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The White House Conference on Aging

The White House Conference on Aging will be held on July 13, 2015. This year is the 50th anniversary of Medicare, Medicaid, and the Older Americans Act, as well as the 80th anniversary of Social Security. The 2015 White House Conference on Aging is an opportunity to recognize the importance of these key programs as well as to look ahead to the next decade. There are many different ways you can take part in the conference, visit the conference website to learn about ways to become involved.​

SSANY Supports Gerontology Education to Celebrate Careers in Aging Week

The State Society on Aging of New York (SSANY) and its Education Committee, chaired by Dr. Beverly Horowitz and Dr. Maria Brown, sponsored two educational programs to help celebrate Careers in Aging Week and to advance SSANY's commitment to improving the quality of life for older New Yorkers through education, research, service, and advocacy. The April 9th downstate program, held at Fordham University and co-sponsored by the Consortium of New York Geriatric Education Centers and the Public Health Association of New York, was titled "Addressing the Needs of Diverse New York City Elders: Multidisciplinary Perspectives." You can download the presentation here. The upstate program, "The Changing Face of Aging in New York State: Education and Networking Opportunities for Students and Practitioners," was held at Syracuse University on April 10th, and was co-sponsored by Syracuse University's Aging Studies Institute, the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education, and the Gerontology Society of America. You can download the presentation here. Greg Olsen, Executive Deputy Director of the New York State Office for Aging was the keynote speaker for both programs. Panelists at the downstate Fordham University program represented diverse community based organizations, researchers, and academia: James O’Neal, Director of Community Outreach, Centerlight; Mohini Misra, CASP, LMSW, Selfhelp Community Services; Christian Gonzalez-Rivera, Research Associate, Center for an Urban Future; and Dr. May Beth Morrissey, Fordham University and President of the State Society on Aging of New York. Participants included educators, service providers, members of the gerontology community and students. Panelists at the upstate Syracuse University program represented a variety of settings in which services are provided for or on behalf of older adults: Cynthia Stevenson, Director of Caregiver Services, Onondaga County Department of Adult and Long Term Care Services; Gwendalyn Minton, LMSW, Social Worker, Syracuse VA Medical Center; Amanda Norton, MSW, Quality Improvement Consultant; and Chari L. Mayer, MSW, Director of Constituent Services, Representative Dan Maffei, NY-24. Participants included students, educators, service providers, and members of the gerontology community.

The State Society on Aging of New York brings together individuals and groups from diverse backgrounds including health, government, education, and community settings. These successful programs highlight SSANY’s role as New York State's foremost interdisciplinary gerontology organization. The 2014 Annual Conference, "The Collaborative Age: Integration Across Disciplines," to be held October 22-24th at the Fordham University Lincoln Center campus in New York City, will further advance SSANY's goals of supporting the needs of diverse New York older adults and their families. We look forward to a wonderful conference and invite students, educators, researchers, health and human service practitioners, policy makers, and advocates to participate in the Annual Conference.

“Social Support and Service Provision to Older Adults” hosted by the Syracuse University Aging Studies Institute

The Syracuse University Aging Studies Institute recently held a conference on “Social Support and Service Provision to Older Adults.” The keynote address was by Deputy Secretary William Corr. During his address titled “A New Day for Older Americans: Addressing the Needs of Our Aging Population,” he discussed the promise of the Affordable Care Act to meet longstanding needs for our aging population, particularly caregiving and health care disparities among minorities.

“Social Support and Service Provision to Older Adults: Marjorie Cantor’s Legacy to Gerontology” hosted by Aging Studies Institute

The Syracuse University Aging Studies Institute—the collaborative initiative of the Falk College and Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs—held a conference on “Social Support and Service Provision to Older Adults: Marjorie Cantor’s Legacy to Gerontology” in New York City in January. The event recognized the pioneering scholarship of the late Professor Marjorie Cantor that advanced understanding of the lifestyles of older persons, the importance of caregiver support systems, and needs of elders across class and culture.