Seniors 09.26.19

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


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

Craft Time

Rensselaer County’s Everett Wagar Senior Center, 2 Roxborough Road, Grafton NY will have the monthly Craft Time on Wednesday, September 25, 2019 at 11:00. We will be making a Fall Scarecrow decoration. Be sure to sign up to make sure we enough material. Stay for a nutritious lunch (Sausage and Peppers) at noon for a suggested donation of $3.00. Call 518-279-3413 to sign up.

Watervliet Senior Center Craft Fair 10/5

Saturday October 5, 9-3pm. Join us for a fall craft/vendor fair, with home goods, food, beauty and accessory vendors and handmade gifts. The Watervliet Library will also be doing adult and kid activities and crafts.

Its free to attend, and there will be a basket raffle, 50/50 drawing, and a concession with chili and cider donuts.

We are still accepting vendors for $30, table extra. Call 518-273-4422 for more information!

Venue-1501 Broadway, Watervliet Senior Center Community Room, and the Watervliet Library in the same building.

Guest Speaker – Suicide Prevention

September is National Suicide Awareness Month. Rensselaer County’s Everett Wagar Senior Center, 2 Roxborough Road, Grafton NY will host guest speaker, Lynn Keyes, to discuss Suicide Prevention on Friday, September 27th at 11:00 am. The statistics of suicide attempts in this Country is alarming. Suicide affects people of all ages, including our seniors. The first step in helping to prevent suicide in our community is to know the basics of detecting susceptible seniors by learning the facts, warning signs, and where to get help. Lynn will address these topics and more. All seniors 60 and over are encouraged to attend this free presentation, as well as family members, friends and caregivers. Stay for a nutritious lunch (Corned Beef Cold Plate) at a suggested price of $3 for seniors and a $5 charge for non-seniors. Please call to be added to the lunch list at 518-279-3413.

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

Calendar for Everett Wagar Senior Center

2 Roxborough Rd, Grafton NY

Sept 23 9:00 Shopping Day

10:00 Chair Yoga

12:00 Congregate Lunch (Chicken Breast)

1:00 Cards and Games

Sept 24 9:30 Aerobic Swimming

12:00 Congregate Lunch (Pollock)

1:00 Cards and Games

Sept 25 Mani/Pedi by Appt

10:00 Chair Yoga

11:00 Craft Time

12:00 Congregate Lunch (Sausage and Peppers)

1:00 Games and Cards

Sept 26 9:30 Aerobic Swimming; Quilting Group

12:00 Congregate Lunch (Hawaiian Turkey Burger)

1:00 Cards and Games

Sept 27 10:00 Chair Yoga

11:00 Guest Speaker – Suicide Prevention

12:00 Congregate Lunch (Corned Beef Cold Plate)

1:00 Cards and Games

Troy Senior Center Upcoming Events

Bingo: Wednesday & Friday following lunch!

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

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

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!

Membership Meeting: Thursday, September 19th @10:30

Apple Picking: Windy Hill Orchard- Friday, September 20th

Breakfast For Lunch: Wednesday, September 25th

Flu Clinic: Wednesday, September 25Th @11:00. Please Bring Insurance Card.

Wheel Of Fortune: Friday, September 27th @11:00 A.m.

Rensselaer Senior Center September-October Events

3rd – American Roots And The Grateful Dead W/ John Hill. 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

October 8th – Can’t Stop Falling In Love W/ Donny Elvis (Open Faced Hot Turkey Sandwich), CDPHP Presentation 11:30 am, Strawberry Shortcake after Lunch Sponsored By CDPHP. 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

October 17th – Tea Party and Sock Doll Kickoff with Community Service at 12:30pm (Bring Your Own Tea Cup) 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

October 22nd – Octoberfest At The Log Cabin w/ The Schnitzel Brothers (Sign Up Now) ($72 All Inclusive) 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

October 23rd – Sign Up For Log Cabin Trip “Blue Christmas” on December 5th Feat. Rod Stewart And Elvis Pressley Tribute Artists ($72 All Inclusive)

October 31st- Special Dinner W/ Bobby T (Costume Parade W/Prizes) (Meatloaf Dinner) Public Hearing at 12:30 pm 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

Sign Up now for SUNY Culinary School. Limited Seats Call Center For More Information ($55 All Inclusive)

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

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

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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.

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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