For the week of July 9
Note: starting with the July 16 edition of the Aging News due out on the 13th, the Aging News will arrive in your email via the “Dutchess Delivery” system that Dutchess County departments use to communicate with the public. The Aging News will stay the same, right down to the bad jokes at the end of each issue. You’ll still be able to ask questions about each issue and any other aging-related issue that comes to mind, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Golden Living . . . News for Seniors, Their Families and Caregivers
Todd N. Tancredi, Director
Dutchess County Office for the Aging
THE SENIOR PROM – SOONER THAN YOU THINK
October may seem a long way away here in mid-July, but not to those of you who’ve enjoyed the Office for the Aging Senior Prom over the years. For people who’ve been to the Senior Prom before, preparations for the following year’s prom often start when the previous one ends.
This year’s prom takes place on Monday, October 15, from 12 noon until 4 p.m., at Villa Borghese in the Town of Wappinger (70 Widmer Rd.).
For those of you who are new to a Senior Prom experience, think of it as a “do over” if your high school prom wasn’t what you hoped it would be. Each year we choose a new theme for the prom, and this year’s theme is “The Big Game.”
Should you choose to dress in a costume, pick something that would be suitable if you were either attending a sporting event, or playing in a sporting event – the big game, in other words.
Choose any sport you’d like, but keep in mind that ice skates, football cleats, baseball spikes and horses are not allowed on the dance floor.
Dressing up to match the theme is strictly optional – but it sure is fun, and it puts you in the running to be the 2018 “Duke and Duchess” of the prom.
The prom begins with a buffet lunch. Once again, the full Bob Martinson Band will help fill the dance floor playing your favorites from the ‘40s onward; there’ll be plenty of prizes; and a 50-50 raffle will benefit the Office for the Aging.
Reserved admission will be the same price as last year - $20 per person ($200 for a table of 10) until September 14 or when the event sells out, whichever comes first. After that date, the price increases to $30 per person. Reservation forms are available on request from the Office for the Aging, and will be printed in the next edition of the OFA “Spotlight on Seniors” newsletter, which is published in late summer.
Event sponsorships are sold out, but local businesses interested in providing prizes for prom guests in exchange for publicity at the venue and on the prom program can email OFA Outreach Coordinator Brian Jones at email@example.com, or call (845) 486-2555.
Many thanks to our sponsors: The Pines at Poughkeepsie, Northwestern Mutual, EverCare At Home, Wingate Healthcare, and Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield.
SPEAKERS FOR THE SUMMER
Many members of your community may not be aware of all the OFA has to offer seniors, their families, and their caregivers. A remedy to that gap in information is easy to find. If your senior group, retirees’ group, civic organization or house of worship is looking for speakers to complete your schedule for the summer and beyond, the Office for the Aging can bring you in-person expertise on issues including housing, nutrition, OFA services, scam prevention, successful aging, and much more, contact us using the information below.
Golden Living is prepared by the Dutchess County Office for the Aging, 27 High Street, Poughkeepsie, New York 12601, telephone (845) 486-2555, email: firstname.lastname@example.org website: www.dutchessny.gov/aging
PROM ENTRY FORM NOW AVAILABLE AT OFA WEBSITE
You’ve been asking us since the 2017 OFA Senior Prom about the 2018 prom, and when can you sign up.
Head over to www.dutchessny.gov/aging, and watch the continuously changing “slider” section in the middle of the page. A link to a printable prom entry form will come up – click on it, print it, fill it out, enclose the correct payment, and get it back to us. It’s that easy.
The prom is taking place on Monday, October 15, from 12 noon to 4 p.m. at Villa Borghese, 70 Widmer Rd in Wappinger.
JULY “MEDICARE 101” CLASS RESCHEDULED IN RHINEBECK
This month’s “Medicare 101” class taking place in Rhinebeck at the Center for Healthy Aging (6527 Springbrook Ave. (a/k/a Route 9), Rhinebeck) has been rescheduled from Monday, July 23 to Monday, July 30.
There are Medicare 101 classes that take place at the Center, and at the Poughkeepsie Galleria Community Room. The calendar of classes for both Medicare 101 and our Navigating Medicare program is available at www.dutchessny.gov/aging.
To sign up for a class, call the Office for the Aging at (845) 486-2555.
FOUR WEEK 55+ QIGONG CLASS COMES TO TIVOLI
The Tivoli Free Library (86 Broadway, (845) 757-3771, www.tivolilibrary.org) is hosting a twice-a-week four-week-long series of Qigong classes with instructor Celeste Graves, starting on Tuesday, July 10. All classes take place on the third floor of the Village Hall building that houses the library, from 12:45 to 1:45 p.m.
Class is intended for older adults, 55+. Wear comfortable clothing. Contact library to register; space is limited. Must commit to full 2x/week series for 4-weeks.
Celeste Graves holds a Masters degree in Dance Therapy from New York University and is also a Certified Yoga Therapist through the prestigious International Association of Yoga Therapists, trained in the Phoenix Rising Method. Over the last decade, as a board certified Instructor and Senior Trainer with the Tai Chi for Health Institute, Celeste has been focusing her work efforts in Tai Chi and Qigong - particularly with the aging population to which she herself belongs. She travels throughout Ulster County for Ulster County Office of Aging teaching Tai Chi for Arthritis and Fall Prevention. She is delighted to be in Tivoli and Dutchess County for this special Qigong offering.
JULY CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUP AT MIDHUDSON REGIONAL HOSPITAL (Mon 7/16); CAREGIVER WORKSHOP SERIES MEETS AT BOARDMAN ROAD LIBRARY (Tue 7/17)
The Caregiver Support Group will be meeting in a new location within MidHudson Regional Hospital: the Café Conference Room (the first floor of the hospital) starting with the July meeting, taking place on Monday the 16th from 5 to 6 p.m. If you need directions please ask the front desk in the atrium.
Meanwhile, at the Caregiver Workshop Series, this month’s presenter is Lisa Morris, Assistant Vice President of Public Relations and Corporate Communications at Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union, who will discuss how caregivers can best budget and protect finances for themselves and their loved ones.
The group meets from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. at the Boardman Road Branch Library, 141 Boardman Rd. in Poughkeepsie.
Reserve a space at either event (or both) by calling (845) 483-5551.
Both programs are funded in part by the U.S. Administration on Aging, New York State Office for the Aging and Dutchess County Office for the Aging.
“STUFF THE BUS” IN PAWLING
The Pawling Resource Center, which assists the Office for the Aging with services for Town and Village of Pawling seniors, is holding a “Stuff the Bus” event to replenish their food pantry, on Saturday, July 21st, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Hannaford supermarket on Route 22 in Pawling.
Items needed include canned meat and pasta, jello, non-refrigerated apple and berry juice, cake mix, muffin mix, cornbread mix, condiments (ketchup, mustard, pickles, mayo, etc.), toothpaste and toothbrushes, soap, deodorant, shampoo and conditioner, dish soap, toilet paper, laundry detergent, paper towels, and diapers for infants (especially sizes 4 and 5).
For more information, visit www.pawlingresourcecenter.org. Many thanks to the Pawling Rotary Club and Pawling Central School District for their help.
Other aging news online:
New York State has the nation’s fourth-highest number of retirees, but is not among the ten states with the most rapidly-aging populations: https://money.usnews.com/money/retirement/aging/slideshows/most-rapidly-aging-states
When it comes to medical devices, “approved” may not mean what you think: https://www.healthnewsreview.org/toolkit/tips-for-understanding-studies/medical-devices/
And what’s Dr. Ruth been up to at age 90? https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/03/nyregion/dr-ruth-westheimer.html?action=click&module=Associated&pgtype=Article®ion=Footer&contentCollection=Grace%20Notes
If you can reach age 105, you may be in for a pleasant surprise in years to come: https://www.theguardian.com/science/2018/jun/28/age-105-then-youve-a-better-chance-of-living-even-longer
Congratulations on your retirement, Bishop Dominick: https://archny.org/bishop-dominick-j-lagonegro
Therapy chickens can help fight loneliness? Sure does look like it. We wonder if therapy roosters can help fight oversleeping: https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/the-squeaky-wheel/201806/the-new-therapy-animal-in-the-fight-against-loneliness
(Sigh) Well, it’s official. The Rolling Stones are in the “elder health” section of the paper, at least in the UK: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/06/20/train-chaos-left-rolling-stones-fans-two-hour-walk-gig/
This week in senior birthdays:
7/9: Author Dean Koontz (72)
7/10: Singer/activist Mavis Staples (79)
7/11: Fashion designer Giorgio Armani (84)
7/12: Actress Cheryl Ladd (67)
7/13: Game show announcer Johnny Gilbert (94)
7/14: Football player/actor Rosey Grier (86)
7/15: Singer/songwriter Linda Ronstadt (72)
It’s July, it’s been hot and sticky all week, and you’re in no mood for a bad joke…or are you?
Granddad: A lady came up to me today and said she recognized me from her vegetarian club. I was confused, because I’d never met herbivore.