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Elder Care Regional Economic Development

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Jack Hayes Ulster County Legislator District 8
24 Tinkers Lane
Gardiner, NY 12525
845 255 5152

President Dennis Murray
Co-Chair Mid-Hudson Regional Economic Development Council
Marist College
3399 North Road
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
September 26, 2011

Dear President Murray
I attended the meeting of the Mid Hudson Regional Economic Development Council at SUNY Ulster on September 18, 2011 and would like to offer the following thoughts on the development of your Five Year Plan. During my tenure as Ulster County Legislator I have had great concern regarding the care of our aging population. I have outlined my thoughts and possible solutions for Ulster County in the attached executive summary. Elder Care is truly a regional if not national concern and I think it would be an excellent element of a proposal applying for enhanced funding opportunities as  described in the above meeting. The proposal could include (but not be limited to) the following subjects;
Create a strategic Elder Care master plan.
Form a public /private partnership for facilitating Elder Care services
Design and build an Elder Care Center of Excellence prototype campus
Develop career specific curriculum through SUNY offering degrees and certificates
Develop industry standards and a code of ethics for Elder Care providers
Initiate tax reform for caregivers and elders who create Aging in Place lifestyles
I am not a subject matter expert in Elder Care but the Ulster County Aging Council is fortunate to have one in the person of Sue Hoger. I am sure we have many talented people in this field throughout the Mid-Hudson area that would be eager to become involved in such an endeavor. I would appreciate any consideration you may give this suggestion.
Jack Hayes
Cc:  Bonacic,

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