. And the Erie County Department of Health has recognized Univera Healthcare as a Breast feeding Friendly Workplace. Univera Healthcare’s 460 Western New York employees are based at the health insurer’s headquarters on Park Club Lane in Williamsville.

About Williams & O’Connor Financial Planning Group
While most advisors simply help with insurance solutions or investment management we help our clients with what is most important and believe our biggest value to them is underrating their goals, values and concerns to provide objective advice around everything that touches their financial lives, not just their investment portfolio.

At Williams & O’Connor Financial Planning Group, we start with a process that develops clarity around your goals, evaluates and develops tailored solutions, solid implementation, and ongoing team based attention to your results. It’s a system that makes sense for goals that matter. Yours.

About Network in Aging of Western New York
The Network in Aging of Western New York is a non-profit, voluntary corporation, founded in 1981 and is committed to bringing together individuals and organizations involved in aging and improving the quality of life for older persons and their support network in the area. They currently have over 100 member agencies specializing in various fields including education, health and social services, and community and government leadership. Their mission is to provide members with opportunities for resource exchange, professional development and stimulation of interdisciplinary collaboration through networking events, educational programs and strategic partnerships. For more information contact 716-829-3712 or visit networkinaging.org.

October 4th Networking event to feature a “Tailgating” theme

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Network in Aging presents a “Tailgating” Networking Event

 Buffalo, NY (September 17, 2018) – This month’s networking event for health care professionals will feature a tailgate theme and is to be held on Thursday, October 4th from 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm at St. Francis Park, located at 5229 South Park Avenue Hamburg, NY 14075.  Guests will enjoy Chiavetta’s Chicken, beef on weck, and micro-brew and wine tasting. This event is sponsored by Catholic Health LIFE and PACE programs, as well as Laping, Surdej Associate, LLC.

Once a month, select member agencies of Network in Aging collaborate to develop a themed “Network with the Network” event.  These complimentary events are designed for members to meet regularly in a variety of settings and are also open to area professionals who want to learn more about the sponsoring organizations and the Network.

For more information on the event, or to RSVP, contact Wendy Anzalone at wanzalone@chsbuffalo.org or by calling 716-649-1205. For more information on joining the Network in Aging, contact Lisa Boron at 716-829-3712.

“The Network in Aging is a long standing, vital organization which has a special place in the community among professionals,” said Kristin Surdej, current Network in Aging President.  “Our organization has grown over the years and has become eclectic in its membership.  Members are from for profit and non for profit alike.  Membership includes those in the field of aging and others from organizations or businesses who serve those in the aging population”.

About Catholic Health LIFE/PACE

The Catholic Health LIFE/PACE model consolidates care and financing to meet the needs of nursing home eligible elderly persons.  The features of the model are: a guiding principle of care that emphasizes maximum independence and dignity; an exclusive focus on the frail elderly; a comprehensive package of services; vigorous management of all care by a multi-disciplinary team of health care providers. The philosophy of the program is to maintain participants in the community for as long as medically and socially feasible.  Continued community residence, independence, family support and minimal disruption of the older person’s life are the guiding precepts. Eligibility: At least 55 years of age; a resident of Erie County; assessed by New York Medicaid Choice – Conflict Free Education and Evaluation Center (1-855-222-8350)and determined to be eligible for a nursing facility level of care; determined to be capable of safely residing in the community with Catholic Health LIFE support services at the time of enrollment; qualify for Medicaid and/or Medicare or agree to pay the private pay amounts set forth in the Enrollment Agreement; in need of the long term care services of the plan for more than 120 days. For more information call Catholic Health LIFE at 1(716) 819-5433 or find us on the web at www.chsbuffalo.org/life.

Catholic Health Home & Community Based Care provides nationally recognized comprehensive post-acute care services to help patients maximize recovery through specialized therapy and healing – at home or in one of our care facilities.  For in-home services, McAuley Seton Home Care was ranked as a 2017 HomeCare Elite Top 100 Performer.  For community based care, McAuley Residence (Kenmore) and Father Baker Manor (Or­chard Park) are ranked among the highest long-term/subacute care facilities in WNY.  Our newest addition, St. Francis Park, is an independent living community for seniors age 65 and over that is located in beautiful Hamburg, NY.  Our “Home Within A Home” concept offers seventy-four studio suite apartments, restaurant-style dining, a chapel for worship services, indoor pool and fitness room.  Contact Wendy Anzalone at 716-649-1205 to arrange a tour of this beautiful community.

About Laping, Surdej Associates

Laping, Surdej Associates and it predecessors haven been serving the Western New Your community for the past 30 years.  We offer assessments, consultations, crisis intervention, plan implementation, advocacy, and ongoing monitoring.  We work with individuals, families and other professionals who serve the older adult population.  We provide guidance, compassion, understanding and emotional support.  Our expertise is in home care, placement, and eligibility for entitlement programs.  We have a dedicated staff person who works as a liaison with Medicaid and also offer Daily Money Management services on a short-term or long-term basis.

About Network in Aging of Western New York

The Network in Aging of Western New York is a non-profit, voluntary corporation, founded in 1981 and is committed to bringing together individuals and organizations involved in aging and improving the quality of life for older persons and their support network in the area. They currently have over 100 member agencies specializing in various fields including education, health and social services, and community and government leadership. Their mission is to provide members with opportunities for resource exchange, professional development and stimulation of interdisciplinary collaboration through networking events, educational programs and strategic partnerships. For more information contact 716-829-3712 or visit networkinaging.org.

 

September 6th Network event features a “Zip into Fall” theme

Network in Aging presents “Zip into the Fall”

Buffalo, NY (August 30, 2018) –  This month’s networking event will earn you bragging rights!   On Thursday, September 6th from 4:30 p.m.  – 6:30 p.m. at the Jewish Community Center, located at 2640 North Forest Road, Getzville,  guests will enjoy delicious fall delicacies, wines and the evening’s signature drink, the “Screamer”.    The drink is aptly named as those more adventurous guests will get to Zip line  into Fall from 5:00 – 6:00 p.m.   Don’t forget to wear comfortable clothes and shoes.   This event is sponsored by Touching Hearts at home, Jewish Family Service of Buffalo & Erie County, Allegra Marketing  *Print* *Mail and Weinberg Campus.

Once a month, select member agencies of Network in Aging collaborate to develop a themed “Network with the Network” event.  These complimentary events are designed for members to meet regularly in a variety of settings and are also open to area professionals who want to learn more about the sponsoring organizations and the Network.

For more information on the event, or to RSVP, contact Andrea Kukoda at akukoda@touchinghearts.com or 716-898-8566 by August 30th.   Please bring a guest who may be interested in learning more about the Network in Aging and our event sponsors.

“The Network in Aging is a long standing, vital organization which has a special place in the community among professionals,” said Kristin Surdej, current Network in Aging President.  “Our organization has grown over the years and has become eclectic in its membership.  Members are from for profit and non for profit alike.  Membership includes those in the field of aging and others from organizations or businesses who serve those in the aging population”.

About Network in Aging of Western New York

The Network in Aging of Western New York is a non-profit, voluntary corporation, founded in 1981 and is committed to bringing together individuals and organizations involved in aging and improving the quality of life for older persons and their support network in the area. They currently have over 100 member agencies specializing in various fields including education, health and social services, and community and government leadership. Their mission is to provide members with opportunities for resource exchange, professional development and stimulation of interdisciplinary collaboration through networking events, educational programs and strategic partnerships.

For more information contact 716-829-3712 or visit networkinaging.org.

Allegra Marketing
For the past 35 years, Allegra Marketing Print Mail has been proudly serving the Western New York community! Whether you need quick and easy printing of the basics or specialized printing techniques for more complex pieces, Allegra delivers with speed, precision and quality. Today’s business environment requires a strategic approach to marketing, print and mail. Partner with us to execute your business communications on terms that work for you. Let us build solutions that bring the results you need! For more information, call 716-634-5966.

Jewish Family Services

Jewish Family Service of Buffalo & Erie County, New York [JFS] is a nonsectarian, not for profit, community-based health and social service provider that has served its community since 1862.  Every person in the JFS Buffalo service area coping with significant life challenge or personal change will have a lifeline that leads to new hope and compassionate care.

JFS provides Care Coordination Services to prioritize and efficiently manage multiple health and social needs. Our team-based, client-centered approach focuses on the design and implementation of an individualized service delivery plan that will improve medical and mental health outcomes, ensure continuity of care and manage cost for our clients, health professionals and healthcare systems and providers.

Our services are available to all individuals – from infants, children and adolescents to families and the frail elderly –regardless of religious affiliation, ethnicity, race, culture, gender or ability to pay. Our compassionate health care professionals administer comprehensive programs that offer comfort, counseling and connection to a broad network of support.  In every service area – from elder care to refugee resettlement to behavioral and physical health –JFS focuses on client-directed treatment of the whole self.  We are guided by the essential connection between mental well-being, physical wellness and positive self-worth.

Weinberg Campus is a complete continuum of care, offering Senior Apartments, Enriched Housing, Assisted Living, Enhanced Assisted Living, Memory Care, Rehabilitation, Skilled Nursing, Certified Home Care and Outpatient Therapy all on one convenient campus in Getzville, NY. The campus honors over 100 years of caring tradition, with flexible living options,  many on-site amenities, and active lifestyle offerings for the senior in your life.

Touching Hearts at Home locally owned and operated client-based home care company serving the senior population in Buffalo and surrounding areas since 2011.  Our senior home care services support healthy and happy aging in place, wherever “home” may be. Just as every person and family situation is unique, our in-home care is personalized for maximum positive impact. Our in-home care services are non-medical and are commonly referred to as “companion care”. Our companion aides can do MANY things that enable our clients to remain at home for as long as possible.  Our services include but are not limited to, housekeeping, meal prep, laundry, transportation, medication reminders, home safety, hygiene assistance, and social engagement.

We have high hiring standards and extensive applicant screening and training.  All our companion aides are bonded and insured. After we assign a companion aide to a client we follow up in various ways, including: phone calls to ensure clients are satisfied; unscheduled client visits for impromptu observations, Finally, we always encourage clients and their families to let us know how they are enjoying our services.

Our senior companion aides are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. We have a 3- hour shift 1 time per week minimum.  We encourage calls for respite and emergency coverage.  Please contact us for more information at 716-898-8566.

 

 

July 31st Network in Aging event presents a “Night Under the Big Top”

Network in Aging presents a “Night Under the Big Top” Networking Event

 Buffalo, NY (June 26, 2018) – This month’s networking event for health care professionals will feature a circus theme and is to be held on Tuesday, July 31 from 4 pm to 7 pm at Buffalo Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation, located at 1014 Delaware Avenue.  Guests will enjoy access to a beer and wine tent, favorite carnival snacks, authentic entertainment and a midway of interactive games. Tours of the facilities recently renovated building, including brand new therapy gym will also be available. This event is sponsored by Centers Health Care, Fallon Health Weinberg – PACE and Eden Heights.

Once a month, select member agencies of Network in Aging collaborate to develop a themed “Network with the Network” event.  These complimentary events are designed for members to meet regularly in a variety of settings and are also open to area professionals who want to learn more about the sponsoring organizations and the Network.

For more information on the event, or to RSVP, contact Ashley Kasprzak at akasprzak@pslgroupllc.com by July 17 or call 716-392-6550. For more information on joining the Network in Aging, contact Lisa Boron at 716-829-3712.

“The Network in Aging is a long standing, vital organization which has a special place in the community among professionals,” said Kristin Surdej, current Network in Aging President.  “Our organization has grown over the years and has become eclectic in its membership.  Members are from for profit and non for profit alike.  Membership includes those in the field of aging and others from organizations or businesses who serve those in the aging population”.

About Fallon Health Weinberg-PACE

Fallon Health Weinberg-PACE is a long-term care program for older adults who need a nursing-home level of care, but wish to stay living at home and in their community. We are a Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE), providing complete medical care and support services so you or your loved one can remain living safely at home.   All care is coordinated and provided by an interdisciplinary team specializing in geriatric care, who work with participants and their caregivers to create an individualized care plan.  To be eligible to join Fallon Health Weinberg-PACE you must: be at least 55 years old, live in Erie County, NY, be certified as needing nursing facility level of care as determined by the NYS assessment tool, Require Fallon Health Weinberg-PACE long-term care services for more than 120 days, be able to live safely in the community, as defined by the New York State Health and Safety Criteria and the PACE Care Team, be Medicaid and/or Medicare eligible or willing to pay privately, and meet other eligibility requirements. You are welcome to tour our PACE center at 461 John James Audubon Parkway, Amherst, NY, before making the decision to enroll yourself or your loved one in Fallon Health Weinberg-PACE.  Call us at 1-716-810-1895 or 1-855-665-1113 (TTY 711) 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m., Monday–Friday.

 About Centers Health Care

Centers Health Care is one of the largest and most complete post-acute health care continuums in the northeast. The Centers Health Care family includes 42 skilled nursing and rehabilitation facilities in NY, NJ and Rhode Island, as well as four home health care companies, New York State’s second-largest Managed Long-Term Care company and a provider of durable medical goods. Centers facilities also operate eight fully accredited Adult Day Healthcare Centers, two state-of-the-art Renal Dialysis Centers, three assisted living facilities and Centers Urgent Care providing walk-in medical care. In addition, more than 15,000 dedicated staffers and caregivers provide for the needs or over 7,500 long-and short-term residents throughout the Centers Health Care family.  For more information about Centers Health Care, please visit www.centershealthcare.org.

About Eden Heights

Eden Heights is assisted living and memory care with locations in West Seneca, Eden and Olean.  Community amenities include 24-hour supervision, individualized care plans, recreational programs, restaurant-style dining, and maintenance-free living. Eden Heights key goal is to provide an independent and enriched atmosphere for our residents. This atmosphere is created by assisting residents with their day-to-day needs so they can enjoy activities, create new friendships, and most importantly feel at home. To learn more about our Eden Heights communities, please visit www.pslgroupllc.com.

 About Network in Aging of Western New York

The Network in Aging of Western New York is a non-profit, voluntary corporation, founded in 1981 and is committed to bringing together individuals and organizations involved in aging and improving the quality of life for older persons and their support network in the area. They currently have over 100 member agencies specializing in various fields including education, health and social services, and community and government leadership. Their mission is to provide members with opportunities for resource exchange, professional development and stimulation of interdisciplinary collaboration through networking events, educational programs and strategic partnerships. For more information contact 716-829-3712 or visit networkinaging.org.