Aging News from the Dutchess County Office for the Aging

For the week of July 17

Golden Living . . . News for Senior Citizens

Todd N. Tancredi, Director

Dutchess County Office for the Aging




            Improvements have been made in residential fire safety over the years, with the Federal Emergency Management Agency reporting that New York has been among the states with a lower-than-average fatality rate for residential fires from 2005 to 2014.

            The most recent information from FEMA, however, is less encouraging. They report the fatality rate for seniors age 65 and up remained roughly the same during the same time period; this year, FEMA reports, New York leads the nation in home fire fatalities with 69 as of July 3.

            Seniors may be aware that having a working smoke-detection system is key to their safety, but are understandably concerned about falling as they try to install a smoke detector. Hence, they don’t bother buying the detector, or they buy one but leave it to gather dust until they can find somebody to install it. In cases like this, inaction can prove tragic, as a 2015 report from the National Fire Protection Association indicating that three of every five residential fire fatalities happen in homes where a smoke detector was not operating. The NFPA report adds fires at homes with at least one working detector have half the death rate of homes without a working detector.

            Many seniors in Dutchess County may not be aware they may qualify for a free, installed smoke and carbon monoxide detector courtesy of local non-profit Rebuilding Together Dutchess County, formerly known locally as “Christmas in April.”

            This summer, Rebuilding Together will install free smoke and carbon monoxide detectors in an effort to increase safety and reduce home fires and carbon monoxide poisoning.  The program is free to qualified homeowners, and the detectors come with 10-year lithium batteries. For an application, contact Rebuilding Together at (845) 454-7310, or visit their website

            If you have an installed smoke detector and don’t know whether or not it’s still effective, a date of manufacture is printed on the back of the detector. According to FEMA’s U.S. Fire Administration and the Red Cross, among others, the useful life of a smoke detector is 10 years, after which normal conditions inside a home can degrade a smoke detector’s performance. If your smoke detector’s date of manufacture reads 2007 or earlier, it’s due for replacement and for upgrade to a detector that also monitors carbon monoxide.

            If you have a separate carbon monoxide detector, its lifespan tends to be shorter, in the 5 to 7 year range, so replacement is recommended if its date of manufacture is 2012 or earlier.

            If you are in a situation where you’ve bought a detector already but are unable to install it yourself, or you’re worried about falling as you try to install it, check with your local fire departments. Individual department policy may vary, but many of them will be glad to stop by and help – after all, they’d rather be there to help you prevent a fire than to put one out.


Golden Living is prepared by the Dutchess County Office for the Aging, 27 High Street, Poughkeepsie, New York 12601, telephone (845) 486-2555, email: website:


Upcoming Office for the Aging events and presentations:


Tue 7/18, 9 a.m. – Senior Walking Group (Poughkeepsie), weather permitting

                        Meet at the Washington St. entrance to the Walkway over the Hudson

                        Walkers step off at 9 a.m. sharp every Tuesday

                        Call (845) 486-2555 for more information or to form your own group

Mon 8/7, 2 p.m. – “Successful Aging” at Pawling Library

                        11 Broad St., Pawling

                        With OFA outreach coordinator Brian Jones

                        (845) 486-2555 for more information

Thu 8/17, 1 p.m. – “Successful Aging” at North East-Millerton Library

                        75 Main St., Millerton

                        With OFA outreach coordinator Brian Jones

                        (845) 486-2555 for more information

Tue 9/12, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. – USA Parties (reservations required)

                        At all Office for the Aging Senior Friendship Centers

                        (845) 486-2555 for more information

Sat 9/23, 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. – The Golden Gathering

                        Arlington High School

                        1157 Route 55, LaGrangeville

                        (518) 455-2945 for vendor participation information

                        (845) 229-0106 for any other questions

                        More details:

Wed 9/27, 11 a.m. – Office for the Aging Public Hearing

                                East Fishkill Senior Friendship Center

                             890 Route 82, Hopewell Junction

                                (845) 486-2555 for more information

Thu 10/5, 11 a.m. – Office for the Aging Public Hearing

                                Interfaith Towers

                             66 Washington Street, Poughkeepsie

                                (845) 486-2555 for more information

Mon 10/16, 12 noon – The Senior Prom

                        This year’s theme: “School Days”

                        Villa Borghese, 70 Widmer Rd., Wappingers Falls

                        Details and signup form in the upcoming fall Spotlight on Seniors (out in late August/early September)


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 All you need provide is a venue that’s accessible and open to the public, and a space to set up a projector and screen.  Keep in mind that until the end of August, most of our Wednesdays are occupied with Summer Senior Picnics.

We feature presentations on Successful Aging, Office for the Aging services, a wide range of topics related to nutrition, and more!



            Because space is limited, reservations are required for tonight’s meeting of the Public Transit Division of the Dutchess County Department of Public Works, at the Family Partnership Center in the City of Poughkeepsie (29 N. Hamilton St.). Call (845) 473-8424 to make a reservation.

            Officials are looking for feedback on the newly-established Dutchess County Public Transit service in Poughkeepsie, so that they can improve routes to best meet community needs.

            Within the city, Dutchess County Public Transit will provide free courtesy public transportation to and from the meeting.

            More information at this link:



            If you’d like to help bring hot, nutritious midday meals to seniors who are unable to prepare their own, please get in touch with the Office for the Aging at (845) 486-2555 or email

            We have particular areas of need in Poughkeepsie, Rhinebeck, and the Amenia/Millerton area of northeastern Dutchess.



            A new Alzheimer’s caregiver support group is holding its first meeting on Tuesday, July 18, at the Hyde Park Methodist Church on 1 Church St. in Hyde Park. It will be held every third Tuesday from 6:30-8:30 p.m.  Call the Poughkeepsie office with questions, or to RSVP, at (845) 471-2655, or visit for a complete list of their support groups.


Other aging news online:


Cautiously promising findings for an anti-epilepsy drug’s use on dementia symptoms. We’ll follow up if closer examination shows there’s more hype than substance:


A study from Oxford claims tall men are at greater risk of death from prostate cancer:


Dementia-friendly religious services:


Fine art: a young person’s game? Not at this NYC gallery:


Got a Beatles fanatic at home?

If you’re retired but itching for some part-time work, don’t mind a commute to Brooklyn and always wanted to do what Bob Sheppard did at Yankee Stadium, the NBA’s Brooklyn Nets are looking for a public address announcer. Auditions on the afternoon of Tuesday the 18th:


This week in senior birthdays:


7/17: Actor/producer Donald Sutherland (82)

7/18: Yankees/Mets manager Joe Torre (77)

7/19: Songwriter/astrophysicist Brian May (70)

7/20: Guitarist/songwriter Carlos Santana (70)

7/21: Cartoonist Garry Trudeau (69)

7/22: WWII veteran/politician Bob Dole (94)

7/23: Radio host Don Imus (77)




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