Herkimer County receives planning grant

The Herkimer County Office for the Aging is the recipient of the New York State Office for the Aging Age-Friendly Planning Grant Program in the amount of $20,000.

The purpose of this two-year grant is to create at the county level a replicable version of the governor’s executive order to incorporate relevant age-friendly healthy policies and principles aimed to improve the health and wellness of people of all ages.

The Office for the Aging will be collaborating with Herkimer County HealthNet in carrying out the work associated with the grant by considering the American Association of Retired Persons’ eight domains of livable communities and Smart Growth reforms.

“This is a great opportunity for Herkimer County to work with communities and organizations and establish policies to promote the health of people of all ages,” said Kathy Fox, director of the Herkimer County Office for the Aging.

Fox added the decision to work with Herkimer County HealthNet is based on common goals of promoting healthy aging in Herkimer County

Elyse Enea, HealthNet executive director, said the grant supports the work that HealthNet is implementing and it supports its mission, which is to improve the health and well-being of individuals who live, work, play, and learn in Herkimer County.

Once the work is complete over the course of two years, Herkimer County can then apply to become an age-friendly community with AARP.

For more information about the Herkimer County Office for the Aging, call 315-866-1121 or visit https://www.herkimercounty.org.

For more information about Herkimer County HealthNet, call 315-867-1552 or visit https://healthnetinc.org.