Dutchess County Office for the Aging’s AGING NEWS



Dutchess County Office for the Aging’s


  • Dutchess County’s Vera Van Wagner Turns 111!
  • Celebration of Aging Video Online
  • Hawaiian Luau Set For June 9th
  • Healthy Memorial Day Tips
  • Advance Care Planning Talk (6/15)
  • Hyde Park Trail End2End Run/Walk (6/6)
  • Dutchess County Airport Open House (6/6)
  • Cancer Support Group for Women (6/2)
  • More Aging News Online


Golden Living . . . News for Senior Citizens

Mary Kaye Dolan-Anderson, Director

Dutchess County Office for the Aging



Yesterday, Vera Van Wagner of Rhinebeck turned the age of 111.   Not only is she the oldest living person in Dutchess County, but also in all of New York State.  Reaching the age of 100 is an incredible milestone, but the chances of any 100-year-old living to the age of 110 (what are called “supercentenarians”) are 1 in 1,000.  Now, at the age of 111, Vera Van Wagner joins the ranks of the oldest living people in the world.

The Office for the Aging and the Baptist Home where, Vera currently resides, are working closely with the Gerontology Research Group to officially verify her age.  Once she has successfully completed the process, Vera will become one of the approximately 80 oldest officially verified “supercentenarians” in the world.

Vera Van Wagner has been a resident of Dutchess County for over 100 years and has been mentioned in the Poughkeepsie Journal society pages since the 1920’s when the paper was known as the Poughkeepsie Eagle.  She lived independently in her own home in Poughkeepsie with the help of family well into her 100’s.  She was one of almost 20 Dutchess County residents over the age of 100 to attend our Celebration of Aging last week.

Click here for a Video Clip from the Celebration of Aging: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kb8iJqhumco&feature=youtu.be

Click here for a picture of Vera Van Wagner & more information: http://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/NYDUTCHESS/bulletins/10515d6

Click here for more information about the honorees (check back for more photos):



The Dutchess County Office for the Aging Senior Friendship Centers will hold their annual Hawaiian Luau celebration Tuesday, June 9th between 10 AM and 2 PM.  The festive day will include traditional Hawaiian music and a lunch of Hawaiian ham, sweet potatoes, green beans, and coconut cookies.  Grass skirts, leis, Hawaiian shirts and other island or beach wear are encouraged.  Make plans to bring a few friends and enjoy the warm weather as we begin to think about summer!

Everyone is invited, but there is a suggested donation of $3.00 for lunch for those 60 and over and a $4.00 charge for those under the age of 60.  Reservations are required and should be made before Thursday, May 28th.  Dutchess County Senior Friendship Centers are located in Beacon, East Fishkill, Millerton, Pawling, the City of Poughkeepsie, the Town of Poughkeepsie, Rhinebeck, and South Amenia.  For information about the Senior Friendship Center nearest you, call the Office for the Aging at (845) 486-2555.


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

Healthy Memorial Day Tips from the American Heart Association

The long Memorial Day weekend is sure to be filled with picnics and barbeques. Choosing healthier foods and staying active can make for a healthier Memorial Day weekend, according to the American Heart Association.

Eating a healthy diet can help reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke, the #1 and #5 leading causes of death in the nation. Studies show that up to 80% of cardiovascular events can be prevented with simple lifestyle changes, like walking more and eating healthier. The American Heart Association offers these tips for a heart-healthy Memorial Day weekend.

Don’t sit – get fit!
The AHA recommends 30 minutes of physical activity daily for adults and 60 minutes for children. Plan a group hike or load up on sports equipment for your picnics to keep everyone active this holiday. Get up out of the lawn chairs and join in the fun with frisbees, basketballs, kickballs, traditional lawn games — all easily packable and enjoyed by adults and kids alike. To complete your heart-healthy Memorial Day, go out for a family walk after dinner and enjoy a parade honoring our armed services.

Eat Healthier!
Here are the American Heart Association’s tips for healthy dining:

  • Go for broiled or grilled fish twice per week, including omega-3-rich salmon, trout and herring
  • Buy skinless chicken breasts & turkey or poultry burgers
  • Grilling red meats?  Choose “loin” and “round” cuts of red meat and pork and trim visible fat when you get home. Aim for portion sizes of 3-4 ounces or less, or the size of a deck of cards.
  • Watch the salt – cut sodium to 1,500mg daily.  Avoid salty seasonings and prepared condiments like teriyaki, soy and barbecue sauce, or choose the low-sodium versions.
  • Eat more fruits & veggies – grill them, top sandwiches and salads, and make veggies the star of your plate. Try adding seasonal fruits to salads or grilling them for a low-calorie dessert
  • Skip the high fat potato chips, and instead serve raw veggies with a low-fat dip made from thick, fat-free Greek yogurt, not mayo
  • Choose whole wheat buns & bread for sandwiches and use baked whole wheat tortillas for a healthy fruit tart crust
  • Serve water, fruit juice spritzers or unsweetened teas.

Buffet style service?


The USDA food plate recommends that half your plate be filled with fruits and vegetables. Behavioral psychology studieshave shown that you can positively influence eating habits with a few easy changes like using smaller plates and placing the vegetables and salads in the beginning of the buffet. Displaying fruits in colorful bowls also leads to increased consumption. For free heart healthy recipes and menu ideas, visit www.heart.org/recipes.


Grilling Marinade (recipe & video: http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/GettingHealthy/NutritionCenter/HealthyCooking/Universal-Marinade-and-Grilled-or-Roasted-Meat-and-Vegetables_UCM_429274_Article.jsp

Tuscan Grilled Chicken Kebabs recipe: http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/GettingHealthy/NutritionCenter/Recipes/Tuscan-Style-Grilled-Chicken-Kebabs_UCM_302112_Recipe.jsp

Grilled chicken with Strawberries & Pineapple Salsa recipe: http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/GettingHealthy/NutritionCenter/Recipes/Grilled-Chicken-with-Strawberry-and-Pineapple-Salsa_UCM_305201_Recipe.jsp

Can we talk? Advance care planning

2 p.m., Monday, June 15

Center for Healthy Aging
Advance care planning is the process of considering, discussing and making decisions regarding your wishes for future medical care. While most people recognize its importance, many find it difficult to get the conversation started. In this lecture, you will examine your own resistances and learn strategies for talking to your loved ones about your plans. You will also take away key terms and step-by-step instructions to complete the forms that will allow you to maintain control in a serious medical situation.

Speakers: Dr. Jodi Friedman and licensed social worker Allison Gould, Center for Healthy Aging.

Hyde Park Trail End-2-End Trek

Saturday June 6, 2015

7:30am to 9:00am at Vanderbilt Parking Lot

Celebrate National Trails Day by hiking (or running) the Hyde Park Trail.  Join us on a 9-mile End-2-End trek from Top Cottage to Vanderbilt, via Val-Kill, the FDR Site and Riverfront Park.

Bring everything you need for a 9-mile day of hiking: water, lunch, insect repellant, rain gear and other essentials.  Park at the Vanderbilt Mansion, and we’ll shuttle you to the starting point (Sorry, no exceptions). The hike will finish at Vanderbilt.  Finishers will earn the 2015 Hyde Park Trail Walkabout trail patch (below).  Capacity is limited, so pre-registration is recommended.  For a description of the trail route and other hike details, visit Hyde Park Trails on Facebook, or on www.nps.gov/vama.

Dutchess County Airport 4th Annual Open House & Car Show to be Held June 6th

The Dutchess County Airport will host the 4th annual Open House & Car Show on Saturday, June 6th from9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Admission and parking are free. The event features a variety of fun and interactive activities for children, families and adults of all ages, including aircraft and antique engine displays, tours, demonstrations and educational seminars.

The annual event gives the public the opportunity to learn more about the Dutchess County Airport and its daily operations. Approximately 73,000 aircrafts land or depart from the Dutchess County Airport each year. The Dutchess County Airport has an annual economic impact of nearly $45 million for the local economy.

Donations of non-perishable food items will be collected throughout the day for local Castle Point veterans. For more information, visit www.dutchessny.gov or call (845) 463-6000.

View event flyer here: http://www.co.dutchess.ny.us/CountyGov/Departments/Airport/Airport_Open_House_2015.pdf


Support Connections Inc. will host support group sessions for women with breast, ovarian or gynecological cancers at:

  • Vassar Brothers Medical Center: 10 a.m. Tuesday, June 2.

Pre-registration is required. To register or learn more, women may call 1-800-532-4290.



PARKINSON’S NEWSLETTER: http://www.midhudsonparkinsons.org/newsletter



Mediterranean Diet Plus Olive Oil or Nuts May Boost Thinking and Memory

05/11/2015 04:00 PM EDT

Healthy eating plans helped older people stay sharper mentally, study finds.  Source: HealthDay

ALZHEIMER’S NEWSLETTER:  http://act.alz.org/site/MessageViewer?autologin=true&em_id=182777.0&dlv_id=211647&utm_campaign=enews-2015-05-22&utm_medium=email&WT.mc_id=enews2015_05_22&utm_source=enews-aff-118



ARTHRITIS NEWSLETTER: http://view.em.arthritis.org/?j=fe881179706600787c&m=fe921570726c067f7c&ls=fdfd10707366057d74137672&l=fec915707d6c067e&s=fe191174726601747c1376&jb=ff3115747662&ju=fe5c1d77766107787715&r=0


Joseph A. Ryan

Outreach Coordinator

Dutchess County Office for the Aging

27 High Street

Poughkeepsie, NY 12601

Phone: (845) 486-2555  Fax: (845) 486-2571

email: jryan@dutchessny.gov



Author: Harlem Valley News