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The pioneering Livable Communities Collaboratives for Aging Services initiative is moving full-speed ahead with plans that reach well into 2014 and beyond on a wide range of vital issues.

The project aims to deliver services to the county’s older residents and reduce costs to the agencies, organizations and businesses that provide them. Collaborative members come from public and private agencies, nonprofit organizations, businesses and the community.

The collaboratives will advocate for change in 19 areas that affect seniors and their families through extensive research and education for the general public.

Those areas are long-term care, elder law and economic security, transportation and mobility management, caregiving, hunger, Alzheimer’s/dementia, palliative care, veterans, sustaining the age-friendly Livability Communities approach, elder abuse, health and wellness and medical advocacy /health insurance. Additional areas of focus are housing, education, intergenerational programs, mental health, multicultural/diversity, technology, disaster planning and the Westchester Disability Advocacy Partnership.

The collaborative project is an initiative of the Westchester County Department of Senior Programs and Services (DSPS) and the Westchester Public/Private Partnership for Aging Services.

For more information, contact Annette Alve at (914) 813-6414 or .