Dutchess County Office for the Aging’s AGING NEWS For the week of March 6



Dutchess County Office for the Aging’s


For the week of March 6       

Golden Living . . . News for Senior Citizens

Todd N. Tancredi, Director

Dutchess County Office for the Aging


One recurring theme of the concerns we hear from Dutchess County seniors is the potential for losing their independence. Will they be able to continue living in their homes? And in a county like Dutchess, where having a car is helpful to meeting many day-to-day needs, will they be able to continue driving?

Possible answers to their questions about independence are appearing, first in the form of “smart car” technology rapidly becoming standard equipment in new cars, and in the not-too-distant future with the rise of self-driving car technology.

Aging drivers have long had reason for concern. Johns Hopkins University researchers report that drivers over age 70 have the second-highest crash rate of all age groups, except for young male drivers. According to the National Institute for Highway Safety, fatal crash rates per mile travelled start to increase at around age 70, and beyond age 85, fatal crash rates are higher than for any other age group. If only for the prospect of preventing crashes and injuries, we’re watching self-driving vehicle developments with great interest.

For now, research on the topic is scarce. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s AgeLab, though, has surveyed 3,000 driving Americans and found drivers age 45 and up are less comfortable with the idea of turning control over to technology, whether it’s full or partial control. The MIT study indicates that only 13 percent of Americans 75 and older would be comfortable with a fully automated driving experience. The automobile industry, nonetheless, has hopes the senior car-buying public will see the mobility improvement offered by self-driving cars as outweighing their possible wariness of adopting new technologies. They’re even exploring technology that could not only drive you to the grocery store, but could sense puddles in the parking lot and make sure you’re not dropped off in one.

If you’re in the market for a new car right now, you’re likely to see standard features that were limited to luxury cars just a few years ago. The new features are often aimed at enhancing the abilities of mature drivers, keeping them able to travel independently for longer. Keep an eye out for these ten senior-friendly features:

  • Smart headlights that adjust in range and intensity to reduce glare and improve night vision;
  • Emergency response systems to alert authorities in the event of an emergency behind the wheel;
  • Reverse monitoring systems that warn of objects and help drivers judge distance while backing up – a big help if you’re dealing with reduced flexibility;
  • Blind spot warning systems;
  • Lane departure warning signals that let you know if you’re drifting in traffic;
  • Vehicle stability control;
  • Assistive parking systems;
  • Voice-activated systems that allow drivers to keep both hands on the wheel and stay focused on the road;
  • Crash-mitigation systems that can detect when the vehicle may be in danger of a collision;
  • Drowsy driver alerts that monitor the degree to which a driver may be inattentive while on the road.



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…and it’s not snowing, so come on by today!

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

Wednesday 4/5, 2:30 p.m. – “Successful Aging” at Parkinson’s Disease Support Group meeting

Starr Library, 68 W. Market St., Rhinebeck

(845) 876-4030 for information

Thursday 4/6, 2 p.m. – “Successful Aging” at Blodgett Library

37 Broad St., Fishkill

(845) 896-9215 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.



            If you’ve been searching for a way to give of your time, and you enjoy drives in the beautiful countryside of Dutchess County, we have an immediate volunteering opportunity that will allow you to enjoy both. We’re in need of volunteer drivers to make deliveries for our Home Delivered Meal program in southeastern and eastern Dutchess County, including the towns of Pawling, Union Vale and Amenia. The program operates Monday through Thursday, we reimburse for mileage, and we’d love to have your help whether you’re available for only one of those days or all four.

To volunteer, complete the form that’s available at this link: http://www.co.dutchess.ny.us/CountyGov/Departments/Aging/AGvolunteers.pdf and send it to the Dutchess County Office for the Aging, 27 High St., Poughkeepsie NY 12601.

If you have questions, call us at (845) 486-2555. Outside the 845 area code we can be reached toll-free at (866) 486-2555.




We hope everybody knows the drill by now: if you get an offer over the phone that sounds too good to be true, it’s quite likely to be a scammer and your next moves are as follows:

1)      Hang up without saying anything, then

2)      Report the scam attempt to law enforcement. You can report fraud attempts at 800-771-7755.

The latest such attempt has been reported to us by authorities in neighboring Columbia County via the New York State Office for the Aging, and here’s what reportedly happened:
An older adult got a call from the fake “Office for the Aging” saying the person was the recipient of a legal settlement (too good to be true), confirmed the individual’s name and cited the individual’s correct Social Security number, then asked for confirmation of the number. The older adult made the correct move and immediately hung up, then reported the scam attempt to the county sheriff’s department, and also reported it to the state Office of the Aging.

We’ll continue to follow developments in this case. In the meantime: Never give out personal information to people you do not know. Likewise, do not confirm personal information to people you do not know.



The window of opportunity to nominate someone for the 2017 Dutchess County “Senior Citizen of the Year Award” is still open – but only through the end of March.

Nominations are being accepted through March 31st in the categories of Senior Male, Senior Female and Senior Citizen Couple of the Year.  The awards are presented at the Celebration of Aging, held each May in honor of Older Americans Month.  You may nominate as many seniors as you wish, in as many categories as you wish. Nomination forms and more information are available by calling our office at (845) 486-2555, or you can find a copy of the form online at: http://www.co.dutchess.ny.us/CountyGov/Departments/Aging/AgingSOY.pdf

The Celebration of Aging also honors residents of Dutchess County who have achieved incredible feats of successful aging.  Please also let us know of anyone who will be turning 100 or older or celebrating a wedding anniversary of 70 years or more during 2017 by calling the phone number above, or through email at bjones@dutchessny.gov.



Last month’s closing of the Grand Union in Millerton left residents of the area needing to drive to Amenia, Pine Plains, Millbrook, or even farther to find a full-service grocery store – but it appears their wait for a new store won’t be long, with a new store scheduled to open today (Mon 3/6) at the Grand Union location. More information here: http://eastdutchess.dailyvoice.com/business/new-supermarket-opening-in-millerton/701710/

For seniors in northeastern Dutchess, the Millerton-based North East Community Center (www.neccmillerton.org) has help available for seniors who don’t drive. Call (518) 789-0135 for more specific information.



If you missed last Saturday’s opportunity to safely dispose of your unwanted, outdated and unneeded prescription drugs, there are three more opportunities this coming Saturday:

  • 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. – Amenia Town Hall (Winter Farmer’s Market), 4988 Route 22, Amenia
  • Noon to 1:30 p.m. – Dover Fire House, 3122 Route 22, Dover Plains
  • 2 p.m. to 3:30 pm. – Millbrook Fire House, 20 Front Street, Millbrook

A full list of drug drop-box locations is available at this link: http://www.co.dutchess.ny.us/CountyGov/Departments/STOPDWI/DWPrescriptionDrugTakeback.pdf

Most drop-box locations are available 24/7 with the exception of locations in Millerton, Red Hook and Pawling.



Dutchess County Executive Marcus Molinaro will be talking with Town of Poughkeepsie seniors in a State of the County forum on Tuesday, March 14 at 1:00 p.m. at the Town Senior Center (14 Abe’s Way, 462-0265 and www.poughkeepsietownrec.com). Hear an overview of the 2017 State of the County, participate in an open conversation with County Executive Molinaro, and share your feedback about the issues important to you and your family!

There are three other Town Hall Forums on the calendar:

  • Thursday, March 9, 6 p.m. at Beekman Town Hall (4 Main St., Poughquag);
  • Wednesday, March 22, 6 p.m. at Tivoli Village Hall (86 Broadway);
  • Wednesday, April 5, 6 p.m. at American Legion Post 178 (155 Route 44, Millerton).

All forums are open to the public and all are welcome.


Other aging news online:


Many retiring farmers are apprehensive about what the future holds for them: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/01/business/retirement/for-many-farmers-retirement-is-a-source-of-dread.html?mabReward=A7&recp=2


Frequent brisk walks may help those with mild cognitive impairment, often a precursor to dementia and Alzheimer’s. And a bit of movement can’t hurt: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/01/well/move/frequent-brisk-walks-may-aid-those-with-early-alzheimers.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fhealth&action=click&contentCollection=health&region=stream&module=stream_unit&version=latest&contentPlacement=1&pgtype=sectionfront&_r=0


Colorectal cancers are generally thought of as affecting those over 50, but incidence of those cancers is trending upward among those younger than 50 although overall numbers are still small: http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2017/02/28/517563769/why-are-more-young-americans-getting-colon-cancer?utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=npr&utm_term=nprnews&utm_content=20170228


You may have heard testosterone supplements widely advertised for men suffering from a range of age-related ailments – now, the first major study of the supplements finds the claims are largely hype although it did help men with anemia and low bone density:http://www.philly.com/philly/health/Major-study-finds-testosterone-therapy-is-no-fountain-of-youth.html


For those with the means: retirement at sea? https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/24/business/retiring-on-a-cruise-ship.html?rref=collection%2Fcolumn%2Fretiring&_r=0


She’s 99 and being arrested was on her “bucket list”, so… http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/03/01/99-year-old-grandmother-arrested-police-complete-bucket-list/


This week in senior birthdays:

3/6: Actor/director/producer Rob Reiner (70)

3/7: TV personality Willard Scott (83)

3/8: Writer/Yankees pitcher Jim Bouton (78)

3/9: Former New York US senator James Buckley (94)

3/10: World’s second-oldest living person Violet Brown (117)

3/11: Journalist Sam Donaldson (83)

3/12: Computer pioneer Mary Lee Woods (93)




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