Albany County
DEPARTMENT for AGING
162 Washington Avenue | Albany, NY 12210
Phone: (518) 447-7198 | Fax: (518) 447-7188
George Brown, Commissioner

Calendar of Community Events of Interest to Seniors and Caregivers

Calendar of Community Events of Interest to Seniors and Caregivers


The Sidney Albert Jewish Community Center’s Health & Services Fair for Adults and Senior Adults

Sunday, April 26, 10:30am–2:30pm, Sidney Albert Jewish Community Center, 340 Whitehall Road in Albany.

This annual fair will feature free health screenings, demonstrations, information booths, refreshments, door prizes, therapeutic message, Quick adult haircuts and more. For more information contact Claire Sigal at (518) 438-6651 x112.


Hindu Cultural Center & Tricity India Association’s Community Health Fair

Saturday, April 30, 2016 from 10am–3pm

Health Fair consists of Speakers Session, Breakout Sessions & Booths. The Speakers Topics include: Emergence of Diabetes in Asian Population, Heart Disease in South Asian Population, Eye Conditions in seniors, What Can Eat To Manage My Diabetes? Break out sessions will feature: Guided Meditation on Self-Realization & Healing. Stress management and Meditation for adults and children, Hypnosis to Break unwanted habits, Laughter YOGA , IET Integrative Energy Therapy , Music Therapy , Tibet Bowls, Tuning Fork Therapy, Reiki, Transcendental Meditation, Yoga,  The fair will also feature Health and Wellness Vendors  Healthy Indian Cuisine available for purchase and a Kids’ Corner with Educational games, Face Painting, etc. For more information visit: http://www.albanyhindutemple.org/ee/index.php/HCC/Events


Effectively Using Your Tablet (Galaxy or Android) (Beginner)

Thursday, April 21, 2016,  9:00–10:30am,  Albany Guardian Society, 14 Corporate Woods Blvd., Suite 102, Albany, NY

Presenters: Kathleen Pingelski and Eleonora Morrell, MicroKnowledge, Inc. Training and Consulting, Latham, NY 

This course will help first-time users become comfortable using their tablet. Learn about tablet terminology, various parts of tablets, interacting with the touch screen using gestures, and modifying settings. Explore and learn how to download some of the tablet’s apps and camera basics. (Gmail ID may be needed. There is no cost to attend Albany Guardian Society programs. If you have any questions regarding the Institute or are unable to attend a course once you have registered, please contact Albany Guardian Society at (518) 434-2140 or e-mail us at director@albanyguardiansociety.org. or visit: http://www.albanyguardiansociety.org/spring16catalog.php


Downsizing and Organizing for Seniors

Thursday, April 21, 2016, 1:30–3:30pm, Albany Guardian Society, 14 Corporate Woods Blvd., Suite 102, Albany, NY 

Presenter: Michelle Kavanaugh, Owner, Organize Senior Moves, Albany, NY. 

Whether moving to a new home or just wanting to pare down, choosing what to keep with a lifetime’s worth of possessions can feel overwhelming. Some alternative ways of thinking can help. This session will cover the stress-free way of downsizing and preparing to move. There is no cost to attend Albany Guardian Society programs. If you have any questions regarding the Institute or are unable to attend a course once you have registered, please contact Albany Guardian Society at (518) 434-2140 or e-mail us at director@albanyguardiansociety.org. or visit: http://www.albanyguardiansociety.org/spring16catalog.php


Get Your Affairs in Order (So Your Kids Don’t Have To)

Tuesday, April 26, 2016, 9:00–11:00am,Albany Guardian Society, 14 Corporate Woods Blvd., Suite 102, Albany by Lynda Shrager, OTR, MSW 

A non-legal discussion of organizing your important paperwork before a crisis occurs. Learn how to create a vital documents map. Learn how to create a paper trail and know what should always be in your wallet or purse. Hear about useful tips to manage the important documents of those who may be in your care. There is no cost to attend Albany Guardian Society programs. If you have any questions regarding the Institute or are unable to attend a course once you have registered, please contact Albany Guardian Society at (518) 434-2140 or e-mail us at director@albanyguardiansociety.org. or visit: http://www.albanyguardiansociety.org/spring16catalog.php


Solve Your Tablet Challenges (for Android Tablet and iPad Users)

Wednesday, April 27, 2016, 1:00pm–4:30pm Albany Guardian Society, 14 Corporate Woods Blvd., Suite 102, Albany, NY Kathleen Pingelski and Eleonora Morrell, MicroKnowledge, Inc. Training and Consulting, Latham, NY 

Join an expert on the iPad and Android tablets in a small group session to answer your tricky questions. Have you mastered the basics of your tablet yet are stuck on a particular feature? Bring your questions to the session and solve them with an expert, including issues on settings, camera features, apps, widgets, and email challenges. Register for a 30 minute small group session by calling (518) 434-2140. An appointment is required to attend this session. There is no cost to attend Albany Guardian Society programs. If you have any questions regarding the Institute or are unable to attend a course once you have registered, please contact Albany Guardian Society at (518) 434-2140 or e-mail us at director@albanyguardiansociety.org. or visit: http://www.albanyguardiansociety.org/spring16catalog.php


Coffee, Cookies and Conversation with Congressman Paul Tonko

Tuesday, May 3, 2016, 3:00—4:30pm

If you are living with, or caring for someone with Alzheimer’s disease or another dementia, this event is a chance for you to participate in candid conversations about: Caregiving issues, Funding for Alzheimer’s research and support services, Medicare, Medicaid, and insurance concerns. The event is FREE, and will take place at: Campus South Community Center20 Warren St. Albany, NY 12202. Registration is required. Please call (518) 867-4999 ext. 200 to register, or e-mail tgarmley@alz.org.

Effectively Using Your iPhone (For Beginner iPhone Users)

Tuesday, May 3, 2016, 10:00am – 11:30am, Proctors Theatre, Fenimore Gallery, 432 State Street, Schenectady, NY Kathleen Pingelski and Eleonora Morrell, MicroKnowledge, Inc. Training and Consulting, Latham, NY 

Using an iPhone is more than making a phone call. Learn why you might use an iPhone and what you can do with it. Understand the features and benefits of a smartphone, changing settings, and navigating the ins and outs of the smartphone. Register for a 30 minute small group session by calling (518) 434-2140. An appointment is required to attend this session. There is no cost to attend Albany Guardian Society programs. If you have any questions regarding the Institute or are unable to attend a course once you have registered, please contact Albany Guardian Society at (518) 434-2140 or e-mail us at director@albanyguardiansociety.org. or visit: http://www.albanyguardiansociety.org/spring16catalog.php


Aging in Place: Your Home for Your Lifetime

Tuesday, May 3, 2016, 1:30–3:30pm,  Albany Guardian Society, 14 Corporate Woods Blvd., Suite 102, Albany, NY

Presenter: Lauren Harrington, CAPS, Nightingale Elder Care, Schenectady, NY 

Older adults often express a desire to age in place. What does this mean and how can we accomplish this? Learn about simple steps you can take that will make your home safe and comfortable and help you maintain your independence. A number of hands-on displays will be available. There is no cost to attend Albany Guardian Society programs. If you have any questions regarding the Institute or are unable to attend a course once you have registered, please contact Albany Guardian Society at (518) 434-2140 or e-mail us at director@albanyguardiansociety.org. or visit: http://www.albanyguardiansociety.org/spring16catalog.php


Nutrition for Seniors

Wednesday, May 4, 2016, 9:00–10:30am, Albany Guardian Society, 14 Corporate Woods Blvd., Suite 102, Albany, 

Presenter: Ellie Wilson, Senior Nutritionist, Price Chopper, Schenectady, NYNY 

Better health is linked to better nutrition, but the definition of better nutrition seems to change all the time. Join Ellie Wilson, Senior Nutritionist, and learn what to focus on and how to make food shopping easy, delicious, and nutritious. There is no cost to attend Albany Guardian Society programs. If you have any questions regarding the Institute or are unable to attend a course once you have registered, please contact Albany Guardian Society at (518) 434-2140 or e-mail us at director@albanyguardiansociety.org. or visit: http://www.albanyguardiansociety.org/spring16catalog.php


Gizmos & Gadgets: Handy Devices to Help Caregivers

Tuesday, May 10, 2016, 12:00–1:00pm, Albany Guardian Society, 14 Corporate Woods Blvd., Suite 102, Albany, NY

Presenter: Gretchen Moore Simmons, Community Care Manager, Senior Services of Albany, Albany, NY

Learn about products and devices that can help people as they age. This program will demonstrate a number of useful tools and products to help older adults remain independent. There is no cost to attend Albany Guardian Society programs. If you have any questions regarding the Institute or are unable to attend a course once you have registered, please contact Albany Guardian Society at (518) 434-2140 or e-mail us at director@albanyguardiansociety.org. or visit: http://www.albanyguardiansociety.org/spring16catalog.php


Eldercare GPS: Navigating the Maze of Available Services

Tuesday, May 10, 2016, 1:30–3:30pm, Albany Guardian Society, 14 Corporate Woods Blvd., Suite 102, Albany, NY 

Presenter: Elisa Strole, Community Care Manager, Senior Services of Albany, Albany, NY 

Are you a caregiver and would like to learn about services that may help you care for your loved one? This program will tell you about the services you need and the organizations that can help you. There is no cost to attend Albany Guardian Society programs. If you have any questions regarding the Institute or are unable to attend a course once you have registered, please contact Albany Guardian Society at (518) 434-2140 or e-mail us at director@albanyguardiansociety.org. or visit: http://www.albanyguardiansociety.org/spring16catalog.php


What in the World is a Facebook? (for Beginner Social Media Users)

Wednesday, May 11, 2016, 9:00–10:30am Albany Guardian Society, 14 Corporate Woods Blvd., Suite 102, Albany, NY 

Presenters: Kathleen Pingelski and Eleonora Morrell, MicroKnowledge, Inc. Training and Consulting, Latham, NY, 

Facebook is one of the most used social networking sites in the world. Facebook lets you share photos, videos, links, status updates, and much more with your friends. This session will guide you through understanding Facebook and why you would use it, creating an account, and even creating your first post. A discussion of other social media tools will also be covered. There is no cost to attend Albany Guardian Society programs. If you have any questions regarding the Institute or are unable to attend a course once you have registered, please contact Albany Guardian Society at (518) 434-2140 or e-mail us at director@albanyguardiansociety.org. or visit: http://www.albanyguardiansociety.org/spring16catalog.php


Container Gardening for Seniors

Wednesday, May 11, 2016, 1:30-3:30pm, Capital Roots, 594 River Street, Troy, NY 

Presenter:Katie Doyle, Capital Roots, Troy, NY

Container gardening can be fun and easy! Come learn about growing fresh veggies and herbs in a wide variety of containers. Grow a salad or herb garden without all of the weeding and hard work. Join us for this creative and informative workshop and get your hands just a little dirty. There is no cost to attend Albany Guardian Society programs. If you have any questions regarding the Institute or are unable to attend a course once you have registered, please contact Albany Guardian Society at (518) 434-2140 or e-mail us at director@albanyguardiansociety.org. or visit: http://www.albanyguardiansociety.org/spring16catalog.php


Lifestyle Choices for a Healthy Heart

Thursday, May 12, 2016, 1:30–3:00pm, Albany Guardian Society, 14 Corporate Woods Blvd., Suite 102, Albany, NY 

Presenter: John D. Filippone, M.D, Albany Associates in Cardiology, Albany, NY 

This presentation will explore some of the most common cardiac diseases of the adult and focus on the lifestyle choices and behaviors that can help prevent these conditions. There is no cost to attend Albany Guardian Society programs. If you have any questions regarding the Institute or are unable to attend a course once you have registered, please contact Albany Guardian Society at (518) 434-2140 or e-mail us at director@albanyguardiansociety.org. or visit: http://www.albanyguardiansociety.org/spring16catalog.php


Powers of Attorney, Capacity Issues, Guardianship

Tuesday, May 17, 2016, 9:00am–11:00am, Albany Guardian Society, 14 Corporate Woods Blvd., Suite 102, Albany, NY 

Presenters: Margaret Z. Reed, Esq., and Margaret A. Vella, Esq., Reed and Vella, LLP, Delmar, NY

What to do when a person can no longer make his/her own decisions: A discussion on planning in advance for potential loss of decision making capacity by signing a power of attorney; assessments of capacity; and what happens if no advance planning has been done and loss of capacity occurs—the guardianship process. There is no cost to attend Albany Guardian Society programs. If you have any questions regarding the Institute or are unable to attend a course once you have registered, please contact Albany Guardian Society at (518) 434-2140 or e-mail us at director@albanyguardiansociety.org. or visit: http://www.albanyguardiansociety.org/spring16catalog.php


Geriatric Care Management

Tuesday, May 17, 2016, 1:30–3:00pm, Albany Guardian Society, 14 Corporate Woods Blvd., Suite 102, Albany, NY 

Presenters: Deborah Hanish-Schreyer, LMSW, Geriatric Care Manager, Averill Park, NY; Karen Meemken, LCSW, CHOICES, Albany, NY. 

What is a geriatric care manager? What is the difference between a health care coach, a care navigator, a discharge planner, a case worker or patient advocate? This session outlines the differences in these roles so you can make informed decisions about health care and long term care services for yourself or a loved one and plan for the future you desire. There is no cost to attend Albany Guardian Society programs. If you have any questions regarding the Institute or are unable to attend a course once you have registered, please contact Albany Guardian Society at (518) 434-2140 or e-mail us at director@albanyguardiansociety.org. or visit: http://www.albanyguardiansociety.org/spring16catalog.php


Housing for Older Adults: Live Where You Want To Live

Wednesday, May 18, 2016, 9:00am–12:00pm, Albany Guardian Society, 14 Corporate Woods Blvd., Suite 102, Albany, NY 

Presenters: Beth Burdgick, Executive Director, Glen Eddy, Niskayuna, NY; Jill McLellan Phelps, Director, DePaul Housing Management, Albany, NY. 

Where we live is so important to our health and happiness. Many of us hope to age in place and to do this we need to have a good understanding of our housing options. Unravel the mysteries of senior housing and learn how you and your loved ones can make the best choices in senior housing. This program will provide practical information about senior housing options, things to consider as you or a loved one think about housing, and how to start the conversation. There is no cost to attend Albany Guardian Society programs. If you have any questions regarding the Institute or are unable to attend a course once you have registered, please contact Albany Guardian Society at (518) 434-2140 or e-mail us at director@albanyguardiansociety.org. or visit: http://www.albanyguardiansociety.org/spring16catalog.php


Introduction to the Village Movement

Tuesday, May 24, 2016, 10:00–11:00am, Bethlehem Public Library, 451 Delaware Ave., Delmar, NY

Presenter: Ken Harris, Executive Director, Albany Guardian Society, Albany, NY 

Since the establishment of Beacon Hill Village in Boston in 2001, Capital District seniors have been interested in forming, “Villages” are membership-driven, grass-roots organizations that, through both volunteers and paid staff, coordinate access to affordable services to assist aging in place. These services can include recreational, health and wellness programs, home repairs, social and educational activities, and other day-to-day needs enabling individuals to remain connected to their community throughout the aging process. Learn how you can be involved in the Village movement. There is no cost to attend Albany Guardian Society programs. If you have any questions regarding the Institute or are unable to attend a course once you have registered, please contact Albany Guardian Society at (518) 434-2140 or e-mail us at director@albanyguardiansociety.org. or visit: http://www.albanyguardiansociety.org/spring16catalog.php


Effectively Using Your Tablet (Galaxy or Android) (Beginner)

Tuesday, May 24, 2016, 1:00–2:30pm, Albany Guardian Society, 14 Corporate Woods Blvd., Suite 102, Albany, NY

Presenters: Kathleen Pingelski and Eleonora Morrell, MicroKnowledge, Inc. Training and Consulting, Latham, NY,  

This course will help first-time users become comfortable using their tablet. Learn about tablet terminology, various parts of tablets, interacting with the touch screen using gestures, and establishing settings. Explore some of the tablet’s apps and camera basics. (Gmail ID may be needed.) There is no cost to attend Albany Guardian Society programs. If you have any questions regarding the Institute or are unable to attend a course once you have registered, please contact Albany Guardian Society at (518) 434-2140 or e-mail us at director@albanyguardiansociety.org. or visit: http://www.albanyguardiansociety.org/spring16catalog.php


Brain Health

Wednesday, May 25, 2016, 1:30–3:30pm, Albany Guardian Society, 14 Corporate Woods Blvd., Suite 102, Albany, NY

Presenters: Richard Holub, M.D., and John Fairbank, PA, Neurological Associates of Albany, Albany, NY. 

Research suggests that lifestyle choices may have a more profound impact on brain health than was previously thought. The combination of good nutrition, physical activity, mental stimulation, not smoking, and a varied social network for significant personal interactions all contribute to improved brain health. Learn specific activities to improve your brain health.

Memory screenings will be available by Neurological Associates of Albany an hour before (12:30pm – 1:30pm) and after (3:30pm – 4:30pm) the class. Call Albany Guardian Society at (518) 434-2140 to schedule an appointment. There is no cost to attend Albany Guardian Society programs. If you have any questions regarding the Institute or are unable to attend a course once you have registered, please contact Albany Guardian Society at (518) 434-2140 or e-mail us at director@albanyguardiansociety.org. or visit: http://www.albanyguardiansociety.org/spring16catalog.php


Making Smart Decisions for Aging Well

Thursday, May 26, 2016, 9:00am – 11:00am, Albany Guardian Society, 14 Corporate Woods Blvd., Suite 102, Albany, NY 

Presenter: Rebecca Stetzer, M.D., Baystate Medical Center, Division of Geriatrics, Springfield, MA

Understanding the changes expected with normal aging will allow us to both anticipate future needs as well as recognize changes that should prompt a visit to the doctor. We will review this, as well as take a rational approach to the most recent research findings about preventive approaches including diet, exercise, vitamins, and a few common medical conditions. There is no cost to attend Albany Guardian Society programs. If you have any questions regarding the Institute or are unable to attend a course once you have registered, please contact Albany Guardian Society at (518) 434-2140 or e-mail us at director@albanyguardiansociety.org. or visit: http://www.albanyguardiansociety.org/spring16catalog.php


Altamont Fair’s Senior and Armed Forces Day

Wednesday, August 17, 2016, 2016, From 10:00am - 4:00pm

FOOD, FUN, and FREE Admission for Seniors 65+ The fair offers Unlimited Rides for seniors! Health, Wellness and other Vendors of interest for seniors.For details check out www.altamontfair.com


Albany County ExecutiveDaniel P. McCoy

Questions? Call us! (518) 447-7177