· Brain Games Class Moving

· Successful Aging Presentation (2/25)

· Country-Western Day (3/24)

· “A Matter of Balance” Fall Prevention Sessions (Begin 3/2)

· 2015 State of the County Address is This Wednesday (2/25)

· Estate Planning Seminar (3/4)

· Sleep Medicine Centers Open House (3/3-5)

· Open Mike Night in Millbrook (2/27)

· Clergy of Different Faiths Discuss the Divine (2/25)

Golden Living . . . News for Senior Citizens
Mary Kaye Dolan-Anderson, Director
Dutchess County Office for the Aging


With the anticipated April opening of the Adriance Branch Library on Boardman Road in Poughkeepsie, the Brain Games class that meets at the soon to be closed Arlington Branch will temporarily meet at the Adriance Main Library at 93 Market Street beginning Wednesday, March 4th and until further notice.

Brain Games classes, a fun way to challenge your brain and socialize with other older adults, are held in 13 different locations in Dutchess County. The Arlington Brain Games class meets every Wednesday afternoon from 1:30 PM -3:00 PM. For a complete list of classes around Dutchess County, visit our website at: http://www.co.dutchess.ny.us/CountyGov/Departments/Aging/braingame.pdf

Socialization and mental fitness are two of the biggest keys to Successful Aging. If you are interested in learning about some of the other factors that can affect your quality of life as you age, the Office for the Aging offers a one hour program entitled Successful Aging that is available to groups in Dutchess County. The comprehensive program highlights the 12 steps to successful aging that every adult should know. After attending the program, you may just be motivated to start eating right, exercising, thinking more positively about the aging process, and even laughing more!

The Successful Aging program is being offered as the final Brain Games class at the Arlington Branch Library, 504 Haight Avenue in Poughkeepsie this Wednesday afternoon at 1:30PM. The event is free and everyone is invited.


The Office for the Aging’s Senior Friendship Centers have scheduled their annual Country-Western Day celebration for Tuesday, March 24th between 10 AM and 2 PM. The day will include plenty of old-time Country music and participants will chow down on BBQ ribs, baked beans, and more! Ten-gallon hats, wranglers, chaps and other western gear are encouraged. There is a suggested donation of $3.00 for lunch for those 60 and over and a $4.00 charge for those under the age of 60. Reservations are required by March 16th by calling the Senior Friendship Center nearest you.


As we mentioned two weeks ago in the Golden Living, the Office for the Aging will be offering an award winning, evidence based program called “A Matter of Balance” this spring, which is designed to help seniors reduce the fear of falling and increase their activity levels. Both participants and volunteer “coaches” are needed for the program.

To learn more about “A Matter of Balance,” attend one of the following information sessions: Monday, March 2nd at 1:30 PM at the Northeast Community Center, 51 S. Center Street in Millerton; on Wednesday and Thursday next week at 10:30 AM and 1 PM at the New Hackensack Reformed Church, 1580 Route 376 in Wappingers Falls; on Friday, March 6th at 1 PM in Rhinebeck at the Starr Library, 68 W. Market Street; and at the Pawling Library on Tuesday, March 10th at 10 AM in the Community Room Annex. Call (845) 486-2555 to register.

Plan for the Future


Wednesday, March 4, 2015, 2 to 3 p.m. at Ameriprise Financial, 176 Church St., Poughkeepsie, NY.
Presented by David J. Mazzetti, CFP®, CRPC® of Mazzetti, Buscetto and Associates – Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc., and Louis M. Klein of Klein, Varble and Associates.

The concerns addressed in this workshop are the legalities of creating a trust and estate plan, how to coordinate financial planning, retirement planning, and invest­ment planning, and how to position and design a proper long-term care plan.

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. Presented by MidHudson Regional Hospital of Westchester Medical Center.

Health Quest’s Sleep Medicine Centers to host open house events

Health Quest Sleep Medicine is celebrating National Sleep Awareness Week with a series of events scheduled from March 3-5.

The week will include tours, screenings and lectures meant to provide information about sleep disorders and treatment options.

On March 5, Dr. Mohammed Aziz, medical director of the Vassar Brothers Center for Sleep Medicine, will give a lecture on Obstructive Sleep Apnea and its effects on health and wellness. The talk is from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at 200 Westage Business Center Dr., Entrance C, 3rd floor, Suite 330, Fishkill. Please reserve a seat by calling 845-838-8159.

Throughout the week, Christine Braccino, Health Quest Sleep Medicine manager, along with representatives from various CPAP/BIPAP equipment vendors, will provide screenings for sleep disorders and offer tours of the Health Quest Sleep Medicine Centers.

Participants will learn how to schedule a sleep study, obtain a referral to a Board Certified Sleep Physician and learn about the latest advancements in sleep equipment and masks. Pressure checks on CPAP/BIPAP machines will also be provided.

Open house events will take place on the following dates, times and locations and will include refreshments and snacks:

Tuesday, March 3

· 9:30 a.m. to noon; Center for Sleep Medicine, main lobby, 200 Westage Business Center Dr., Fishkill.

· 1 to 4 p.m.; Center for Sleep Medicine, Vassar Brothers Medical Center, near cafeteria, 45 Reade Place, Poughkeepsie.

Wednesday, March 4

· 9:30 a.m. to noon.; Center for Sleep Medicine, main lobby, 200 Westage Business Center Dr., Fishkill

· 1 to 4 p.m.; Center for Sleep Medicine, Northern Dutchess Hospital, main lobby, 6511 Spring Brook Ave., Rhinebeck.

Open Mike Night: Song, Poetry, Prose – The Fountains at Millbrook is pleased to host Open Mike Night on Friday, February 27th and every last Friday of each month at 7:00 p.m. Audience members are welcome to bring a poem, story or song to perform at the microphone during this judgment-free event. Come share something original or something you admire from another artist, including jokes, psalms, limericks and haiku. Refreshments will served. This event will take place in at The Fountains’ Bistro 79, 79 Flint Road. To request reservations, please call 845-677-8550.

Foreign Film Club: Monthly meetings of The Fountains’ Foreign Film Club welcome newcomers interested in journeying to a different land through film. Each film has been carefully selected by the Foreign Film Committee. From month to month you will see a mixture of contemporary and classic foreign films, with a lively discussion afterwards. The title and subject of the film will be announced in advance of the screening. No gratuitous violence or sex will be shown. Subtitles are available on the bottom of the screen. This month’s screening will take place on February 27th at 2:15 p.m. at The Fountains at Millbrook, 79 Flint Road. An optional no-host lunch is available for purchase before the film from the Country Store Café. To request reservations, please call 845-677-8550.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015, 11:30am – 12:30pm

“Subj: God. Clergy of Different Faiths Discuss Their Personal Take on the Divine”
Second in a series: Rev. Earl McKinney, Elder in the Seventh-Day Adventist Church, and Kusum Gupta, author of “Hindu Spirituality: A Practical Approach Based on the Bhagavad Gita”

110 S. Grand Ave., Poughkeepsie, 11:30am – 12:30pm
Free (voluntary donation gratefully accepted); program and lunch afterwards ($5/person).
Please call 845-471-0430 for more info, lunch reservations, and last-minute schedule changes.