• Most Seniors today are healthier and more active than their parents. As a result, Baby Boomers are living longer and changing how people retire. The majority of these Baby Boomers want to live independently in a house instead of relocating to a retirement community. However, as people age, there may arise situations where independent seniors may need varying degrees of assistance. Also, the opportunity to engage with others outside of the home is both physically and mentally beneficial.

    Area Resources

    Onondaga County Office for AgingThe Onondaga County Office for Aging is the federally designated Area Agency on Aging (AAA) for Syracuse and Onondaga County. The mission of this office is to provide a system of services for aging residents, their families, and caregivers. Services provided include advocacy, planning, and program funding. The intent of the Onondaga County Office for Aging is to

    • Help seniors who are aging at home find resources and services that support independent living.
    • Is a focal point for information related to healthy living and/or care in the home
    • Assist seniors and their caregivers to get the services they need
    • Share aging resources by partnering with area organizations

    Seniors Helping Seniors – is an in-home service comprised of aging adults who assist other seniors who live in Onondaga, Madison, and Cortland counties. Home care services are provided by caregivers who help to make their aging in home counterparts’ lives better by providing continued independent living, through helping with daily tasks.

    Our in-home care services empower seniors to continue to live independent lives by taking care of day-to-day tasks that become more challenging as you age. As your health and personal requirements change, we’re here to assist in the ways you find most helpful.

    CNY211 – Connects aging adults by phone with information about services throughout Central and Northern New York. Individuals can call from a cell phone or landline anywhere in Onondaga, Oswego, Jefferson, Lewis, or St. Lawrence County for free help locating essential resources such as health care and food. 211 is a starting point for small rural communities that are not closely located to a larger town or city. This database is free and available 24/7.

    The Senior Center and Social Day Program – Operated by the Salvation Army offers places for socialization and nutrition that support independence for area seniors. In addition, referral service with Care Case Managers advocates for seniors and their families/caregivers. This program also gives family members time off by providing a safe place where elderly parents can be taken for a given time. The Salvation Army’s day programs actually benefit the elderly by proving an environment to socialize with other seniors and meals.

    Syracuse Oasis – The mission of this national organization, including the CNY branch is lifelong learning, healthy living, and volunteerism for +50 adults. Oasis has provided opportunities for aging adults to learn, to maintain good health, and derive satisfaction from giving back to their communities. Oasis Everywhereprovides even more options to enroll in virtual classes with teachers and course instructors, and presenters from Oasis centers based through the U.S.

    CNY 55+ is the first-ever upstate NY magazine designed for area Baby Boomer readers. The focus is on many topics of interest to individuals who are 55 years and older.

    CARE (LeMoyne College). This program focuses on area senior citizens from all walks of life. The staff is committed to providing education and resources for aging adults, caregivers. and organizations that provide services. CARE’s mission is centered on a foundation of spiritual, mental, financial, and physical wellbeing for seniors. CARE also sponsors a “Spirituality in Aging Series” and maintains a list of links to community resources for aging individuals that includes an introduction to each agency.

    InterFaith Works – Offers programming to area seniors to help them avoid isolation and loneliness, two things that often are an outcome of aging.

    Program Highlights

    • Senior Companions – volunteers 55+ who offer assistance and friendship to seniors who need help with daily tasks, such as shopping or paying bills.
    • Gather Around -a conversational ESL class designed to assist senior refugees.
    • Medical Supply Closet – Assists refugee families to ensure the ability to move about, safety, and independent living of aging loved ones.