Seniors 06.27.19

Catholic Charities Representative in New Lebanon and Stephentown

This month, the Catholic Charities social services representative will be in New Lebanon and Stephentown for persons aged 60 and above, and/or their caregivers, on Thursday, June 27. She will be at the New Lebanon Library from 10 am to 1 pm, and at the Stephentown Library from 1:30 to 4:30 pm. In addition to providing information about senior services, she is also able to connect caregivers of persons with Alzheimer’s or other dementias to a NY State funded program that provides free support services for those family caregivers. Persons from any community in the eastern sector of Columbia and Rensselaer Counties are welcome. You may walk in or call 518-925-0682 to make an appointment.

There is no charge for this service provided by Catholic Charities Senior and Caregiver Support Services and sponsored by the Seniors’ Ministry of Immaculate Conception/St. Joseph, New Lebanon. For further information, you may call the Catholic Charities staff person directly at the number above, or contact Mary Linton, RN, 518-733-0469.

Grafton Fitness Opportunities

Rensselaer County’s Everett Wagar Senior Center, 2 Roxborough Road, Grafton, has several opportunities to keep our residents 60 and older in shape. Chair Yoga is offered 3 times a week at no charge. This is a low-impact workout for the body and mind. Aerobic Swimming is available on Tuesday and Thursday mornings at the Bennington Rec Center with transportation. Water aerobics offers a resistance and buoyancy that cannot be experienced on ground. The center has a small exercise room with a treadmill and stationary bikes. Regular exercise reduces the risk of injury, decreased symptoms of depression, and improves mobility. Regular exercise can lower blood pressure, strengthen muscles, correct body posture, relieve pain and promotes weight loss. Residents 60 and older are encouraged to get into a good exercise routine. For more information, call the center at 518-279-3413.

June Upcoming Events at the Rensselaer Senior Center

June 27th – City Picnic with Rocking Rob Carson. Call for reservations (518) 463-2166.

August 15th at the Log Cabin in Holyoke, MA.

Calendar for Everett Wagar Senior Center

2 Roxborough Rd, Grafton NY

July 1 10:00 Chair Yoga

12:00 Congregate Lunch (Chicken Patty)

1:00 Cards and Games

July 2 Reiki by Appt

9:30 Aerobic Swimming

12:00 Congregate Lunch ( Pollock Fillet)

1:00 Cards and Games

July  3 10:00 Chair Yoga

12:00 Congregate Lunch (Cold Roast Beef platter)

1:00 Card and Games

July 4 – Center CLOSED

July 5 9:45 Chair Yoga

11:00 Eastern Membership Mtg

12:00 Congregate Lunch (Sausage & Peppers)

1:00 Cards and Games

July Membership Meeting

Rensselaer County’s Everett Wagar Senior Center, 2 Roxborough Rd, Grafton, will hold the Eastern Membership meeting at 11:00 am on Friday, July 5th. All residents 60 and older are encouraged to attend. Upcoming activities, events and fundraisers will be discussed at this meeting. Please join us at noon for a nutritious meal (Sausage & Peppers). Call 518-279-3413 to sign up for lunch.

Sand Lake Seniors

The regular meeting for the Sand Lake Seniors will be on July 11, 2019 at 12:00. We meet at the Church of The Covenant Methodist Church on Route 43 in Averill Park. We have a short meeting, a speaker or entertainment and then a light luncheon. For the July 11th meeting we are asking members to bring a “BAG LUNCH”. This can be a sandwich, salad, fruit, such as a apple, orange or banana, some chips and some cookies, cupcake, etc. The club will furnish drinks. We will be playing Bingo. There will be prizes. On July 25 we will be holding a clam steam at The Methodist Farm on Methodist Farm Road off route 66. This event will be from 12:00 – 4:00 p.m. The steam consists of 1/2 BBQ chicken, 1/2 dozen clams, potato, sweet sausage links, corn on the cob, coleslaw and pasta salad. We will be playing games, door prizes and will be having live music by Paul Slusar. You can still purchase tickets for the event. Come to the meeting and see all that is planned for the rest of the year.

Watervliet Senior Center Events

Friday, July 12- Annual Strawberry Festival and BBQ fundraiser with PICNIC SALAD COOK-OFF WITH LOCAL RESTAURANTS! From 4-6pm. $10 per person. Sign up by calling the center at 518-273-4422, or stop in at 1501 Broadway, Watervliet, 9-2.

Grafton Merry Makers

The July meeting of the Grafton merrymakers will take place on July 12th at 5:30 pm at the Everett Wager Senior Center, Grafton, NY.

The evening will start with a covered dish at 5:30 pm followed by our monthly meeting at 6:15 pm. We will play bingo after the meeting. If you are interested in this senior group or are planning on joining the Merrymakers please come to our meetings. Any questions please call Betty Jean at 518-272-8624.

Poestenkill Seniors

Weekly meetings every Tuesday at 1pm at the Sullivan-Jones Post in Poestenkill. All seniors are welcome. Coffee and refreshments are served after the meeting, followed by Bingo and cards. The hall is handicapped accessible with sufficient parking. The Poestenkill Seniors have catered lunches, pizza, clam steams, fish fries and luncheons at various restaurants, informational talks on senior safety and bus trips to casinos, theaters and other points of interest.

Rensselaer Senior Center Community Service Volunteers Needed

Looking For Dedicated Seniors To Help With our Community Service Program Every Thursday After Lunch. Making Afghans and Lap Robes For People in Nursing Homes, Stuffed Animals For The Pediatric Departments in hospitals and emergency rooms, Heart Pillows for Heart and Lung Surgery patients. This Is a Very Rewarding Program and we are Needing A Few More Angels to keep this program in place, or if you are homebound and willing to Crochet or knit from home to help us out, then please call us if interested.

We Are Open Monday thru Friday, 9am-3pm. We are Located in Rensselaer on East and Herrick Streets. Call for Further Info. 518-463-2166.

We Are Taking Empty Clear Pill Bottles; Must Be See Thru.

Senior Center Grafton Groups

Rensselaer County’s Everett Wagar Senior Center, 2 Roxborough Road, Grafton, has 3 groups that meet on a regular basis. Groups include the Scrapbooking Group, the Quilting Club and the Stitching Chicks Knit and Crochet group.

Residents 60 and older have a good time, sharing ideas, patterns, and fellowship.

For more information on the groups, call 518-279-3413.

Watervliet Senior Center Bingo

WATERVLIET – The Watervliet Senior Center offers bingo on Thursdays at 12:45 and also after some of our monthly dinners; the third Wednesday of every month. If you or someone you know loves bingo, we at the senior center are here to help beginners and pros. It can be an excellent way to promote mental, emotional, and physical health.  Call 518-273-4422 for more information.

B-I-N-G-O!  Bingo is more than a game.  Many people laugh at the image of older people playing bingo, but it has benefits that folks are not aware of. Reflexes and coordination decline naturally as seniors age, but bingo requires players identify numbers as they are called and mark their cards accordingly at a quick clip. Studies show that bingo can significantly improve the hand-eye coordination of many seniors.  As the game requires a great deal of mental flexibility and alertness to grasp, identify, and remember specific information, bingo may also help improve your loved one’s cognitive acuity and short-term memory.

Bingo events typically involve a lot of laughter and excitement. As laughter triggers a number of physical changes in the body that can boost the immune system, relieve stress, and even diminish pain, bingo can actually promote your loved one’s general health.  Players make friends and become more social, as well.

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