Hilltowns Senior News for Thursday, February 13, 2020


Helderberg Senior Services offers a lunch program for seniors aged 60 and older. A choice of meals is offered three days each week — Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays — at the Town of Berne Community & Senior Services Center, 1360 Helderberg Trail in Berne. 

Meals are served at noon and doors open at 11 a.m. A $3 donation is suggested. You must call Karen Stark at 518-937-5963 by 10 a.m. the day before you plan on attending. She needs 24-hour advance notice to ensure enough meals are provided for everyone.

Join us for a tasty, nutritious lunch and stay for crafts and activities if you wish to participate. It’s healthy and fun to socialize with your peers!

We celebrate monthly birthdays on the first Tuesday of each month, and bingo with prizes is played the third Friday of each month. Activities following lunch include Mexican Train, card games and puzzles. On Mondays, many participants make hats from looms to donate to various causes. See how easy and fun it is to make these beautiful, useful creations.

Upcoming menus: 

—Friday, Feb. 14,  choices are shrimp scampi and spinach, and baked chicken and potatoes;

—  Monday, Feb. 17, closed for Presidents’ Day;

— Tuesday, Feb. 18, choices are baked fish with lemon-herb sauce and mashed potatoes, chicken salad plate and spinach salad, and baked chicken and mashed potatoes; and

— Friday, Feb. 21,  (Bingo day) choices are baked ziti and Italian-blend vegetables, ham and Swiss cheese sandwich and tomato soup, and baked fish with potatoes.


Individuals of any age can receive assistance each Tuesday at the Center from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Eileen Bosworth from Albany County can assist with programs such as SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program), HEAP (Home Energy Assistance Program) and other county programs. Mike Green from the Albany County Veterans is available to assist veterans with obtaining hearing aids, glasses and general veteran services.

Catholic Charities Senior & Caregivers Support Services is available every second Tuesday of the month from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. to provide assistance to family caregivers during their journey of caring for older adult loved ones living at home. Services and information on respite options, counseling, support groups, next steps and much more are available.

Legal help

A lawyer from Albany Legal Aid will be at the Town of Berne Community & Senior Services Center every second Monday of the month. Any seniors with questions or concerns that may be addressed by a lawyer must contact Karen Stark at 518-937-5963 to make an appointment. 

Hours are already booked for February and March with one opening left for an April appointment. Next availability for appointments will occur in May. Appointments must be made in advance; no walk-ins will be accepted.


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