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Lead Agency: Chemung County Department of Aging and Long Term Care Services
Action Plan Download
An action plan is based on the results of community surveys identifying needs within the 8 Domains of Livability that influence the health and quality of life of older adults. While there is flexibility in how a plan is created and what it will do, every action plan includes a statement about what can be achieved, target dates for goal completion, identification of participating organizations and indicators to measure progress. The action plan is an "active" rather than static document. Revisions and amendments are a sign of program improvement and progress.
Action Plan Highlights
TransportationIncrease capacity of safe, accessible and costeffective transportation options for those who do not drive including pedestrian and 7 bicycle routes; secure bicycle racks; private cab services; and volunteer-based, ride share, public, Medicaid, and Department of Aging and Long Term Care transportation programs.
Communication and InformationIncrease public awareness and participation in the Chemung County Eat Well Live Well congregate meal program.
Respect and InclusionProvide a variety of caregiver respite services including adult day programs, home care providers and facility-based providers, with a variety of payment mechanisms available, to meet a variety of needs .
Progress Report Download
Chemung County's regional age-friendly progress report focuses on civic participation and employment, transportation, and outdoor spaces and buildings. The community has developed an age-friendly Business and Organization Guide and designation process, designating over 30 businesses as age-friendly. Additionally, the county created and publicized a resource guide of available transportation options and related services. To revitalize its downtown, the city of Elmira, the county's largest community, was awarded a $10 million grant through the New York State Downtown Revitalization Initiative to support goals that include renovating buildings for commercial and residential use, enhancing and connecting downtown assets, and encouraging walkability. Chemung County also received a grant and is in the process of establishing a land bank to convert vacant properties into uses that support community revitalization.