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F.O.C.U.S. and SUNY Oswego to host “Shape an Age-Friendly CNY” Event

By Staff


focus logoF.O.C.U.S. Greater Syracuse Inc., and the Active Aging and Community Engagement Center of SUNY Oswego, will co-sponsor a panel discussion Friday, April 10, from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. at the SUNY Oswego Metro Center in downtown Syracuse, officials from the organization stated.

The event will be free to the first 100 people to register, at bit.ly/aacecenter.

According to officials,  F.O.C.U.S. and SUNY Oswego formed the partnership in order to serve a growing population of boomers, and as part of the national “Careers in Aging Week,” which will be held from April 5 to April 11.

“Baby boomers want choices, and their expectations for life as they get older are different from previous generations,” said Dr. Kimberly Armani, AACE Center director and SUNY Oswego Metro Center director. “This, along with the sheer number of boomers who are aging, creates amazing opportunities for new products and new services, and provides career opportunities for those prepared to meet the needs of older adults.”

In addition, Armani said Rob Simpson, president of CenterState CEO; Seth Mulligan, vice president of innovation services at the Tech Garden; Andrew Maxwell, director of innovation for the city of Syracuse, and others will hold a discussion at the event, followed by an opportunity for attendees to come up with entrepreneurial, pioneering and inventive ideas to “Shape an Age-Friendly CNY.”

Officials said there will also be a contest featuring “BIG-NEW-IDEAS,” which have been inspired by personal experience, the report, or the panel discussion, and three winners will receive a cash prize of $100 each.

According to F.O.C.U.S., baby boomers represent more than 30 percent of the population in Central New York.

The organization also released a “Shaping an Age-Friendly CNY” report, available at www.focussyracuse.org.

The Gerontological Society of America awarded SUNY Oswego AACE Center a grant to host the event.