Friday, April 15, 2016

Steuben OFA looks at Trends In Aging

BATH – The "Gray Tsunami" is sweeping the nation, and with it the stereotype of gray-haired grandparents sitting in rocking chairs and reminiscing about the past. "Aging doesn’t have to be a burden," said Linda Tetor, Steuben Senior Services Fund, Inc. (SSSF) Executive Director, speaker at the Steuben County Office for the Aging’s Project Care workshop Wednesday. "The convergence of longer life expectancy and technological advances have given many of us 30 years of bonus time for growth and exploration." The workshop, at Centenary United Methodist Church in Bath, drew more than 40 people and also included an afternoon panel discussion with Lynn Decher, county Office for Aging Outreach Supervisor, John Gould, M.Div, LCSWR, Patrick Roth, Esq., CPA and Nancy Williamson, CEO, ServU Federal Credit Union. The panel looked at local supports and services available for those who wish to remain in their home. Steuben is among the first in the nation to launch one service for those who wish to remain "in place" at home, with security, care and independence through the groundbreaking Full Circle America (FCA) program. Developed by Dr. Alan "Chip" Teel, of Maine, FCA relies on volunteers, a professional staff, medical care providers and state-of-the-art interactive technology developed by Bliss Healthcare © founder Pankaj Khare to help seniors stay securely at home – at significantly less cost.
FCA program costs begin at $29.99 per month for basic care, with increased costs based on the level of care required. At-home care through FCA at the level of full-time institutional care costs $699 per month. In contrast, nursing home costs average $100,000- $120,000 a year, Tetor said. The event was co-sponsored by the county Office for Aging’s Project Care Program and the Institute for Human Service’s Volunteer Transportation Program.