Who We Are
CAAIP Board of Directors 2019
Mary Ann Thomas
Mary Lu Walker
CAAIP Officers, 2019
Derek Woollett, President
Joanne Herman, Treasurer
Sue Gruber, Secretary
Mary Ann Thomas, Program Chair
Judy Garrett, Publicity Chair
Mary Hallinan, Membership Chair
Ed Lewis, Vice-Chair
Roger Bartholomew, Webmaster
Judy Garrett, President, CAAIP.
Corning Area Aging In Place (CAAIP) is an organization in Corning, NY whose mission is to assist seniors to remain in their homes, safely as they age, instead of moving to a retirement community or a type of assisted living facility.
In 2006, Dix and Belle McDonald and Anne Darling saw a NY Times article about a group in Boston who had a new idea about aging: “They all wanted to remain at home, even after transportation and household chores became difficult or dangerous, the point at which many older people quit familiar surroundings. They also wanted to avoid dependence on adult children. They were unwilling to be herded by developers into cookie-cutter senior housing and told what to do and when to do it by social workers half their age.”
Would it work in Corning? With Dix leading the way, we consulted the office for the Aging, CCC (Corning Community College), and Corning Enterprises. We received lots of encouragement, as well as financial support from several community foundations and individual donors.
Soon we had an initial core group of 10 – then 30 families! We studied, worked, and planned how to do something which had never been tried in a semi-rural area like ours. That summer we succeeded in gaining a 501 (c) (3) non-profit status from the IRS.
In 2011, we surveyed a selected list of 250 households to assess their interest in joining and paying for such an organization. Falling short of the positive responses required, the CAAIP made the decision to change back to our original, grass-roots, self-sustaining organization, advocating for aging in place, and providing a series of speakers on subjects of interest to our group, which has now grown to a mailing list of 370+ households.
CAAIP meetings are well attended and sociable! Our President, Judy Garrett, led the production of a “solutions directory” listing local service providers with whom members of our group had a good experience. Nationwide, there is growing realization that the number of retirees will soon double, once the “baby boomers” come of age – many new and attractive options for aging in place are appearing. We learned about co-housing, universal design, geriatric case managers, expanded social services, and transportation options, to name a few. Many businesses are entering the “aging in place” field, as well. Even Medicare may soon play a part. Currently we are happy to assist Steuben County agencies in exploring “full circle America”; another new idea to make aging in place easier and more affordable.
We hope you’ll join CAAIP as we figure out what our role will be – we are a work in progress, but our mission remains the same we hope to “age in place” in the Corning, NY area, making sure we all have the help we need to do just that.