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News Release    

March 1, 2009      

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William R. Steinhaus, County Executive
(845) 486-2000

Dutchess County Office of the Aging Praised by New York State

Poughkeepsie… “Quality services”.... “Professionalism”….. “Well crafted”…..these are words used by New York State to describe the Dutchess County Division of Aging Services in the state’s recently completed Annual Evaluation.   The official review by the New York State Division of Aging Services covers the county’s management of its programs, developmental activities, and compliance with regulations and other requirements.

“Our Division of Aging Services works to meet the needs of the seniors as well as the caregivers of our community in new and innovative ways,” said Dutchess County Executive William R. Steinhaus.  “We have seen firsthand the positive impact that socialization has on seniors though programs such as our Senior Summer Picnic Program and our award-winning Exercise Program.  These programs help keep many of seniors engaged in the community and add to their quality of life.”

The state commended the Division of Aging Services for “connecting seniors in Dutchess County to an array of well crafted opportunities that serve to educate and enhance their quality of life.”  Programs were praised for addressing “the vital and essential elements of both the physical and mental well being of seniors.”

The Annual Evaluation covered core services and activities such as monitoring, client satisfaction, reporting, nutrition services, home care, and file reviews.  It specifically praised local initiatives like the Senior Exercise Program, Summer Picnic Program and Brain Games as being “important in addressing the vital and essential elements of both the physical and mental well being of seniors.”  Seminars and workshops such as “Plan Now for Your Aging Population” and “Own Your Future” were cited for providing opportunities to explore the areas of health insurance, advanced directives and necessary components for successful aging in place.

Division of Aging Services Director John Beale said, “It is very gratifying to receive such praise from New York State.    With the support of County Executive Steinhaus, we have greatly expanded the DCOFA’s reach and impact in our community, all while keeping costs down.   We are proud of the positive difference we make in the lives of our County’s seniors.”

The Dutchess County Division of Aging Services encourages all seniors to learn more about their programs and services by logging on to or calling (845) 486-2555.

“I wish to extend my appreciation and thanks to all of the members of the OFA team, staff and volunteers alike, who under the leadership of Director John Beale have helped make the Dutchess County Division of Aging Services a leader in New York State,” concluded County Executive Steinhaus.



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