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Aging in Community


The Aging in Community initiative began with a booklet, which provides 10 themes to consider for nursing home diversion and discharge, and shares stories with lessons learned that further illustrate the themes. These stories embody good practice and inspire others to help people age with meaningful relationships, personal growth, in homes of their choice and as members of their communities.

From that beginning, Aging in Community was expanded to production of a television program intended as an outreach to families living at home with people aging with developmental disabilities to share successful strategies for remaining at home as long as possible, to inform families and caregivers how they can reach OPWDD to get information about services available within their locality. It is also an outreach to community members across New York State to educate them on how they can lend a hand to help aging neighbors successfully remain at home.

Since all aging people face the same challenges, and need the same support, OPWDD partnered with the New York State Office for the Aging to also inform citizens about services available through that agency. For information about NYSOFA services available in your county, follow the link to the county area agencies on the web page located at or contact the senior citizens help line at 1-800-342-9871.

To find information about aging services for people with developmental disabilities, contact the local Developmental Disabilities Services Office (DDSO) through the Aging Contact List or contact the information line at 1-866-946-9733.

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The video is the second phase of the Aging In Community initiative.  Designed as a training component, the film has been broken into chapters that can be viewed on YouTube separately.  The video aims to inform, provide tips and open new ways of thinking to enhance the quality of life for people aging with developmental disabilities.  Whether you are a direct support professional working with a person who has a developmental disability, or a family member or caregiver of a person with a developmental disability, this training is for you.

The Aging In Community project was made possible by a grant from the Developmental Disabilities Planning Council.