Age-Friendly Chemung County Business and Organization Designation Awards

ELMIRA- Four business and eight not-for-profit organizations were recently designated Age-Friendly by the Chemung County Age-Friendly Community Coalition.  Age-Friendly Chemung County, a coalition-backed initiative that promotes healthy and active living for people of all ages, is currently accepting applications for the next round of Age-Friendly Business and Organization Designation Awards.

The program aims to identify and recognize businesses and organizations that provide easy-to-navigate, respectful and effective services to people of all ages. Businesses and organizations must meet certain criteria to receive designation. Only businesses located or providing services in Chemung County are eligible to apply.

During the application process, businesses and organizations self-identify their age-friendly characteristics. Applicants then receive an on-site review from representatives of the Age-Friendly Chemung County Coalition.

An Age-Friendly designation can be used as a marketing tool to attract and retain customers and clients, especially older adults. Businesses and organizations that are designated will receive decals for marketing purposes, and recognition on the Age-Friendly Chemung County website and Facebook page. Designees will be recognized at the Chemung County Department of Aging and Long Term Care Older Americans Month Celebration on May 1st.

The deadline to apply is March 1st.

For email/electronic version: Click here for an application form. 

For others: For an application, visit or email

The Age-Friendly Business and Organization Designation Program began in early 2016. Six businesses participated in the pilot and were designated Age-Friendly. They are: AIM Independent Living Center, Arnot Health, Chemung Canal Trust Company, Classic Café, Kingsbury’s Cyclery, and The Arc of Chemung.  Last fall, another twelve businesses and organizations were designated Age-Friendly: D-s Pierogi Place, Valicenti Insurance Services, Walter J. Kent Funeral Home, Gerould’s Professional Pharmacies, Able2 Enhancing Potential, Bethany Village, CareFirst, Community Arts of Elmira, Community Dispute Resolution Center, Corning Community College Academic Workforce Development Center, Horseheads Family Resource Center, and Woodbrook Assisted Living Residence.

Age-Friendly Chemung County is an initiative to make Chemung County an attractive place to live and age well. The Age-Friendly Chemung County Community Action Plan was developed by a coalition of citizens, organizations, businesses and municipal agencies. The coalition continues to oversee implementation of the plan, which addresses outdoor spaces and buildings, transportation, housing, social participation, respect and social inclusion, civic participation and employment, communication and information, and community support and health services.

In December 2012, Chemung County became the first upstate New York community to be admitted into the World Health Organization Global Network of Age-Friendly Cities and Communities.

Chemung County Age-Friendly Organization Award Winners from left to right: Kym Beckman-Draht of Able2 Enhancing Potential, Carol Lincoln and Tom Santobianco of Bethany Village, Mary Mosteller From CareFirst, Lynn Rusinko and Joe Caparulo of Community Arts of Elmira, Paula Wright of Community Dispute Resolution Center, Dr. Kathrine P. Douglas of Corning Community College Academic Workforce Development Center, Joan Ostrander of Horseheads Family Resource Center, AARP NY Associate State Director and award presenter Randy Hoak, Laurie Sweeney of Woodbrook Assisted Living Residence

Chemung County Age-Friendly Business Award Winners from left to right: Daria Oravec of D’s Pierogi Place, Suzanne Valicenti of Valicenti Insurance Services, Walter Kent of Walter J. Kent Funeral Home, AARP NY Associate State Director and award presenter Randy Hoak, not pictured: Frank Steed of Gerould’s Professional Pharmacies