Step Out for Diabetes

The newly formed Yonkers Diabetes Education Initiative(YEDI) and Yonkers on the Move(YOM): A Community Walking Campaign are participating in the Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes. Team YEDIYOM would like to invite you to walk with them at Mercy College on Sunday September 30 to walk.

Step Out is so much more than an event. It is our opportunity to change the future and make a positive impact in the lives of those who are affected by diabetes.

Please join us to prevent and cure diabetes once and for all. Chances are, you also know someone who has been affected by diabetes and you already know how important it is to stop this disease.

By walking in Step Out, you will help the American Diabetes Association provide community-based education programs, protect the rights of people with diabetes and fund critical research for a cure.

The power we have together far outweighs what anyone can do alone. Please join YEDIYOM by visiting our team site.

P.S. If you are unable to walk with us, will you make a donation to support our efforts? Please use the team site link, and thank you in advance for your help!

Boxwood Alliance

New Website Offers Free Resources to Older Adults and Families

Mt Kisco, August 20, 2012. The Boxwood Alliance (www.theboxwood.org) offers a free aging in place resource for older adults and their families in Northern Westchester and Putnam Counties. The idea for both the website and the not for profit organization emerged from a group of professionals in the area who work with older adults, including an elder law attorney, a long term care insurance planner, a geriatric care manager, a nurse executive, and others. They had met in a geriatric coalition and decided to put their combined resources and information together in one place. Catherine Wynkoop of Pound Ridge helped to get the process started and is now the board chairman.

Boxwood Alliance

“We chose the name ‘Boxwood’ because the plant is resilient and widespread in the region,” Wynkoop said. “Bedford’s Dick Farrell, a Boxwood co-founder, came up with the name as a symbol of longevity and something connected to this area.”

Vice-chairman J Donna Sullivan of Somers stated that the goal was to have a single resource for individuals and families who are often overwhelmed when they realize they need help. “Too often we have families coming to us in ‘crisis’ mode. We are building this website to be a useful resource for planning and a place to go for reliable information about options.”

To gain access to all the features of the site, including up to date feeds from national news carriers like the New York Times New Old Age Blog and Medicare Rights, users are invited to become a member. Membership is free. In addition, members are able to post comments and ask questions on the Community Forum page. On the Community Connections page, they can share recommendations and rate their experiences with local businesses and vendors.

This fall, the Boxwood Alliance is coordinating Active Aging Week across upper Westchester and Putnam Counties during the week of September 23- 29. “We are reaching out to all the older adult programs and services across the region to join in celebrating the wealth of choices for remaining actively engaged,” said Wynkoop. The Boxwood Alliance will feature these local events on its website and will promote them across the region. Agencies and organization that wish to be included can reach the organization by email at: info@theboxwood.org or by calling 914-764-3014.

Foreclosure Prevention Volunteers Needed!

Yonkers will be selling close to 800 tax liens on August 15. Westchester Residential Opportunities and Yonkers Office for the Aging are working together to help older homeowners in Yonkers avoid foreclosure due to unpaid property taxes. We are looking for mature adult Yonkers volunteers to help us reach these residents, and we are hosting an informational meeting on August 21.

Are you looking for a meaningful volunteer activity here in Yonkers?

Do you want to work according to your own schedule?

Would you be willing to be trained to help your fellow older adults?

If the answer to these questions is yes, then Yonkers Office for the Aging and WRO would like you to become a Foreclosure Prevention Volunteer

For more info, join us on TUESDAY, AUGUST 21

2:00 – 3:30pm

Peter Chema Center

435 Riverdale Ave., Yonkers, NY 10705

Please RSVP to Jane Lindau at 914 428-4507 ext. 313 or at jlindau@wroinc.org

REFRESHMENTS WILL BE SERVED