How to Organize a Community for Aging in Place

I just got this notice from a Westchester County, NY, colleague about a series of workshops for people who want to create and organize communities to support aging in place. The workshops look great!

I've copied and pasted the email below. Please visit the sponsor's website for more information.

To: Westchester Fairfield Regional Coalition
Below is information that may of some interest to you:

The New York State Office for the Aging (NYSOFA) is pleased to announce
the following training for individuals interested in developing aging in
place initiatives:

“Community Organizing & Coalition Building”

November 9--Plattsburgh
November 12--Kingston
November 17--Batavia
November 19--Cortland
December 1--New York City

Necessary Action: Complete the attached registration form and FAX it
to Cyndy Marshall at (518) 473-6565 no later than October 28, 2009.

Training Schedule: The training workshops are scheduled to begin at 9
a.m. and end by 3:45 p.m. Training locations and other information
about the sites is attached.

Registration: There is no fee for registration. Travel and meal costs
are the responsibility of participants. Staff of area agencies on
aging, AAA subcontractors and other NYSOFA grantee organizations may be
able to charge these incidental expenses to allowable budget lines in
federal- or state-funded grants/contracts.

Who Should Attend: These interactive sessions are designed for
individuals interested in creating communities in which older adults can
safely “age in place” with purpose and dignity. For those new to
organizing community initiatives, this workshop will serve as an
introduction; for those more experienced in organizing, it will serve as
a refresher course and provide tools for training others in the
community. The workshops will use a variety of training modalities
including PowerPoint presentation, case studies, small and large group
discussion; and will be tailored to each region in recognition that
strategies for organizing will differ in rural, suburban and urban

Training Facilitator & Content: Susan Weinrich serves as Vice
President of Organizational and Community Development at the New York
Council of Nonprofits (formerly the Council of Community Services of New
York State) where she provides training and technical assistance to
nonprofit organizations and community-based coalitions. Susan has
served as a community organizer addressing issues such as homelessness
and domestic violence. She has a Master’s Degree in Community
Economic Development.

A tentative outline for the training is listed.

For More Information:

Please contact Cyndy Marshall, Donna DiCarlo or Digna Swingle at
Cyndy: 518 474-7706 or
Donna: 518 474-0441 or
Digna: 518 486-2713 or

Check out NYSOFA aging-related video content on our website.

Please visit NYSOFA's website at

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