Dutchess County Office for the Aging’s


For the week of October 9


Golden Living . . . News for Senior Citizens

Todd N. Tancredi, Director

Dutchess County Office for the Aging




Every year’s Medicare open enrollment period begins on October 15th, so we’re now less than a week away from the start. If you’re trying to get caught up on Medicare knowledge, we’ve published a special edition of the “Spotlight on Seniors” focusing specifically on Medicare issues. We’ve made it available at the county website (www.dutchessny.gov/aging), by email to the people on our contact list, and we’re mailing it to those of you on our postal mailing list. If you’re not online and would like a copy, call the Office for the Aging at (845) 486-2555 to be put on our free “Spotlight on Seniors” mailing list.

The Office for the Aging continually presents free training sessions on Medicare for residents who are approaching the age of 65 during the upcoming months. Attending one of these workshops will help seniors and their caregivers obtain a basic overview of what Medicare is and what it covers.  Medicare Prescription Drug Plans, EPIC, Medicare Advantage Plans, and Medigap plans will all be discussed.  Everyone is welcome.

One set of programs takes place at the Poughkeepsie Galleria Community Room from 10 a.m. – noon on the following Wednesdays: October 18th, November 15thDecember 20th and January 17th, 2018. Additionally, there will be 90-minute sessions at the Center for Healthy Aging at Northern Dutchess Hospital in Rhinebeck at 4 p.m. on Monday, October 23rd and Monday, November 27th. There will also be one session onNovember 14th at 6:30 p.m. at the Pawling Library, 11 Broad St.

If you have some computer knowledge, you may also want to learn about “Navigating the Medicare Website” and other sites you can visit to be more informed about available plans, services and insurances.  Join our Health Insurance Information Counseling and Assistance Program (HIICAP) staff at the Adriance Library at 93 Market Street, Poughkeepsie, from 9:30 a.m .- 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, October 26th or Wednesday, November 23rd.

There is no cost for these programs, but space is limited.  To register, call the Office for the Aging at (845) 486-2555 or toll free at (866) 486-2555 or email us at ofa@dutchessny.gov. Please check our website, www.dutchessny.gov/aging, for the latest schedule.




This year’s Office for the Aging “School Days” Senior Prom takes place this coming Monday, October 16th, from noon to 4 p.m. at Villa Borghese, 70 Widmer Rd. in Wappinger. Admission is $30 per person and must be paid by 5 p.m. on Thursday, October 12th. You can mail your check or hand-deliver a check or cash payment to the Dutchess County Office for the Aging at the address at the end of this article.

Many thanks for the support of our Senior Prom co-host, the Pines at Poughkeepsie, along with Platinum sponsors Wingate Healthcare, EverCare At Home, Hudson Cadillac Buick GMC, Hamaspik Choice, MVP Health Care, and the Dutchess County Department of Community and Family Services.


Golden Living is prepared by the Dutchess County Office for the Aging, 27 High Street, Poughkeepsie, New York 12601, telephone (845) 486-2555, email: ofa@dutchessny.gov website: www.dutchessny.gov/aging



Mon 10/16, 12 noon – The Senior Prom

This year’s theme: “School Days”

Villa Borghese, 70 Widmer Rd., Wappingers Falls

$30/person, due by Thu 10/12 at 5 p.m.

Printable entry form here: http://www.co.dutchess.ny.us/CountyGov/Departments/Aging/prom17.pdf

Thu 10/19, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m – at MidHudson Regional Hospital Fall Prevention Seminar

Registration required; call (845) 431-8159 or email Angela.Katz@wmchealth.org

Light refreshments will be available

Tue 10/24, 2 p.m. – “Successful Aging” at Arbor Ridge at Brookmeade

Route 308, Rhinebeck

With OFA outreach coordinator Brian Jones

(845) 486-2555 for more information

Thu 10/26, 11 a.m. – “Successful Aging” at Executive Towers

160 Academy St., Poughkeepsie

With OFA outreach coordinator Brian Jones

(845) 486-2555 for more information

Thu 11/2, 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. – Office for the Aging Senior Seminars

New Hackensack Reformed Church, 1580 Route 376, Wappingers

(845) 486-2555 for information (FREE / reservations required)

Full listing of Senior Seminars is in the fall Spotlight on Seniors, available online here: http://www.dutchessny.gov/CountyGov/Departments/Aging/Spotlight-on-Seniors-Fall-2017.pdf

Sat 11/4, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. – OFA at Veterans Appreciation Day

Wallace Center at the FDR Library and Home, Hyde Park

(845) 486-2060 for information

Wed 11/15, 11 a.m. – “Successful Aging” at Temple Beth-El

118 South Grand Ave., Poughkeepsie

With OFA outreach coordinator Brian Jones

(845) 486-2555 for more information

Fri 11/17, 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. – OFA at Dutchess County Caregivers Conference

The Grandview, 176 Rinaldi Blvd., Poughkeepsie

Registration information available on 10/16 – watch next week’s Aging News


To request an Office for the Aging presentation for your senior, social and/or civic group, get in touch with outreach coordinator Brian Jones at (845) 486-2555 or bjones@dutchessny.gov. All your group needs to provide is a venue that’s accessible and open to the public, with space to set up a projector and screen.

We feature presentations on Successful Aging, Office for the Aging services, a wide range of topics related to nutrition, and more!



On Wednesday, October 11th, Dutchess County Executive Marcus Molinaro will host a “County Government on the Road” informational fair for County residents from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Locust Grove, located at 2683 South Road (Route 9) in Poughkeepsie. The fair will feature multiple county government departments providing information on county government services and programs.  Representatives will be on hand to answer questions on specific topics of interest.   Following the information fair, at 7:00 p.m., the County Executive will present the adopted Dutchess County Countywide Shared Services Tax Savings Plan and provide a preview of the 2018 Executive County Budget.

The Office for the Aging will be represented at the informational fair, along with the following other departments:

• County Executive’s Office • Community & Family Services
• County Legislature • Central Services
• County Clerk • Human Resources
• Sheriff’s Office • Veterans Services
• Comptroller • Emergency Response
• Public Works • Traffic Safety & STOP-DWI
• Behavioral & Community Health




Explore your creativity and unwind on Tuesday, October 17th from 6 – 7:30 p.m. at Beacon’s Howland Library (313 Main St., 845-831-1134 / www.beaconliberary.org)  with adult coloring books. Both colored pencils and fine-tipped markers will be available, along with a wide variety of coloring books from which to choose pages.


Other aging news online:


Five people diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and their caregivers discuss their situations: https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/well/patient-voices-alzheimers.html?rref=collection%2Ftimestopic%2FElderly#george


New statistics on Americans’ hospice use from the National Hospice and Palliative Care Association: (PDF) https://www.nhpco.org/sites/default/files/public/Statistics_Research/2016_Facts_Figures.pdf


Losing weight can save you money, but how much? One study purports to have a dollar figure: https://www.usnews.com/news/health-care-news/articles/2017-09-27/study-calculates-how-much-youll-save-if-you-lose-weight


The US Centers for Disease Control says 40 percent of cancers in the US can be traced to excessive weight: https://www.afp.com/en/news/23/40-percent-us-cancers-linked-excess-weight


We’re in the middle of Hispanic Heritage Month (9/15-10/15); learn more about the Alzheimer’s Association’s new collaboration with the National Hispanic Council on Aging: https://www.diverseelders.org/2017/09/21/alzheimers-association-and-the-national-hispanic-council-on-aging-collaborate-to-educate-latino-communities-increase-access-to-alzheimers-information-and-resources/


The U.S. House of Representatives last week cleared a bill aimed at protecting the elderly from financial exploitation, along with various forms of abuse and neglect. It has already passed the Senate; next stop is the president’s desk for a signature: http://thehill.com/blogs/floor-action/house/353696-house-clears-bill-to-combat-crimes-against-elderly


The U.S. Postal Service will be issuing stamps to support Alzheimer’s disease research and awareness: https://alzimpact.org/blog/post/id/99?WT.mc_id=enews2017_10_04&utm_source=enews-aff-118&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=enews-2017-10-04


Lovely work by this 90-year-old house painter in the Czech Republic…but see what we mean by “house painter”: http://mymodernmet.com/grandma-paints-houses-louka/


This week in senior birthdays:

10/9: Yankees first baseman/outfielder Joe Pepitone (77)

10/10: Singer/songwriter David Lee Roth (Van Halen) (63)

10/11: Singer/songwriter and Hudson Valley resident Daryl Hall (71)

10/12: Yankees shortstop/sportscaster Tony Kubek (82)

10/13: Disc jockey “Cousin Brucie” Morrow (82)

10/14: Fashion designer Ralph Lauren (78)

10/15: Actor/director Penny Marshall (74)




Brian Jones
Outreach Coordinator

Dutchess County Office For the Aging

27 High Street

Poughkeepsie NY 12601


Phone: (845) 486-2555 Fax: (845) 486-2571

Email: bjones@dutchessny.gov