Aging-in-Place Organization to Begin Operations June 1
At Home on the Sound, a grassroots effort to help Larchmont and Mamaroneck residents stay in their own homes as they grow older, has named Elaine Weingarten to the position of executive director as the organization prepares to begin serving the community on June 1.
Ms. Weingarten has spent more than 20 years working with seniors at an intergenerational summer vacation center in the Berkshires. Her experience there as well as issues within her own family convinced her of the need for aging in place communities such as At Home on the Sound.
“My 91-year-old mother-in-law lives in Florida,” Ms. Weingarten said. “All her friends have died, she feels isolated, and she doesn’t want to live in an assisted living community.” Seeing all that needed to be done to enable her mother-in-law to continue to living independently in her own home, Ms. Weingarten realized how helpful it would be if there were an aging-in-place community there.
Lynn Reichgott, president of At Home on the Sound, said Ms. Weingarten’s experience working with clients and agencies is particularly suited to the new position. “We’re thrilled that Elaine has agreed to join At Home on the Sound as we move from the planning stage to launching our operations.”
A social worker by training, Ms. Weingarten worked at the Bronx House Emanuel-Adult Vacation Center for more than 25 years, beginning as a counselor and the last five years as the executive director of the program serving multiple generations.
But it was her interaction with the seniors that gave her the most satisfaction, which is why she was drawn to At Home on the Sound.
The organization was founded by a group of residents who realized, as they grew older, they wanted to stay in the community where they’ve established deep roots. Over the past two years, the group has worked hard to raise funds, to establish itself as a not-for-profit, and to determine what residents would want in such an organization and what the program would offer to avoid duplication with existing services. Now At Home on the Sound is accepting members.
The official launch, which is open to the public, will be held Sunday, May 16, from 3-5 p.m. at United Methodist Church in Mamaroneck.
Ms. Weingarten and her husband, who is also a social worker, live in Ardsley and have two children.
For more information about At Home on the Sound, visit www.athomeonthesound.org or call 914.899.3150.