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County Center Hosts Speak-Out For Seniors To 'Age In Place'

County Legislator Bernice Spreckman of Yonkers will host the annual legislative speak-out and breakfast on Friday, Jan. 23, whose focus this year is on “Affording Aging in Place.”
County Legislator Bernice Spreckman of Yonkers will host the annual legislative speak-out and breakfast on Friday, Jan. 23, whose focus this year is on “Affording Aging in Place.” Photo Credit: File

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino is urging seniors to attend the annual legislative speak-out and breakfast on Friday, Jan. 23, whose focus this year is on “Affording Aging in Place.”

This year’s event will be from 9 a.m. to noon at the County Center in White Plains, hosted by Department of Senior Programs and Services Commissioner Mae Carpenter, County Legislator Bernice Spreckman of Yonkers, chair of the Board of Legislator’s Committee on Seniors and Constituencies, the Aging Network and the Westchester Public/Private Partnership for Aging Services.

“The legislative speak-out is an annual tradition to engage our county’s seniors in the issues that most directly affect them,” Astorino said. “More and more of New York’s seniors are leaving the state because they simply can no longer afford to live here. This event will offer an open dialogue about the problems seniors face when trying to stay in their homes, and allow them to talk directly with their elected officials about solutions.”

Issues and proposals raised at the legislative speak-out will be published in Westchester County’s “White House Conference on Aging Survey,” which will be submitted to the conference coordinators in Washington, D.C. The survey also will be sent to Westchester’s federal, state and local elected officials.

“Suggestions made at the speak-out will have a far-reaching and positive impact and will be included in Westchester’s report to the White House Conference on Aging,” Carpenter said.

“The White House conference is viewed by many people as a catalyst for developing aging policy. This program invites seniors to become VOCAL as Voices of Community Advocacy and Leadership.”

Officials who represent the county on all levels of government are invited to attend. The event is open to the public and registration is not required to speak.

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