October 9, 2013

Senior Briefs: Oct. 9, 2013


---- — Caregivers support group to meet

PLATTSBURGH — Behavioral Health Services North will hold two discussion groups for unpaid caregivers.

The first is from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10, at the United Way Building, 45 Tom Miller Road in Plattsburgh.

The second group is from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 23, at the Emmaus Room at St. Peter’s Church in Plattsburgh.

There is also a telephone support group from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 16.

The discussion groups are open to anyone providing unpaid care to an aging family member or friend.

Caregivers may call Mary Buckley-Labonte, program coordinator, at 565-4543 for more information.


Good Fellowship Club luncheon today in Mooers

MOOERS — The Mooers Good Fellowship Club will meet at noon today for a potluck luncheon at St. Joseph Church Hall here.

Members are asked to bring money for Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners and for any unpaid club dues. Also, bring something for the local food pantry.

New members are always welcome.


Learn about volunteer work at ‘Talk and Tea’

PLATTSBURGH — Two area agencies are hosting a “Friendly Reassurance Tea and Talk” from 2 to 4 p.m. Monday, Oct. 21, at St. Peter’s Church in the Emmaus Room. 

Tea, coffee and baked goods will be served at the event, which is being put on by the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program of Clinton County (RSVP) and Joint Council for Economic Opportunity of Clinton and Franklin Counties (JCEO). 

The tea is for seniors age 55 and older who are interested in finding out about volunteering as a friendly visitor, reassurance phone caller or respite caregiver. Current volunteers are welcome to attend. To register, call 566-0944.


Help available for seniors needing yard work

LAKE PLACID — Mercy Care for the Adirondacks is facilitating work with Aging in Place task forces to help area communities become more aging-friendly.

The task forces are collaborating with community-service programs at Lake Placid Central School, Northwood School, Saranac Lake High School and Tupper Lake Junior/Senior High School. As part of their community service requirements, and to foster intergenerational relationships in the community, student volunteers are available to help elders with outdoor chores or yard work.

Elders who need assistance with snow shoveling, raking leaves, other yard work or outdoor chores should contact: Patti McConvey, Lake Placid Central School, 523-2474, Ext. 4130, or; Katie Weaver, Northwood School, 523-3357 or; Christine Bell, Saranac Lake High School, 891-4450 or; or Diane Helms, Tupper Lake Junior/Senior High School, 359-3322, Ext. 2006, or

The community service program director in each school matches the elder’s need for assistance with a student who is performing his or her community-service requirements.