Aging Services Network luncheon meeting July 16

It is lunchtime again and it is amazing what you can learn while sharing a meal with your colleagues. This simple principle is what Aging Services Network (ASN) is all about and it is time again to gather, and learn something new.

The next get-together is scheduled in the north county on Wednesday, July 16, at Herbert Star Apartments, 54 Central Ave., Brocton. A luncheon will be offered at $5 per person for those aged under age 60 and those aged over 60 are asked for a $3 donation. The menu for the day is: Salisbury steak with gravy, mashed potatoes, beets, bread and pie or a cold meal consisting of a chicken salad sandwich, chick pea salad, fruit cocktail and pie. Feel free to bring your own lunch as well, there is plenty of room inside and outside where you may sit and eat. If you would like the lunch, make a proper reservation with Kathy Peters by calling (716) 792-7585 by Monday, July 14.

Consider sitting down with ASN, enjoy a meal, and listen to Gary Chilcott, director of Veterans Services for Chautauqua County. Chilcott will discuss, explain and offer information about the many benefits that are available through Veterans Services. It is ASN’s hope to share this benefit information with you so you may be able to relay it to eligible individuals you either work with or serve.

Did you know that according to the 2010 Census Report there are 40,353 individuals living in Chautauqua County aged 55 years and older?

This fact guides Aging Services Network to come together and prepare as professionals working with this special population. ASN’s purpose is to share knowledge, resources and best practices so we may better serve clients, friends, residents, volunteers or neighbors. ASN is an informal gathering of professionals serving the senior population within Chautauqua County. There is not a membership fee and meetings are held quarterly. The luncheon meeting locations are changeable, meeting at different agencies to accommodate everyone countywide and encourage attendees. The meetings may be held at senior centers, churches, senior living complexes or agencies serving seniors. Meetings are for any individual interested in our topics and everyone is welcome to attend. Every meeting hosts a speaker sharing their wisdom and experience about a relevant, specific, senior topic. The instruction is followed by door prizes, plus time dedicated to agency sharing. Everyone tells of their own agency’s special event or share information about opportunities beneficial to seniors. All correspondence concerning meeting times and schedules are handled via e-mail.

The meeting schedule is as follows:

July 16 – Veteran’s and Other Benefits in Chautauqua County with Gary Chilcott, director of Veteran Services at Herbert Star Apartments, 54 Central Ave., Brocton at noon

Oct. 15 – Pet Visitation by Bob Terreberry and Roberta Thompson, MSW, Hospice Chautauqua County Pet Companionship Coordinator at Christ First United Methodist Church, 663 Lakeview Ave., Jamestown at noon

Jan. 21, 2015 – Hispanic Outreach by Linda Melendez, Latino Outreach Specialist at Chautauqua County Adult Day Care, Inc. at St. John’s Church, 733 Central Ave., Dunkirk at noon

If you are interested in joining the Aging Services Network Chautauqua County, contact either co-president, Debbie Basile 665-8039 or Karen Lucks 665-4899 or Secretary/Treasurer Pat Truax Spitale at 499-5355.