AOA Directors Update

By Bethany Lay

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This month we are thrilled to welcome back four AOA staff members:

Irma Cortes is the new Senior Advocate for both territories. Irma previously worked at AOA for seven years and is well acquainted with AOA programs and services. Irma is available to meet with and provide assistance to Seneca Elders. She is also planning and coordinating trips and entertainment for Seneca Elders. Irma can be reached at the Wini Kettle Senior Center at (716)532-5777, ext. 5513.
Raven Lay is the new Activities Coordinator in Cattaraugus. She has worked at AOA for over a year and was previously an Activities Leader. Raven will be coordinating activities like bingo, potluck dinners, crafts and other new games and activities. Pool and shuffleboard tournaments have resumed at Cattaraugus and many Elders have stopped in to participate or to work on their sewing and other crafts.
Nancy Printup has been with AOA for 21 years and recently returned as our Allegany Activities Coordinator. She looks forward to planning activities like bingo, coffee hour, and exercise and Seneca language classes for Elders.
Dorsie John-Bluesky is our Allegany Activities Leader and has been at AOA for over 10 years. Dorsie has enjoyed visiting with Elders again at the Senior Center and will be planning crafts and activities like beadwork, card-making and sewing.

The Wini Kettle Senior Center and Seneca Allegany Elders Center are currently open daily from 8am-4pm. Evening and weekend hours will be added soon. If you would like to join us for congregate dining please call for reservations by 3pm the day before. Please note that we are still following COVID safety precautions, including: temperature screenings, social distancing and mask wearing for unvaccinated individuals. If you are not feeling well, please stay home.

Some other AOA services that are available to Seneca Elders are free legal assistance, emergency minor home repair, caregiver support, and assistance obtaining long-term services and supports. Home delivered meals, personal response units, adult day services and in-home contact and support are available to qualifying homebound Elders upon assessment.

If you need support or assistance, please don’t hesitate to contact AOA in Cattaraugus at (716)532-5777 or Allegany at (716)945-8990. We hope you are staying safe and healthy and we hope to see you soon.

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Seneca Allegany Elder Center