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 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

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