Herkimer County Announces Community Survey for Age-Friendly Initiatives
HERKIMER, NY – The Herkimer County Age Friendly Coalition has launched a survey to determinate peoples’ needs as they age in the various Herkimer County communities. Herkimer County Office for the Aging and Herkimer County HealthNet are recipients of the New York State Office for the Aging Age-Friendly Planning Grant Program in the amount of $20,000. The survey is one of the projects identified in support of the grant’s work plan.
The Age-Friendly Planning Initiative is to create at the county level a replicable version of the Governor’s Executive Order to incorporate relevant age-friendly healthy policies and principles aimed to improve the health and wellness of people of all ages. The Office for the Aging will be collaborating with HealthNet and a coalition of more than a dozen organizations with outreach to the community, including this survey in both hard-copy and online versions. The survey can be accessed by clicking https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/KWVVVSX.
The survey questions reflect the work associated with the grant by considering the American Association of Retired Persons (AARPs) eight domains of livable communities and Smart Growth reforms including but not limited to transportation, civic engagement and socialization.
Kathy Fox, Director of the Herkimer County Office for the Aging said, “It is important to determine the needs in each of our county’s communities for the overall aging population. This initiative will ultimately benefit the health of people of all ages.” Kathy Fox also said that their work with Herkimer County HealthNet aligns with promoting health among individuals in Herkimer County.
Elyse Enea, HealthNet Executive Director said, “we understand and have learned that it is a priority for people to live independently in their homes as they age. So we want to learn more about the needs in each of our communities in Herkimer County and work on them to maintain this independence.”
Elyse Enea also stressed that this grant supports the work that the Herkimer County Office for the Aging, HealthNet and its partners are working on which supports HealthNet’s mission to improve the health and well-being of individuals who live, work, play, and learn in Herkimer County.
To participate in the survey, click https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/KWVVVSX. For a hard-copy version and for more information, call Herkimer County Office for the Aging at (315) 867-1121. Herkimer County HealthNet can be reached at (315) 867-1552.