Dutchess County Office for the Aging’s AGING NEWS

Dutchess County Office for the Aging’s


  • Brain Games Classes Need Volunteers
  • Caregivers Conference (Save the Date!)
  • May is Stroke Month
  • World Elder Abuse Day (6/12)
  • Advancement in Stroke Care (5/14)
  • National Senior Health & Fitness Day (5/27)
  • Navajo Healing Ceremony (5/18)
  • More Aging News Online


Golden Living . . . News for Senior Citizens

Mary Kaye Dolan-Anderson, Director

Dutchess County Office for the Aging



The Office for the Aging’s Brain Games classes are looking for potential new volunteer leaders.  With 14 classes located from Beacon to Red Hook to Stanford, co-leaders are always in demand in just about every corner of the county.  Many areas would love to have a class, but do not have a volunteer to handle the responsibility.


Current leaders, as well as anyone interested in becoming a volunteer Brain Games leader, are welcome to participate in a training session on Thursday, May 14th from 1:30 – 3:30 PM at Pleasant Valley Town Hall, 1554 Main Street (Route 44) in Pleasant Valley.  Current leaders are asked to bring some of their favorite games or activities and to demonstrate at least one.  To register for the workshop, call the Office for the Aging at (845) 486-2555.



Save the date for the 2015 Dutchess County Caregiver Conference at the Villa Borghese in Wappinger Falls on Friday, November 20th.  Last year’s event was a huge success and besides the Office for the Aging, special thanks go out to the following sponsors who contributed $500 or more in sponsorships or in-kind donations: Elant Choice, Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union, Mid Hudson Regional Licensed Home Care, Stenger, Roberts, Davis and Diamond, LLP, Vassar-Warner Home, and Wingate Healthcare.  For more information about the 2015 Dutchess County Caregiver Conference, call Susan Koppenhaver at (845) 389-0351.


May is American Stroke Month, the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s annual campaign to increase awareness of the disease and to educate Americans that stroke is largely preventable, treatable and beatable.  While stroke is the No. 4 cause of death and leading cause of disability in the U.S., (No. 3 in women) many Americans do not think of stroke as a major health concern.  There has been a lot of progress, but there is still a long way to go to end stroke.

Some stroke facts to consider:

  • Over a quarter of a million people in NYS have survived a stroke.
  • African‐Americans have nearly twice the risk for a first stroke, and a much higher death rate from stroke, largely due to high blood pressure.
  • For every person that dies from stroke, there are 35 who live with the consequences of the disease.
  • One in three Americans can’t recall any stroke warning signs.
  • Hispanic women were less likely than others to know most of the warning signs.

For more information, visit: StrokeAssociation.org.

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:http://www.dutchessny.gov/CountyGov/Departments/Aging/AGIndex.htm


7th Annual World Elder Abuse Awareness Day 2015

Title: OLDER ADULTS DESERVE DIGNITY…ageism is no joke

Friday June 12 from 9 am – 1 pm

Check-in begins at 8:30 am

at Poughkeepsie Elks Lodge #275 – 29 Overocker Rd Pok 12603
Keynote Speaker: Anti-Ageism activist and author Ashton Applewhite of This Chair Rocks and Yo, Is this Ageist
Free and open to the public – Vendors – Refreshments – Silent Auction
Space is limited – Please register at www.dutchessmediation.org/events or call 845 471 7213
Robert Allers, Retired Commissioner of Dutchess County Department of Community & Family Services will be honored with the Champion for Elder Rights and Safety Award

Advancements in stroke care

6 p.m., Thursday, May 14

Cafeteria Conference Room, Northern Dutchess Hospital

Learn how an innovative clot-removal procedure that restores blood flow can greatly reduce thedebilitating consequences of stroke. This discussion will cover the signs of stroke, what to do if you have a stroke and new medical treatments that could greatly impact your quality of life after a stroke.

Speakers: Health Quest Medical Practice’s Dr. Alison Nohara of the Division of NeuroInterventional Surgery and Dr. Fabio Danisi of the Division of Neurology.


St. Simeon Properties Celebrates National Senior Health & Fitness Day®

Local Organization Part of National Event to Promote Healthy Lifestyles for Older Adults


St. Simeon Properties will celebrate the 22th Annual National Senior Health & Fitness Day (NSHFD) onWednesday, May 27, 2015. As an official host site, St. Simeon will hold a day of Educational presentations as well as a free healthy lunch & meet and greet with community health organizations.


St. Simeon aims to impart health and wellness education to the seniors who reside on our properties as well as visiting seniors from the local community. The event will be held from 9am-4:30pm in the community room and move throughout the property during the day. We encourage those attending to dress comfortably as there will be some walking and we do not know what the weather will be like.


For more information about the Event and to sign up please contact Cora Lancevich or Naomi Garrell at845-471-0171 by May 15th as space is limited and we need numbers so we can provide a nutritious meal to all who attend.  St. Simeon is located at 700 Second Mile Drive in Poughkeepsie.


Navajo Healing Ceremony for Veterans

Lucky Orphan Horse Rescue, 2299 Route 22, Dover Plains

Saturday, May 16th8:30 AM Celebrate Armed Forces Day!

Navajo Ceremonial Healing FREE for veterans! Harrison and Gino met while working in the Adolescence Care Unit at Fort Defiance Indian Hospital. There, they integrated traditional Native American and western approaches to healing. The two quickly recognized a kinship in one another. In 2012, Harrison and Gino called upon their skills from working in the treatment center to help them create customized healing programs for veterans returning from war. They utilized their teachings to help veterans from ALL cultures regain balance and harmony in their lives. Encouraged by the way those unfamiliar with Native American culture received their teachings, an additional facet was added to the work they do together. With a mutual affinity for horses, they now conduct Traditional Navajo Horse Blessing Ceremonies as well.  For more information call Vicky at 855-797-4820.




SPOTLIGHT ON SENIORS: http://www.co.dutchess.ny.us/CountyGov/Departments/Aging/sosspring2015.pdf


DIRECTORY OF SENIOR SERVICES: http://www.co.dutchess.ny.us/CountyGov/Departments/Aging/Srservdirectory.pdf


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Author: Harlem Valley News