Seniors 09.05.19

Did You Know ?

Attention senior citizens in the Town of Sand Lake and ALL of Rensselaer County:Through Unified Senior Services at the County, there is a Medi- Van available. Residents will be picked up at home, taken to their appointment and returned home. You must be at least 60 years old. They are asking for 2 weeks notice in advance, if possible. Also through United Senior Services, seniors can find expanded in home services, including food assistance, meals delivered to your home, and even guidance for elder abuse and neglect. The direct phone number is: 518-270-2767. More information is available at NY Connects website.

Dee Erickson

Town of Sand Lake Councilwoman


Sept Membership Meeting

Rensselaer County’s Everett Wagar Senior Center, 2 Roxborough Rd, Grafton, will hold the monthly Eastern Membership meeting at 11:00 am on Friday, September 6th. 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 following the meeting. Call 518-279-3413.

East Side Seniors

Our next meeting is on Sept.10, meetings beginning at 1:00. Lunch afterwards, will be provided by Team 2.Meetings are held at the American Legion  Post, Main St., Wynantskill. The Boccie league will begin on Oct. 7, all MEMBERS are welcome to join in the fun. A reminder, meetings are now twice a month. See you at the meeting.

Grafton Merrymakers

The September meeting of the Grafton Merrymakers will take place on September 11th at 5:30 pm at the Everett Wager Senior Center, Grafton, NY and is opened to all seniors in Rensselaer county.

The evening will start with hot dogs and hamburgers furnished by the Merrymakers. We are asking everyone to bring a covered dish to share. Dinner is at 5:30 pm followed by our monthly meeting at 6:15 pm. If you are interested in this senior group or are planning on joining the Merrymakers, please come to our meetings which are held the second Wednesday of the month. Any questions please call Betty Jean at 518-272-8624.

Birthday Celebration / Trivia

Rensselaer County’s Everett Wagar Senior Center, 2 Roxborough Road, Grafton NY will celebrate the September birthdays on Friday, September 13th at 12:30. Join us for a nutritious lunch at noon (Pork Sausage) for a suggested donation of $3.00. There will be birthday cake followed by a fun game of Trivia. All Rensselaer County residents 60 and older are welcome join the fun. Please sign up for lunch at 518-279-3413.

Town of East Greenbush Senior Chair Yoga Class will Resume on September 18th

Chair Yoga is held each Wednesday at 11 AM in the Town Hall Community Room. This session will run through December 18th and break for the holidays.

Instructor: Judi England, RN, licensed massage therapist, and professionally certified Kripalu yoga instructor. Judi has offered programs in wellness, yoga, meditation , and stress management for over 25 years throughout the Capital Region. She currently serves as Senior Health Education Coordinator for Jewish Family Services of Northeastern New York, and as an Independent Health Educator for businesses and organizations. Her blog “Holistic Health” appeared in the Times Union for ten years.

Reconnect the body, mind and spirit through gentle movements, breath work and deep relaxation. We’ll work on flexibility, balance and core strength with options to build or modify your practice. All movements will be done seated, or standing with a chair for support. All are welcome to enjoy the benefits of yoga – regardless of physical ability or limitations. For questions call 518-477-4194

Sand Lake Seniors Committee

The Sand Lake Seniors Club will be holding their election of Officers and Committee persons on October 10th, 2019. All members of the club are requested to be at this meeting to make sure your vote is counted. All voting will be by members that are present at the meeting. The meeting will begin at 12:00 at the Church of the Covenant on Route 43 in Averill Park.

Clara Peters, President

Sand Lake Seniors

Our regular meeting for September 12, 2019 will be held at 12:00 at The Church of The Covenant on route 43 in Averill Park. We will have a short meeting and then John Hill will be entertaining us. We have a light luncheon following the entertainment. We still have some luncheons we go to and Day trips planned. Also a over night trip to Newport, Rhode Island. Come and be a part of our planning for next year.

Troy Senior Center Upcoming Events

· Gym: Come join our Gym! Stay active, build strength! Open Monday-Friday 8:30-2:45. Free to all seniors 60+

· Line Dancing: Join our Uncle Sam Sparklers!!! Looking for more Line Dancers to join our class! It’s a fun way to keep active!

· Swimming: Wednesdays @9:00 a.m. Lansingburg Boys/Girls Club

· Dart League: Join us on Fridays @10:30 on the second floor.

· Chair Yoga: Mondays @ 9:30 followed by Aerobics.

· REIKI: Twice a month @9:00 -Must sign up ahead of time.

· Game Day: Mondays, starting at 10:00 a.m. Ping Pong, Darts, Yahtzee, Chromino, Card Games! Come join the fun! Followed by a delicious, nutritious lunch and then BINGO!

· Shopping Trips: Twice/Month.

· Lake George-Cruise On The Lac Du Saint Sacrement (Sponsored by Blue Shield of North Eastern NY) Call 518-270-5348 for more information

Rensselaer Senior Center September Events

5th – Andreas Birthday W/ Winchester and Young (Meatloaf Dinner) Call for reservations (518) 463-2166 We are open from 9am to 3pm Monday Thru Friday we are Located on East And Herrick Streets in Rensselaer

12th – Glenn Passino Day w/ Brian Zappel Call for reservations (518) 463-2166 We are open from 9am to 3pm Monday Thru Friday we are Located on East And Herrick Streets in Rensselaer

17th – Citizenship and Constitution Day “Opal’s Retirement Party”

W/ Rocking Rob Carson (Chicken Patty Parmesan) Call for reservations (518) 463-2166 We are open from 9am to 3pm Monday Thru Friday we are Located on East And Herrick Streets in Rensselaer

Always looking to receive Donations of good and gently used clothing and shoes for our corner boutique all proceeds benefit senior programs

Rensselaer Senior Center Community Service Volunteers Needed

We Are Taking Empty Clear Pill Bottles Must Be See Thru

Calendar for Everett Wagar Senior Center

2 Roxborough Rd, Grafton NY

Sept 9 10:00 Chair Yoga

12:00 Congregate Lunch (Cubed Steak)

1:00 Cards and Games

Sept 10 9:30 Aerobic Swimming

12:00 Congregate Lunch (Fish Loin)

1:00 Cards and Games

Sept 11 10:00 Chair Yoga

12:00 Congregate lunch (Taco Sloppy Joe)

1:00 Games and Cards

Sept 12 9:30 Aerobic Swimming; Quilting Group

12:00 Congregate Lunch (Grilled Chicken Breast)

1:00 Cards and Games

Sept 13 10:00 Chair Yoga

12:00 Congregate Lunch (Pork Sausage/gravy)

12:30 September Birthday Celebration/Trivia

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.

Senior Domino Group Seeks More Players

The Town of East Greenbush Senior Domino Group meets each Wednesday from 12-3 PM in the Town Hall Community Room.

Join in the fun by stopping by any Wednesday to check it out! You do not need to be an experienced player. They will teach you. For questions call 518-477-4194.

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.

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

Elder Abuse Workshop

Unfortunately in society today, many elders are reporting that they are experiencing forms of abuse and/or neglect. Some elders have reported that they did not recognize that the way they were being treated was abusive, until they learned about the various types of elder abuse. Additionally, those that do recognize the abuse, do not always know where to turn for help. Many elders have reported feeling helpless to stop the abuse, or that they have to tolerate it, in order to continue to live in their homes, or to get the support they need to get to medical appointments or to the grocery store.

This workshop focuses on:

1. Identifying the many types of abuse and neglect that elders may experience

2. Empowering everyone to take action (in a safe manner) when they see/hear of abuse

3. Offer options for supports/safety to help those that experience the abuse

4. Provide hope to elders, that they do not need to remain in abusive situations.

By training elders and the community at large, we are hoping to raise awareness of this serious issue, and to help decrease it’s prevalence through ongoing education and resources. This free public workshop will be presented September 16th, at 6:00 pm by staff in the Sexual Assault and Crime Victims Assistance Program of St. Peter’s Heath Partners. Advanced registration is recommended. For more information call the library at 274-7071 or online at The Troy Public Library is located at 100 Second Street, Troy, NY.

Run date 8/29-10/31

AARP Tax Aide Program

AARP Tax Aide Program is looking for volunteers. The Tax Aide Program is a free tax preparation service for all members of our community. There are many opportunities that are available for our volunteers. Tax Preparers work directly with the tax payer to complete their tax return. Client Facilitators welcome taxpayers and help organize their paperwork. Technology Coordinators manage computer equipment. Local Coordinators who manage the site, volunteers and schedules. Communications Coordinators who help recruit new volunteers. We have sites in Columbia and Rensselaer Counties. Volunteers will receive training. To become a volunteer you will need to register for the Tax Aide Program. You can register at In the upper right of the window click on Volunteer with AARP Tax-Aide link and follow the instructions. If you have any questions, please contact Jerry Seeley at

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