Recent Media Coverage (Feb 6-17)

Op-Ed on Financial Elder Abuse – Safeguard Finances of the Elderly, Albany Times Union, Feb 17

 Caregiving Award to Scott M. Stringer

                               Benefits Outreach

David V. Pomeranz Named Board President

David Pomeranz Release

LiveOn NY Budget and Legislative Priorities


deBlasio State of the City Speech – Reaction to Focus on Affordable Housing    

Award to Margaret Chin at LiveOn NY Annual Conference

LiveOn NY Rebranding

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NY – What’s the Point of a Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program if It’s Not Properly Funded?

The Long Term Care Ombudsmen Program (LTCOP), as required under the Older Americans Act, is the voice of residents and families of those who reside in State Licensed Long Term Care Facilities. These highly trained hands-on volunteers are often the first ones to respond to complaints and concerns lodged by residents and their families regarding their rights, their safety, and the quality of services being provided.

However, due to inadequate State& Federal funding, many older adults in long term care facilities have no regular Ombudsman and receive no routine visits as required by law.

We urge the legislature to protect these vulnerable older adults by increasing funding to this critical program

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Get Involved – 7 Urgent NY Legislative and Budget Priorities for Older New Yorkers

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Call/Write and Partner with LiveOn NY, the NY State Coalition for the Aging and the Association of Aging in New York and urge your representatives to support these items!

Budget Priorities

  1. Increase statewide funding for elder abuse prevention programs by $5 million. This will lead to better detection, intervention and expanded capacity for elder abuse specialists to work with law enforcement and increase public awareness.
  2. Eliminate waiting lists for aging services statewide by including $21 million in additional funding to the Community Services for the elderly (CSE) Program. Many older adults are on “waiting lists” for vital services such as meals, in-home personal care services and transportation. While New York is now fully part of   NY Connects  (a centralized destination to go for information and assistance for long-term services and support). However, hat good is that centralized support if all it does is put you on a waiting list?
  3. Increase funding to the Long Term Care Ombudsman Program. Residents of long-term care facilities (and their families) need a voice. In addition, this program is a requirement under the Older Americans Act. However, the reality is that due to lack of funding many vulnerable older adults in long term care facilities have no regular Ombudsman and receive no routine visits as required by law.
  4. Create a nonprofit Infrastructure Capital Investment Program. The aging services network also supports the allocation of $50 million to create a capital investment program for not-for-profits in the human services field, especially those that serve New York Seniors

Legislative Priorities:  Urge your representative to support these bills.

5. Protect older New Yorkers from financial abuse (S.639- Valesky).Presently in New York State, there is no standard protocol for banks to report elder financial exploitation to Adult Protective Services (APS). This measure would standardize reporting and disclosure protocols. This measure has passed the Senate twice – unanimously – but has failed to even get out of committee in the State Assembly.

6.  Pass the Care Act Caregiver Advise, Record And Enable Act (S.676 – Hannon; A.1323 – Rosenthal). This bill requires hospitals to allow a patient to designate a caregiver in their medical record and to notify and offer to meet with the designated caregiver to discuss the patient’s plan of care prior to discharge or transfer to another facility. The bill also provides that the hospital offer to adequately train the designated caregiver in certain aftercare tasks upon a patient’s discharge home.

7.  Support capital infrastructure improvement and development for older New Yorkers (CIID NY) grant program (S.626 – Valesky).  CIID NY would provide grants to encourage improvements in the operation and efficiency of the aging services provider network in New York State.

 Here is the full list of budget and legislative priorities.


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LiveOn NY 2015/2016 Legislative Agenda


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Recent Media Coverage

Bobbie Sackman on News Channel 4

Mayor de Blasio’s speech focused on affordable housing. Bobbie Sackman, Policy Director at LiveOn NY was interviewed by Melissa Russo and discussed the impact of the proposed changes on older New Yorkers.

LiveOn NY Rebranding Announced in New York Nonprofit Press

NYNP 02.04.15 (State of the City) LiveOn NY

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LiveOn NY

Today Council of Senior Centers announces that we have changed our name to one that more clearly represents who we are and what we do for all of New York state.

LiveOn NY

Join Us in Making New York A Better Place to Age

As New Yorkers, we live with energy, confidence, and an unspoken spirit that connects us all. It’s what makes New York the most exciting place in the world.

But as we grow older, even the most exciting place becomes filled with new challenges.

  • The fear and uncertainty of living on a fixed income.
  • The anxious search for compassionate healthcare.
  • The shame of ageism and cultural stigma.
  • And the heartbreaking impact of social isolation.

At LiveOn NY, our mission is to make sure that no New Yorker is alone in the face of these challenges.

We began as a city organization dedicated to advocating for policy change to further the interest of senior centers and agencies.

Today, we are also an incubator, shaping the future of aging by developing new ideas that take the form of advocacy, policy and program development. And now, we directly serve older New Yorkers, standing beside them as they face daily challenges.

Our vision for the future is to redefine aging by also engaging those New Yorkers who are aging independently to be involved in our purpose.

Their zest for living a full and vibrant life is inspired by their rich life experience. Their sense of purpose and desire to give back comes from a place of true empathy and compassion. And through the collective strength of our members and these independent New Yorkers, we will:

  •  Champion the rights of all older New Yorkers
  • Connect them in ways that foster community
  • Support our members with resources and advice
  • Transform New York into a better place to grow old

We don’t just talk about making the future better for older adults. We are on the front lines, working to make change happen now. We turn compassion into action, reaching more and more people every day. All because of our passionate belief that every New Yorker should grow old the same way they’ve always lived: like New Yorkers

LiveOn NY: Helping New Yorkers age with confidence, grace and vitality



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