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New York State Office for the Aging Celebrates Senior Citizens' Day 2011 - Older Volunteers Honored at the State Capitol

05/24/2011

The New York State Office for the Aging (NYSOFA) today celebrated Senior Citizens' Day 2011 by recognizing older New Yorkers who are making their communities better places to live through volunteering during a ceremony at the State Capitol in Albany. A group of over 100 older volunteers, nominated by their county Offices for the Aging for their volunteer efforts, were honored. According to the Corporation for National and Community Service, 683,000 older New Yorkers are estimated to serve as volunteers, providing nearly 48 million hours of service at an economic value of $1.3 billion each year.

Lieutenant Governor, Robert J. Duffy addressed the group while presenting Greg Olsen, NYSOFA Acting Director, with a Gubernatorial Proclamation proclaiming May 2011 as Senior Citizens' Month in New York State. The group also visited the Senate and Assembly Chambers to be recognized for their community service.

Governor Andrew Cuomo said, "Today we are recognizing a group of dedicated seniors for their outstanding service to their community. They are examples of the power of volunteering and working to make our neighborhoods stronger and our entire state a better place to live. I applaud these New Yorkers for their commitment to service and for helping those less fortunate than themselves. They are a part of why New York is indeed the Empire state."

Greg Olsen, NYSOFA Acting Director said, "We're honoring these citizens of our state because older New Yorkers volunteer in their communities by the thousands. They are delivering meals to the homebound, providing compassion and friendship to hospice patients, working in schools as mentors for children, providing one-on-one counseling to Medicare beneficiaries, helping to protect residents' rights in health settings, detecting and reporting on healthcare fraud and abuse, and much more. Many more serve in our federal Senior Corp programs which include the Retired Senior and Volunteer Program, The Foster Grandparent Program and the Senior Companion Program. They make their communities better places to live not only for themselves, their peers and their families, but for people of all ages."

Senior Citizens' Day is an annual event sponsored by NYSOFA, its Advisory Committees and Legislative partners to acknowledge the significant contributions made by older New Yorkers to their communities. During the event, "Senior Citizen of the Year Award" and the "Outstanding Contribution Award" are given to those selected by their communities as having made a positive impact on their communities. The theme of this year's event is Honoring those that Make Their Communities Better for Residents of All Ages.

This year's New York State Senate Senior Citizen of the Year Award was presented to Diane Adele Pomeroy of Spring Valley, NY by Senator David Valesky, Chair of the Senate Standing Committee on Aging. The New York State Assembly Outstanding Contribution by a Senior Award was presented to Ardie Bennett of Ithaca, NY by Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz, Chair of the Assembly Aging Committee.

Senior Citizens' Day 2011 - List of county honorees and award recipients

For information about NYSOFA programs and services call our toll free Help line number at 1-800-342-9871 or visit the New York State Office for the Aging website.