Dutchess County Office for the Aging’s AGING NEWS For the week of August 23 – The Harlem Valley News
Dutchess County Office for Seniors
For the week of August 23
Please note: the Office of Aging will be closed on Monday September 6e, for the national labor day. Customers of our home delivered meal program will receive their meals prior to vacation.
Golden life. . . News for seniors, their families and caregivers
Todd N. Tancredi, Director
Dutchess County Office for Aging
MID HUDSON VALLEY FALL PREVENTION WEEK IS SEPTEMBER 20-24
It doesn’t take much to trigger a life-changing fall: a pet hopping between your feet, a nighttime trip to the bathroom, a loose carpet in the hallway, a little olive oil spilled on the floor from the kitchen. And you go down. This happens to one in four seniors every year, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
You may be able to get up and go about your business with nothing worse than a bruised ego, but is it a bet you want to keep taking? The CDC reports that one in five falls causes serious injuries such as fractures or head trauma, as well as three million emergency room trips and 950,000 hospitalizations.
The financial costs are also huge: $ 50 billion for Medicare / Medicaid, in a 2018 study in the Journal of the American Geriatric Society. An additional $ 12 billion was paid out of pocket and by private insurers. With the elderly population set to grow faster than the general population, especially in Dutchess County, one can only expect these costs to continue to rise.
Reducing your activities for fear of falling causes falls Following probably, not less, because less active people become weaker, which in turn leads to an increased risk of falling.
You can take action to reduce your risk of falling. One of them is to participate in a course of the Office for Aging “A Matter of Balance”, starting in September. Classes meet once a week for eight weeks. Space is limited for OFA “A Matter of Balance” courses; for more information and to reserve your place in a course, call the Office of Aging at 845 486-2555.
Fall begins Wednesday September 22sd, and the first day of fall coincides with Falls Prevention Week each year. This year is the week of September 20e – 24e. In Dutchess County, Hudson Valley Falls Prevention Week is hosted by the Office for the Aging with New York State Senator Sue Serino, The Valley Falls Prevention Network of the Hudson and the trauma department at the Vassar Brothers Medical Center. Visit www.facebook.com/lhvfallprevention for a calendar of events.
You can also reserve a place on Thursday 23 Septemberrd for a live tai chi class, accompanied by a demonstration of “Bingocize”, which combines traditional bingo and exercise. Lunch will be provided. The event also includes a walk with a naturalist and a demonstration of OFA senior exercises. The event takes place at Bowdoin Park, 85 Sheafe Road. at Wappingers Falls. Reserve your place by calling the Seniors Office.
To learn more about Mid Hudson Valley Fall Prevention Week, contact Jill Bubel at [email protected] or call 845-797-6768.
Golden Living is prepared by the Dutchess County Office for the Aging, 114 Delafield St., Poughkeepsie, New York 12601, phone 845-486-2555, email: [email protected] website: www.dutchessny.gov/aging
NEW RECOMMENDATIONS OF DUTCHES DBCH MASKS
Dutchess County has seen the number of new COVID-19 cases increase at a dramatic rate in recent weeks, with the number of active cases increasing nearly 200% since late July. Dutchess County is currently classified as a “high transmission” area by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
To prevent the spread of COVID-19, the Dutchess County Department of Behavior and Community Health (DBCH) strongly urges all community members to follow the CDC’s disease prevention guidelines, including:
• To get vaccinated! While over 55% of the population of Dutchess County is fully vaccinated and more than 71% of adults in the county have received at least one dose, a significant portion of the population remains unvaccinated, offering a greater possibility of virus transmission. . The COVID-19 vaccine is safe, effective, free, and readily available. Anyone 12 years of age and older can be vaccinated. To find out where to get the COVID-19 vaccine, visit http://www.DutchessNY.gov/covidvaccine.
• Wear a mask in indoor public spaces, even if fully vaccinated.
• Wash your hands regularly with soap and water; or using hand sanitizer if necessary.
• Practice physical distancing – especially in meeting places
• Stay home in case of illness! Anyone with symptoms of a cold or COVID-19, including coughing, sneezing, loss of taste or smell; should stay home to rest, recover and help prevent the spread of the virus and disease.
In accordance with CDC guidelines, the The Dutchess County Behavioral and Community Health Department (DBCH) recommends universal masking for indoor public places – all people, regardless of their immunization status, are strongly urged to wear a face covering.
With the Delta variant, which is highly infectious, as the dominant strain circulating throughout the country, the masks protect both vaccinated and unvaccinated people from the acquisition and transmission of COVID-19. Universal masking is an important mitigation step to allow businesses and events to continue operating and schools to reopen without disruption.
For the CDC’s full public health recommendations for fully vaccinated individuals, please see the CDC website: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/Full-vaccinated-guidance.html
For more information on local vaccine availability and other COVID-19 updates, please visit www.DutchessNY.gov/Coronavirus or call the Dutchess County Department of Behavioral & Community Health at 845-486-3555.
WILCOX WALK RETURNED TO THE FOLIAGE SEASON
The senior walk at Wilcox Park (entrance on Route 199, Milan, just east of the Taconic State Parkway) that was postponed due to bad weather last week was postponed to 9:00 a.m. on Friday, October 15.e. We hope it will be near the peak of the fall foliage season.
Places are limited for this event and registration is required. Call OFA at 845-486-2555 to reserve your spot.
SENIORS GOLF DISC AT WILCOX (Thu 9/2)
Wilcox is also home to one of the best disc golf courses in the area, and a senior “Learn to Disc Golf” event will take place on Thursday, September 2nd.sd, at 10 o ‘clock. Again, register at 845 486-2555 and meet us at the Wilcox Park office.
Veteran Professional Disc Golf Association (PDGA) competitor, tournament director and course designer Dan Doyle, who designed the 27-hole disc golf course at Wilcox, will be there to provide advice.
BINGO IN THE CABIN IS BACK
“Drive In Bingo” returns in September and October!
Prior registration is required and can be done by calling 845-486-2555. Seniors can register for as many Drive-in Bingo events as they wish. Here is the program to date:
Tuesday September 7 (rain date September 8) – Beekman Recreation Center, 31 Recreation Road, Hopewell Junction
Monday September 27 (rain date to be determined) – Wilcox Park, Route 199, Milan / Stanford
We will be adding more to the calendar soon! Each bingo event starts at 1:00 p.m. and lasts approximately 90 minutes. If you’re new to car bingo, here’s how it works:
Park your car and listen to OFA call bingo numbers on your car stereo. We have a short range FM radio transmitter for this purpose, so make sure your car has a working FM radio. Every time you have your bingo, start honking your horn until we come to check your bingo card.
Between games there will be trivia games with even more prizes.
Places are limited so please register in advance – we need to know how many people are planning to join us. Call 845-486-2555 to register.
More news on aging online:
Seven tips on Alzheimer’s disease and brain health: https://gero.usc.edu/2021/06/29/seven-tips-about-alzheimers-and-brain-health-from-usc-experts/
A new study of adult metabolism shows that it does not slow down with age, as has been widely believed. At least between the ages of 20 and 60, this is the case. After 60 years, however…: https://www.nbcnews.com/health/health-news/metabolism-adulthood-does-not-slow-commonly-believed-study-finds-n1276650
Legendary romance novel cover model Fabio believes sleeping in a hyperbaric chamber will prevent aging. (Science says … probably not): https://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/fabio-reveals-sleeps-hyperbaric-chamber-avoid-aging
Parachuting at… 103 years old? https://abcnews.go.com/US/103-year-man-breaks-guinness-record-worlds-oldest/story?id=71601974#:~:text=LOG%20IN-,103%2Dyear%2Dold% 20man% 20breaks% 20Guinness% 20record% 20for% 20world’s% 20oldest, 2017% 20on% 20his% 20100th% 20birthday. & Text = Texas% 20resident% 20Al% 20Blaschke% 2C% 20103, Depression% 20and% 20now% 20COVID% 2D19.
This week in senior birthdays:
23/08: actress / singer Barbara Eden (90)
24/08: Author / poet AS Byatt (85)
08/25: MLB Hall of Fame Rollie Fingers (75)
26/08: Singer-songwriter Valerie Simpson (75)
08/27: actress / singer Tuesday Weld (78)
08/28: Yankees outfielder / manager Lou Piniella (78)
29/08: Actor / producer Elliott Gould (83)
And our Fair-themed Bad Joke for Dutchess County Fair Week (Tue-Sun 8 / 24-29)
One monastery had a hard time and decided to have two of their monks set up a fish and chip bar at the county fair. They did very well and customers asked the newly famous monks many questions, such as “Are you the… monk fish?” “
“No,” he replied. “I am the smart monk.”