Opportunity to show up, stand up, speak up! National Grid Rate Hikes

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Next week the Erie County Legislature will be taking up consideration of a resolution opposing increases in National Grid rates.  Some of you may have been following this issue. AARP has, and continues to oppose rate increases on behalf of our 2.7 million members in YS.

What can you do?

Show up and stand up:

Erie County Legislature February 22nd – Time TBD.  This is an opportunity to stand with advocates from AARP and other organizations to amplify the voice of the 50+, many of whom are worried about the increasing costs associated with housing and utilities.  If interested contact Randy Hoak (AARP New York Associate State Director, rhoak@aarp.org) to get information about the time of the hearing. 

Speak up:

AARP New York will be looking for speakers to deliver testimony at the hearing, and any other press events associated with the hearing.

AARP New York also would like to provide some surround sound on the issue through Letters to the editor.

Call your legislator and let them know you are opposed to the rate hike too!

Contact Randy Hoak (rhoak@aarp.org) if you can help out in anyway!

Health Foundation partners with state to spread Aging Mastery Program across WNY

(Health Foundation for Western & Central New York)

(Health Foundation for Western & Central New York)

The Health Foundation for Western and Central New York has partnered with the New York State Office for the Aging on a 30-month initiative to embed the National Council on Aging’s Aging Mastery Program® in Western New York.

Aging Mastery Program is a nationally recognized, fun and interactive class for adults 55 and older that encourages developing sustainable behaviors that lead to health improvements, stronger economic security, enhanced well-being and increased participation in society.

Learn more about the Foundation and class program in Health Foundation for Western & Central New York website

Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus to help guide Smart Corridor for Main Street

(Buffalo Rising)

(Buffalo Rising)

More inventive thinking and planning is being developed to integrate smart transportation infrastructure and technology to create an innovative, greener, safer, and more accessible street along the Main Street corridor, from Goodell Street to Ferry Street.

Learn more about the project in the Buffalo Rising.

This New York Gallery Has An Unusual Age Limit: No Artists Younger Than 60

The Carter Burden Gallery in Chelsea only shows works by artists who are at least 60 years old. (Carter Burden Gallery)

The Carter Burden Gallery in Chelsea only shows works by artists who are at least 60 years old. (Carter Burden Gallery)

Some artists in New York may be wishing to get older faster. The Carter Burden Gallery in New York caters to artists age 60 and older. No kids allowed.

"Older adults do not stop being who they are because they hit a particular age... I think it's giving an opportunity to a group of people that have had the opportunity removed simply because of their age. Opportunities are few and far between at any gallery for any artist of any age, so I think we're trying to just right a wrong, rather than get in the way of anyone else having an opportunity." said gallery director Marlena Vaccaro. 

Learn more about how this gallery is impacting the aging society in the WBFO.

Health Foundation awards $50,000 grant to establish healthy aging framework

The Health Foundation for Western and Central New York has awarded a $50,000 grant to the New York State Department of Health to establish a healthy aging framework within Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Health Across All Policies Initiative and prepare the state’s Prevention Agenda for 2019-2024.

Learn more about how the Health Foundation engages in creating a Healthy Aging Roadmap and making the Health Across All Policies initiative a success in New York.

Don’t miss out on some gardening green!

(Buffalo Rising)

(Buffalo Rising)

Garden Walk Buffalo is more than just America’s largest garden tour – it’s also got its eye on beautifying Buffalo by providing grants to block clubs and community groups toward projects like community gardens, street side planters, historical garden restoration, street pole banners, annuals for baskets and pretty much any garden-related project.

Garden Walk Buffalo Marvin Lunenfeld Beautification Grant Applications now available online but the applications are due Wednesday, February 28, 2018. 

Read more about the past recipients of the grants and new grant application in the Buffalo Rising.