HONESDALE—At a recent meeting of the Wayne County Board of Commissioners, the county officials issued a Certificate of Appreciation to the Wayne County Bar Association for their commitment to the community through sponsorship of Elder Justice Day, held in May.

Speaking of the Bar Association, Commissioner Wendell Kay stated “They are an organization that really has taken an active role in the community with...scholarships and other activities.”

Kay further explained the Bar Association raised funds via a legal journal specifically aimed at advertising legal matters.

“Rather than just sit on those funds,” said Kay, “they've worked with the Community Foundation and others to try to spread some of that money back into the community.”

In between court business, Bar Association representatives, President Ronald Bugaj, Vice President Pamela Wilson and Secretary Salvatore Nardozzi dropped by for a photo with the Commissioners.

Senior Living Week

Alongside the certificate presentation and in light of the needs of the county population in assisted living, the Commissioners also proclaimed September 9-15 as “National Senior Living Week,” encouraging residents with aging family in Senior Living Facilities to visit them and “...learn more about them and how they enrich our community.”

According to the National Center for Assisted Living (NCAL), there are over 835,000 Americans who reside in assisted living facilities, more than half of which are age 85 and older.

At the meeting, Dawn Houghtaling, Program Coordinator for the Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) of Berks, Pike & Wayne Counties, explained the RSVP is “fairly new,” with several key programs in the county including the APPRISE program, senior facilities and various food pantries, all established through the Area Agency on Aging.

Utilizing volunteers 55 years of age and older, “Our main focus is helping the seniors age in place,” said Houghtaling.

This includes helping elder Wayne County residents “...have a healthy future” and “helping them stay in their homes,” she explained.

Houghtaling stated RSVP of Berks, Pike and Wayne Counties is sponsored by Diakon Community Services and are federally funded by the Corporation for National and Community Service.

As part of the Senior Living Week observances, the Commissioners and many other community representatives and members met for a celebration at Bethany Village on Friday, September 14.

Adult Day Services license application

The Commissioners ratified an application to take over daily operations of the Adult Day Care Services at the Hawley Senior Center.

The motion to ratify was made by Commissioner Joseph Adams and seconded by Commissioner Kay.

In Seconding the motion, Kay stated the program itself is quite new but a “very, very important component to services we provide daily, both to consumers directly who are served by it and to their families.

“It seems like the best solution is for the county to take it over.”