Poughkeepsie... Dutchess County Executive William R. Steinhaus has announced Division of Aging Services Director John Beale will retire after serving as Department Head for more than 12 years.
County Executive Steinhaus said, “Under the leadership of John Beale, the Dutchess County Division of Aging Services is a renowned model throughout New York State for innovative and important programs for seniors and caregivers. John has worked to improve the quality of life for seniors in our community and he will be greatly missed.”
John Beale began his public service career with Dutchess County Government as a Dutchess County Legislator representing the Town of Wappinger and Village of Wappingers Falls in 1991. As legislator, he chaired the Planning and Capital Projects Committee, the Human Services Committee and the Transportation Advisory Committee. He was appointed as Department Head, serving as Director of the Division of Aging Services by County Executive Steinhaus in April, 1998. Mr. Beale has been Dutchess County’s longest serving Division of Aging Services Director.
Mr. Beale has often been heard saying at events and outreach sessions that “the Division of Aging Services is in the ‘need to know’ business” and under his direction, Dutchess County’s Division of Aging Services has been renowned statewide as a model for informational programs to educate seniors. DUTCHESS NY Connects, a program designed to streamline access to information and assistance about long term care, is used as a best practices model by the NYS Division of Aging Services. OFA’s health insurance education programs, including individualized counseling as well as seminars and workshops such as “Plan Now for Your Aging Population” and “Own Your Future” have been praised on statewide evaluations for providing opportunities to explore the areas of health insurance, advanced directives and necessary components for successful aging in place.
John Beale has been County Executive Steinhaus’ point person to deliver successful senior socialization programs, including the annual Senior Picnic program, the Celebration of Aging event and more. “We know the positive correlation between socialization and healthy aging. John’s engaging manner and infectious enthusiasm with seniors have made these programs successful annual events which so many look forward to,” said Steinhaus. Other OFA socialization programs have focused on senior health and wellness including the national award-winning Senior Exercise Program, the Brain Games program as well as the Family Caregiver Support Program and Falls Prevention Awareness program.
John Rush, Aging Services Representative from NYS Division of Aging Services, wished John Beale the best in retirement writing, “Under your leadership, the Division of Aging Services has provided outstanding programs and services to the seniors in Dutchess County. For that you can be very proud.”
As Division of Aging Services Director, John Beale has been a strong advocate for the needs of senior citizens in Albany and Washington as well as locally. He was elected as a Board Member of the NYS Association of Area Agencies on Aging, representing the 59 Area Agencies on Aging of New York State, serving two terms for a total of 6 years. He also chaired the Hudson Valley Caucus of Area Agencies on Aging for 11 years.. Mr. Beale was also elected to the Board of Directors of the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging, with offices in Washington, DC. He served as a Director until his term expired in 2010. He was also appointed as one of 1200 delegates from across the country by former Congresswoman Sue Kelly to the 2005 White House Conference on Aging.
John Beale has also been a long time active local community volunteer. He has been involved with Rebuilding Together Dutchess County, serving both as a board member and President of the Board of Directors. He has also served as Secretary and Board Member of the Dutchess County YMCA. Mr. Beale is a member of the Poughkeepsie Elks Lodge and is a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Wappingers Falls.
Mr. Beale said, “For the more than 12 years I have had the pleasure of serving as OFA Director, I have truly enjoyed working with all of the staff, dedicated volunteers, our various partners and providers, clients, caregivers and the general public. It is so gratifying to know the positive difference that OFA has made in the lives of so many of our county’s seniors. I am thankful to our County Executive, Bill Steinhaus, for the opportunity to serve the community in this capacity, as well as his support over the years. I feel so fortunate to be able to retire from such a worthwhile position.”
County Executive Steinhaus concluded, “We wish John a very happy and healthy retirement, enjoying time with family and friends. We look forward to seeing him at many of our senior events as well!”