What is aging in place?

Aging in Place is a national movement of older adults working together in their communities to support their preference to remain at home as they grow older, while also getting the care and support they need.  Aging in Place, also known as Aging in Community, organizations may directly deliver services or act as a conduit, organizing access to home repair and maintenance, transportation, healthcare, legal, financial, social and educational programs and services.

What is healthy, active aging?

We define health as something much more than freedom from disability and illness.  Even if you have a disability or illness, you’re healthy if you can adapt and change, and still go places and do things that are meaningful to you.  See a full discussion from The Heller Imprint, Summer 2012 Alumni Edition here

What financial questions should adult children ask?

While preparing for their own retirement, people in their 50s and 60s often take on a new role as caretakers for their parents.  Instead of waiting for a crisis to occur, it’s a good idea to sit down and discuss your parents’ finances with them, especially if they need help making life choices.  Click here to a great list of questions.  Compliments of Nancy Gould – Board Member.

What is geriatric care management?

Professional geriatric care management (GCM) is the process of planning and coordinating the care of older adults or people with disabilities in order to improve their quality of life and maintain their independence for as long as possible. Care managers also are invaluable team members working to provide families peace of mind, especially when families are separated by many miles.  GCMs regularly do the following:

  • Prepare a comprehensive assessment of individual and family needs,
  • Prepare personalized care plans in order to address home care, medical, social connections, financial and legal planning, and transportation needs,
  • Serve as an advocate for a loved one who is hospitalized, convalescing in rehabilitation, or living in assisted living, nursing home or independent settings.
  • Advise families and older adults on transitions as conditions change.

Does the Boxwood Alliance charge a membership fee?

No.  The Boxwood Alliance does not charge a membership fee.  The organization relies financially on the Corporate Sponsorships, grants and individual/family donations.

Why did you name the organization “Boxwood”?

We chose the name ‘Boxwood’ because the plant is resilient and widespread in the region.  Bedford’s Dick Farrell, a Boxwood co-founder, came up with the name as a symbol of longevity and something connected to this area.  

Like early settlers of the lower Hudson Valley, the Boxwood came from Amsterdam.  “The first planting occurred about 1653 at Sylvester Manor on Shelter Island, the NW part of Long Island in New York, using boxwood brought over the Atlantic Ocean from Amsterdam.”  Source:  The Boxwood Society, www.boxwoodsociety.org.

For more information, call us at 914-764-3014 or email info@theboxwood.org.

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