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LeadingAge NY Submits Comments on Developing a Successful Master Plan for Aging

As part of their participation in the Master Plan for Aging (MPA) subcommittees relating to their respective areas of focus – Long-Term Services and Supports (LTSS); Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS); and Housing, Community Development, and Transportation – LeadingAge NY staff Karen Lipson, Meg Carr Everett, and Annalyse K. Denio have each submitted comments identifying additional areas of focus and workgroups that should be included in the development process and framing the top challenges to creating a successful MPA. The comments were submitted in response to an inquiry from the State MPA team on the proposed structure of the subcommittees and workgroups that will drive recommendations to form the final MPA.

Each response – with the goal of ultimately creating a state in which older adults are supported as their needs change, despite demographic realities and financial constraints – describes obstacles to success in relation to the respondent’s subcommittee, including:

  • investment of adequate resources – and leveraging a scarce workforce – to ensure access to a high-quality, affordable continuum of care that includes housing, HCBS, and LTSS;
  • improving the perception of caregiving and compensation for caregiving careers;
  • expanding HCBS in non-urban areas; and
  • delivering clear and usable information to all New Yorkers about resources available to help them stay healthy as they age.

To ensure that these challenges are appropriately examined during the MPA development process, LeadingAge NY staff recommend the addition or redistribution of certain workgroups, as well as the inclusion of several cross-cutting workgroups within the subcommittee structure, including groups dedicated to the financing of long term care, to workforce, and to consumer outreach and navigation support.

Contact: Annalyse Komoroske Denio, akomoroskedenio@leadingageny.org, 518-867-8866