Assemblywoman Galef’s 2011 Senior Forum to Focus on Federal Proposals to Alter Medicare

Forum will also discuss consumer fraud issues and disaster preparedness
July 5, 2011

Assemblywoman Sandy Galef will be hosting her 2011 Senior Forum on Thursday, July 7, 2011, from 9 am- 12 noon at Cortlandt Town Hall, 1 Heady Street, Cortlandt Manor. The Senior Forum is sponsored by Hudson Valley Hospital Center, who is providing breakfast for the guests. This year’s forum will spotlight a variety of issues that affect the residents of the 90th Assembly District including consumer fraud, disaster preparedness, and federal proposals that could alter Medicare. Assemblywoman Galef will also provide a brief update on legislative accomplishments in New York State from the past six months of session.

Ilana Raskind, of the Medicare Rights Center, will be sharing her knowledge on how current federal legislative proposals could alter Medicare. This has been a major topic of discussion in recent months, and Raskind will discuss the proposals and also how the current federal health care reforms will affect the Forum’s attendees. In addition, Gary Brown, from the NYS Attorney General’s Regional Office in Westchester, will inform the audience of the latest scams affecting seniors and steps they should take to protect themselves. Andrea Grimaldi-Grafer, of the Red Cross of Westchester, will share some tips with the seniors so they can be better prepared for any sort of natural or man-made disaster that could affect our area. Rachel Harris, a Clinical Nutrition Manager at Hudson Valley Hospital Center, will be discussing food alternatives that can help seniors’ live healthier lives.

Michelle LeBlanc, a jazz singer and Galef’s constituent from Putnam Valley, will lead off the morning with a musical performance. She will be accompanied on the guitar by Steve Lamattina of Carmel, and Catherine Wald of Mohegan Lake, will join them with a poetry reading.

The senior groups co-sponsoring Galef’s Senior Forum this year are: Buchanan Senior Citizens, Cortlandt Seniors, Crompond Seniors, Croton Senior Citizens, Nor-Cort Seniors, Ossining Senior Citizens, Peekskill Senior Citizens’ Club, Putnam Valley Seniors, Putnam County Office for the Aging, and Verplanck Seniors.

“The topics that will be discussed at my upcoming Senior Forum are ones that affect many people, especially seniors, and I hope that all interested will come participate in what will be a very informative and entertaining morning,” said Assemblywoman Galef.