By Paula Venné

Connection. I think we’ve all learned the value of staying connected throughout the pandemic, both personally and professionally. As a Medicare consultant, Network in Aging (NIA) provides me with the ability to connect with professionals across a wide variety of agencies that serve the senior community throughout Western New York.

The mission of NIA is simple — to provide opportunities for professional development and collaboration through networking events, educational programs, strategic partnerships, and public awareness. Members of NIA can easily connect with one another by searching the handy Business Directory on our website. We also have more entertaining ways to connect! From workshops on food insecurities to virtual trivia nights, we meet, laugh, and exchange ideas and resources. We even have a discussion board. What a comfort to know that if I am working with a client who needs help with senior housing, I have trusted partners through the network to whom I can make a confident referral.

Last month, we observed Older Americans month with the theme “Communities of Strength.” Celebrating older Americans during any month is a tribute to the countless contributions that older Americans make to our communities. We’d love hearing how you kept in touch with older Americans in your community during the pandemic.

Do you work with the elder population? Would the resources we offer benefit you and your organization? If so, please visit our website at to learn how you can become a member. Also, follow us on Facebook and LinkedIn. Let’s connect with one another and our communities!

Paula Venné is a member of the board of directors of Network in Aging, and a medicare consultant with Walsh Duffield Companies, Inc.