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SCENe coordinator featured at recent Corning conference

SPRINGVILLE — Springville Concord Elder Network Coordinator Virginia Krebs was a featured presenter at the annual New York State Association for Rural Health Conference, held in Corning, N.Y. on Sept. 11.

Krebs was part of a panel session that addressed the creation of “options for dignified aging” and “economic security among seniors.”

The session focused on building relationships within a community that facilitate aging in place. Sharon Mathe, executive director of Healthy Community Alliance, Inc. in Gowanda, moderated the presentation.

Mathe and community activist Irene Koch discussed the conversion of an abandoned elementary school to the multi-use Academy Place Senior Apartments in Gowanda.

Krebs said that she illustrated the development of SCENe to the community-based organization it is today. The SCENe slide presentation, “Grassroots Activism to Community Engagement” showed how three women’s wish for assisted living turned into a volunteer network.

In her presentation, Krebs said, “In 2011, SCENe sponsored 39 elder events with 975 participants; 2012 will surpass those counts. I believe the reason SCENe works is because we remain grassroots.

“We incorporate the skills and abilities of local residents; use the power of local associations; utilize the resources of public, private and non-profit institutions and include the physical and economic resources of local places,” she added.

The NYSARH is a statewide organization that advocates for the health of rural New Yorkers.

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