August 1, 2012

Senior Briefs: Aug. 1, 2012


---- — Medicare workshop set for Aug. 22

PLATTSBURGH — The Clinton County Office for the Aging is holding an information meeting about Medicare on Wednesday, Aug. 22, at the Clinton County Emergency Services Building, 16 Emergency Services Drive.

From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., special guest speakers will discuss the basics of Social Security, Medicare (parts A, B, C D, etc...), EPIC 2013 and Medicare fraud. Registration starts at 8:30 a.m.

The event is open to anyone who is approaching time to enroll, is already enrolled or is considering retirement. Also invited are caregivers of those enrolled in Medicare who are interested in gaining a better understanding of how Medicare works.

To preregister, call the Office for the Aging at 565-4620.

Senior Computer Club to learn about phones, eReaders

PLATTSBURGH — The next Senior Citizen Computer Club of Clinton County meeting is set for 1:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 6, at the Senior Citizens’ Center, 5139 North Catherine St.

The group will learn about electronic phone communication and reading devices. A trained phone representative will be on hand.

Annual picnic planned at senior center

PLATTSBURGH — The Senior Citizens Council of Clinton County is hosting its annual picnic from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Aug. 17, at the Senior Citizens’ Center, 5139 North Catherine St.

Features include the Back Porch Band, petting donkeys, a clown and a dunking booth.

Lunch is $3.

Call 563-6180 by Aug. 8 to reserve a spot.

Two caregiver groups scheduled this month

PLATTSBURGH — A discussion group for all unpaid caregivers is set for 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 9, at the United Way Building, 45 Tom Miller Road.

Another discussion group will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 22, in the Emmaus Room at St. Peter’s Church in Plattsburgh.

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

For information, call 565-4543.

Oldest man in U.S. dies

ROCK ISLAND, Ill. (AP) — Shelby Harris, one of the oldest men in the world at age 111, has died in Rock Island.

The Rock Island Nursing and Rehabilitation Center told The Associated Press on Sunday that Harris died there Wednesday.

Dr. L. Stephen Coles of the Gerontology Research Group and Supercentenarian Research Foundation in Los Angeles told the Quad City Times that Harris was the third-oldest man in the world and the oldest man in the U.S. when he died.

Dawn May, an administrator at the nursing home, told the newspaper that Harris died “comfortably in his sleep of natural causes.” May said Harris’ health had been declining recently. He had lived at the nursing home since he was 105, she said, and before that lived on his own with some help.

Harris celebrated his 111th birthday in March at the nursing home. In April he threw out the first pitch at a Quad-Cities River Bandits baseball game.

“He also got to have his favorite meal for his birthday: fried catfish, okra and sweet potato pie,” May said. “We made that for everybody.”

Harris was a deacon at Second Baptist Church in Rock Island until he was 102.

“A lot of people knew him here and in the community,” May said. “He was a very nice man, he really was. He had a lot of good stories.”