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Office for the Aging vital for area seniors

Crystal Carter, Director of the Clinton County Office for the Aging, at her office on Margaret Street in Plattsburgh.

Crystal Carter, Director of the Clinton County Office for the Aging, at her office on Margaret Street in Plattsburgh. Photo by Stephen Bartlett.

— People often contact the Office for the Aging for advice when they begin noticing differences in their loved ones.

The Office for the Aging works with an array of sub-contractors, including legal counseling, JCEO, YMCA, North Country Homes Services, Behavioral Health Services North and dietary assistance.

The agency provides case management, though not for those who are eligible for Medicaid.

“The case manager does a comprehensive in-home assessment,” Carter said. “If they need services, we refer them or authorize services through one of our sub-contractors.”

Those services include home delivered meals, assistance with power of attorney and much more.

“Case managers look at a lot of different things,” Carter said.

The Office for the Aging is vital, she said, because sometimes the needs of older people get lost in the shuffle. It is important to have a program that strictly focuses on seniors.

The Office for Aging services roughly 3,500 individuals yearly.

“It has gone up over the past five years with Baby Boomers and confusion with changes in Medicare,” Carter said.

“Information Assistance is what we focus on the most,” she continued. “When people have information and can make plans, they don’t necessarily need other services.”

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