Monroe County Office for the Aging held its annual public hearing Wednesday morning. It was a chance for seniors and caregivers to get an update on the county's plan for programs and services.
The hearing was kind of a road map of services and this year, the focus is on transportation.
The county says there are some 145,000 people 60 years and older in Monroe County. There are 21 senior centers in Monroe County for activities and programs that also serve hot meals for seniors.
The county and city work together to get seniors to the facilities and back but transportation is a challenge along with funding. Medical Motors, volunteers at Give-a-Lift through Lifespan, RGRTA and Life-Line are all available. The county and all the senior center representatives want to help more seniors get around.
"With cuts at both the federal level and state level over the years it gets more and more challenging because we have the fastest growing population in Monroe County and in the state right now. There are still so many seniors out there who are still home-bound because they are not driving themselves so we want to try and get to those folks so they are not isolated," said Julie Aldrich, director of Monroe County Office for the Aging.
Seniors can find out more about other programs available by calling NY Connects at (585) 325-2800 to help seniors get and stay connected.