Dutchess County Office for the Aging’s AGING NEWS For the week of March 11th

Dutchess County Office for the Aging’s


For the week of March 11th

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

Todd N. Tancredi, Director

Dutchess County Office for the Aging




The window of opportunity to nominate someone for the 2019 Dutchess County “Senior Citizen of the Year” award is about to close.  Nominations are being accepted through March 29th in the categories of senior male, senior female or the senior citizen couple of the year.  The awards are presented at the “Celebration of Aging” luncheon held on Monday, May 20th in honor of Older Americans Month.

            Do you know of a person or couple over age 60, who live in Dutchess County, who should be recognized for their civic involvement? Please let us know about them by sending in a nomination form and any other pertinent materials.   The nomination form and more information are available by calling our office at (845) 486-2555, emailingbjones@dutchessny.gov, or you can find a copy of the form online on page 4 of the winter edition of the Spotlight on Seniors, at this link: https://go.usa.gov/xEVnJ

            You may nominate as many people as you think are deserving. The only qualifications are that they be at least 60 years old, a resident of Dutchess County, and have not won the award before.

All nominations are reviewed by a committee of the Advisory Board to the Office for the Aging. They select the outstanding seniors who will receive the awards.

The Celebration of Aging also honors residents of Dutchess County who have achieved outstanding feats of aging.  Please also let us know of any resident who will be turning 100 or older any time during 2019, or will be celebrating their 70th or greater wedding anniversary, using the contact information above.

If you’d like to attend the Celebration of Aging as a guest, a registration form and other relevant information will be available in the upcoming spring edition of the Spotlight on Seniors, due out in March.



            OFA Outreach Coordinator Brian Jones will deliver a presentation on scam prevention on Thursday, March 21st at 7 p.m. at the Nativity Center at St. Martin de Porres Church (118 Cedar Valley Rd., Poughkeepsie). The presentation touches on many issues of importance to seniors, but people of all ages will find the information useful. While scammers often target seniors in their crimes, anybody is a potential scam target, and it might surprise you to know that younger people are more likely to be successfully victimized. A 2018 report from the Federal Trade Commission indicates that when it comes to reports of fraud, consumers age 20-29 lost money in 40% of cases, compared to just 18% among those 70 and older. Consumers age 60-69 filed the largest share of complaints overall.

 Golden Living is prepared by the Dutchess County Office for the Aging, 114 Delafield St., 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
or email bjones@dutchessny.gov for more information

All events subject to unannounced schedule changes

Thu 3/21, 7 p.m. – Scam Prevention, with OFA Outreach Coordinator Brian Jones

            St. Martin de Porres Nativity Center

            118 Cedar Valley Rd., Poughkeepsie

Fri 3/29, 5 p.m. – OFA Senior Citizen of the Year nomination deadline

            To find out more about the Senior Citizen of the Year event, coming up Monday, May 20, emailbjones@dutchessny.gov

Sat 4/27 (times t/b/a) – Senior Expo

            Red Hook Community Center, 59 Fisk St.

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!




            This annual event has drawn attention from around the Hudson Valley, and now rotates between Orange and Dutchess Counties…and 2019 is Dutchess County’s opportunity to host. This year’s WEAAD event takes place on Friday, June 14th, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., at Drumlin Hall on the campus of Dutchess Community College.

            The event is presented by EverCare At Home with cooperation from the Dutchess County Office for the Aging, Dutchess County Adult Protective Services, and Dutchess Community College.

            Space will be limited, so register by emailing weaad2019@evercare.org, or by calling the Office for the Aging at (845) 486-2555.



            Mets/Yankees legend Dwight (Doc) Gooden will join Friends of Seniors on Monday, June 10th for the Friends of Seniors second annual golf tournament, at McCann Memorial Golf Course (Wilbur Blvd., Poughkeepsie).

            Friends of Seniors (FoS) is an independent nonprofit volunteer-based program that provides free, safe, reliable support services to Dutchess County seniors, taking them to non-emergency medical appointments and grocery shopping. FoS also visits with seniors, calls them on the phone, and provides respite services for primary caregivers. Last year, 100 FoS volunteers made over 3,400 trips totaling more than 87,000 miles on behalf of 335 senior clients.

            To contact Friends of Seniors about a corporate sponsorship of the tournament, donating a prize, joining them for a round of golf, or volunteering for Friends of Seniors, contact them at (845) 485-1277 or friendsofseniors@hotmail.com.

Other aging news online:

With this past week’s death at age 52 of “Beverly Hill 90210” star Luke Perry of a stroke, it pays to revisit the topic of stroke and some of its less conventional signs: https://www.nextavenue.org/could-it-be-a-stroke/?fbclid=IwAR0KgN18nf2gNrdT30E6iCY1ckmUDOazkORheOeP-qaJ16aeALPhRLokBRQ

At the risk of sounding like your parents telling you to stop watching so much “Leave It To Beaver”, too much television is still not good for you: in this case, for your aging brain: https://www.usnews.com/news/health-news/articles/2019-02-28/too-much-tv-might-dull-the-aging-brain

This week in senior birthdays:

3/11: Journalist Sam Donaldson (85)

3/12: Singer/actress Liza Minnelli (73)

3/13: Cartoonist Al Jaffee (98 and still drawing the back page fold-ins for Mad magazine…by hand. Here’s a 2017 profile:https://www.vanityfair.com/culture/2017/03/al-jaffee-the-genius-behind-mad-magazine-fold-ins)

3/14: Actor/author Michael Caine (86)

3/15: U.S. Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg (86)

3/16: TV personality Chuck Woolery (78)

3/17: Singer/songwriter/Hudson Valley resident John Sebastian (75)

And before we depart, a Bad Joke to leave a good taste in your mouth, we hope.

I went to a general store. They wouldn’t let me buy anything specific.

Brian Jones
Outreach Coordinator

Dutchess County Office For the Aging


114 Delafield St., Poughkeepsie NY 12601

Author: Harlem Valley News