Dutchess County Office for the Aging’s – AGING NEWS


Dutchess County Office for the Aging’s


  • Successful Aging Presentation Thursday (3/31)
  • Introduction to “A Matter of Balance” (4/13)
  • Senior Exercise Classes Have Openings
  • Senior Walking Groups Re-Forming (4/19)
  • Organizing 101 Class (4/14)
  • April Events in Millbrook
  • Pancake Breakfast at Bowdoin Park (4/2)
  • Rebuilding Together Home Repair Deadline This Week (3/31)
  • April is Parkinson’s Awareness Month
  • Alzheimer’s Events in April
  • More Aging News Online



Golden Living . . . News for Senior Citizens

Dutchess County Office for the Aging



What steps can adults take to continue to live independently for as long as possible?    What can you do now to help decrease the chances of living in a nursing home later?  You are never too young, or too old, to start making the changes that will help ensure you age more successfully.  The Office for the Aging will countdown the 12 steps to “Successful Aging” in a presentation at the Dover/Wingdale Senior Center at the American Legion Hall, 1797 Route 22 in Dover, on Thursday, March 31stat 11 a.m.  Adults of every age are invited to attend free of charge.




One sure way to ensure you are able to live independently longer is to avoid falling.  If you have concerns about falling, or have fallen in the past, the “A Matter of Balance” program might be right for you.  You can learn more about the program at a presentation on at Grace Episcopal Church, 3328 Franklin Avenue in Millbrook, Wednesday, April 13th at 7 p.m.  If you would like to be placed in one of the eight-week “A Matter of Balance” program classes, or would like more information, call the Office for the Aging at (845) 486-2555 for an application or check out the online brochure: www.co.dutchess.ny.us/CountyGov/Departments/Aging/agMBbrochure.pdf.  Upcoming classes are scheduled for Poughkeepsie, Fishkill, Pleasant Valley, Rhinebeck and Wappinger.  This program is made possible by a generous donation from HealthQuest.


Regular exercise is the most important controllable factor in determining how long you will live independently.  The Office for the Aging’s Senior Exercise Program is currently looking for new members.  Classes are held twice a week at locations in virtually every municipality in Dutchess County.  To find the class near you, visit

www.co.dutchess.ny.us/CountyGov/Departments/Aging/6727.htm or call the Office for the Aging at the number above.  Online you will find information about the program, as well as the application and doctor’s consent form you will need to be placed in a class.  If you live in northwestern Dutchess, you’ll be happy to know a new Senior Exercise Program class is being formed at the Rhinebeck Senior Friendship Center at the Memorial Church, 1232 Route 308.  The class will meet every Tuesday and Thursdayfrom 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. beginning April 5th.



Another great way to reduce your risk of falling and strengthen your leg muscles is by joining one of the Office for the Aging’s Senior Walking Groups.  Join them every Tuesday, beginning April 19th at 9 a.m. on the Walkway Over the Hudson, and/or every Friday, beginning April 22nd at 9 a.m. behind Gold’s Gym on Titusville Road in LaGrange.   Everyone is invited to join the walks – there is no need to register; just show up and walk or bike at your own pace.  Either way you’ll enjoy the many health benefits that come with regular exercise.  The walks are cancelled in the event of heavy rain.   Volunteers are needed to be co-leaders in other areas of the rail trail.  If you are interested, please call (845) 486-2555.

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




Thursday, April 14, 2:30 to 4 p.m., MidHudson Regional Certified Home Health Services, 26 IBM Road, Suite 1A, Poughkeepsie


Presented by Colleen Ashe, Ashe Organizing Solutions, Ltd.


You are invited to attend this workshop to help you get started with organizing.

Attendees will:

  • Discuss the myths about getting organized
  • Learn the “secret” to getting organized
  • Discuss time tested strategies for getting started


This is a FREE presentation; however, space is limited. Please reserve by calling 845.483.5551.   This program is funded in part by the U.S. Administration on Aging, New York State Office for the Aging and Dutchess County Government.


April Events Open to the Public in Millbrook


The Fountains at Millbrook, 79 Flint Rd, offers the following events, free of charge and open to the public with advanced reservations to 845-905-8000.


Wednesday, April 13th at 2:00pm

A Labyrinth of Kingdoms

Author Steve Kemper will discuss his book, A Labyrinth of Kingdoms: 10,000 Miles through Islamic Africa, named one of the best nonfiction books of 2012 by t  he Boston Globe. This true story of Heinrich Barth’s 1850 – 1855 expedition to Timbuktu rivals those of Burton or Stanley for excitement, and surpasses them for scientific achievement.


Wednesday, April 20th at 2:00pm

Dover Stone Church Lecture

Dover Stone Church has historical ties to Native American Pequot Chief Sassacus and his warriors, who fled from British troops. Join Julie Hart, Senior Manager of Stewardship and Education with the Dutchess Land Conservancy, for insight into the history and geology of the Dover Stone Church.


Wednesday, April 27th at 2:00pm

Dutchess County Before the Dutch

Using songs, stories, flute music, drumming and his groundbreaking new map of Dutchess/Putnam before 1609, Evan Pritchard will bring history to life. Learn about the lost cosmology of the region’s indigenous people along with a few Wappingers phrases. A question and answer period and book signing will follow.


For any of these events please call (845) 905-8000 to reserve your seat.


Pancake Breakfast to be held at Bowdoin Park April 2nd
Dutchess County Parks Awarded as ‘The Best Tasting Maple Syrup in the Hudson Valley’ this past Saturday

The Dutchess County Parks Division will host a Pancake Breakfast on Saturday, April 2nd from 9:00am to 11:30am. Breakfast will be held in the Community Center Auditorium at Bowdoin Park in the Town of Poughkeepsie. The cost to attend is $5 per person, with children 6 and under free of charge. The event is open to the public and is on a first come, first serve basis.

This past Saturday, Dutchess County Parks was named as the winner for ‘The Best Tasting Maple Syrup in the Hudson Valley’ for syrup produced at Bowdoin Park during the Fresh Air Fund’s 13th annual Sugar Maple Celebration held at Sharpe Reservation in Fishkill. Dutchess County Parks competed against 14 other entrants for the title at the yearly event. The Pancake Breakfast is the perfect opportunity to enjoy locally made syrup from Bowdoin Park, as well as the beautiful scenic views of the Hudson River. The award-winning maple syrup will be available for purchase during the event.

To learn more about this event or other programs offered at Bowdoin Park, call the Dutchess County Parks Division at (845) 298-4602 or visit dutchessny.gov. Bowdoin Park is located at 85 Sheafe Road in the Town of Poughkeepsie.  To see the event flyer, click here.

Application Deadline Approaching for No-Cost Home Repairs

The deadline for applications to be considered for October Rebuilding  Day is March 31, 2016


Rebuilding Together Dutchess County (RTDC) is accepting applications for their home repair and accessibility modification programs. These services are provided at no cost to qualified homeowners and focus on ensuring that individuals can live independently in safe, warm, dry and healthy homes.

The deadline for applications to be considered for Fall Rebuilding Day in October is March 31, 2016. Income qualified Dutchess County homeowners, especially those who are elderly, living with a disability, military veterans or parents with school aged children are encouraged to apply.

Since RTDC’s founding in 1992, over 12,500 volunteers have been engaged assisting more than 450 Dutchess County homeowners with critical home repairs, accessibility modifications and energy-efficiency upgrades valued at over $5 million in market value.

To receive an application or to find out how you can help support RTDC’s home repair program visit RTDutchess.org or call845-454-7310.

Quilt Display Kicks Off Parkinson’s Awareness Month


During the month of April, millions of people around the globe will recognize Worldwide Parkinson’s Awareness Month.  The Library District is pleased to partner with the Parkinson’s Disease Support Group of the Mid-Hudson Valley, Inc. in raising awareness through a quilt display at the Boardman Road Branch Library.


The display features educational materials and two quilts by master quilter, Shirley Bernard.  A life-long quilter with numerous awards at juried shows, Shirley was the featured quilter at the Wiltwyck Quilters Biennial Quilt Show in 2012 and has been in the National Quilting Association online gallery.  One quilt, made for her mother, was voted “viewers’ choice” and took 26 months to complete.  Although Parkinson’s has slowed her production, Shirley continues to do some quilting every day.


Parkinson’s disease is a chronic, progressive, neurological disease for which there is currently no cure.  To learn more about this devastating disease and the annual “Walk Over Water” on the Walkway Over the Hudson, go towww.midhudsonparkinsons.org.  The public can view the quilts during regular library hours from April 1 – 29 at the Boardman Road Branch Library, 141 Boardman Road in the Town of Poughkeepsie. For more information, go to www.poklib.org or call845-485-3445 x 3702.


PARKINSON’S NEWSLETTER: www.midhudsonparkinsons.org/newsletter



Know the 10 Signs: Early Detection Matters: 3-4 p.m. Friday, April 1, at Blodgett Memorial Library, 37 Broad St., Fishkill, NY 12524. A free program by the Alzheimer’s Association on recognizing the 10 signs of Alzheimer’s disease. Call 800-272-3900with questions or to RSVP.

The Basics: Memory loss, dementia and Alzheimer’s disease: 1-2 p.m. Saturday, April 30, at NorthEast-Millerton Public Library, 75 Main St., Millerton, NY 12546. A free program by the Alzheimer’s Association on detection, risk factors, causes, stages of the disease, treatment and more. Call 800-272-3900 with questions or to RSVP.


ALZHEIMER’S NEWSLETTER: http://act.alz.org/site/MessageViewer?autologin=true&em_id=207723.0&dlv_id=235385&utm_campaign=enews-2016-03-28&utm_medium=email&WT.mc_id=enews2016_03_28&utm_source=enews-aff-118





Kidney Dialysis Might Not Extend Survival of Elderly

03/17/2016 05:00 PM EDT

Study suggests conservative care may be suitable option for some patients over 80.  Source: HealthDay


More Older Women Now Living with ‘Moderate’ Disability, Study Shows

03/17/2016 04:00 PM EDT

Trend a reversal from the 1980s, researchers say.  Source: HealthDay



Want to Keep an Aging Brain Sharp? Try the Stairs

03/15/2016 04:00 PM EDT

Fitness is key, researchers say, and education can also help.  Source: HealthDay


Seniors Often Bring Drug-Resistant Germs to Rehab Centers

03/14/2016 12:00 PM EDT

About one-quarter tested had so-called ‘super-bugs’ on their hands upon admission, study finds.  Source: HealthDay



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Joseph A. Ryan

Acting Director

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