Dutchess County Office for the Aging’s – AGING NEWS

· April is Parkinson’s Awareness Month

· Country Jamboree at the Bardavon (4/2)

· Brain Game Class Starting in Clinton

· Palliative Care Seminar (4/7)

· Veterans FAVOR Card Turns 4

· April Events at the Fountains of Millbrook

· Lunch & Learn (4/1)

· Learn a Foreign Language

· Vegetable Gardening for Beginners (Tuesdays in April)

· April 1st in National Walking Day!

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


April is National Parkinson’s Awareness Month. The Parkinson’s Disease Support Group of the Mid-Hudson Valley has a variety of events planned for the upcoming month to help people learn more about its programs and services.

The group holds a free, open, monthly meeting on the fourth Friday of every month from 10 AM until noon at the Unitarian Fellowship, 67 S. Randolph Ave. in Poughkeepsie. Everyone is invited. In addition, the Beekman Library will host an educational exhibit during April, and during the second week of the month the Mid-Hudson Bridge lights will glow green and gold signifying strength and hope for those with Parkinson’s.

The month will culminate in the fifth annual “Walk Over Water” spanning the scenic Hudson River to promote Parkinson’s awareness. The event begins at 1 PM on Sunday, April 26th on the Poughkeepsie side of the Walkway Over the Hudson. There will be wheelchairs available for those who find they are not able to make the entire walk.

For more information about the local group, or to make a gift towards finding a cure, call (914) 475-2793 or visit them online at: www.midhudsonparkinsons.org.


The Bardavon is bringing back the Country Jamboree this Thursday at 2 PM. Seniors and their guests are invited to spend an afternoon revisiting the glory days of country music for just a $6 suggested donation. An outstanding cast, whose members have performed with some of the biggest names in country music, will take the stage playing the music of Hank Williams, Patsy Cline, Johnny Cash, Tammy Wynette, Willie Nelson, Loretta Lynn and more. It’s like an evening at the Grand Ole Opry right here in Poughkeepsie! Call the Bardavon for information on bus transportation for groups of 10 or more. Purchase tickets at the Bardavon Box Office, 35 Market Street, Poughkeepsie (473-2072).


The Dutchess County Office for the Aging’s Brain Games classes are a fun way to challenge your brain and socialize with other older adults. Classes are held in 14 different locations in Dutchess County including the newly formed Brain Games class that meets every Thursday from 11:15 AM – 12:30 PM at the Clinton Town Hall, 1215 Centre Road in Rhinebeck. Classes are always looking for new members. For a complete list of classes around Dutchess County, visit our website at:


The Pines at Poughkeepsie is hosting a free seminar focusing on palliative care. Dr. Albert Riddle will present information on how palliative care differs from end-of-life care, how to avoid unnecessary hospitalizations and information regarding advanced directives. Dr. Riddle has been in practice in long term care for over 20 years and is the current medical director of outpatient services for the Ulster County Division of Hudson Valley Hospice. The seminar will take place on Tuesday, April 7th, from 3:30-5:00 PM at 100 Franklin Street in Poughkeepsie. Reserve your seat with Becky at 845-454-4100 ext. 318.

Dutchess County Veterans FAVOR Card

In March of 2011, the Dutchess County Clerk’s Office and the county Division of Veterans Services launched the Return the FAVOR (Find and Assist a Veteran of Record) Program. A joint effort between the business community and county government was established to provide veterans with assistance in obtaining the services and benefits earned by them for their service. Four years later, over 3,500 veterans have enrolled in the program and over 200 participating merchants and businesses. Click here to learn more: www.co.dutchess.ny.us/CountyGov/Departments/CountyClerk/24156_24391.htm

April Events Open to Public at The Fountains at Millbrook

The public is invited to enjoy the following educational and cultural offerings at The Fountains at Millbrook, 79 Flint Road. The events listed are free and open to the public with advance reservations to 845-905-8630.


Wednesday, April 1st, 2:00 pm – Presented by The Fountains at Millbrook and Kaatsbaan, ZviDance company will offer a dance demonstration and lecture based on their upcoming performance of the critically acclaimed, “Surveillance,” which explores the omnipresence of technology in our lives from cell phones to surveillance cameras. Guest attendance is complimentary with reservations only. Please call 845-905-8630 to reserve your seat.

The Loyalist Cause-America’s First Civil War 1776

Wednesday, April 15th 2:00 pm – Join us for an American history lesson by Leon DiMartino. He’ll discuss supporters of the British Crown and what became of them after America defeated the British in 1776. Guest attendance is complimentary with reservations only. Please call 845-905-8630 to reserve your seat.

History of Jewelry

Wednesday, April 22nd 2:00 pm – Joyce Heaton of Millbrook’s J.E. Heaton Jewelers will teach you how to be your own jewelry detective. Bring a personal piece for help dating and identifying real stones. Guest attendance is complimentary with reservations only. Please call 845-905-8630 to reserve your seat.

Birds of Prey Demonstration and Lecture

Wednesday, April 29th 2:00 pm – See a variety of owls, falcons and hawks up close and personal and learn about their habits from Brian Bradley. Guest attendance is complimentary with reservations only. Please call 845-905-8630 to reserve your seat.


WEDNESDAY, APRIL 1, 2015 – Passover Themes and Customs
Rabbi Chaim Vogel, HVCC Jewish Learning Center
Hudson Valley Community Center
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.

Learn a Foreign Language! Introducing Rosetta Stone® Library Solution

Thanks to a grant from Family Dollar Literacy Foundation and the American Library Association, patrons of the Poughkeepsie Public Library District now have a new option for learning a foreign language; access to Rosetta Stone® Library Solution from EBSCO Information Services. Whether patrons are looking to learn a brand new language, further their ESL learning as non-native English speakers, or brush up on a language for business or vacation travel, Rosetta Stone Library Solution is the perfect solution.

Rosetta Stone Library Solution offers libraries and their patrons the proven immersion method that schools and businesses have trusted for over the last 20 years. The award-winning interactive approach has been used by millions of learners around the world and now is accessible in the library–or anywhere, anytime.

This digital resource includes 30 languages to meet a range of cultural interests. Learning is structured around core lessons to build reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills and also includes focused activities to refine grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation, and more. Patrons can also take advantage of available mobile apps that enable learners to reinforce their language learning wherever they may be.

Contact Poughkeepsie Public Library District, 845-485-3445 x 3702 or visit www.poklib.org to learn more about accessing Rosetta Stone Library Solution at the library, from home, or on the go. To learn more about Rosetta Stone Library Solution itself, please visit: www.ebscohost.com/public/rosetta-stone.

Learn It, Grow It, Eat It! Vegetable Gardening for Beginners

Spring really is here! If gardening is on your mind, be at Adriance Memorial Library on Tuesdays in April, from 6:30-8:30 pm, for a great vegetable patch series. Dutchess County’s Cornell Extension Master Gardeners present step-by-step instructions for successful vegetable gardening for beginners. Attend all four two-hour classes, and you could be harvesting your first salad in June, and still eating fresh veggies from your own garden in November. Some seeds or plants will be provided (for sale) each week. The series covers:

April 7 Getting started: Choosing a location, drawing a garden plan, finding, selecting and growing seeds vs. plants, preparing the soil, weeding, mulching, fertilizing and watering
April 14 First planting, cool season veggies: Peas, lettuces, arugula, spinach, carrots, radishes, onions and leeks, beets, chard, broccoli, kale, kohlrabi
April 21 Veggies that need the heat: Tomatoes, peppers, beans, squash, cucumbers and time for review with Q&A
April 28 Herbs: Where and how to grow these 12 easy herbs: sage, thyme, chives, mint, oregano, parsley, tarragon, cilantro, basil, dill, lavender and rosemary

The Vegetable Gardening Series meets in the Charwat Meeting Room at Adriance Memorial Library, 93 Market Street in Poughkeepsie. To register, contact Nancy Halas at nh26@cornell.edu or 845-677-8223 ext.115

Walk for Heart Health on National Walking Day, April 1st

Adults are spending more time at work than ever before and an unfortunate side effect is that as a nation we are becoming more inactive. Physical inactivity doubles the risk of heart disease. The good news is it is a problem you can fix by taking part in the American Heart Association’s National Walking Day on April 1st.

On National Walking Day, the first Wednesday of April, Americans are encouraged to lace up their sneakers and take at least 30 minutes out of their day to get up and walk. And it’s no April Fools’ joke that by simply walking 30 minutes most days of the week, you can help prevent heart disease and stroke.

Walking has many health benefits, which makes National Walking Day the ideal time to kick-start your physical activity routine. Adults should get at least 150 minutes of physical activity per week, while kids should get 60 minutes of physical activity a day. Physical activity can relieve depression, improve your memory and lower your blood pressure. Visit www.heart.org/gettinghealthy for additional free resources.

Seniors can start walking as part of the Office for the Aging’s Senior Walking Groups on Tuesday, April 7th at 9 AM at the Washington Street entrance to the Walkway Over the Hudson. Look for the walking group’s volunteer leader Monica holding a clipboard and get ready to start walking every Tuesday morning!

The American Heart Association is also hosting an online chat on their Support Network, April 1, from 10 a.m. ET to 7 p.m. ET. Topics will include all things physical activity, from cardiac rehab, stroke rehab, walking, jogging, yoga, swimming, and much more.

Medical professionals will participate answering questions related to physical activity and recovery. Learn more at http://supportnetwork.heart.org/home.

Ten Reasons To Walk

Research has shown that the benefits of walking and moderate physical activity for at least 30 minutes a day can help you:

1. Reduce the risk of coronary heart disease

2. Improve blood pressure and blood sugar levels

3. Improve blood cholesterol levels

4. Reduce stroke risk

5. Reduce stress and clear your mind

6. Maintain body weight and lower the risk of obesity

7. Reduce the risk of osteoporosis

8. Reduce the risk of breast and colon cancer

9. Reduce the risk of non-insulin dependent (type 2) diabetes

10. Feel better and improve your mood.

Learn more at www.startwalkingnow.org.

Author: Harlem Valley News