Dutchess County Office for the Aging’s


For the week of May 6

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

Todd N. Tancredi, Director

Dutchess County Office for the Aging




            There’s still a little time for you to secure lower-priced admission to the Monday, May 20th Office for the Aging “Celebration of Aging,” held at 12:00 noon at Villa Borghese, 70 Widmer Rd. in Wappingers Falls.

            The event honors Dutchess County’s Senior Citizens of the Year along with Dutchess residents turning 100 or more this year, or celebrating a wedding anniversary of 70 years or more this year. Ay Dutchess County resident who will be a centenarian this year still has time to reserve a free seat for themselves and one guest, and for county-resident couples married 70 years or more to reserve free seats for themselves.
If the 100th birthday or 70th wedding anniversary isn’t until late in 2019, that’s fine by us since milestones like these are truly rare and special occasions.

            For everybody else, seats at the Celebration are $25 each, while seats remain available, if paid or postmarked by Friday, May 10th. After this date, the price increases to $40 per person. It’s sure to be a festive and inspiring event. For only the second time, two sisters are expected to be among the centenarian honorees, along with our Senior Citizens of the Year: Ruth Hogan of Poughquag; Michael Frazier of Rhinebeck; Ruth and Julius Jones of Staatsburg; and Senior Achievement Award honoree Bob Haan of Red Hook.

            Contact OFA Outreach Coordinator Brian Jones for more information about reserving seats at the Celebration, atbjones@dutchessny.gov or (845) 486-2544.



            The Alzheimer’s Association of the Hudson Valley will be hosting educational programs covering four dementia-related topics, from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. on Mondays, June 17th through July 22nd. Each program will be followed immediately by a 3:30 – to 4:30 p.m. caregiver support group. Participants may attend either part of the series, or both.

            Here’s a list of the programs:

            Monday, June 17th – Understanding Alzheimer’s and Dementia

            Monday, June 24th – Healthy Living for Your Brain and Body

            Monday, July 1st, 8th and 15th – Living With Alzheimer’s for Early-Stage Caregivers (three-part series)

            Monday, July 22nd – Understanding and Responding to Dementia-related Behavior

            The programs will be held at the Office for the Aging, and are supported in part by an OFA grant. If you have questions about the programs or wish to RSVP, contact the Alzheimer’s Association at (800) 272-3900.

            A calendar of all OFA events is available at www.dutchessny.gov/aging.


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 events schedule

See the online calendar at www.dutchessny.gov to find out more

(All events subject to change)

Wed 5/8 – Office for the Aging “Grand Opening” and Ribbon-Cutting

            114 Delafield St., Poughkeepsie

            Midday lunch and activities are booked BUT we’re planning another similar event for the summer, so stay tuned!

Ribbon cutting at 4 p.m. (no reservations needed)

Mon 5/20, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. – The Celebration of Aging

            Villa Borghese, 70 Widmer Rd., Wappingers Falls

            Admission information at this link: https://www.dutchessny.gov/Departments/Aging/Docs/Celebration-of-Aging-Reservation.pdf

            Admission to the luncheon is $25 per person if paid before Friday, May 10th; after then, it’s $40 per person.

            Every Dutchess resident turning 100 or more in 2019 gets in free, along with any Dutchess couples married 70 years or more in 2019. Let us know they’re coming by calling (845) 486-2544 or emailing bjones@dutchessny.gov.

Fri 6/14, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. – OFA at World Elder Abuse Awareness Day 2019

            Drumlin Hall, Dutchess Community College

            Free, with required advance registration

Space is limited to 450 attendees

Call (845) 486-2555 to reserve a seat

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!



            Many thanks to those who stepped up as volunteer delivery drivers during our most recent recruitment effort this past winter; thanks to them, we’ve been able to improve OFA Home Delivered Meals services in the Town of Union Vale and nearby communities.

            We’ve determined that there’s still a need for volunteer drivers in southeastern Dutchess, so please get in touch with us if you are able to help us out in any of the following communities:

            Beekman, Holmes/Whaley Lake, Pawling, Poughquag, Stormville, Union Vale, Verbank, and/or Wingdale

            If you’re available elsewhere in the county, feel free to contact us as well.

For more information, including details on insurance and reimbursement issues for volunteer drivers, contactnbhargava@dutchessny.gov or call (845) 486-2545.


            The GoldenAge Singers will perform a free concert at the Amenia Town Hall Auditorium (4988 NY 22) at 2 p.m. on Thursday, May 9th. Refreshments will be available.

Other aging news online:

Depending on when you got your first measles vaccine, you might need a booster: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/04/30/health/adults-measles-vaccination.html?action=click&module=Well&pgtype=Homepage&section=Health

What it’s like to lose a million dollars in an online-dating scam: https://medium.com/the-cut/what-its-like-to-lose-1-million-in-an-online-dating-scam-226eafe4e09e

(Note: the OFA anti-scam presentation covers dating scams and all sorts of other ripoffs to which seniors may be vulnerable. If your group would like to book an anti-scam presentation, email bjones@dutchessny.gov or call (845) 486.2555

In the UK, thousands more seniors are dying in falls in recent years: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/05/02/thousands-older-people-dying-injuries-caused-falls-new-figures/

This week in senior birthdays:

5/6: Baseball legend Willie Mays (88)

5/7: Drummer Bill Kreutzmann (The Grateful Dead) (73)

5/8: Singer/songwriter Philip Bailey (Earth, Wind & Fire) (68)

5/9: Actress Glenda Jackson (83)

5/10: Singer/songwriter Donovan (73)

5/11: MTV host Martha Quinn (60)

5/12: Singer/songwriter/guitarist Steve Winwood (71)

And now, the Bad Joke. We hope you’re sitting down.


Many of us have heard of Murphy’s Law. It says that anything that can go wrong, will go wrong. But have you heard of Cole’s Law?

It’s shredded cabbage in salad dressing.

Brian Jones
Outreach Coordinator

Dutchess County Office For the Aging
Main office: (845) 486-2555
Direct line to my desk: (845) 486-2544


114 Delafield St., Poughkeepsie NY 12601

(all OFA phone and email contact info stays the same)