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Finally, a positive news story on the younger generation

Tuesday, April 1, 2014
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Finally, a positive news story on the younger generation

After learning the new candidate for the Board of Education in Burnt Hills and Ballston Lake in the March 20 article, “Student takes aim at BH-BL school board seat,” our generation’s future looks more promising.

It seems that there are continuously news articles telling the public that generations to come are not taking an interest in the surrounding world, but Matthew Shultz seems to prove the contrary.

There are many young people who are very much a member of their community in an active way, and Shultz is doing that. Being only 18 and having dyslexia, he is going to get scrutiny from the public, but he seems able to survive that.

It is true that students do not normally run to be on the Board of Education, but without people like Shultz, our generation would not get any credit at all.

If young people are able to run to be on such an influential board in a community, there is more to our generation than what is said.

Jessica LePore

Schenectady

Dayhaven another alternative for senior care

It was great to read your article in the March 16, edition of The Sunday Gazette about the adult day care programs in the region. As your article highlights, these programs are a valuable resource to our communities as they offer a safe, enriching place for seniors who are experiencing the challenges of aging. Adult day care programs also provide families and caregivers with a sense of peace and well-being knowing their loved one is in a caring environment.

Unfortunately, your article missed talking about one of the programs available in the region. Catholic Charities operates a social model adult day care program in the city of Schenectady.

Our program, Dayhaven, is located at 107 Nott Terrace in the Schaffer Heights building. As a social model day care program, Dayhaven offers enriching activities and a caring environment for adults, especially those facing the challenges of dementia. We often hear from families that they wished they had made the decision to have their loved one come to Dayhaven sooner — the seniors enjoy their days and the families have such great peace of mind.

Thank you for your article highlighting this important service for our seniors and their families and caregivers. Our Dayhaven director, Carrin Swanson, would love to talk with seniors and their families about the wonderful program at Dayhaven. Carrin can be reached at 346-1852.

Vincent W. Colonno

Albany

The writer is the CEO of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Albany.

 

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