Dutchess County Office for the Aging’s


For the week of October 8



Golden Living . . . News for Seniors, Their Families and Caregivers

Todd N. Tancredi, Director

Dutchess County Office for the Aging




The Dutchess County Office for the Aging’s annual “Senior Seminars” day takes place Thursday, November 1st, at New Hackensack Reformed Church at 1580 Route 376, Wappingers Falls. Space is limited, so register in advance for any seminar you’d like to attend by contacting the Office for the Aging using the information at the end of this column. These seminars are a great way to find information in one place that might otherwise require a lot of time and travel.

Here’s the schedule for this year’s seminars. You can sign up for one seminar in each of the 9:30, 10:30 and 11:30 time slots:


9:30 a.m.

PARKINSON’S DISEASE – Learn more about the disease that affects hundreds           of Dutchess County seniors. Presented by the Parkinson’s Disease Support Group of the Mid-Hudson Valley.

LIBRARIES – Libraries can be much more than what they used to be!  From books to streaming content, libraries engage patrons in many ways. With Poughkeepsie Public Library Director Tom Lawrence.


CENTRAL HUDSON AND SENIORS – A discussion of the many services available to senior citizen Central Hudson customers, including senior protections, life support programs and much more.


10:30 a.m.

MEDICARE Q&A – Office for the Aging Information Services Specialist Maggie Kwet             helps you navigate the sometimes-challenging landscape of Medicare. The annual Open Enrollment period for Medicare began on October 15th and will continue until December 7th.

– Hearing loss can have devastating effects on all aspects of your life. Presented by professionals from Access Hearing.

FUNERALS AND YOUR RIGHTS – Every consumer has the right to a meaningful, dignified and affordable farewell. With the Funeral Consumers Alliance of the Hudson Valley.


11:30 a.m.   

EXERCISE AND BALANCE – Find out more about the Office for the Aging’s Senior Exercise and “A Matter of Balance” programs, both of which are vital to seniors looking to continue living independently.


SENIORS AND THE LAW – Always a popular topic, this year’s speaker is private attorney Paul Weinberger, with whom the Office for the Aging contracts to provide legal assistance to seniors who might otherwise be unable to afford it.


A “HEAP” OF HELP FOR THE WINTER – Cold weather will be here before you know it, and it can be a trying time for low-income seniors. Your questions about New York’s Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) will be answered by Office for the Aging staff.



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: www.dutchessny.gov/aging


Office for the Aging upcoming events

Unless otherwise indicated, call (845) 486-2555 for more information

Thu 10/10, 11 a.m. – “The Facts About Diabetes”

With OFA nutrition coordinator Nimesh Bhargava

Millerton Senior Friendship Center, 21 Dutchess Ave.

Fri 10/11, 11 a.m. – “The Facts About Diabetes”

With OFA nutrition coordinator Nimesh Bhargava

Tri-Town Senior Friendship Center, 55 Overlook Rd., Poughkeepsie

Mon 10/15, 12 noon – 4 p.m. – Office for the Aging Senior Prom – SOLD OUT

Wed 10/17, 11 a.m. –  “The Facts About Diabetes”

With OFA nutrition coordinator Nimesh Bhargava

South Amenia Senior Friendship Center, 229 South Amenia Rd., Wassaic

Fri 10/19, 2 p.m. – OFA Anti-Scam Presentation

With OFA outreach coordinator Brian Jones

The Fountains at Millbrook, 79 Flint Rd.

Wed 10/24, 11 a.m. – “The Facts About Diabetes”

With OFA nutrition coordinator Nimesh Bhargava

Pawling Senior Friendship Center, 154 Charles Colman Blvd.

Thu 10/25, 11 a.m. – “The Facts About Diabetes”

With OFA nutrition coordinator Nimesh Bhargava

The Landing of Poughkeepsie, 251 Boardman Rd.

Thu 11/1, 9:30 – 12:30 p.m. – Senior Seminars

New Hackensack Reformed Church, 1380 NY 376, Wappingers Falls

(See this email for schedule of seminars)

Reserve seats at (845) 471-1500

Thu 11/8, 12:30 p.m. – Scam Prevention Presentation

With OFA outreach coordinator Brian Jones

St. Simeon II Community Room, 24 Beechwood Ave., Poughkeepsie

Fri 11/16, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. – Caregiver Conference

The Grandview, 176 Rinaldi Blvd., Poughkeepsie

Sign-up information will be available from the Alzheimer’s Association after October 15th

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 your group needs to provide is a venue that’s wheelchair-accessible and open to the public, with space to set up a projector and screen.  We have our own projector and screen – but if you have those, let us know.

We feature presentations on Successful Aging, Office for the Aging services, Medicare/Medicaid, scam prevention, senior housing, a wide range of topics related to nutrition, and more!



If you’re a resident of Dutchess County with questions about Medicare as this year’s open enrollment period gets set to begin on October 15th, there’s a “Medicare 101” seminar you can join at the Center for Healthy Aging at Northern Dutchess Hospital in Rhinebeck.

Space is limited, so reserve your spot by contacting the Office for the Aging at (845) 486-2555 or ofa@dutchessny.gov.

You can also contact us to book a space at these other Medicare events:

  • Medicare 101 – Mon 10/15, 2 p.m., Pawling Library
  • Medicare 101 – Wed 10/17, 10 a.m., Poughkeepsie Galleria Community Room
  • Medicare 101 – Wed 10/24, 6:30 p.m., Pawling Library
  • Medicare 101 – Wed 11/14, 10 a.m. – Poughkeepsie Galleria Community Room
  • Navigating the Medicare Website – Tue 10/16, 6:30 p.m., Boardman Road Library, 141 Boardman Rd., Poughkeepsie
  • Navigating the Medicare Website – Wed 10/23, 2:30 a.m., Adriance Memorial Library, 93 Market St., Poughkeepsie
  • Navigating the Medicare Website – Thu 11/8, 6:30 p.m., Adriance Library
  • Navigating the Medicare Website – Wed 11/28, 9:30 a.m., Adriance Library



The Office for the Aging’s Home Delivered Meals program is looking for volunteers for delivery of midday meals to homebound seniors in the East Fishkill area, and in northeastern Dutchess County, including the Towns of North East and Pine Plains along with the Village of Millerton.

Volunteers are also needed to deliver frozen meals to homebound clients in the Pine Plains area, on the third Tuesday of every month.

You’ll be able to help some of the seniors who need assistance the most – and this time of year, you get the bonus of enjoying some of the finest fall foliage anywhere as you make deliveries.

A background check is required for these volunteer positions, which involve using one’s own vehicle. Also required are a valid driver’s license and insurance coverage. Mileage reimbursement is available.

For more information, contact the Office for the Aging at (845) 486-2555, or email Nutrition Services Coordinator Nimesh Bhargava at nbhargava@dutchessny.gov.



If you have prepared personal income taxes in the past, and are looking for a rewarding way to use these skills, consider volunteering with the Hudson Valley CA$H Coalition and AARP Foundation Tax-Aide in several tax site throughout Hudson Valley. Through the Coalition, local low and moderate-income residents can get the refunds and credits they may not have known about and have their tax returns prepared and e-filed at no cost. Other volunteer support roles are available, and free training is provided. For more information or to volunteer, contact Linda Eddy at 845.475.7500 or leddy@dutchesscap.org.


Other aging news online:


A recently-passed federal budget bill includes a slight upward bump in funds for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP): https://www.gillibrand.senate.gov/news/press/release/senators-schumer-and-gillibrand-announce-that-just-passed-health-and-human-services-spending-bill-includes-37-billion-for-the-low-income-home-energy-assistance-program-to-help-seniors-and-families-pay-their-energy-bills


A potentially useful resource for Hispanic older adults, their families and caregivers: http://www.nhcoa.org/


The secret to aging well is ‘contentment’, according to this story: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/02/well/live/the-secret-to-aging-well-contentment.html


Researchers have discovered they can slow aging…a little bit…in mice. For the rest of us, nutrition and exercise remain the key. Are we sure it’s not the mice experimenting on us? https://www.rdmag.com/news/2018/10/researchers-discover-how-slow-aging



This week in senior birthdays:


10/8: Gossip columnist Rona Barrett (82)

10/9: Yankees first baseman/outfielder Joe Pepitone (78)

10/10: Actor/singer/dancer Ben Vereen (72)

10/11: Singer/songwriter Daryl Hall (72)

10/12: Yankees shortstop/sportscaster Tony Kubek (83)

10/13: Disc jockey “Cousin Brucie” Morrow (83)

10/14: Fashion designer Ralph Lauren (79)


And now the horrible joke to conclude this week’s Aging News:

Did you hear about the procrastinator who had trouble making pancakes?

He kept waffling.


That one came to us courtesy this week of Charlie North, retired CEO of the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce. If you have bad jokes you’d like to share, email bjones@dutchessny.gov and we’ll post one – assuming we survive it.