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  • Mature Living St . La wren ce Co un ty

    O f f i ce fo r the Ag i ng

    (315 ) 386 -4730

    www. s t la wco .o rg

    Mature Living

    Published by: St. Lawrence

    County Office for the Aging

    Supported by:

    The Administration for

    Community Living, NYS

    Office for the Aging and

    St. Lawrence County

    Inside this issue:

    Holiday Basket



    News &

    Information 2

    Cold, Allergy, or

    the Flu? 3

    Recipe 4




    Nutrition News


    Menu 7

    Calendar 8

    December 2016

    Holiday Gift Drive for Seniors

    The holidays can be a lonely time for older adults in our county

    and we need your help! The Office for the Aging is proud to

    sponsor its 3nd Annual Holiday Gift Drive for Home Delivered

    Meals Clients in mid December. Last year, the office was able to

    give away 46 gift baskets to seniors in need!

    The office is now collecting the following, new, unopened items: baskets, blankets,

    winter hats, winter gloves, scarves, slippers, socks, books, puzzles, crossword puzzle

    books, DVDs, CDs, bath gifts, household items and decorations, knitted items,

    cooking utensils, boxed chocolates, and other holiday related gift items.

    We are not able to accept any canned foods or perishable items.

    Donated items can be dropped of at the OFA office in Canton or at any of the

    Nutrition Sites in Brasher Falls, DeKalb Junction, Edwards, Morristown, Ogdensburg,

    Potsdam, or Star Lake. Please drop off donated items by December 13th.

    Winners will be drawn at random from our current home delivered meal client list

    and baskets will be delivered to the winners December 19th & 20th. Please help us

    to make the holidays a little brighter for senior citizens in St. Lawrence County!

    For more information please call, (315) 386-4730.

    On behalf of the Office for the Aging Staff - Happy Holidays!

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    Weather Related Program Closings

    When inclement weather conditions occur, Office for the Aging Nutrition Sites may need to close

    and/or Home Delivered Meal routes may be canceled. If you are receiving Home Delivered

    Meals, the Office for the Aging will provide you, in advance, with a frozen emergency meal to

    be used on a day we are unable to deliver. Watch for weather closings to be announced on the

    following radio and television stations:

    WNCQ/FM.WCIZ (102.9FM/98.7 FM); WPDM (1470 AM/99.3 FM); NORTH COUNTRY PUBLIC RADIO (89.5 FM);

    WMSA (1340AM); YESFM (96.7 FM); Channel 7 TV (WWNYTV); News 10 Now

    “Living with Grief During the Holidays”

    The holiday season can be a difficult time of year when you are grieving the death of a loved one. Family

    traditions are powerful reminders of those who are no longer with us. Hospice of St. Lawrence Valley is

    offering a grief education program, “Living with Grief During the Holidays”, in December and January to

    encourage you to find positive ways to cope with loss and change. The program offers tips, tools and

    strategies to help you approach the demands of the holiday season. Each program offers a different twist for the approaching holiday. Additional materials, including A Holiday Coping Plan will be provided to


    The program is open to anyone struggling with the death of a loved one and to those offering comfort to the

    bereaved. Living with Grief During the Holidays educational programs will be held at Hospice Center,

    6805 U.S. Hwy 11 Potsdam, NY.

    Program Dates

    Saturday, December 17, 2016; Time: 1 pm to 3 pm

    Saturday, January 14, 2017; Time: 1 pm to 3 pm

    **Pre-Registration Required** For more information and to pre-register call 265-3105 or email: [email protected]

    NY Connects December Locations

    Are you an individual, have a family member, or a professional that needs information or assistance with Long Term Services & Support? NY Connects can help. NY Connects can help! A NY Connects Informational

    Specialist will be at the following locations to provide assistance:

    Gouverneur /Cambray Courts/ 68 West Main Street Tues. Dec. 6th Call 386-4730 to schedule an appointment

    with Jenna Decker

    Ogdensburg / Centennial Terrace, Washington Street Thurs., Dec. 8th 11:00a.m.-12:00pm

    Massena / Community Center, 61 Beach Street Tues., Dec. 27th 12:30-2:00pm

    DeKalb / Sunrise Apartments, 26 Josephine Street Wed., Dec. 28th 11:00 a.m.-12:00pm

    Star Lake / Clifton-Fine Hospital Mon., Dec 12th & 19th 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

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    Senior Club & Council News/Events

    Canton Senior Citizen Club Events and Trips: Contact Myrtle Regan at 315-386-8917 Hawaii Trip: May 11-20, 2017; Australia/New Zealand Trip: October 3-17, 2017. For more

    information contact Myrtle Regan at 315-386-8917. “Best of Strasburg, Pennsylvania” Trip: April 19-21. For more information call Myrtle.

    Ogdensburg Seniors Dec. 3rd “This ‘n That Sale”, 50/50 Raffle, Baked Food Sale. Lunch available. Located at the Centennial

    Terrace Apartments, from 10 am to 3 pm. Ogdensburg International Seniors: Contact Shirley 528-3122 or Toni 869-0583 Dec. 10th Holiday Fair 10am-1pm at the Dobisky Center in Ogdensburg (lunch served 11am-1pm) Dec. 5th Installation of Officers 2pm Dobisky Center in Ogdensburg

    Cold, Flu, or Allergy?

    You’re feeling pretty lousy. You’ve got sniffles, sneezing, and a sore throat. Is it a cold, flu, or allergies? It can be hard to tell them apart because they share so many symptoms. But understanding the differences will help you choose the best treatment. Cold, flu, and allergy all affect your respiratory system, which can make it hard to breathe. Each condition has key symptoms that set them apart. Common Cold

    Symptoms last up to 2 weeks

    Stuffy, runny nose; sore throat; cough Treated with rest, fluids, over-the-counter (OTC) medicines to ease

    symptoms Seasonal Flu

    Symptoms usually last 1-2 weeks

    High fever (100-102 °F, or higher in youngsters), headache, aches and pains, weakness, exhaustion, cough, chest discomfort Treated with rest, fluids, OTC medicines, prescription antiviral drugs Airborne Allergy

    Lasts as long as allergens (such as pollen, pet dander) are present

    Stuffy, runny nose; itchy, watery eyes Treated with antihistamines, decongestants, nasal steroids Most people with a cold or flu recover on their own without medical care. But check with a health care provider if symptoms last beyond 10 days or if symptoms aren’t relieved by over-the-counter medicines. Be careful to avoid “drug overlap” when taking medicines that list 2 or more active ingredients on the label. For example, if you take 2 different drugs that contain acetaminophen—one for a stuffy nose and the other for headache—you may be getting too much acetaminophen. “Read medicine labels carefully—the warnings, side effects, dosages. If you have questions, talk to your doctor or pharmacist, especially if you have children who are sick,” Hauguel says. “You don’t want to overmedicate, and you don’t want to risk taking a medication that may interact with another.” Source:

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    The Office for the Aging relies on donations from community members to provide many of our vital programs such as health classes, health insurance counseling, and the nutrition program. We appreciate any

    support you can give to help keep these programs running. Please fill out the form below.




    Donation Amount:____________________ Program Designation (if any) :________________________________

    All donations are greatly appreciated and are tax deductible.

    Please mail this form and donation to:

    St. Lawrence County Office for the Aging

    80 State Highway 310, Suite 7

    Canton, NY 13617

    Green Bean Casserole – Slimmed Source:

    Our slimmed down version of this classic offers the creamy mushroom flavor, the sweet tang of onions, and the crunch you expect from Green Bean Casserole, with 60 percent less calories and 80 percent less fat. Ingredients: 3 to 4 medium shallots (in their skins), Kosher salt, plus 1 ½ tsps.,1 pound fresh

    green beans (stemmed, and halved crosswise), 1 tbs. extra-virgin olive oil, 8 ounces cremini mushrooms (sliced, about 4 cups), 2 tbs. unsalted butter, 3 tbs. all-purpose flour, 1 ½ cups mushroom, vegetable, or chicken broth (see Cook's Note), 3 tsps. fresh thyme leaves, freshly ground black pepper, vegetable cooking spray, 1 cup fresh bread crumbs


    Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Put the shallots (in their skins) on a small baking dish, roast until soft, about

    30 minutes. When cool enough to handle, skin and coarsely chop the shallots. Set aside.

    Bring a medium-large saucepan of water to a boil over high heat. Add kosher salt, to taste. Add the green

    beans, and cook, uncovered, until crisp-tender and bright green, about 3 minutes. Drain the beans in a colander

    and rinse with cold water. Transfer the beans to a large bowl.

    In the same saucepan, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the mushrooms, season with 1 tsp salt, cook, stirring

    occasionally, until browned, about 7 minutes. Add the mushrooms to the beans.

    Melt the butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. Add the flour and cook, stirring with a wooden spoon,

    until golden, about 2 minutes. Slowly whisk in the broth, increase the heat to high, and bring to a boil. Add the

    shallots, 1 tsp. of the thyme, and remaining ½ tsp. of salt. Reduce the heat to maintain a simmer and cook until

    thickened, stirring occasionally, about 5 minutes. Pour the sauce over the vegetables and stir to combine evenly.

    Spray a 2-quart baking dish with vegetable cooking spray. Transfer the vegetable mixture to the pan. Add

    the remaining 2 tsps. of thyme to bread crumbs and scatter over the vegetables. Bake uncovered until the

    sauce bubbles and the crumbs brown, about 20 minutes.

    Cook's Note: There has been an explosion of prepared broths on the market. We particularly like the mushroom broth in the aseptic pack-

    aging. However, for this recipe, make sure you don't use an Asian-style mushroom broth. If you can't find mushroom, a vegetable or chick-

    en broth is a suitable substitute.

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    Caregivers Corner….Keeping the Happy in ‘Happy Holidays!’

    For all the joy the holidays bring, the season can also deliver a hefty helping of stress-only to be

    magnified when families have a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease or a related illness. Many of the

    elements people look most forward to-large gatherings of people, twinkling holiday lights, piles of

    presents, a break from everyday routines-can be over-stimulating for people with the illness and

    overwhelming for caregivers. But take Heart! There are some simple ways to adapt the celebrations

    so they are calm and enjoyable for everyone!

    Be Open. Inform family and friends of your loved ones’ condition so they know what to expect, as

    well as recognize that get-togethers might need to change or be more flexible to accommodate the

    situation. Include younger children in the discussion-to an appropriate degree-so they better

    understand why a loved way may be acting differently.

    Celebrate in small doses. Since changes in routine, noise and crowds can increase confusion and

    upset individuals with dementia, opt for several smaller gatherings instead of having one huge one.

    These “small dose” parties can extend the celebration, offering more opportunities for socialization- a

    key factor in improving quality of life for people with the disease.

    Bring the Party to the Person. For families with loved ones living in long-term care

    residences, coordinate social calls to help ensure the holiday season is filled with visits

    from special guests. Find out whether visitors can attend the facility's holiday events.

    Also, ask whether talented family members- a grandchild who sings, for example-can

    spread some holiday cheer. In addition, some settings have private dining rooms

    where residents’ families can gather.

    Unlock Memories. Plan holiday-related activities in which your loved one can participate and that

    may help recall memories. Was your mom the “Queen of Cookies” in her prime? Invite her to help cut

    and decorate cookies or roll out pie crusts, for example. Other activities that can stir up happy

    memories and appeal to family members for all ages include listening to music, looking through photo

    albums and giving handmade, personal gifts.

    Downsize the Decorating. While a festive home is often one of the most anticipated elements of the

    holiday, too many decorations can cause increased confusion and safety issues. Limit the amount of

    decorations. Consider a plastic tree and battery operated LED candles to avoid fire hazards. Keep

    walkways clear of clutter to reduce the risk of falls.

    Give Yourself the Gift of Support. Consider enrolling your loved one in an adult day program or

    enlist a friend or family member to keep your loved one company so you can simply breathe, tackle

    that gift list, prep the holiday feast or visit a café to savor the season with an eggnog latte. Joining a

    support group can be helpful, especially this time of year, to share feelings and stories with others

    who understand what you’re going through.

    Source: AFA Care Quarterly, Fall 2016.

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    Eat Smart, Live Strong:

    Classes begin at 11:00 am. (Canton will begin at 12:15 pm)

    Classes are FREE and open to all senior citizens! Dec.2 Potsdam/Midtown Apts./1 Munson St . Dec. 5 Star Lake/Clifton-Fine Community Ctr Dec. 7 Brasher Falls/LBSH Dec. 9 Edwards/Senior Courts/16 Trout Lake Rd Dec.12 Canton/Riverside Drive Dec. 14 DeKalb/Sunrise Valley Apts./26 Josephine St Dec. 16 Morristown/200 Morris St Dec. 19 Ogdensburg/Centennial Terrace Dec. 21 Gouverneur/Cambray Courts

    Provided by Cornell Cooperative Extension a partnership with St. Lawrence County Office for the Aging.

    North Country Chapter of StateWide Senior Action Council

    Next Meeting: Thursday, December 1 at 10 AM (Coffee at 9:30 AM)

    Location: Lobster House, State Route 56, Norwood. The guest speaker will be Mary Davidson,

    Traffic Safety Information Specialist Contact Linda at 265-4464 for more information.


    Tips for Healthy Holiday Eating Most people are unaware that we lose our taste buds as we age. It becomes harder to taste spices and the elements of the foods that we recognize, which can make eating less enjoyable — and even become a chore. As this happens, foods may begin to lose their appeal, which is why many people tend to lose their appetites. So on top of dietary restrictions that go with medical conditions, it’s more difficult for seniors to satisfy their taste buds with the foods they once loved

    and get the recommended healthy caloric intake they need to thrive. This can be especially challenging for caregivers who are cooking for every family member and try to balance healthy cooking with tasty meals. The good news? There are ways to awaken everyone’s taste buds without loading dishes with sugar, salt and fat. Here are a few nutrition and healthy eating tips to make your family’s favorite holiday recipes healthier, according to A Place for Mom’s nutrition experts: Provide a ‘touch’ of sweetness with natural spices and ingredients. Reducing sugar by half of what the

    regular recipe calls for and supplementing the sweetness with citrus, vanilla, cinnamon or nutmeg — whatever works best with the recipe — is a an effective healthy, yet tasty, cooking best practice. Even honey and molasses can be used to add a touch of healthier sweetness to a favorite dessert or holiday beverage. And fresh or unsweetened frozen fruit is a great way to add a little natural sweetness, not to mention, presentation appeal.

    Substitute the fat with healthy alternatives. When baking, unsweetened applesauce, mashed bananas and prune puree can make a surprisingly delightful substitute for fatty ingredients; just substitute half the fat with the desired substitute. Instead of using whole milk, use skim milk in dessert and drink recipes. There’s even a healthy alternative for gravy. Heat fat-free, low-sodium broth— or drippings with the fat removed — and slowly add a concoction of mixed flour and cold skim milk to the broth until desired thickness is achieved. Season to your family’s liking.

    Slash the salt with lower-sodium options. Substitute salt with fresh herbs and flavored vinegars. When it comes to sodium-heavy condiments, such as mustard, pickles and ketchup, try fresh tomatoes, salsas or cucumber slices. Sometimes even lower-sodium versions of condiments are available — you just have to be diligent about checking the nutrition label when shopping.


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    Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday

    All menus

    contain 1/3

    M.D.R. as set by

    the C.D.A. and

    include 8 oz.

    milk or juice

    12/1 shepherds

    pie, diced

    beets, creamy

    citrus cole-


    brownie, ww


    12/2 roast pork


    sauce, mixed

    green salad,

    muffin, mixed


    12/5 honey

    glazed ham,


    spinach salad,

    corn bread,

    strawberries w/


    12/6 turkey ala

    king w/ noodles



    roll, orange

    12/7 burger on

    bun w/lettuce,

    tomato &

    Pickle, potato


    broccoli salad,

    apple/fruit crisp

    12/8 chicken

    salad, ww bun,

    lettuce &


    potato salad,

    peach cups,


    12/9 beef


    onions &


    Mexican rice,


    frosted cake

    12/12 chuck

    wagon steak,

    w/gravy, rice

    pilaf, glazed

    carrot, ww roll,


    12/13 chicken

    parmesan o/

    angel hair,

    zucchini, fresh

    salad, apple

    12/14 lemon

    butter fish,

    hash browns,

    winter blend

    mixed veggies,


    12/15 lasagna


    buttered corn,

    french bread,

    tropical fruit




    chicken, red

    potatoes, beet

    & onion salad

    cake, ww roll

    12/19 chicken

    strips w/bbq

    sauce, peas &



    ww roll,


    12/20 cabbage

    rolls, jasmine

    rice, romaine

    salad w/




    12/21 egg salad

    on a pita roll,

    potato salad,

    3 bean salad

    fresh fruit

    12/22 chicken

    cordon bleu,



    fresh salad,

    ww roll,

    pumpkin pie


    County Offices

    & Nutrition

    Centers closed


    County Offices

    & Nutrition

    Centers Closed

    12/27 turkey &


    rollups, parse-

    lied potatoes,

    tossed salad,

    bread, dessert

    12/28 sweet &

    sour meatballs,

    rice, squash,

    ww roll, fruit


    12/29 Cooks





    chicken, rice

    pilaf, mixed

    veggies, roll,

    spice cake


    ST. LAWRENCE COUNTY OFFICE FOR THE AGING NUTRITION PROGRAM Congregate Dining Centers are located in: Brasher, Canton, DeKalb, Edwards, Morristown,

    Ogdensburg, Potsdam and Star Lake. Suggested Donation for 60+ is: $3.00. The guest Fee $5.—(Under 60).


    For more information, contact NY Connects at 315-386-4730.

  • December Calendar Page 8 Mature Living

    12/1 StateWide Senior Action Council: 10 am; Lobster House

    12/5 St. Lawrence County Board of Legislator’s Meeting: 6 pm; County Courthouse, Canton

    12/8 County Council of Senior Citizens Meeting: 10 am, Norwood Legion

    12/13 AARP Meeting: 12 pm; West Potsdam Fire Hall

    12/16 Holiday Basket Contest Donations due to OFA offices or centers.

    12/23 All County Offices and Nutrition Sites are CLOSED

    12/24 Hanukkah begins; Christmas Eve

    12/25 Christmas Day

    12/26 All County Offices and Nutrition Sites are CLOSED; Kwanzaa begins

    1/1 New Years Day

    1/2 All County Offices and Nutrition Sites are CLOSED.

    AARP MEETING: December 13 at 12 pm

    Meeting will be held at the West Potsdam Fire Hall, Potsdam. The price is $12.00. The speaker will be

    Artist, Rachel White. The public is welcome to attend!

    Household Size Gross Monthly


    1 $2,300

    2 $3,000

    3 $3,715

    4 $4,423

    5 $5,130

    6 $5,838

    7 $5,971

    8 $6,103

    9 $6,236

    10 $6,369

    11 $6,671

    HEAP Income Guidelines 2016 - 2017:

    Monthly Household Gross Income Cannot Exceed:

    Questions regarding HEAP applications should be

    directed to the DSS HEAP Unit at (315) 379-2297.

    HEAP Season 2016 - 2017

    The regular program runs 11/14/16 through 3/15/17. Emergency program runs 1/3/17 through

    3/15/17. If you are 60 or older and didn’t get HEAP last heating season, you may call Office for the Aging at (315) 386-4730 and we will ask HEAP to mail you an application. Questions regarding HEAP application status should

    be directed to the DSS HEAP Unit at (315) 379-2297.