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Hearings help Office for the Aging help seniors

The Clinton County Office for the Aging has just finished up this years round of public hearings. We hold these hearings annually at nutrition sites around the county in order to educate and inform the public about Office for the Aging's programs and services.

More importantly, we want to hear from seniors who use our programs about what works, what doesn't, and what changes they would like to see. We use this information to mold our current programming, and to introduce new programs.

Some of the topics of interest to seniors this year were Home Energy Assistance Program eligibility guidelines, and what kind of benefit they could expect this year; what kind of assistance is available for home weatherization; Health Insurance Counseling, and how to pick a Medicare part D Plan, employment for seniors, and transportation, to name a few.

Transportation is a hot topic, with high fuel prices, a large county, and people having a variety of transportation needs. Clinton County Public Transit does a great job with regular city and rural routes, and also the Paratransit bus for people who cannot access the regular routes, but they are unable to serve everyone. The Office for the Aging helps fund two buses which currently do both city and rural routes with a suggested contribution of $1 city and $2 rural for people 60 years of age and older. We are currently working with CCPT to improve on these services and make them more user friendly to seniors.

Overall, we had very positive responses to the public hearings. Most seniors appreciate the programs and services we offer. We welcome their input and invite them to call the Clinton County Office for the Aging at 565-4620 with any questions or concerns.

The Senior Connection is a column provided by the Clinton County Office for the Aging. For more information about services for senior citizens, contact their office at 135 Margaret St., Suite 105, Plattsburgh or call them at 565-4620.

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