Assemblyman Thomas Abinanti and Senator George Latimer are proposing a bill (A2123/S566) to establish an Aging in Place task force with the State Office for the Aging.
The purpose of the task force shall be to study how the state can encourage
aging in place including, but not limited to, an examination of:
(a) infrastructure and transportation improvements;
(b) zoning changes to facilitate home care;
(c) enhanced nutrition programs and delivery options
(d) improved fraud and abuse protections;
(e) expansion of home medical care options;
(f) tax incentives; and
(g) incentives for private insurance.
The bill is in Aging Committees of both houses but has not advanced yet. The bill is being supported by local activists who are involved in the “village movement” and other projects to enhance the ability of older persons to remain living independently in the community. They are urging others to contact the committee chairs and their own legislators to get the bill passed in both aging committees and onto the floor of both houses.
Meanwhile, the Albany Guardian Society is continuing to hold meetings to assist local communities across the region and state to develop villages. At a recent meeting in the Albany area, representatives of villages from Rhinebeck, Glens Falls and the Albany area spoke. There are currently several villages in formation and started in the Albany area including Livingston Village in a reconverted school building in Albany and one developing in the West Hill section of the city. There are two other villages in formation in the Albany suburbs in Glenmont. A meeting is being planned for the suburb of Delmar as well. There remains one NORC (Naturally Occurring Retirement Community) in the City of Albany.
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