Commission on Aging appoints new director

The Commission on Aging has announced the appointment of Lori Ann Contadino as its new director, effective Jan. 22.T

The hiring was officially announced in December and Ms. Contadino was praised for her “wealth of professional experience in the field of aging” as well as her local experience here in Greenwich.

Since Sept. 2008, Ms. Contadino has been employed by the Greenwich Adult Day Center River House as their staff gerontologist where she has developed and instructs a cognitively stimulating program for both older adults with a diagnosis of dementia/memory impairment and a rigorous mnemonic/brain training program for adults experiencing normal age related changes. Ms. Contadino also helped launch the Caregiver Information Center and the Caregiver’s Circle.

 

In a press release announcing the hire, the commission said Ms. Contadino “has heightened awareness of River House programs and services through direct service and community outreach, researches, assesses and formulates educational programs and curriculum for Day Center clientele and assesses participants for the MasterMind brain training program.” Ms. Contadino also has experience givng educational talks to caregivers, professionals and the community at large. In addition, since 2001, Ms. Contadino has been an Adjunct Faculty Instructor at the College of New Rochelle Graduate School and has been a member of the Greens at Greenwich Quality Assurance Committee.

From 1999 to 2006 Ms. Contadino was employed by Greenwich Hospital as their manager, Center for Healthy Aging where she managed the Hospital’s day to day operation of the outpatient Center for Healthy Aging. For sixteen years prior to 1999, Ms. Contadino served as director of Aging Services/Senior Center and assistant to the Village Administrator for the Village of Rye Brook, NY. She was the founding director of the Rye Brook Senior Citizens Center — the first comprehensive program for older adults in the Village of Rye Brook — and she successfully championed the planning, financing and construction of a new 10,000 square foot Senior Center Facility.

Ms. Contadino received her Bachelor’s Degree in Gerontology/Sociology from the State University of New York College at Cortland and her Master’s Degree in Gerontology/Administration, Counseling and Education from the College of New Rochelle where she also earned certification in Thanatology.

Ms. Contadino holds various community leadership positions. She is currently a board member on the At Home in Greenwich, Community Coalition to Improve End of Life Care and Utilize Senior Energy Boards. She is a Planning Council member of the Greenwich United Way and co-chairs the Late Life Issues Committee and annual professional conference. She is an active member of the town of Greenwich Providers Network and city of Stamford Partnership in Elderly Services Committees. Additionally she has received numerous awards and honors including the Romita Award from the College of New Rochelle and the Local Businesswoman of the Year recognizing the realization of the new Senior Center for the Village of Rye Brook.

The Search Committee who selected Ms. Contadino was made up of board members and leaders in the not-for-profit human services field. According to the committee, 18 potential candidates applied for the position and four were selected for interviews. On December 17, the commission voted to appoint Ms. Contadin.

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