Office For The Aging

Special Events Programs & Services

Steve Newcomb
Office for the Aging


 435 East Henrietta Rd., 3rd Floor, Faith-East
Rochester, NY 14620
 Phone: (585) 753-6280
 Fax: (585) 753-6455
[email protected]

NEW! The intergenerational Fall Cleanup is happening October 29th. View the flyer below for more information.

Fall Cleanup Volunteer Flyer


If you are 60 and over or a family caregiver contact NY Connects/ Lifespan at (585) 325-2800 or (585) 244-8400 for assistance.

See Monroe County webpage for more details.

Summer Health and Safety Tips

For many people, summer means trips to the beach, cookouts, baseball games and vacations. During these summer months, Older Adults especially need to take extra health and safety precautions.

Older New Yorkers and their family members should take precautions in extreme heat, as high temperatures and humidity, coupled with COVID-19, can create hazardous conditions for older adults. 

Exposure to extreme heat can cause a variety of health problems, including heat stroke and death.

Finding ways to stay cool and safe, both at home and outside, are more important than ever in this environment. It is important to protect one’s skin from the sun’s harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays, which can cause cancer. One should apply a thick layer of sunscreen with sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 15. Wear sun-protective clothing or long sleeves and pants to keep the skin covered. Avoid being outside when the sun is strongest, usually between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. If one cannot avoid being outdoors during these hours, seek a shady spot under an umbrella, tree or other shelter. Wear a hat and sunglasses.

Learn to recognize the warning signs of heat-related illness that include:

  • Sudden dizziness, nausea, weakness, excessive thirst
  • Swelling in the legs or ankles
  • Clammy skin
  • Rapid pulse

If one notices these signs, one needs to cool down and drink water to prevent dehydration.

One should seek medical assistance if one experiences fainting, behavior changes, body temperature over 104 degrees, dry skin, strong and rapid or weak and slow pulse.

Tips for keeping cool this summer

  • Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water
  • Wear loose-fitting clothing
  • Maintain air conditioning or fans at home.  Learn more about the HEAP Cooling Benefit and opportunity to get an air conditioning unit or 1-800-342-3009
  • Avoid using the oven on very hot days
  • Check on older adults that live alone
  • Limit outdoor activities to mornings and evenings when it is cooler. Be sure to decrease your overall level of physical exertion. 

Enjoy summer by spending more time outdoors experiencing the mental and physical benefits of being in nature, getting more exercise and socializing safely.

Check out following links for more details

Age-Friendly / Livable Community

Our community, like our nation, is aging. This reality is fostering a national and even worldwide movement about how to make communities more age-friendly and more livable for all.

The 2020 Monroe County transition report states “Monroe County should champion the Livable Communities (Age-Friendly) model. A Livable/Age Friendly community is one that is safe and secure, has affordable and appropriate housing and transportation options, and offers supportive community features and services. Once in place, those resources help enhance personal independence, support residents to age in place, and foster engagement in the community’s civic, economic and social life.”

Age-Friendly Communities have Three Characteristics.

1. Age is not a significant barrier to the maintenance of life-long interests and activities.

2. Supports and accommodations exist to enable individuals with disabilities to meet basic health and social needs.

3. Opportunities exist for older adults to develop new sources of fulfillment and engagement.

In partnership with the Rochester/Monroe County Aging Alliance, a plan has been developed. Our goal is to create an inclusive, age-friendly community for all citizens of Monroe County.

Meal Opportunities

The following Senior Centers are offering Grab-n-Go boxed meals. Contact the Senior Centers directly to RSVP and get more information.

  • Baden - Lunch  Monday - Thursday 
  • Charles Settlement House - Lunch Monday and Thursday
  • Town of Chili - Lunch Monday
  • Lifespan Lily Cafe - Lunch Monday and Friday

The following Senior Centers are offering Congregate meals. Contact the Senior Centers directly to RSVP and get more information.

  • Centro de Oro - Lunch Monday - Friday
  • Charles Settlement House - Lunch Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday
  • Community Place - Lunch Monday - Friday
  • Lifespan Wolk Cafe - Lunch Monday - Friday 
  • Lifetime Assistance Lodge on the Canal - Lunch Tuesday - Friday 
  • Montgomery Southwest / Swan - Lunch Monday - Friday
  • Town of Gates - Lunch Tuesday and Thursday
  • Town of Greece - Lunch Monday - Friday
  • Town of Henrietta - Lunch Monday - Wednesday
  • Town of Hilton / Parma - Lunch Tuesday
  • Town of Irondequoit - Lunch Monday - Friday
  • Town of Ogden - Lunch Monday, Wednesday and Friday
  • Town of Pittsford - Lunch Monday, Wednesday and Friday
  • Town of Webster - Lunch Monday - Friday 
  • Town of Wheatland - Lunch Monday and Wednesday 

Combat Social Isolation

Social Isolation Resources

Human beings are social creatures. Our connection to others enables us to survive and thrive. Yet, as we age, many of us are alone more often than when we were younger, leaving us vulnerable to social isolation and loneliness—and related health problems such as cognitive decline, depression, and heart disease.

  • Social isolation significantly increases a person’s risk of premature death from all causes, a risk that may rival those of smoking, obesity, and physical inactivity.
  • Social isolation is associated with about a 50% percent increased risk of dementia.
  • Poor social relationships (characterized by social isolation or loneliness) is associated with a 29% increased risk of heart disease and a 32% increased risk of stroke.
  • Loneliness is associated with higher rates of depression, anxiety, and suicide.
  • Loneliness among heart failure patients is associated with a nearly 4 times increased risk of death, 68% increased risk of hospitalization, and 57% increased risk of emergency department visits.

Social Isolation Activities

  • Board and Card Games – Yahtzee, Scrabble, Solitaire, Concentration and Trivial Pursuit are games that can be played alone, or virtually online. These are areas where working memory functions.
  • Puzzles – Puzzles are a great way to pass time, and studies have shown improvements in memory when seniors worked on puzzles for as little as 45 minutes a day, twice per week.
  • Brain-Training Computer Games – This can reduce dementia by up to 28%.
  • Memory Boxes – Memory boxes are a good way of stimulating and recalling favorite memories. Build a collection of old photos, items reminiscent of work or volunteering, and any objects that mean something and put them in the box to peruse when bored. If someone is especially agitated, looking at these objects may have a calming effect.
  • Old movies – Many of us have old home videos or movies featuring family fun or our favorite performers. Furthermore, there are so many television channels and streaming platforms from which to choose, virtually any movie or classic TV show can be found and binged!
  • Books – Escape reality by diving into a novel. You probably have a small library from which to choose, so gather a few hard covers or paperbacks and do some reading. If you have an e-reader, consider a new release. Many libraries have curbside pickup or delivery as well.
  • Exercise – Chair exercises, walking, riding a stationary bike, yoga, dance, Tai Chi, and almost anything that gets the body moving, will help strengthen muscles and improve mood and mental acuity by increasing oxygen and blood flow to the brain.
  • Crafts – Many people love to craft, and crafting can take many different forms. Knitting, needlepoint, painting, stenciling, stringing beads, arranging flowers or making musical instruments are just a few examples of crafts suitable for seniors.
  • Music – We all have our favorite tunes, musicians, bands, and genres of music. Turn on your favorite tunes while you’re relaxing, cleaning, playing games, or exercising. Music has a way of soothing the soul!
  • Cook – If you enjoy cooking and baking, cook and bake!
  • Communicate – Reach out to family, friends, and neighbors to see how they’re doing during this crazy time. The recipient of a call, text, email, letter or card will feel very special and it will be good emotional support for you both!

Check out detailed list of resources and activities that can keep you engaged while you are home

Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program

Our office has received and distributed the necessary materials for the Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP) to the distribution sites within Monroe County. 

We recommend that you call the distribution site to see if they have specific dates for distribution and to see if they have any remaining coupon books. 

Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program Info

MCOFA has been alloted additional coupons and will be distributing these coupons at the following sites (one time distribution only):

Thursday, 9/15, 10 12pm  Plymouth Gardens (1400 Plymouth Avenue South, Rochester, NY 14611)

Thursday, 9/15, 12:30 – 2:30pm  Kennedy Towers (666 S. Plymouth Ave, Rochester, NY 14608)

Monday, 9/19, 10 - 12 pm - Lake Tower (321 Lake Ave., Rochester, NY 14608)

Tuesday, 9/20, 1 – 3pm  Keeler Park Apartments (501 Seneca Manor Drive, Rochester, NY 14621)

Wednesday, 9/21, 10:30 – 12:30pm  Hudson Ridge Tower (401 Seneca Manor Drive, Rochester, NY 14621)

Tuesday, 9/27, 11 – 1pm  Prayer House Church  of  God  by  Faith (270  Cumberland  Street, Rochester, NY 14605)

We Excel In Aging Well!

The Monroe County Office for the Aging (MCOFA) was established by the Monroe County Legislature in 1973 and designated by the Federal and State governments as the Area Agency on Aging under Title III of the Older Americans Act for our service area. MCOFA is proud to celebrate over 47+ years of delivering high quality, efficient, and effective long-term care services and supports to meet the changing needs of our community's older adults, caregivers of any age, and individuals with disabilities.

MCOFA is an administrative division within the Department of Human Services (DHS) and the governmental entity authorized to receive and allocate Older Americans Act and state funds for services and supports of community based long-term care. The primary responsibilities of MCOFA focus on planning, advocacy, and coordination activities.

These responsibilities are:

  • To develop and implement a consumer-focused comprehensive four-year plan of coordinated services responsive to the priority needs of older persons, caregivers, and persons with disabilities in Monroe County. Services under this plan are delivered either directly by MCOFA, or through community based organizations under contract with Monroe County. This plan is known as the "Area Plan" and MCOFA submits annual updates to the New York State Office for the Aging to meet the changing short and long-term needs of those served in Monroe County. 
  • To advocate on behalf of the needs of older adults, caregivers, and persons with disabilities. MCOFA does this by monitoring, evaluating, and commenting on policies, programs, and community actions which affect individuals served in Monroe County.
  • To coordinate our planning and service activities with other agencies and organizations to promote the most efficient use of existing resources and to promote new and expanded benefits for older adults, caregivers, and persons with disabilities in Monroe County.
  • To assist in the transformation of our system to provide flexible services that are person/family centered, strengths-based, culturally competent and evidence-based.

To accomplish these objectives, MCOFA collaborates extensively with other DHS and county divisions, service providers, and community groups.  Services are targeted to individuals with the highest social and economic need. An appointed Council for Elders made up of area professionals and consumers advises MCOFA in accordance with Older Americans Act regulations. This Council advises in the following areas:

  • Assisting in the development of the Area Plan before submission to the New York State Office for the Aging (NYSOFA);
  • Conducting and attending public hearings;
  • Representing the interests of older adults (advocacy); and,
  • Reviewing and commenting on community policies, programs, and actions affecting older persons with the intent of assuring maximum coordination and responsiveness to older adults.

In 1973, there were 97,000 individuals 60 years of age and older in Monroe County. Today, there are more than 183,969 individuals age 60 and older, and 21% have at least one disability.  It is our goal to ensure that Monroe County’s older citizens have access to the programs and services they need to remain independent and “Excel in Aging Well.”

Office For The Aging Goals

  1. Encourage safe, active, and independent lifestyles with timely and responsive systems of quality community-based services and supports;
  2. Promote the rights of older adults and prevent their abuse, neglect and exploitation;
  3. Empower older adults, individuals with disabilities, their families, and the public to make informed decisions about, and be able to access, existing health, long-term services and supports and other service options;
  4. Promote job training and readiness skills for older adults who want to remain in the workforce, and to help care for our community's older residents and individuals with disabilities needing support to maintain independence.

Monroe County's NY Connects Program: (585) 325-2800

NY Connects of Monroe County, Your Link to Long Term Services and Supports - (800) 342-9871 or (585) 325-2800

NY Connects: Your Link to Long-Term Services and Supports, is a free information and assistance service that is available to individuals and their families to help them make informed decisions regarding their long-term care needs. Advisors provide information regardless of the type(s) of disability or age of the individual needing help with long term care. Free translation services are available for individuals who do not speak English as a primary language or are Deaf and utilize American Sign Language.

Advisors are experienced social workers who provide information, guidance, and referral on an array of topics. Topics covered include housing, chore services, personal care, transportation, adult day care, respite for caregivers, guardianship, support groups, nursing home placement, Medicaid, public benefits, mental health counseling, home health care, socialization, nutrition, wellness programs to assist with chronic disease and falls prevention, geriatric physician referral and more.

NYS Resource Directory of Services

Call For Volunteers Interested in Helping Caregivers

We, and our partner agencies, are always looking for volunteers. Volunteers are needed for help with data entry, special events, senior companions, respite relief and more. Are you looking for way to give back to your community? Are you interested in helping our community's older adults and the families that care for them? We have short term and long term opportunities. If yes, please call our offices at (585) 753-6280 or NY Connects at (585) 325-2800.

Caregiving is a difficult job. When we care for our loved ones, we are often afraid or even too tired to ask for help. If you are a Caregiver in need of a hand, or you want to help a caregiver and don't know how, please check out the info at NYS Caregiver Respite Program.

The More You Know

Know your rights when it comes to Life Insurance and Life Settlements: 

Helpful Online Resources

Monroe County Office for the Aging Programs and Services are funded in part by Monroe County, New York State Office for the Aging, US Administration for Community Living, United Way, and participant contributions. We value our partnerships in order to meet the needs of our community's older adults and their caregivers.

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