Preventing Ageism, Promoting and Protecting Older Person’s Dignity, Autonomy and Self-determination
CAPITAL DISTRICT – The International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse (INPEA) has been advocating within the United Nations system for the promotion and protection of human rights of all older persons, worldwide, for over 20years. With the International Day of Older Persons, (IDOP) 1st October, we urgently seek your support for a universal legally binding instrument to address violence, abuse, and neglect of older persons.
The current pandemic of COVID-19 has exacerbated ageism and discrimination that older persons suffer daily. COVID-19 has shown to what extent the lack of human rights protection is a question of life and death. Ageism, the root cause of age discrimination and serious human rights violations, negatively impacts individuals and society at large. It leads to increased neglect, abuse, and violence in different forms, and in all settings, both in the community and institutions.
Violence, abuse and neglect of older persons are deeply rooted in societal ageism. It is apparent in the negative portrayal of older persons in the media and in harmful traditional practices against older persons, particularly older women. Gendered ageism reflects the pervasive age discrimination against older women. Older women face not just the burden of age discrimination but also the consequences of deep, wide-ranging, and life-long gender discrimination. Extended isolation under Covid-19 lockdowns, often based on discriminatory age criteria, has exposed older women to greater risks and actual violence, abuse and neglect.
Older persons must be seen from a life course perspective. Violence, abuse and neglect experienced at any point during the life of an older person may result in trauma that, if unresolved, can impair problem solving, healing, relationship building, help seeking, and other growth enhancing activities.
Join INPEA in promoting USA support for a new convention for the human rights of older persons, today! Susan Somers, President INPEA
Grafton Senior Center News
CROPSEYVILLE – Rensselaer County’s Everett Wagar Senior Center, 2 Roxborough Rd, Cropseyville, will be open with limited hours. State and County Guidelines will be posted and must be followed at all times. The center is now open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00 to 3:00 with congregate lunch and activities. Van transportation to and from the center will be available on limited days. Please call to be placed on the list.
A nutritious congregate meal will be served at noon every Tuesday and Thursday. There is a suggested $3 donation per meal.
The center will be open Monday and Friday from 9:30 to 11:00 am for Chair Yoga. There is also Yoga class on Tuesdays. All are welcome to attend the classes. Haircuts/Mani/Pedi’s will be offered on Tuesday, Oct 5th by appointment only. Call to schedule a time.
The Eastern Tier (Grafton) Senior membership meeting has been canceled for October 5th. The meeting has been rescheduled for Thurs, October 14th at 11:00 am. All area residents 60 and over should plan to attend to discuss upcoming events, election of officers, and more.
Seniors are encouraged to visit other senior centers that are open on days Grafton’s center is closed. If you have questions, or want to be added to the lunch list, please call (518) 279-3413.
You Don’t Have to Dine Alone
RENSSELAER – The Rensselaer County Rensselaer Senior Center is open 5 days a week for lunch. We have wonderful people at the center and we have room for more. So please join us for lunch. The food is great and the atmosphere is cheerful and the company is enjoyable call for reservations. We are located in Rensselaer on East and Herrick streets. Call for more information Monday Thru Friday 9am to 3pm
Dancing Dancing Dancing!!
RENSSELAER – Good news starting Tuesday October 5th. Rensselaer County Rensselaer Senior Center will be hosting line dancing twice a week. Class starts at 10:15 am Tuesday and Wednesdays. Dancing is a great exercise not only for you physically but cognitive as well join us. Experience not needed we have great teachers Ronnie and Carol will be happy to see you! Stay for lunch if you like or call for more information We are located in Rensselaer on East and Herrick streets. Call for more information Monday Thru Friday 9am to 3pm
Donny Elvis at the Rensselaer County Rensselaer Senior Center
RENSSELAER – Join us on Tuesday, October 19th as we enjoy a “Tribute to Elvis Presley” Performed by Donny Elvis. Lunch served at 12 noon call early for reservations there is limited seating. Must join us for lunch to enjoy the show. After the show a special desert of strawberry shortcake will be served. Don’t miss this special day. call for reservations. We are located in Rensselaer on East and Herrick streets. Call for more information (518) 463-2166 Monday Thru Friday 9am to 3pm.
Men Senior Bowlers Wanted!
EAST GREENBUSH – Men’s Senior Bowling League (60 years & older) is looking for new bowlers. We bowl every Friday starting at 12:15 PM at the East Greenbush Bowling Center on Columbia Turnpike. This is a fun, relaxed league. All bowlers, beginners to experts, are welcomed. If interested, stop by on any Friday to join the league. For more information, please contact David Parrish at (518) 821-3146 or Mitch Walsh at (518) 847-9116.
Sand Lake Seniors Club 2021
SAND LAKE – The SLS is a social club for those 55 years and older. We meet once a month at the AP/SL Firehouse on Eastern Union Turnpike at noon. The October meeting will be elections of 2022 officers and we will also have Julie Glasser as a speaker. We have a day trip planned on December 2nd to West Springfield, MA to see “Christmas with Father” followed by lunch at the Carriage House. If interested in the trip, contact Bette Bieg at 518-663-8292.
Good News, Grab and Go Lunch is Available Five Days a Week
RENSSELAER – The Rensselaer County Rensselaer Senior Center are offering nutritious meals Monday through Friday. Pickup is at 11:30. Please call the day before to order your lunch and enjoy a hot homemade meal 5 times a week. Must be 60 years old to participate in this great program. Suggested contribution is $3 per meal. No one is denied a meal due to inability to contribute. Call 518-463-2166 for more information. Located on East and Herrick Streets.
POESTENKILL – Our weekly meetings are held every Tuesday at 1:00 in the afternoon at the Sullivan Jones Post in Poestenkill. All seniors are welcome. We have catered lunches, pizza, clam steams, fish fries and luncheons that are held at various restaurants and best of all bus trips to casinos, theaters and points of interest.
Informational talks on senior safety and health are given from time to time. Dues are $15.00 a year. Coffee and refreshments are served after the meeting followed by Bingo and cards. Come join the fun and a afternoon out. The hall is handicapped accessible with sufficient parking. Hope to see you there.
Attendees must wear a mask until seated and social distancing is encouraged
Attention Closet Cleaners
RENSSELAER – We, at the Rensselaer County Rensselaer Senior Center, thank you so much for responding to our request for spring and summer gently used clothing we are still accepting donations and are still in need of shoes pocketbooks and costume jewelry. For those of you who have thought of cleaning your closets but haven’t gotten around to it you still have time. we are also accepting fall and winter clothing as well. Call the center at 518-463-2166 for more information or to make a donation. Located at East and Herrick Streets. Again thank you.
Rensselaer Senior Center Boutique
RENSSELAER – Rensselaer County Corner Boutique open by appointment. We are so Thankful for the generosity of all of the people that donated to our boutique. We have beautiful clothes (Loft, Talbots, Anne Klien, Alfani, J.Jill, Alfred Dunner, Eddie Bauer, LL Bean Etc.) designer shoes, pocketbooks, jewelry, household Items all priced to go home with you. All proceeds go to senior functions. All are welcome to come and shop. Call today for an appointment 518-463-2166 Monday through Friday 9-3pm. Rensselaer County Rensselaer Center East and Herrick Streets