THE WESTCHESTER COUNTY & AARP LIVABLE COMMUNITIES COLLABORATION
Westchester County has been working with AARP for a number of years on various projects and all have effectively met their goal, mission and objectives. The Westchester County Livable Communities – A Vision for All Ages- Bringing People and Place Together, the county’s signature initiative, is engaging hundreds of people of all ages in grass roots advocacy and volunteer activities. This collaboration clearly demonstrates the power of working together in an effort to tackle the challenges our society is facing due to the impact of a rapidly growing aging population. We are turning these challenges into opportunities by connecting people to the resources they need to improve their lives. The Westchester County & AARP Website Portal is designed to save time and offer, with the click of the mouse, a gateway to a range of people, places and services. Click here to begin your journey through Livable Communities.
The Livable Community Connections (LCC) are at the center of activities for Livable Communities projects. They are the hub from which Regional Councils and municipal taskforces and villages are formed. LCC sites are located at existing community-based organizations throughout the county. Each site is headed by a coordinator who, with an advisory council of community leaders from the various municipalities, focus on regional concerns and issues specific to individual municipalities.
Connections coordinators provide educational forums on topics requested by the community – perhaps on elder abuse, older driver safety or healthy eating. They also act as facilitators to put seniors with similar concerns in touch with each other and help them to become their own advocates. For example, they help seniors with common goals to find a meeting place. Or if a group wants to advocate for affordable housing, the coordinator can inform them about hearings scheduled on that topic.
The coordinators also identify gaps in services and create “action agendas” for their regions.
The AARP has helped Westchester set priorities by sponsoring “community visioning” sessions in different parts of the county. These sessions helped coordinators to identify strengths and weaknesses in their regions and to develop practical plans to reach their goals over the next three to five years.
The coordinators welcome calls from people of all ages who are willing to be volunteers. They also hope to hear from experts willing to be included in our speaker’s bureau directory or to teach skills such as computer basics or to offer classes in such life enriching areas as art and dancing.
West Central LCC at Westchester Jewish Community Services
Ardsley, Dobbs Ferry, Elmsford, Greenburgh, Hartsdale, Hastings-on-Hudson, Irvington, Tarrytown
(914) 761-0600, ext. 314
South West LCC at Yonkers Office for the Aging
South Central LCC at Family Services of Westchester
(914) 668-9124, ext. 11
South East LCC at City of New Rochelle Office for Aging
New Rochelle, Pelham/Pelham Manor