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What is the Network in Aging?
In Western New York, professionals working with and for older adults are fortunate to have an organization whose mission is to help them to do their jobs better. The Network in Aging of Western New York is a unique organization that brings together individuals and organizations involved in aging and long-term care.
What is the Network's mission?
The Network's mission is to help our members enhance their efforts to improve the quality of life for older persons and their families by providing them with opportunities for resource exchange, professional development, and stimulation of interdisciplinary collaboration.
How long has the Network been operating?
The Network was founded in 1981 by a group of people committed to improving the quality of life for older persons in Western New York.
Where is the Network located?
The Network in Aging's office is located on the Main Street Campus of the State University of New York at Buffalo in Kimball Tower. The Network has been hosted by UB since its inception in 1981. Much of the work of the Network, including most committee meetings, is done at sites convenient to the members. JoAnn Lewandowski, the Network's Coordinator, works out of the Kimball Tower office.
Who are the members of the Network?
Network in Aging members are from diverse backgrounds and include educators, health and social service professionals, bankers, educators, attorneys, and many other community leaders. Members are brought together through the Network to exchange information, to learn about services available for their clients, to develop their knowledge of aging services, to develop in their professional roles and to foster collaboration for the betterment of life for older adults and their families.
Why should I join the Network?
Through active membership in the Network in Aging you will meet new people and develop contacts within the aging services field, stay updated on the changes and challenges facing organizations servicing older adults, participate in educational programs for your professional growth and receive information in timely issues in the field of aging.
What are the specific membership benefits for an individual?
All members may participate on committees, may be nominated to the Board of Directors, may vote in all Network elections, will receive the Network Newsletter which includes a calendar of events listing workshops, training seminars, conferences and other activities related to aging and long-term care and will receive discounts on all Network events.
I'm not sure if about becoming a member yet, can I still be involved with the Network?
Yes! Non-members are welcomed to attend Network in Aging seminars and programs. All events include a non-member price. You may also wish to attend a committee meeting as a guest to see if the Network is right for you.
How do I become a member?
There's a membership application on our member application page. You may choose to apply online, to print this application and mail to the Network office, or to call the Network office at (716) 829-3712 for a membership packet.
What are the specific membership benefits for sponsoring the Network?
There are four sponsorship levels for the Network in Aging, ranging from Platinum to Bronze. Benefits for sponsors vary based on levels. Visit our sponsor page and click on levels of sponsorship to learn more.
How does the Network decide what kind of educational programs to offer?
The Network in Aging has an active Education committee that reviews program evaluations from previous Network education events for suggestions, and also looks at offerings in the community to see where education is lacking. In addition, all Network members may suggest topics of interest. The Network attempts to offer unique educational opportunities on issues of interest at an affordable cost to our members.
How can I get the most out of my Network in Aging Membership?
Your time and money are valuable. There's no better way to put your membership to work than by selecting and taking part in one of our active committees. The Network has four working committees (and ad hoc committees as needed): Communications, Education, Membership and Special Events. Visit our Committee page to learn more and get involved.
What are the different committees?
The Network has four standing committees who are always looking for assistance. The Communications Committee establishes and directs the Network's print and on-line communications with its members and the public. The Education Committee plans and carries out educational programs on aging-related issues and develops seminars on matters of public policy affecting older persons. The Membership Committee reviews and recommends changes in membership dues and benefits and coordinates ongoing membership recruitment efforts. The Special Events Committee plans social functions and fundraising. Each committee sets its own meeting schedule. Committee contact information is listed on our committee page. What's involved with being a committee member? Most committees meet at least monthly, on a schedule arranged by the committee. Members may not be able to attend monthly, may still choose to receive committee minutes and may offer to help by making telephone calls, or writing articles.
How can I submit information for the Network's Calendar of Events and Newsletter?
Event information may be submitted on our event registration page for the Network's Calendar of Events and newsletter.
Can I get a link from the Network's website to mine?
Links are provided for sponsor members. Other websites are included in our Resources section if the information provided on the site would be of interest to the Network's members. Submit your site information for consideration to the Network at firstname.lastname@example.org.