The representative of the Albany Public Library announced that the library
has purchased the Book Mobile. It
will be converted to a cyber-mobile.
The representative of Mansion Neighborhood provided information about the
upcoming House and Garden Tour
Guest Speakers -
Services for Older Americans
Patty Smith Wilsey – Albany County Department for Aging
The Albany County Department for Aging funds and
coordinates the provision of a variety of services to seniors and the disabled
who are 18 years or older.
Expanded In-Home Services (EISEP): Home
care attendants assess and tend to personal health needs.
Residents 60 years of age or older and those who are over 18 and disabled
qualify for this service. Fees are
based on a sliding scale. The
program is now consumer-directed, meaning clients have direct input into
Skilled Nursing: 1,100 clients
receive at-home nursing care. This
program is self-directed as well.
Adult protective services
Adult Day Care Services: Social,
recreational, and therapeutic activities in a supervised setting.
Includes transportation and meals.
Dining Services: Hot meals
provided at several sites. Available
to residents 60 or older or their spouse. Contributions
Home Delivered Meals (Meals-on-Wheels) in cooperation with Senior Service
Centers: Delivers one or two meals
daily and provides nutritional counseling. Recipients
must be incapacitated, lack support from family, and be without the means to
prepare meals. Contributions
Assistance with code enforcement issues
Assignment of guardians when necessary
Cindy Kather – Senior Services of
Senior Services of Albany was formed 53 years ago and
presently operates facilities at West View,
Nutrition services: Meals-on-Wheels
and community dining
Enrichment and socialization: Senior
Services Centers, Senior Wellness Program, congregate meals at
Senior resource centers and elder
Resources and referrals, community education, home visits and shopping
assistance, transitional case management, weatherization assistance
Health and Wellness programs
Transportation to and from medical appointments and senior centers
Caregiver support: counseling
and respite for caregivers and educational presentations in the community
Tanya Zelman – Neighborhood Health Advocate Program
Offices for this program are located at Clinton and
North Lake Avenues. In cooperation
with the West Hill Ministers Fellowship, it provides advocacy services to senior
citizens who reside in the West Hill Neighborhood.
No hands-on services are provided; seniors are linked to a variety of
resources by volunteers that include social workers and social work students,
nurses and nursing students and lay advocates who are trusted by residents
because they have been active in their community for many years.
The program’s philosophy is to allow seniors to age graciously and
empower them to lead healthy lives.
Zoning Committee: Will meet
the week of June 6
Codes Committee: Monthly
meetings scheduled with Nick DiLello to address (1) a systematic approach to
problem resolutions rather than reaction to individual problems; (2)
recommendation that codes issues be posted on the city’s website; (3)
recommendations about complaint forms; (4) history of 5 specific buildings; (5)
print outs of complaints received
Budget Committee: There have
been several e-mail exchanges between members but no recent meetings.
Capital District Association of Rental Property Owners - Judd Feinman
presented information about this volunteer association of rental property
owners. The organization meets the
second Thursday ten months of the year at the Clairion Inn at Exit 6 of the
Northway; annual membership dues are $43.00.
The Association provides support and assistance to Capital District
rental property owners in the form of newsletters, financial advice, information
sharing, landlord training and seminars, and a number of other issues.
Members believe that code enforcement can improve the quality of life in
the region’s cities and that
meeting adjourned at