Office for the Aging


29 Business Park Road, AkwesasneThe Place Where We Gather
Weekdays, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00  p.m.
Phone: 518-358-2963
seniors@srmt-nsn.gov

Mission: The Saint Regis Mohawk Office for the Aging is the leader relative to all aging issues on behalf of all persons on the Saint Regis Mohawk Indian Reservation by helping the community plan for an aging population. We do this through advocacy, planning, and the development of and delivery of enhanced services which support and empower the elderly and their families.

The Saint Regis Mohawk Office for the Aging (SRMOFA) has the sole responsibility for providing services on the Saint Regis Mohawk Indian Reservation as authorized by the Older Americans Act of 1965, as amended, to elderly persons aged 55 years and older and their family caregivers. In addition, SRMOFA establishes policies, develops procedures, provides technical assistance and conducts monitoring of programs as may be necessary to ensure compliance with tribal, state and federal laws as it pertains to the area plan that it enters into with New York State and the Federal Administration on Aging.

The SRMOFA is centrally located in the heart of Akwesasne. The Tsi Tetewatatkens building provides easy access to a wide array of services to the elderly population. The SRMOFA has caring, competent and helpful staff that are available anytime to provide assistance with all senior related issues.

Information and assistance: The St. Regis Mohawk Tribe Office for Aging (SRMOFA) is a central source for accurate, up-to-date information on programs, services and benefits for seniors and caregivers. Older people and their families can get answers to questions about their special needs. The program offers books, pamphlets, magazines and videos that people can borrow to supply information that reinforces an individual’s capacity for self-reliance through education, advocacy, collaborative planning and problem-solving.

Caregiver Services: Seniors can request transportation to and from their home to the Seniors center for the noon meals and activities. Assisted transportation/escort services are also available for those who need a ride to appointments. It is operated on a demand response system, meaning that the transportation service is designed to carry older individuals from specific origination to specific destination upon request. Scheduled group trips are also available for shopping, banking and scenic tours and special trips.

Nutrition services are intended to promote, maintain, and improve the health and well-being of older adults through the provision of a nutritionally balanced meal five or more days per week served in a local congregate setting or delivered to the participants’ home. Services can reduce the isolation experienced by many older adults through opportunities for social interaction by participation in the nutrition program. A congregate meal which meets nutritional requirements is served in a congregate setting in which a range of social and supporting services are available. Home-delivered nutrition services deliver one meal per day and may provide additional meals to an eligible individual who is homebound by reason of illness, incapacitating disability or is otherwise isolated. In addition to the home delivered meals, breakfast and supper bagged meals, weekend frozen meals and shelf stable meals can be provided to assist with proper nutrition for healthy seniors. Nutrition counseling is provided for seniors wanting one-on-one information on nutrition. The counseling is provided by the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe Health Services Nutritionist.

Other Services:

Handyman/Chore: A Maintenance Support Worker can help those who do not have friends and/or family that can assist them with minor home maintenance and repairs.

Building Improvements/Maintenance: Accessibility modification, defined as structural adaptations that meet the needs of older individuals who have disabling conditions.

Referrals: SRMOFA staff assist seniors in completing applications and gathering required information for various tribal programs such as the Home Improvement, Energy Assistance and Food Distribution programs.

The Health Insurance Information, Counseling and Assistance Program (HIICAP) provides free, unbiased, confidential assistance with health care questions and concerns. Information and counseling is provided by a trained staff member who assists individuals to make informed decisions.

Elderly Pharmaceutical Insurance Coverage (EPIC) has been developed for New York citizens over the age of 65, who meet the income guidelines. EPIC is a state funded cost-sharing program that applies to low-to-moderate income seniors.

Long Term Care Insurance Education and Outreach Program (LTCIEOP): The LTCIEOP informs and educates the general public about long term care insurance, including those policies that are available through the New York State Partnership for Long Term Care.

Health Promotion: Services and activities that foster good health, increase awareness and understanding of healthy lifestyles and promote physical and mental health. Medication Management consists of activities that assist older persons to adequately manage the medications they are taking and avoid medication misuse and/or abuse.

Legal Assistance is provided by Legal Aid Society of Northeastern New York. The Paralegal provides assistance to seniors with legal issues such as benefits, determinations, wills, Powers of Attorney, divorces, separations and annulments.

Recreation and education: Activities are an important aspect of each senior’s livelihood. Being active by participating in various activities may prevent the seniors from feeling depressed, lonely and unimportant. The Activity Coordinator actively promotes various events for the seniors to aide them in maintaining their overall wellness. Some of the activities include bingo , Ace to King card games, trips to areas that are of interest to our seniors: casino, bingo, beach, museums, other senior centers, arts and crafts, special events: holiday parties, cloggers, bands, karaoke, dances, etc. Seniors are always encouraged to make suggestions on trips, presentations, crafts and other activities of their interest.

Saint Regis Mohawk Senior Citizens Club, Inc.: Open to all Seniors age 55 and older. Membership in the Seniors Club is not necessary to use SRMOFA Services. The Senior Citizens Club, Inc. is a separate entity but works in cooperation with the SRMOFA to achieve common goals.

Advisory Council: The SRMOFA Advisory Council is a voluntary group of citizens who provide information, guidance, advice and support to the SRMOFA to develop, coordinate and administer services to older persons.