Senator Kirsten Gillibrand chose Macedon Public Library as the location last week for her announcement of a five-point master plan to help senior citizens in our region.
Gillibrand’s plan includes 15 different bills currently making their way through senate — with the overall goal of ensuring every American can age with dignity and financial security. This plan, according to Senator Gillibrand’s office, will ensure older Americans have the right to the following: affordable meals, health care, social security benefits, age-in-place, and aging-friendly spaces and employment.
Library Director Stacey Wicksall noted at the event that Macedon Library has extensive programming for seniors, including the management of the Macedon Center Food Shed, which is frequently used by seniors, and diverse programming, from the monthly respite program “Seniors Helping Seniors” for Alzheimer’s disease caregivers to weekly euchre and mahjong games which offer fun and fellowship for seniors.
“Over the course of 10 years, the US Census shows the percentage of people aged 65 and older living in Macedon has increased by 5 percent,” said Wicksall. “The senior population has served our community well, and now it is our turn to pay it forward with programming aimed at their needs.”
Other library initiatives that benefit seniors include a digital privacy booth that can be used by seniors for telemedicine appointments and Macedon Seniors Group meetings.