Dutchess County Office for the Aging’s AGING NEWS For the week of February 27


Dutchess County Office for the Aging’s


For the week of February 27

Golden Living . . . News for Senior Citizens

Todd N. Tancredi, Director

Dutchess County Office for the Aging


If you struggle with hearing loss, or are a family member of somebody with hearing loss, there’s an opportunity coming up in March that may be helpful. Stop at Taconic Resources for Independence (82 Washington St., Poughkeepsie) at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 8, for a free demonstration of assisted-listening devices and a discussion on advocating for those with hearing loss needs in the public forum, at work and at home. The discussion is being organized by the Mid-Hudson chapter of the Hearing Loss Association of America, and will be moderated by Jeanine Byrnes, Director of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services of Taconic Resources for Independence. Jeanine’s mother had German measles when she was pregnant, resulting in Jeanine’s hearing loss of 70 percent in one ear and 30 percent in the other ear. Jeanine has worked for Taconic Resources for Independence as the Deaf/Hard of Hearing Services Community Liaison for 10 years, successfully helping individuals understand how to live with their hearing loss.  For more information email Alice Tenuto atatenuto@optonline.net or Florence Butler at florencebutler@gmail.com, or call Jeanine Byrnes at 845-452-3913.


The Office for the Aging operates eight Senior Friendship Centers around Dutchess County, but there are many other local senior centers that could also serve your needs. Hours and availability may vary.

  • The Town of Beekman Senior Center at the Community Center is open Mondays and Thursdays, (845) 223-7315.
  • Dover Senior Citizens meet at the American Legion Hall on Mondays and Thursdays, (845) 832-9168.
  • East Fishkill Seniors meet at the Community Center on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays, (845) 227-9703.
  • Fishkill Seniors meet at the Recreation Center on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, (845) 831-3371.
  • Hyde Park Seniors meet at the Hyde Park Elementary School on Mondays, (845) 229-8086 x4.
  • Millbrook Seniors meet at St. Joseph’s Church on Tuesdays, (845) 877-6967.
  • Milan Seniors meet at the Town Hall on the first Tuesday of the month, (845) 758-8017.
  • Pleasant Valley Seniors meet at the Town Hall on Fridays, (845) 635-3274.
  • Red Hook Seniors now meet at the new Community Center at 57 Fisk St. on Tuesdays, (845) 758-8114.
  • The Town of Poughkeepsie Senior Center at 14 Abe’s Way is open Monday through Friday, (845) 462-0265.
  • Union Vale Seniors meet at Tymor Park on Fridays, (845) 724-5691.
  • Wappingers Seniors meet at the Town Hall on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, (845) 297-3670.

The list of Office for the Aging-operated Senior Friendship Centers is available at http://www.co.dutchess.ny.us/CountyGov/Departments/Aging/AGIndexnut.htm.


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: http://www.dutchessny.gov/CountyGov/Departments/Aging/AGIndex.htm


Upcoming Office for the Aging events and presentations


Monday 3/6, 12 noon – “Successful Aging” at the Town of Fishkill Recreation Center

793 Route 52

(845) 831-3371 for information

Snow date: 3/13

Tuesday 3/21, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. – Senior Friendship Center Country & Western Day

All eight Dutchess County Senior Friendship Centers

Reservations required at (845) 486-2555

Monday 4/3, 2 p.m. – “Wills, Trusts and Elder Law” at Pawling Library

With John Wirth, Esq., Office for the Aging Advisory Board

11 Broad St.

(845) 855-3444 for information

Monday 5/22, 12 noon – The Celebration of Aging

Villa Borghese

70 Widmer Rd., Wappingers Falls


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 you need provide is a venue that’s accessible and open to the public, and a space to set up a projector and screen – and this time of year, an alternate date in case your venue is closed by winter weather.



            Every May at our Celebration of Aging, the Office for the Aging recognizes Dutchess County seniors who are outstanding in their community, as nominated by…you! Think of all the hard work and dedication of senior friends and neighbors you may know. We’d love to hear their story. A nomination form is available on page 4 of the winter Spotlight on Seniors, at this link: http://www.co.dutchess.ny.us/CountyGov/Departments/Aging/SPOTLIGHTWinter2016final.pdf

We’re also continuing our search for any Dutchess County residents who are (or will be) 100 years old or older in 2017, and Dutchess County couples who will have been married 70 years or more in 2017. They’ll be honored at the Celebration of Aging as well. Each centenarian goes to the Celebration of Aging for free along with one guest, and each couple married 70 years of more also get into the Celebration for free. For more information, email Dutchess County Office for the Aging Outreach Coordinator Brian Jones atbjones@dutchessny.gov, or call him at (845) 486-2555.



Balancing a healthy diet with exercise and medicine are important tools for managing diabetes. To help people live well with the chronic disease, Northern Dutchess Hospital will offer a Diabetes Self-Management Program from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for six consecutive Tuesdays, starting March 7, in the hospital’s cafeteria conference room, 6511 Springbrook Ave. (Route 9).

The program is for individuals diagnosed with diabetes and their caregivers who are interested in learning more about brainstorming, problem-solving and action planning specific to diabees. Topics to be discussed include:

  • How to deal with fatigue, pain, hyper/hypoglycemia, stress, depression, anger, fear and frustration.
  • Appropriate exercise for maintaining and improving strength and endurance.
  • Healthy eating.
  • Appropriate use of medication.
  • Effective communication with physicians.

Seats are limited. For information, call 845-454-8500 ext. 72112 (TTY: 800-421-1220).



Other aging news online:


Older adults “sleeping in” when they hadn’t done that earlier in life could be an early sign of dementia: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/22/well/mind/prolonged-sleep-may-be-early-warning-sign-of-dementia.html?rref=collection%2Ftimestopic%2FElderly&_r=0


From late last week: new uncertainty as to whether New York state renews a $550m contract with a vendor who’s upgrading the state Medicaid program’s information and billing system: http://www.timesunion.com/local/article/Uncertainty-over-Medicaid-changes-may-stall-N-Y-10955580.php


The future, where robot monitors could predict falls: https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2017/feb/17/robot-monitors-in-homes-of-elderly-people-can-predict-falls-says-study


A new study is finding a “molecular link” between excess sugar consumption and Alzheimer’s disease: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2017/02/23/alzheimers-could-caused-excess-sugar-new-study-finds-molecular/


(video) Author/activist Ashton Applewhite takes aim at false assumptions about aging: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kt4lVvTNeLU&feature=share


Here’s the rock group whose youngest member is 73 (but it’s not the Rolling Stones): http://www.nextavenue.org/rock-chorus-with-minimum-age-73/?utm_content=buffer560ef&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer


(video) Setting our time machine to 1959, here’s something we did not know – there were convertibles in the first Daytona 500:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1gCXbtWcUHY



This week in senior birthdays:

Mon 2/27: Actress Joanne Woodward (87)

Tue 2/28: Actor Gavin MacLeod (86)

(2/29: NHL Hall of Famer Henri Richard (81))

Wed 3/1: Singer/activist Harry Belafonte (90)

Thu 3/2: Journalist/author Tom Wolfe (86)

Fri 3/3: Singer/songwriter Jennifer Warnes (70)

Sat 3/4: Actress Paula Prentiss (79)

Sun 3/5: NFL player/actor Fred Williamson (79)




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

Author: Harlem Valley News