Dutchess County Office for the Aging – AGING NEWS

· Rhinebeck Senior Prom (4/25)

· A Matter of Balance

· Walking Groups start This Week!

· The Power of Presence (4/14)

· “Alive Inside” Film Screening (4/16)

· Deadline Approaching for White House Aging Survey (4/15)

· A Holocaust Remembrance (4/15)

· Living Healthy With Diabetes (4/21)


The Rhinebeck Teachers Association will be sponsoring its annual Rhinebeck Senior Citizen Prom Saturday, April 25th from 12 noon to 4 PM at Rhinebeck High School. The theme of the prom this year is “The Love Boat.” Tickets are $17 per person and include dinner, dancing and door prizes. Reservations must be made by April 20th by calling (845) 871-5500 x5501.


The Office for the Aging has begun offering an award winning, evidence based program “A Matter of Balance” thanks, in part, to a generous sponsorship by Health Quest. The program is specifically designed to help seniors reduce the fear of falling and increase their activity levels.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports seniors have a one in three chance of experiencing a fall each year. Falls also increase the fear of falling, causing less use of the muscles which prevent falling, a lack of balance and a higher likelihood of falling again. Once a senior has experienced a fall, they are more likely to isolate themselves and avoid social activities that are actually healthy for them. The “A Matter of Balance” program is designed to help address all of these issues.

Participant classes are currently being scheduled throughout Dutchess County. To apply for the class, fill out the online application at:

www.co.dutchess.ny.us/CountyGov/Departments/Aging/agMBbrochure.pdf, or call 486-2555 to have one mailed to you.


Another great way to reduce your risk of falling is to use and strengthen your leg muscles by joining one of the Office for the Aging’s Senior Walking & Biking Groups. The Walkway Walkers will be kicking off again beginning this Tuesday, April 14th at 9 AM on the Walkway Over the Hudson and this Friday, April 17th at the Morgan Lake entrance to the Dutchess Rail Trail. Everyone is invited to join the walks – there is no need to register, just show up and walk or bike at your own pace. Either way you’ll enjoy the many health benefits that come with regular exercise. The walks are cancelled in the event of heavy rain. Volunteers are needed to be co-leaders in other areas of the Rail Trails. If you are interested, please call (845) 486-2555.


The Office for the Aging’s Senior Friendship Center in Beacon is seeking volunteers interested in helping serve a nutritious weekday noontime meal by helping out in the kitchen. There is also a need for volunteers to deliver meals or help with activities and crafts at several of our centers. Centers are located in Beacon, East Fishkill, Millerton, City of Poughkeepsie, Town of Poughkeepsie, Pawling, Rhinebeck, and South Amenia. If you have time to spare or a talent to share, even if it’s only once or twice a week, you are needed. Call (845) 486-2555 for more information.

Golden Living is prepared by the Dutchess County Office for the Aging, 27 High Street, Poughkeepsie, New York 12601, telephone 486-2555, email: agingservices@dutchessny.gov website: www.dutchessny.gov/CountyGov/Departments/Aging/AGIndex.htm


MidHudson Regional Licensed Home Care of Westchester Medical Center presents a FREE educational program, “The Power of Presence,” on Tuesday, April 14, 2015 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at Stone Ledge Senior Apartments, 21 Farm Lane, Hyde Park. The presenter is Kim Warner, LCSW, of Hudson Valley Hospice.

This program will be based on Frank Ostaseski’s ‘Five Precepts of Service’ that he developed for those who care for the ill and dying. These Precepts are concepts that describe actions that each of us, as compassionate care givers, can utilize and practice. Everyone will learn about these actions and find ways to apply them through our discussion.

This is a FREE presentation; however, space is limited. Please reserve by calling 845.483.5551. This program is funded in part by the U.S. Administration on Aging, New York State Office for the Aging and Dutchess County Government.

Music & Memory℠: A film screening of ‘Alive Inside’

5:30 p.m., Thursday, April 16 Cafeteria Conference Room, Northern Dutchess Hospital

Join the Center for Healthy Aging and the Hudson Valley chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association for a screening of the award-winning documentary “Alive Inside.” This film follows social worker Dan Cohen on his quest to improve the lives of Alzheimer’s patients by reintroducing them to the music they once loved. Following the film, a panel of medical experts will do guided meditation and discuss self-care for caregivers and loved ones of people with Alzheimer’s. Refreshments will be served.
Speakers: Dr. Elizabeth Levine, NDH hospitalist; Dr. Jodi Friedman and licensed social worker Allison Gould from NDH’s Center for Healthy Aging; and Meg Boyce, vice president of the Alzheimer’s Association, Hudson Valley chapter.

Share your ideas for a better path to retirement security, healthy aging, long term services & supports and elder justice in
New York State.

Take New York’s White House Conference on Aging survey by the April 15th deadline:

The White House Conference on Aging, originally held during the Kennedy administration, is dedicated to identifying and advancing actions to improve the quality of life for older Americans.

Electronic Survey

Survey responses will become the subject of a solutions-based white paper on behalf of New York State that will be presented to the White House Conference on Aging.

New York’s input is critical. That’s why we’re asking the aging services network, caregivers, elders, and anyone with an interest in aging issues, to provide input via an electronic survey. Feedback and recommendations were also gathered during five forums held throughout the state in March.

There are four one question surveys on each of the four themes.

Take the survey: www.agingny.org/WhiteHouseConferenceonAging.aspx

Print and share the flyer: http://agingny.org/Portals/13/WHCoA%20flyer%2020150406.pdf

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 15, 2015 A Holocaust Remembrance

Regina Samuelson recounts her experiences in Nazi-occupied Poland on the 70th anniversary of her liberation from the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp

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.

Living Healthy with Diabetes

Hudson River HealthCare, in collaboration with the Duchess County Dept. of Health, Mental Health America of Duchess County and the Springfield Baptist Church in Beacon is offering Living Healthy with Diabetes. A self-management program to help adults who are diagnosed with Diabetes to feel better and be control. This is a FREE 6-week program for adults and caregivers dealing with Diabetes.

Living Healthy With Diabetes Workshop Dates Every Tuesday
April 21,28 May 5, 12, 19 & 26
Time: 1:00pm – 3:30pm

Workshop Location:

Springfield Baptist Church
8 Mattie Cooper Square
Beacon, NY 12508

Peer Leaders: Ozie Williams Marlene Taylor

The workshops include group discussion, activities to give participants an opportunity to learn new skills, set their own goals and make step-by-step action plans to do what they want to do! This program is open to the community. To refer your patients, friends and family members to sign up, please feel free contact:

Marlene Taylor at Mental Health America of Duchess County, by email : mtaylor@mhadutchess.org phone: 845-473-2500 ext. 1309
Morgan Skrabalak, AmeriCorps member at 914-734-9322

Author: Harlem Valley News