May 29, 2013

Senior Briefs: May 29, 2013


---- — Penny Clute to speak at Computer Club meeting

PLATTSBURGH — Attorney Penny Clute, former Clinton County district attorney and City of Plattsburgh judge, will speak at the next Senior Citizen Computer Club of Clinton County meeting.

It will be held at 1:30 p.m. Monday, June 3, at the Senior Citizens Center, 5139 North Catherine St., Plattsburgh.

Clute will talk about the serious crimes and scams committed against senior citizens using Internet, phone, mail and personal contact, even threats and intimidation.

Bring a senior friend with you; the session is open to seniors from other counties.


Caregiver support groups to meet

PLATTSBURGH — A discussion group for all unpaid caregivers is set for 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, June 13, at the United Way Building, 45 Tom Miller Road.

Another discussion group with a presentation called “Normal Memory Loss vs. Dementia-Related Memory Loss” and “Effective Techniques, Queues and Behaviors in Working with Dementia Patients” will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. June 26, in the Emmaus Room at St. Peter’s Church in Plattsburgh. Refreshments will be provided.

In addition, a telephone support group is offered from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 19. Caregivers may call 565-4543 or 565-4625 for more information.

The groups, offered by the Caregiver Resource Center/Respite Program, are a component of Behavioral Health Services North. They are open to anyone providing unpaid care to an aging family member or friend. New caregivers, friends and family are welcome. No appointment necessary.


Elizabethtown Social Center plans NYC trip

ELIZABETHTOWN — The Elizabethtown Social Center, in conjunction with North Wind Tours, will present a trip to New York City to see the Radio City Music Hall’s Christmas Spectacular and the USS Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, featuring the space shuttle Enterprise. 

The Nov. 9 and 10 trip includes transportation from Elizabethtown via luxury motor coach, orchestra seats to the Christmas Spectacular, admission to the Intrepid Museum, one night hotel accommodations, Saturday dinner and Sunday breakfast.

Sightseeing and stops of interest depend on weather and other variables. Cost is $340 per person for double occupancy; $320 per person for triple occupancy; and $307 per person for quad occupancy. 

A deposit of $100 per person is due at registration, with the balance due by Sept. 1. Scholarships are available to teen members. Seats are limited and already filling. 

Contact the Social Center for information and reservations at 873-6408 or


State Senate passes farm-to-senior bill

ALBANY — The New York State Senate recently passed Bill S2149, legislation that would create a farm-to-senior program to promote the purchase of New York state farm products by senior centers and other institutions for the aging.

The program would replicate a similar effort, the farm-to-school program established in 2002 to enable schools to purchase locally grown farm produce for schoolchildren. 

The bill, which would give that same access to seniors, according to a press release, “would help facilitate a working relationship between the State Department of Agriculture and Markets, the Office for the Aging, local senior centers and institutions for the aging for the purchasing and promotion of farmers’ products. 

This would include the development of a promotional event called The New York Golden Harvest: Seniors Week to connect local agriculture and foods to seniors at senior centers, farms, farmers markets and other locations in the community.

The state would also work on maximizing the use of government funding for senior meals to purchase nutritious, locally produced foods to benefit the health of seniors and the local economy.