Saturday, November 18, 2017


Office of the Aging Hosts Older American’s Month Celebration


ELMIRA - The Chemung County Department of Aging and Long Term Care honored older Americans today with Senior Citizen of the Year Awards and the presentation of Age-Friendly Business & Organization awards at a celebration held at the New Beginnings United Methodist Church. Chemung County Executive Thomas J. Santulli and other local dignitaries read proclamations designating May as "Older Americans Month in Chemung County". 

Nine Senior Citizen of the Year nominees were recognized for ongoing devotion of time and talent to make a great impact on others, without pay or compensation.  Senior Citizen of the Year Awards were presented to Charles Grund and Marlene Carpentier. Charles Grund has served many organizations, including the Elmira Correctional Facility and CareFirst.  His work with inmates helps them on their journey to faith in a very challenging environment. At CareFirst, he offers compassion, empathy, comfort and care to families in need. Charles states that volunteering allows him to give back what he already received. Marlene Carpentier has been the heart of the North Presbyterian Food pantry for over 30 years. She has been responsible for all aspects of the pantry, which served over 5000 individuals this past year. Marlene has also been a literacy volunteer, an American Cancer Society volunteer, and she supported the establishment of the Pantry Patch Garden that supplies fresh produce to local families in need.


The theme for 2017 Older Americans Month is “Age Out Loud", and is intended to give aging a new voice that reflects what today’s older adults have to say about aging. Older adults are working longer, trying new things, and engaging in their communities. They take charge of their own health and well-being and they are focused on being independent, living their lives to the fullest and advocating for themselves and others.


Age-Friendly Designation Awards were presented to twelve businesses and organizations who are striving to provide easy-to-navigate, respectful, and effective experiences and services to our community: Appleridge Senior Living, Caregivers, Center for Disability Rights, Chemung County Library District, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Chemung County, C TRAN, Elmira Chapter 276 AARP New York, Family Home Care Services, First Presbyterian Church of Elmira, Meals on Wheels of Chemung County, Inc., New Beginnings United Methodist Church, and Wallin Insurance Agency, Inc.  Age-Friendly designation reflects support for the vision of Chemung County as a community that encourages active and healthy living.  For more information about how you can help Chemung County be more age-friendly or how Age-Friendly Chemung County can help you, please visit the Age-Friendly Chemung County website at  or contact the Chemung County Department of Aging and Long Term Care at 737-5520.







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