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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
Mature Living
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St. Lawrence County
Inside this issue:
February 2020
2020 St. Lawrence County Senior Awards Recognition The Office for the Aging and County Council of Senior Citizens is accepting nominations for Senior Awards including:
1) Senior Citizen of the Year
2) Outstanding Contribution by a Senior Citizen
3) Jacqueline Sears Volunteer Award
If you know an exceptional senior, 60 years of age or older, who volunteers time within their communities, please fill out a nomination form to recognize them!
(J. Sears award nominee can be a volunteer of any age)
For information on award qualifications and to receive nomination forms, contact the Office for the Aging at 315-386-4730. Senior Award winners will be honored at the May Fest; as well as in Albany for Senior Day.
The deadline for nominations is February 21st!
Cyber Seniors Spring Semester 2020
New Location: One Stop/Human Services Building
80 State Highway 310, Canton
Free classes for older adults age 60 and over.
Learn more about your smartphone, laptop, or tablet!
Maximize the use of your device!
Thursdays, 2:15 PM - 3:45 PM
March 5th, 12th, and 26th April 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, and 30th
To register contact: Christiana DeForge (315) 386-4730 or email [email protected]
Instructors are St. Lawrence University First year Students.
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VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR HOME DELIVERED MEALS IN ALL AREAS! St. Lawrence County Office for the Aging is seeking volunteers to assist at all nutrition centers and with delivering home delivered meals. Volunteer opportunities include delivering hot meals to homebound seniors in many areas of St. Lawrence County and assisting staff at the nutrition centers. If you have a couple of hours available per week or per month to help with this incredibly important program for
older adults in St. Lawrence County, please contact: Danielle Durant (315) 386-4730 or email: [email protected]
Medicare Advantage Open Enrollment Period Medicare Advantage Open Enrollment Period (MAOEP) is January 1st through March 31st of each year. Changes that you make during the MAOEP go into effect the first day of the following month. During the MAOEP, you can make changes only if you have a Medicare private health plan. Medicare private health plans are also known as Medicare Advantage plans. You can add or drop drug coverage when you are switching to original Medicare. You cannot make any changes if you just have Original Medicare.
For further information or assistance regarding insurance needs, please contact St. Lawrence County Office for the Aging at (315) 386-4730.
Have fun and join us for a healthy walk. You’ll take a few minutes to learn about a current health topic; then spend the rest of the hour enjoying a healthy walk and conversation with a doc. It’s a great way to get out, get active, and enjoy good conversation. Walk your own pace and distance. See you there, and bring a friend to this free community event!
Saturday, February 29th St. Lawrence Centre Mall, Massena
10 AM - 11 AM
National Wear Red Day® – Friday, February 7, 2020
Go Red For Women is a movement that starts with you. Lead by example and make the time to “Know Your
Numbers.” It’s knowledge that could save your life. Five numbers, that all women should know to take control of
their heart health are: Total Cholesterol, HDL (good) Cholesterol, Blood Pressure, Blood Sugar and Body Mass
Index (BMI). Knowing these numbers can help women and their healthcare provider determine their risk for
developing cardiovascular diseases. It’s time for all women to learn the most critical numbers in their life — their
hearts depend on it.
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Senior Club & Council News/Events
Canton Senior Citizen Club Events and Trips: Contact Myrtle at (315) 386-8917
Winterfest Sweetheart Bake Sale & Avon with Avon Bingo 37 Riverside Dr.
Saturday, February 8 9:00 AM -1:00 PM.
Ogdensburg Command Performance Show, “Les Miserables”, Saturday, March 7th
Gettysburg & “Queen Esther Show” at Sight and Sound Theater, Lancaster Trip, June 28th - July1st, 2020
National Parks & Grand Canyon Trip, September 8th -18th, 2020
Quad-Town Seniors/Northern NY Community Travelers: Contact Glenda (315) 389-5557
Myrtle Beach Show Trip - March 28th - April 5th, 2020
S. Italy & Sicily - April 28th - May 9th, 2020
Dekalb-Hermon Senior Citizens
Cape Cod Trip - September 14 -18, 2020 : For info and reservations contact Lee Carvel (315) 347-2442
(Including Chatham, Plymouth, and Boston)
NY Connects in Your Community - February Locations Do you or a family member need information or assistance with Long Term Care services or supports? NY Connects can help! A NY Connects Informational Specialist will be available at the following locations by appointment to provide information and referral assistance in your local community. Star Lake Clifton-Fine Hospital Monday, February 3rd Ogdensburg Nutrition Site/Centennial Terrace Friday, February 7th Morristown Nutrition Site/Fire Hall Tuesday, February11th Massena Community Center, 61 Beach Street Thursday, February 13th Gouverneur Cambray Courts, 68 West Main Street Wednesday, February 26th DeKalb Nutrition Site/United Helpers Housing Thursday, February 27th
**Please call Christiana DeForge at (315) 386-4730 to schedule an appointment!
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 cancelled. 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. All hdm clients will also receive a wellness check phone call by a staff member. 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
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Free Chair Exercise Classes and More Offered at Gouverneur Community Center
Chair Exercise: Every Tuesday at 10:30AM Games (card games, dominoes, etc.) Tuesdays at 12:30PM
For more info contact: Sally at (315) 816-7884
Hospice Lunch and Learn The Hospice Center, 6805 US Highway 11, Potsdam, NY
Thursday, February 20th
11:30 AM - 1 PM: Obituary Writing
“Writing an obituary after the death of a loved one can be emotional and difficult, but may also be an important healing step in the grieving process. Writing your own obituary ahead of time can provide peace of mind. This
workshop will cover all the basics an individual should know and tips to make an obituary significant and special.”
*Pre-registration is required!*
For more information on our Lunch and Learns or to register for any of the workshops,
Recipe Corner………. Vegetable Lentil Soup
Here’s a healthy soup that's ideal for vegetarians and those watching their weight. Butternut squash and lentils make it hearty, while herbs and other veggies round out the flavor. —Mark Morgan, Waterford, Wisconsin
Ingredients: 3 cups butternut squash (peeled and cubed), 1 cup chopped carrots, 1 cup chopped onion, 1 cup dried lentils (rinsed), 2 garlic cloves (minced), 1 tsp dried oregano, 1 tsp dried basil, 4 cups vegetable broth, 1 can (14 ½ ounces) Italian diced tomatoes (undrained), 2 cups frozen cut green beans (about 8 ounces)
Directions: Place first eight ingredients in a 5 qt. slow cooker. Cook, covered, on low until lentils are
tender, about 4 hours. Stir in tomatoes and beans. Cook, covered, on high until heated through, about 30 minutes.
Nutrition facts 1 1/3 cup serving: 217 calories, 1 g fat, 0 cholesterol, 685 mg sodium, 45 g carbohydrate (11g sugars, 8g fiber), 11 g protein. Source:
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Free Tax Help from AARP!
Free income tax preparation and electronic filing is offered in St. Lawrence County by the AARP Tax-Aide program. The service is available February 1st through April 15th in the following locations:
No appointment needed except at the Canton/Partridge Knoll location. Massena……..Mondays and Tuesdays: 8:30 AM -12:30 PM; Massena Community Ctr., 61 Beach St. Potsdam……..Tuesdays: 9:00 AM -1:00 PM; Midtown Apts., Munson St. Canton……….Tuesdays: 3:00 PM - 7:00 PM; Knights of Columbus, Miner St. Ogdensburg...Thursdays: 9:00 AM -1:00 PM; Rescue Squad Bldg. on Pickering St (old Hackett’s store) (tentative)
***Bring all documents showing income for 2019, plus last year’s tax return.***
For more info call AARP Tax-Aide, Sheryl Campbell, (315) 212-0450
The colder months can pose challenges for older adults when it comes to healthy eating when cold weather and dangerous snowy roads can mean less trips to the grocery store for fresh fruits and vegetables. It’s easy to get our required daily dose of fresh produce in the summer when delicious tomatoes and peaches are in season, but it’s equally important to eat fresh in the winter months.
Below are some tips to keep you eating healthy in the winter months:
Take Advantage of Root Vegetables. Winter is peak season for root vegetables, considered to be some of
the most nutrient rich veggies you can eat. Parsnips, yams, beets, and carrots are just some of the root
vegetables readily available from fall to spring that are easy to cook and that pack a nutritional punch. Root
vegetable are high in vitamins A, B, and C as well iron. Plus, they are high in fiber and slow-burning
carbohydrates, so you’ll stay fuller longer after a meal.
Stock up on Citrus. Oranges, grapefruit, pineapple and all other citrus fruits are in season during the winter
months, so you can often find top quality citrus fruits at the best prices. High in vitamin C, citrus is a great
addition to winter diets for seniors, to help you keep cold and flu at bay.
Omega Three Fatty Acids. Next time you visit the grocery store, consider adding walnuts, avocados, and flax
seed to your cart. These foods are full of omega three fatty acids, known to reduce inflammation and help
curb heart disease, arthritis, and even cancer. Flax seeds can be crushed in a food processor or with a mortar
and pestle then added to cereals, yogurt and even salads.
Include Dark, Leafy Vegetables. The winter months are a great time to add more dark leafy vegetables that
are high in vitamins and antioxidants to your diet. Include spinach, broccoli or chard to your meals for extra
fiber, and stock up on green veggies by keeping plenty of frozen or canned selections readily available.
Less Sunlight, More Vitamin D Rich Foods. Our main source of Vitamin D is sunlight. During winter months,
nutritionists recommend older adults add more Vitamin D rich foods to their diet, including egg yolks, seafood,
healthy grains, and Vitamin D fortified milk.
Seniors Health Improvement and Nutrition Education (SHINE) Community Workshops will guide you
in making small changes in food choices and physical activity that make a large difference in overall health and
maintaining a healthy weight.
Midtown Apartments 28 Munson Street
Potsdam, NY 13676 Dates: Tuesdays, February 4th, 11th, 18th, and 25th Time: 11:30 AM - 12:30 AM Pre-registration is encouraged. Call Cornell Cooperative Ext. of Franklin County: (518)483-6628
LBSH Enriched Housing 32 Church Street
Brasher Falls, NY 13613 Dates: Thursdays, February, 6th, 13th, 20th, and 27th Time: 11:30 AM - 12:30 AM
Pre-registration is encouraged. Call Cornell Cooperative Ext. of Franklin County: (518)483-6628
Office for the Aging is Offering Free TAI CHI FOR ARTHRITIS Classes
Dobisky Center
9:30 AM -11:00 AM
**Classes are FREE and open to all older adults age 60 & over.
To Register contact Cindy at 315-386-4730 or email: [email protected]
Sponsored by St. Lawrence County Office for the Aging,
Cornell Cooperative Extension, and the Dobisky Center
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February Calendar Mature Living
Office for the Aging Home Care Program: If you are 60 or over and in need of home care
services, the Office for the Aging is accepting referrals for the Expanded In-Home Services for the Elderly
Program (EISEP). This home care program assists elderly, fragile, individuals to help maintain quality of
life at home. EISEP provides personal care including bathing, dressing, grooming, and meal preparation
to County residents who are non-Medicaid eligible. Services provided may be on a cost-share basis
depending on income levels.
Contact: NY CONNECTS at (315) 386-4730
(EISEP is supported by the NYS Office for the Aging and St. Lawrence County)
2/2 Groundhog’s Day
2/3 St. Lawrence County Board of Legislator’s Meeting: 6 pm
2/10 Office for the Aging Advisory Council Meeting: 10 am, Human Services Building
2/13 County Council Meeting: 10 am - Amvets
2/14 Valentine’s Day
2/17 President’s Day: All County Offices and Nutrition Centers are CLOSED.
2/21 Senior Award Nominations are DUE!
“St. Lawrence County
St. Lawrence County Council of Senior Citizens
Next Meeting: Thursday, February 13th at 10 AM (Coffee and Doughnuts served at 9:30 AM) Location: Potsdam Amvets 6771 U.S. Highway 11
(Between Potsdam and Canton)
Call Brenda at 315-347-2572
for information about County Council.
Office for the Aging Advisory Council Meeting Monday, February 10th, is the next public meeting of Office for the Aging’s Advisory Council. The meeting will be held at 10 AM at the: Human Services Center, Canton, 2nd Floor Conference Room. The public is welcomed and encouraged to attend!
For more information, please call 315-386-4730.
NO StateWide Senior Action Council Meeting January & February!