Seniors aged 60 and older are welcome to attend the Helderberg Senior Services lunch program at the Town of Berne Community & Senior Services Center, 1360 Helderberg Trail in Berne. Lunches are served Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays.

Dining reservations must be made the day before the scheduled meal during the hours of 9 a.m. and noon. To make your reservation, call Karen Stark at 518-937-5963. 

Due to COVID-19 health restrictions, the number of guests is limited and no walk-ins will be accepted. 

Meals are served at noon and a $3 donation is suggested. Diners will be told what time to arrive, as arrival times are staggered to aid in social distancing. At this time, there are no after-lunch activities. 

Following health guidelines, social distancing will be practiced. Everyone must wear a facemask covering their nose and mouth until seated. At the sign-in table, guests will be asked to hand sanitize and their temperature will be checked. Anyone with a temperature of 100 degrees or higher will not be permitted to stay in the building.

During this initial phase of re-opening, there is only one menu offering. Upcoming menus: 

 — Friday, Sept. 18: lemon-garlic baked fish, potatoes, spinach and brownie. Monday, Sept. 21: goulash, Italian-blend vegetables and fruit cocktail;

—  Tuesday, Sept. 22: baked chicken with mushroom gravy, sweet potatoes, green beans and strawberries; and

—  Friday, Sept. 25: potato-crunch fish, mashed potatoes, peas and peaches.

Services 

If you are in need of legal advice, contact Karen Stark at 518-937-5963 for a lawyer referral from Albany Legal Aid.

Family caregivers looking for assistance in caring for older adult loved ones living at home can call Catholic Charities Senior & Caregivers Support Services at 518-372-5667, ext. 204. Services and information on respite options, counseling, support groups, next steps and much more are available.

The Helderberg Senior Services lunch program has resumed. Seniors aged 60 and older are welcome to join us for lunch at the Town of Berne Community & Senior Services Center at 1360 Helderberg Trail in Berne. Lunches are served Mondays, Tuesdays, and Fridays.

Dining reservations must be made the day before the scheduled meal during the hours of 9 a.m. and noon. To make your reservation, call Karen Stark at 518-937-5963. 

Due to COVID-19 health restrictions, the number of guests is limited to 30 and no walk-ins will be accepted. 

Meals are served at noon and a $3 donation is suggested. Diners will be told what time to arrive, as arrival times will be staggered to aid in social distancing. During this initial phase, there are no after-lunch activities. 

Following health guidelines, social distancing will be practiced. Everyone must wear a face mask, covering nose and mouth until seated. At the sign-in table, guests will be asked to sanitize their hands and their temperature will be checked. Anyone with a temperature of 100 degrees or higher will not be permitted to stay in the building.

During this initial phase, there is only one menu offering. Upcoming menus:

— Friday, Sept. 11: Beef stroganoff over noodles, red cabbage, applesauce, and a brownie;

— Monday, Sept. 14: Barbecued chicken, sweet potatoes, vegetable blend, and pineapples;

— Tuesday, Sept. 15: Beef tips with gravy over noodles, carrots, fruit juice and cookie; and

— Friday, Sept. 18: Lemon-garlic baked fish, potatoes, spinach, and a brownie.

Services 

If you are in need of legal advice, contact Karen Stark at 518-937-5963 for a lawyer referral from Albany Legal Aid.

Family caregivers looking for assistance in caring for older adult loved ones living at home can call Catholic Charities Senior & Caregivers Support Services at 518-372-5667, ext. 204. Services and information on respite options, counseling, support groups, next steps, and much more are available.

The Helderberg Senior Services lunch program has resumed. Seniors aged 60 and older are welcome to join us for lunch at the Town of Berne Community & Senior Services Center at 1360 Helderberg Trail in Berne. Lunches are served Mondays, Tuesdays, and Fridays.

Dining reservations will be taken the day before the scheduled meal during the hours of 9 a.m. and noon. To make your reservation, call Karen Stark at 518-937-5963. 

Due to COVID-19 health restrictions, the number of guests is limited to 30 and no walk-ins will be accepted. Anyone calling if capacity has been reached can make a reservation for the following scheduled day.

Meals are served at noon and a $3 donation is suggested. Diners will be told what time to arrive, as arrival times will be staggered in order to avoid everyone arriving at the same time. During this initial phase, there will be no after-lunch activities. 

Following health guidelines, social distancing will be practiced. Everyone must wear a face mask covering nose and mouth until seated. At the sign-in table, guests will be asked to sanitize their hands and their temperature will be checked. Anyone with a temperature of 100 degrees or higher will not be permitted to stay in the building.

During this initial phase, there will be only one menu offering. Upcoming menus:

— Friday, Sept. 4: stuffed shells, vegetable blend, and a chocolate-chip cookie;

— Monday, Sept. 7, the program is closed for Labor Day;

— Tuesday, Sept. 8: lasagna roll-ups, vegetables, and peaches; and

— Friday, Sept. 11: beef stroganoff over noodles, red cabbage, applesauce, and a brownie.

Services 

If you are in need of legal advice, contact Karen Stark at 518-937-5963 for a lawyer referral from Albany Legal Aid.

Family caregivers looking for assistance in caring for older adult loved ones living at home may call Catholic Charities Senior & Caregivers Support Services at 518-372-5667, ext. 204. Services and information on respite options, counseling, support groups, next steps, and much more are available.

We’re excited about announcing the return of the Helderberg Senior Services lunch program. Beginning on Tuesday, Sept. 1, seniors aged 60 and older are welcome to join us for lunch at the Town of Berne Community and Senior Services Center, 1360 Helderberg Trail in Berne. Lunches will be served Mondays, Tuesdays, and Fridays.

Dining reservations will be taken the day before the scheduled meal during the hours of 9 a.m. and noon. To make your reservation, call Karen Stark at 518-937-5963. 

Due to COVID-19 health restrictions, the number of guests is limited to 30 and no walk-ins will be accepted. Anyone calling if capacity has been reached can make a reservation for the following scheduled day.

Meals are served at noon and a $3 donation is suggested. Diners will be told what time to arrive, as arrival times will be staggered in order to avoid everyone arriving at the same time. During this initial phase, there will be no after-lunch activities. 

Following health guidelines, social distancing will be practiced. Everyone must wear a facemask covering both nose and mouth until seated at the table. At the sign-in table, guests will be asked to sanitize their hands and their temperature will be checked. Anyone with a temperature of 100 degrees or higher will not be permitted to stay in the building.

Also, there will be no self-serve dispensers such as coffee and tea. Guests will be served their beverages to limit their traveling about the dining room and minimize contact with each other. 

During this initial phase, there will be only one menu offering. Upcoming menus:

— Tuesday, Sept. 1: sloppy joes roasted red potatoes, sautéed summer squash, and tropical fruit salad.

— Friday, Sept. 4: stuffed shells, vegetable blend, and a chocolate-chip cookie. 

Services 

If you are in need of legal advice, contact Karen Stark at 518-937-5963 for a lawyer referral from Albany Legal Aid.

Family caregivers looking for assistance in caring for older adult loved ones living at home may call Catholic Charities Senior and Caregivers Support Services at 518-372-5667, ext. 204. Services and information on respite options, counseling, support groups, next steps and much more are available.

 

Hello! Hoping all of you are staying safe and doing well. I am busy cleaning, sorting out things that have been collecting dust, and trying to cut back on the amount of food that I have been consuming since this COVID-19 virus hit!

Things are so different for all of us — no gatherings for meetings, which was a once-a-month highlight for many of us. I have been trying to figure out a plan to meet but to no avail.

I talked with the county’s commissioner of the Office of The Aging and she suggests we continue to stay home and be safe. However, she did mention that down-the-road we seniors will have some surprises coming our way. She will notify me when this happens and I will be calling all of you to give you heads-up on when this will take place and can’t wait to see what is in store!

In the meantime, if any of you need anything, please let me know.

Be someone’s “sunshine” when their skies are gray.

Your president misses you all.

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Helderberg

The Helderberg Senior Services lunch program continues to be closed due to COVID-19. However, keep in mind that these resources are available to you.

Individuals experiencing food insecurities should contact the Life Path administrative offices at 518-465-3322.

Eileen Bosworth from Albany County can assist seniors with programs such as SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program), HEAP (Home Energy Assistance Program) and other county programs. Contact Eileen at 518-447-7177.

Mike Green from the Albany County Veterans can assist veterans with obtaining hearing aids or glasses and with general veteran services. Contact Mike by calling 518-447-7710.

Catholic Charities Senior & Caregivers Support Services provides 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. To receive assistance, call Catholic Charities at 518-372-5667, ext. 204.

Stay home and stay safe. We miss all of you and look forward to re-opening the lunch program when it is safe to do so.

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A special “hello” to all the Hilltown Seniors! I think about you all everyday and yes, talk to some of you as we reach out to one another!

I remember the last time we met for our gathering at the Hilltown Senior Access Center, which was in January 2020!  February brought us a snowstorm so I cancelled our get-together so that we could stay safe in our homes.

It looks like March was the beginning of the coronavirus and again, we were told to stay home. It seems like we will continue to stay home until this virus is over!

We senior citizens are vulnerable and the reason why is because our immune systems are less effective at fighting infections as we get older and we often have multiple other chronic diseases that can complicate this virus. So, we are self-distancing and wearing our masks and staying at home as much as possible.

I have been thinking about the trips that we cancelled and hope 2021 brings on many more to make up for the ones we have missed.

When will we meet again? That is a good question that I do not have the answer to.

I’m thinking I will make plans for a Christmas Party with a “Knock Your Socks Off” theme — so wear your pretty socks to the party!

Well wishes to  my wonderful seniors — stay safe!

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Helderberg

The Helderberg Senior Services lunch program continues to be closed due to COVID-19. However, keep in mind that these resources are available to you.

Individuals experiencing food insecurities should contact the Life Path administrative offices at 518-465-3322.

Eileen Bosworth from Albany County can assist seniors with programs such as SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program), HEAP (Home Energy Assistance Program) and other county programs. Contact Eileen at 518-447-7177.

Mike Green from the Albany County Veterans can assist veterans with obtaining hearing aids or glasses and with general veteran services. Contact Mike by calling 518-447-7710.

Catholic Charities Senior & Caregivers Support Services provides 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. To receive assistance, call Catholic Charities at 518-372-5667, ext. 204.

Stay home and stay safe. We miss all of you and look forward to re-opening the lunch program when it is safe to do so.

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Helderberg

To protect the older adults that we serve, in light of COVID-19 concerns, Albany County has closed the senior centers, community dining sites and adult day programs located within the county. We will keep you apprised of re-openings in this column.

Individuals who are experiencing food insecurities should contact the Life Path administrative offices at 518-465-3322.

Seniors can still receive assistance from Eileen Bosworth from Albany County and Mike Green from the Albany County Veterans. Eileen can assist with programs such as SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program), HEAP (Home Energy Assistance Program) and other county programs. Mike Green can assist veterans with obtaining hearing aids or glasses and with general veteran services. Call Eileen at 518-447-7177; call Mike at 518-447-7710.

Catholic Charities Senior & Caregivers Support Services provides 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. To receive assistance, call Catholic Charities at 518-372-5667, ext. 204.

New program

Do you have concerns about falling? Are you interested in improving your balance, flexibility, and strength? Join us for “A Matter of Balance,” a fun, interactive workshop designed to manage falls and increase activity levels for individuals aged 60 and over.

If the Helderberg Senior Services lunch program resumes by the start date, this free, eight-week workshop will run on Tuesdays, from May 12 through June 30, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Helderberg Community and Senior Services Center. Space is limited and registration is required. Call 518-372-5667 to register or for more information.

Legal assistance

Upon re-opening, 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. April appointments are re-scheduled for May, appointments are now being booked for June.

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To protect the older adults that we serve, in light of COVID-19 concerns, Albany County has closed the senior centers, community dining sites and adult day programs located within the county. We will keep you apprised of re-openings in this column.

Individuals who are experiencing food insecurities should contact the Life Path administrative offices at 518-465-3322.

Seniors can still receive assistance from Eileen Bosworth from Albany County and Mike Green from the Albany County Veterans. Eileen can assist with programs such as SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program), HEAP (Home Energy Assistance Program) and other county programs. Mike Green can assist veterans with obtaining hearing aids or glasses and with general veteran services. Call Eileen at 518-447-7177; call Mike at 518-447-7710.

Catholic Charities Senior & Caregivers Support Services provides 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. To receive assistance, call Catholic Charities at 518-372-5667, ext. 204.

New program

Do you have concerns about falling? Are you interested in improving your balance, flexibility, and strength? Join us for “A Matter of Balance,” a fun, interactive workshop designed to manage falls and increase activity levels for individuals aged 60 and over.

If the Helderberg Senior Services lunch program resumes by the start date, this free, eight-week workshop will run on Tuesdays, from May 12 through June 30, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Helderberg Community and Senior Services Center. Space is limited and registration is required. Call 518-372-5667 to register or for more information.

Legal assistance

Upon re-opening, 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. April appointments are re-scheduled for May, appointments are now being booked for June.

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