Westchester County’s Department of Senior Programs and Services (DSPS) is partnering with Wartburg, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc., Alpha Alpha Omega Zeta Gamma Xi Zeta chapters, and Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc. Beta Psi Sigma chapter, to host the Westchester County Successful Aging Conference. The Conference is being held on Friday, September 29 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Gatz Conference Center on Wartburg Campus, and will include panel discussions on Healthy Living, Caregiving, Housing and Credit, and Legal and Estate Planning.

Guidance and resources will be provided to participants on how to navigate their aging journey, in addition to an expo of community, non-for-profit and business exhibitors. The educational event seeks to target a diverse audience including “junior” senior caregivers, who are beginning to plan their aging journey. Participants will include senior citizens from across Westchester County.

Westchester County Executive George Latimer said: “Every senior deserves to age safely and comfortably in their own homes. The Westchester County Successful Aging Conference will connect seniors with the programs and services they need to plan for a successful future.”  

Westchester County DSPS Commissioner Mae Carpenter said: “As the population of elder adults in Westchester continues to grow, we recognize the need for information, guidance and resources. Some of the issues facing our seniors today are preventable with planning and forethought. We are pleased to join with these partners to support the future of aging in place in Westchester.”

This is the first time DSPS has partnered with local sororities and fraternities in an effort to include a younger population in their outreach.

Blue Ribbon & Pearls Foundation President Monica Bertran said: “Our mission as a foundation and sorority has been to serve the community, sharing resources and educational information that raise community consciousness. This conference focuses on including a more age-diverse audience in the eldercare conversation. It is an honor to be a part of this great team of collaborators.”

Wartburg’s Vice President of Institutional Advancement Rose Cappa Rotunno said: “Wartburg is a continuum eldercare provider and our goal as a partner in this conference is to ensure our community is aware of the many opportunities that exist, to make the process of caregiving and planning less nerve-wracking. Last minute planning only adds to an already stressful time. Having a well thought out plan of action makes the process more manageable and effective.” 

Members of the planning committee include Ronnie Cox (Westchester County DSPS), Monica Bertran, Sharon Eason, Tuesday McDonald, Lesia Suarez (Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc.) Rose Cappa Rotunno (Vice President Institutional Advancement, Wartburg), Deryk Hammett (Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc.) and Patricia Mulqueen (Community Advocate).

The event is underwritten with generous support from Apple Bank, Verizon, New York Presbyterian, Wartburg, HealthFirst, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc.’s Alpha Alpha Omega Zeta Chapter, and Barrow Law Group. The conference is free to attend with reservations required.

For sponsorships and more information, contact Rose Cappa Rotunno at (914) 513-5179 or