Assemblywoman Galef to Host 2010 Senior Forum

Discussion will focus on impacts of new federal health care legislation and aging in place
June 22, 2010

Assemblywoman Sandy Galef has announced that this year her 2010 Senior Forum will be held on Thursday, July 8, 2010 from 9 am- 12 noon and will focus on the impacts of the new Federal Health Care Law and aging in place. The Senior Forum, which will take place at Cortlandt Town Hall, 1 Heady Street, Cortlandt Manor, is an annual event which brings senior citizens of the 90th Assembly District together for an informative morning. The event is sponsored by Hudson Valley Hospital Center. The Senior Forum is free of charge, and no reservations are needed.

This year’s Senior Forum will highlight programs that keep community members healthy and living in the communities they wish to live in. As the population ages, more people are staying in their homes. This is possible in communities that are accessible to seniors and where seniors take initiatives to stay healthy.

The Forum begins with a breakfast buffet at 9 a.m. provided by Hudson Valley Hospital Center. Following breakfast, William Stoner, New York State AARP Associate Director, will talk about the implications of state and federal legislation, specifically the new federal health care law and how it will impact seniors. Hannah Gross from the Westchester County Livable Community Connections will discuss livable communities and how making our communities more accessible to seniors will improve the quality of life for all. Meryle Richman, the owner of Physical Therapy at Briarcliff and Jefferson Valley, will demonstrate easy sitting yoga for all seniors to help their bodies and minds. Attendees should dress comfortably as there will be light physical activity. Dr. Craig Hametz, Board Certified Cardiologist from Hudson Valley Hospital Center will discuss heart health and how to keep our hearts strong through the aging process.

“It is so important that seniors have options as to where they want to reside, which includes living at home and aging in place. Staying healthy is a priority in all our lives, and the new Health Care legislation and staying active affect all of us. I am looking forward to a wonderful morning filled with insightful discussion,” said Galef.

The event is co-sponsored by Bethel Home, Inc., Briarcliff Manor Seniors, Buchanan Senior Citizen Club, Cold Spring Senior Nutrition Center, Cortlandt Seniors, Crompond Seniors, Croton Senior Citizens, Drum Hill Senior Living, Nor-Cort Seniors, Ossining Community Helping Hands, Ossining Golden Age Club #1, Ossining Senior Center, Ossining Senior Citizens, Peekskill Senior Citizen’s Club, Philipstown Senior Citizens, Putnam County AARP Chapter 1183, Putnam County Office of the Aging, Putnam Valley Seniors, The Pines, Verplanck Seniors, and Westchester County Department of Senior Programs and Services.

For more information or directions, contact Sandy Galef’s District Office at (914) 941-1111 or e-mail