Village Movement Has Momentum in New York, Conference Set Thursday in Albany

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About 200 persons have signed up for a conference on the Village Movement in New York State which is taking place in Albany at the Hearst Media Center on Thursday.    The event is sponsored by the Albany Guardian Society and will bring together representatives of villages and others interested in the movement.  Villages are forming to help mostly older residents to remain living independently with support in the community.  Village representatives from Rhinebeck, Albany, Ithaca and Glens Falls are planning to attend and speakers from the national Village to Village Network will be on hand.

The Village Movement is noting its 15th anniversary and is sponsoring a special webinar on September 26th with famed author Dr. Atul Gawande who wrote the bestselling book Being Mortal about how to make medicine more patient-centered, especially for those at the end of life.

Meanwhile, a meeting of stakeholders for the Age Friendly Albany County project was held last week.  The project will now be breaking into smaller groups at its next meeting to review the eight domains of livability as described by the World Health Organization (WHO).   Next Monday, September 18, Albany County Executive Daniel McCoy will host his annual Senior Summit which will include short presentations on the Age Friendly project which he announced at last year’s summit.

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I have been a senior advocate for most of my career. I was Executive Director of the New York StateWide Senior Action Council and the New York State Alliance for Retired Americans. In 2007-2010 I was the Director of the New York State Office for the Aging

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