Dutchess County office for the Aging’s – AGING NEWS


Dutchess County office for the Aging’s


  • Senior Housing Focus of Seminars (11/5)
  • Transportation Input Sought
  • Alzheimer’s Awareness Walk (9/19)
  • Cancer Support Group Meeting (9/24)


The Fall 2015 Spotlight on Seniors in now available online: http://www.co.dutchess.ny.us/CountyGov/Departments/Aging/spotlight_on_seniors_fall_2015.pdf


The Spotlight includes information on:

  • The Senior Prom (10/19)
  • The Public Hearings (9/9 & 9/17)
  • Medicare Open Enrollment Period (10/15)
  • The Senior Seminars Schedule (11/5)
  • The Caregiver Conference (11/20)
  • Upcoming Medicare Orientation Schedule
  • Plus much, much, more!



Golden Living . . . News for Senior Citizens

Mary Kaye Dolan-Anderson, Director

Dutchess County Office for the Aging



The Office for the Aging’s annual morning of Senior Seminars has been scheduled for Thursday, November 5th at the New Hackensack Reformed Church classrooms beginning at 9:30 AM.  This year’s seminars will include a three-session series focusing on senior housing.  If you are looking to move, downsize, or just want to learn what options there are for seniors looking for housing (including long-term care facilities), you’ll want to save the date for this very popular event.  Representatives of senior housing facilities are welcome to attend the seminars and participate in the open forum segments, as well as to answer questions from seniors.


Additional seminar topics will include Wills & Trusts, Tai Chi, Healthy Back, Protect Yourself from Fraud, Exercise Motivation, Qi Gong, Ask the County Executive, Hearing Issues and Parkinson’s Disease.  There will be a very limited number of sponsor tables available.  For more information or to register, call the Office for the Aging at (845) 486-2555.


The Poughkeepsie-Dutchess County Transportation Council (PDCTC) has issued a public survey in support of its new long-range Metropolitan Transportation Plan: Moving Dutchess 2. The 25-year plan, which builds upon 2011’s Moving Dutchess, seeks to identify strategies and recommendations to preserve the existing transportation system and meet future travel demands in Dutchess County. The PDCTC is requesting the public’s input in identifying and prioritizing the county’s transportation needs.

In 2011, the PDCTC issued a survey in support of Moving Dutchess, which fielded more than 450 participants. The survey found that maintaining major roads and improving public transportation were top priorities. Other priorities included improving transportation services for seniors and disabled persons, improving sidewalks, and improving major roads. These results supported subsequent work on road safety assessments, local pedestrian plans, and a transit plan.

To participate in the survey, go to: http://www.surveymonkey.com/MovingDutchess2. The survey will be available until September 8, 2015. Please note that all survey responses are kept anonymous.

More information about the PDCTC and Moving Dutchess 2 is available at http://www.dutchessny.gov/pdctc.htm.


Did you know Alzheimer’s disease is the fifth-leading cause of death in the United States for those over 65?  If you are a woman, you are twice as likely to develop the disease as a man.  As Americans live longer (and sometimes unhealthier) lives, their risk for developing Alzheimer’s is ever-increasing.  In fact, as Alzheimer’s is the most expensive disease in terms of medical care, many are predicting this will be the disease that bankrupts the Medicare and Medicaid systems.  You can help raise funds to fight the disease by forming a team to walk in the Alzheimer’s Association’s annual Walk to End Alzheimer’s on Saturday, September 19th on the Walkway Over the Hudson at 9 AM.  For more information, or to register, call Karen Finnegan at 1-800-272-3900.

Golden Living is prepared by the Dutchess County Office for the Aging, 27 High Street, Poughkeepsie, New York 12601, telephone 486-2555, email:
agingservices@dutchessny.gov website:http://www.dutchessny.gov/CountyGov/Departments/Aging/AGIndex.htm


Cancer support groups meet at Health Quest facility


POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. – Support Connections Inc. will host support group sessions for women with breast, ovarian or gynecological cancers at Vassar Brothers Medical Center: 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 24.  Preregistration is required. To register or learn more, women may call 1-800-532-4290. (TTY 1-800-421-1220).




Fall 2015 Spotlight on Seniors:  http://www.co.dutchess.ny.us/CountyGov/Departments/Aging/spotlight_on_seniors_fall_2015.pdf


People are living longer, sicker lives: study.  New York Daily News


Breast Cancer Could Be Detected And Tracked With Promising Blood Test

Headlines & Global News  – ‎ ‎

New research suggests a blood test could be used to detect breast cancer, track its progression, and event predict the risk of its return following treatment.


Genes link low vitamin D with multiple sclerosis risk

CBC.ca  – ‎Aug 26, 2015‎

Researchers have found a possible genetic link between low vitamin D levels and multiple sclerosis; something that has long been suspected, but difficult to prove.


Awareness of Memory Goes Before Dementia Sets in


Joseph A. Ryan

Outreach Coordinator

Dutchess County Office for the Aging

27 High Street

Poughkeepsie, NY 12601

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

email: jryan@dutchessny.gov


Author: Harlem Valley News