Senator Gillibrand visits Akwesasne to promote Plan on Aging
"Sen. Kirsten E. Gillibrand, D-N.Y., met with tribal officials and residents at two stops during her visits to Akwesasne, starting with a speaking appearance at the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe Senior Center, and ending with a tour of the Akwesasne Boys & Girls Club," according to a story on NNY360, April 6, 2023.
The story quotes Gillibrand, “When you look at how a society cares for its older adults, it gives you insight into its values. That’s why I convened leaders across New York to form an aging working group dedicated to finding real solutions to the many challenges older Americans face.”
Alexander Violo writes, The plan focuses on the need to ensure the right to affordable healthy meals, to guarantee the right to affordable health care and prescription drugs, to protect social security, to guarantee the right of seniors to age in place, and to make investments in age-friendly spaces and employment opportunities.
“The Master Plan on Aging has solutions to help older Americans navigate everything from housing and food insecurity to skyrocketing health care costs, insufficient retirement savings and elder abuse,” Gillibrand said. “Nearly a third of the population here in Franklin County is age 50 and older, and many New Yorkers across the state are facing similar challenges.”
St. Lawrence County Dem Committee Chair Mike Zagrobelny said that according to St. Regis Mohawk Tribal Chief Michael L. Conners, Gillibrand is the first sitting Senator to make an official visit to tribal lands.
For more, see NNY360's story here.