Age Friendly Community Needs Assessment
In 2020 the Herkimer County Office for the Aging was awarded a grant from the New York State Office for the Aging in collaboration with the New York State Departments of Health and State. The grant is designed to assist counties with incorporating healthy, age-friendly community principles into all relevant policies, plans, ordinances, and programs. Herkimer County's aim in pursuing this initiative is to develop and promote resources that will contribute to healthier living environments in communities throughout the County, and help improve the quality of life for residents of all ages. Toward those ends, the Office for the Aging worked with other regional agencies and organizations, including the Herkimer County Administrator, Herkimer County HealthNet, Catholic Charities of Herkimer County, Herkimer County Chamber of Commerce, Herkimer Industrial Development, Herkimer County DSS, Herkimer Working Solutions, and Herkimer County Community College to form the Herkimer County Age Friendly Coalition.
Over the past year the Coalition has been meeting to discuss ideas and strategies for developing communities that meet AARP's and the World Health Organization's definition of "age friendly." The Coalition also worked with Herkimer County Community College to recruit a student volunteer, Julie Benhoff, to create an original logo for the initiative. Ms. Benhoff graduated Magna Cum Laude in May from Herkimer County Community College with an associate's degree in Fine Arts. The logo she created will be featured on all Coalition materials and will help market the Age Friendly initiative.
The Coalition has developed a survey to help identify community needs then determine what steps should be taken to make communities "age friendly." The survey will be distributed throughout Herkimer County this summer in both hard copy and electronic formats, and responses to the survey will be collected through February 2022. Adult residents of Herkimer County interested in completing the survey should visit https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/KWVVVSX. or use the QR code below to access the survey. Those who do not have access to a computer or who have questions about this initiative can call the Office for the Aging at 315-867-1121 for assistance. Paper copies of the survey can be mailed to county residents. Individuals interested in being a part of the Age Friendly Coalition can also use this number to receive more information. Once the survey is completed the Coalition will use the feedback gathered to develop a work plan for making Herkimer County communities "age friendly."
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The Herkimer County Office for the Aging (OFA) plans, funds, and delivers services to people aged 60 and older in Herkimer County.
As the authorized Area Agency on Aging, the Herkimer County Office for the Aging receives funds from donations, the federal government, NYS Office for the Aging and Herkimer County.
Our Goal; to help senior citizens remain in their homes, independently, for as long as possible, while giving priority to those with the greatest economic and social needs as well as older individuals at risk for institutional placement.
Our mission; to offer a wide range of supportive services with respect and dignity for the senior citizen population and their families.
The programs that we provide to seniors citizens are vitally important to them being able to maintain their independence. If anyone would like to donate to any of the programs that the Office for the Aging provides, it would be greatly appreciated and would assist us in continuing our mission.
General Questions Regarding OFA Programs
In-Home services, Job Pool, Caregiver & Respite Services
Meals-on-Wheels, Congregate Meals and Nutrition Counseling
HEAP (Home Energy Assistance Program)
WRAP - Weatherization Referral Assistance Program
Assists low-income seniors with the weatherization of their homes in order to reduce home heating and energy costs. Possible projects include replacement of windows and doors that are leaking air, insulation, and energy efficient appliances. Eligibility criteria: Herkimer County resident, aged 60 or older, HEAP eligible, either own their own home (or have life use) or renters. There is no cost to the applicant.
Services include shopping assistance, homemaking, and personal care services. These services are available to homebound and/or disabled seniors aged 60 and older. These programs are operated either directly by OFA or the Alternatives in Long Term Care Unit.
One of these services, EISEP, (pronounced eye-sep) is for those who have incomes above the Medicaid level.
Another service, the Companion-Homemaker Program, provides light housekeeping and shopping for 2 hours every other week for those who qualify. Call 867-1414
Available in the areas of public entitlement, family law, landlord and tenant disputes, wills and consumer problems through a contract with the Legal Aid Society of Mid-New York.
Call 867-1414 or 867-1415 - For people under age 60, please call Legal Aid directly at 793-7000.