The Schoharie County Office for the Aging’s mission is to assist and advocate for our county’s residents aged sixty years and older, and their caregivers, through programs and services designed to promote health, safety, dignity and independence.
Services are funded by title III Older Americans Act, EISEP, CSE, Grants, Local Government and Donations.
Do you provide unpaid care to a family member, friend, or neighbor who has an illness, disability, memory loss, injury, or special need? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you are a caregiver! Are you feeling overwhelmed, constantly worried, tired, sad, easily irritated, and/or extremely stressed? You are not alone and there is support available. If you would like to learn more about resources, tools, and supports available for caregivers, please answer the following questions to get connected to the right starting place.
1. Are you over the age of 18 and caring for an older adult (age 60+)?
2. Are you over the age of 18 caring for an individual (any age) with Alzheimer’s disease or a related disorder (e.g., dementia, traumatic brain injury, mild cognitive impairment, chronic traumatic encephalopathy)?
3. Are you over the age of 55 and living with and caring for a child (not biological) under the age of 18?
4. Are you over the age of 55 and living with and caring for an adult (can be a biological child) aged 18-59 with a disability?
If you answered yes to any of the questions above, you are eligible for the National Family Caregiver Support Program (NFCSP). If you would like to learn more about how this program can assist you, please take this short screen for an initial assessment of your wellbeing, and a Program Specialist will reach out to discuss the results. The evidence-based screener asks you to reflect on your experiences and respond to a series of statements based on identified rating scales in each section. This screener is used to help you and the Program Specialist better understand your situation and define an individualized plan to meet your unique caregiving needs.
If you answered no to all the questions above, or you are not interested in taking the evidence-based screen, there is still help available to you through the Any Care Counts – New York (ACC-NY) Campaign which recognizes and supports the millions of unpaid caregivers across the state! Through ACC-NY you can discover your caregiver intensity score by taking the ARCHANGELS Caregiver Intensity Index (CII). It takes just 2 minutes to complete. You will find out whether you are “in the red,” “yellow” or “green,” and be connected to trusted resources.
New York Connects
Do you prefer to search resources on your own? Visit the NY Connects Resource Directory. NY Connects links individuals of all ages and their caregivers to long term services and supports and provides one stop access to free, objective, comprehensive information and assistance.
Nancy Dingee, Director
Meg Parsons, Aging Services Supervisor
Deb Dyer, Aging Services Specialist
Jennifer Risse, Aging Services Specialist III
Ashely Benson, Aging Services Specialist II
Carter McDermott, Aging Services Specialist II
Cheryl Plant, Aging Services Specialist II
Tara Vogt, Aging Services Specialist II
Melissa Cooper, Aging Services Specialist
Lenore Tsamis, Aging Services Assistant
Crystal McCance, Aging Services Assistant
Kristinia LaQuire, Aging Services Aide
Crissy Amorosi, Personal Care Aide
Lisa Fancher-Graham, Personal Care Aide
Christine Lorence, HIICAP Coordinator
Diane Pagan, Support Staff