Conference in Buffalo for anyone interested in services that improve the lives of seniors


Western New York Independent Living, Inc. (WNYIL) will be holding its 3rd Biannual Summit on Aging and Independence: “Shaping Health and Wellness for the Future” on September 29, 2016 at the Buffalo Convention Center. It promises to be of interest to individuals who work with Seniors, are part of an organization, business or service providing support to individuals who are over 55 years old, or seniors, themselves.

The Summit is pleased to offer three special guest speakers. At the Breakfast Plenary Session will be: Timothy R. Hogues, Commissioner of Erie County Senior Services; and Kenneth M. Genewick, Director of the Niagara County Office of the Aging. The Lunch Plenary will be addressed by Mark Kissinger, Special Advisor for Aging and Long-Term Care to the Commissioner of the New York State Department of Health.

The purpose of the Summit is to identify and reveal critical efforts, ideas, research and issues related to aging, independence, wellness and change, and the speakers, panels and workshops will present and exchange knowledge regarding concepts, programs, services, trends, etc., which can impact individuals who are in the 55-plus group.

The Summit is divided into multiple tracks to appeal to the perspectives of different attendees: Service Providers or advocates; Healthcare professionals; Consumers; Caregivers; or Researchers/Educators. Some presentations include:
· Innovative Wellness Programs at Senior Services: Empowering Seniors to Live Life to the Fullest
· Effective Communication Strategies with Alzheimer’s and other Dementia
· Open Doors: Transitioning People from Nursing Homes and Intermediate Care Facilities into the Community
· The Role of Education in the Development of Knowledge, Skills and Attitudes About Aging
· Need for Free Transportation for Health and Independence in Community — Living Older Adults
· Dreams and Visions at the End of Life: Facilitating Comfort and Connection
· Preparing for a Life of Quality, The Way You Want It
· “kayęʔnaʔnásθhaʔs”: (“Caring for Elders” in the Seneca Language)
· Transportation Options in Erie County
· Getting Real about Hearing Loss and Hearing Aids
· Aging in the Community with Medicaid Managed Long-Term Care and Pooled Trusts
· Long Term Care Ombudsman Program: Advocating for Residents and Systemic Change
· Creating an Age Friendly Community in Erie County
· Falls Prevention
· Ensuring Community Support and Social Inclusion of LGBT Seniors: Lessons Learned from the ECSS/PCWNY (Erie County Senior Services and the Pride Center of Western New York) Partnership
· Advocacy Issues in ADA (the Americans with Disabilities Act) and Older Americans Act

To participate, please register, on-line at, no later than Tuesday September 27th, with the number of your choice of presentation in each workshop session. A standard conference registration is $125; for ONLY lunch with Mark Kissinger, $30. For more information, please call Heather at (716) 836-0822 ext. 146, or Katie at ext.166, and we will be happy to assist you!

The Summit’s sponsors include: Western New York Alzheimer’s Caregiver Partnership; People Inc. Senior Living; Catholic Charities; the New York Association on Independent Living (NYAIL) and its Open Doors (Money Follows the Person) Transition Center. And exhibitor sponsors: the WNYIL Medicaid Application Assistance Program; Western New York Coalition Pooled Trusts; Neighborhood Legal Services, Inc.; Venture Forthe Personalized Home Care Services; Briarwood Manor Assisted Living Facility; Legal Services for the Elderly, Disabled or Disadvantaged of Western New York; Fallon Health Weinberg; Schofield Care; Meals on Wheels for Western New York; Wellcare Health Plans; Catholic Charities of Buffalo; Asbury Pointe Retirement Community; Niagara County Office of the Aging; Catholic Health LIFE / PACE (Programs of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly); Caring Environments; The Bristol Homes; The Department of Senior Services of Erie County; Guildcare Adult Day Health Program; C Tech Low Vision Products; People Inc.

The Western New York Independent Living, Inc. family of agencies offer an expanding array of services to aid individuals with disabilities to take control of their own lives.

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