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


Gizmos & Gadgets: Handy Devices to Help Caregivers
Tuesday, May 10, 2016, 12:00–1:00 p.m., Albany Guardian Society, 14 Corporate Woods Blvd., Suite 102, Albany. Presenter: Gretchen Moore Simmons, Community Care Manager, Senior Services of Albany. 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. RSVP 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, 1:30–3:30 p.m., Albany Guardian Society, 14 Corporate Woods Blvd., Suite 102, Albany. Presenter: Elisa Strole, Community Care Manager, Senior Services of Albany. 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. RSVP 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, 9:00–10:30 a.m., Albany Guardian Society, 14 Corporate Woods Blvd., Suite 102, Albany. Presenters: Kathleen Pingelski and Eleonora Morrell, MicroKnowledge, Inc. Training and Consulting, Latham. 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. RSVP 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. RSVP at (518) 434-2140 or e-mail us at director@albanyguardiansociety.org. or visit: http://www.albanyguardiansociety.org/spring16catalog.php

The Sidney Albert Jewish Community Center’s Health & Services Fair for Adults and Senior Adults
Sunday, May 15th , 10:30am–2:30pm,
Sidney Albert Jewish Community Center, 340 Whitehall Road, 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

Lifestyle Choices for a Healthy Heart
Thursday, May 12, 2016, 1:30–3:00pm, Albany Guardian Society, 14 Corporate Woods Blvd., Suite 102, Albany. Presenter: John D. Filippone, M.D, Albany Associates in Cardiology, Albany. 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. RSVP 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. Presenters: Margaret Z. Reed, Esq., and Margaret A. Vella, Esq., Reed and Vella, LLP, Delmar. 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. RSVP 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. Presenters: Deborah Hanish-Schreyer, LMSW, Geriatric Care Manager, Averill Park, NY; Karen Meemken, LCSW, CHOICES, Albany. 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. RSVP 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. Presenters: Beth Burdgick, Executive Director, Glen Eddy, Niskayuna, NY; Jill McLellan Phelps, Director, DePaul Housing Management, Albany. 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. RSVP at (518) 434-2140 or by e-mail at director@albanyguardiansociety.org.

Introduction to the Village Movement
Tuesday, May 24, 2016, 10:00–11:00am
, Bethlehem Public Library, 451 Delaware Ave., Delmar. Presenter: Ken Harris, Executive Director, Albany Guardian Society, Albany. 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. RSVP 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. Presenters: Kathleen Pingelski and Eleonora Morrell, MicroKnowledge, Inc. Training and Consulting, Latham. 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. RSVP 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, 1:30–3:30 pm
, Albany Guardian Society, 14 Corporate Woods Blvd., Suite 102, Albany. Presenters: Richard Holub, M.D., and John Fairbank, PA, Neurological Associates of Albany. 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. RSVP 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, 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.
, Albany Guardian Society, 14 Corporate Woods Blvd., Suite 102, Albany. 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. RSVP at (518) 434-2140 or e-mail us at director@albanyguardiansociety.org. or visit: http://www.albanyguardiansociety.org/spring16catalog.php

Senior Resources Wellness & Caregiver Fair
Friday, June 10, 2016, 12-3 p.m.
, The Crossings of Colonie. Representatives from a variety of caregiver, health & wellness, and respite resources will be on hand, including: Alzheimer’s Association – NENY Chapter; Albany County Adult Services; CDTA/Star Transportation Services; Colonie Senior Service Centers, Inc.; Eddy Health Alert; The Neurology Group – Albany Medical Center; and Senior Hope. Refreshments will be served. For more information, contact Town of Colonie Senior Resources Dept. at 459-5051, ext.2


RSVP Volunteer Opportunity Fair
Thursday, June 23, 2016, 10:00 a.m
. – 1:00 p.m., Beltrone Living Center, Lakeview A & C
6 Winners Circle, Albany, NY 12205. The RSVP Volunteer Opportunity Fair will feature 32 stations with representatives from Albany, Rensselaer and Schenectady Counties, detailing a huge variety of volunteer opportunities for seniors 55+ to assist other seniors, children, and the community at large. Refreshments, giveaways and raffle prizes will be featured. Contact Town of Colonie Senior Resources Dept. at 459-5051, ext.2

Altamont Fair’s Senior and Armed Forces Day
Wednesday, August 17, 2016, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
FOOD, FUN, and FREE Admission for Seniors 65+. The fair offers unlimited rides for seniors, plus Health, Wellness and other vendors of interest. For details, check out www.altamontfair.com








Albany County ExecutiveDaniel P. McCoy

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