Improving Service

It is amazing what one can learn over an occasional cup of coffee with colleagues. This simple principle is what Aging Services Network (ASN) is all about. Just take an hour every three months, sit down together in a group, enjoy a cup of coffee with friends and listen to a presentation about a topic in one’s field.

Sharing time, talents and expertise is what ASN is trying to achieve.

According to the United State Census Bureau, 16.8 percent of Chautauqua County residents are aged 65 or older. These people are looked after and assisted by many agencies and individuals within our county. ASN was created to gather the professionals working with this 60-plus population together to share knowledge, resources and best practices, so they may better be prepared to serve their clients, friends, residents, volunteers or neighbors.

ASN is that informal gathering of professionals serving the senior population within Chautauqua County. There is not a membership fee and meetings are held quarterly – January, April, July and October on the third Tuesday of each month at 2 p.m.

Sometimes meetings may be scheduled at different times to adapt for special speakers. The meeting locations are changeable, meeting at different agencies to encourage attendance. The meetings are held at senior centers, senior living complexes or agencies serving seniors.

The meetings are not only for professionals working with seniors, as the residents or individuals of wherever ASN meets are always invited and encouraged to attend. Each meeting hosts a speaker. Each presentation instructs about a relevant, specific, senior topic with the speaker sharing their expertise in their designated field.

The formal instruction is followed by refreshments, two door prizes, plus time dedicated to agency sharing. Everyone tells of their own agency’s special event or shares information about opportunities beneficial to seniors. All correspondence concerning meeting times and schedules are all handled via email.

The 2013 schedule is as follows:

Tuesday: Patient’s Pharmacy, Inc. – United Methodist Gardens, 430 E. Ave., Falconer, 2 p.m.

April 16: Legal Assistance of Western New York – Rosch Activity Center (Lutheran campus), 184 Aldren Ave., Jamestown, 2 p.m.

July 16: Cindy Aronson, trainer specializing in communication and organizational development – Bemus Point United Methodist Church, 4954 Bemus-Ellery Road, Bemus Point, 2 p.m.

Oct. 15, William Tucker, executive director, American Red Cross of Southwestern New York on Disaster Preparedness – Dunkirk Senior Center, 45 Cliffstar Court, Dunkirk, 2 p.m.

Those interested in joining the Aging Services Network-Chautauqua County, can contact either co-president Debbie Basile at 665-8039, co-president Karen Lucks at 665-4899, or Secretary/Treasurer Pat Truax at 661-8941.