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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Helderberg

To protect the older adults that we serve, in light of recent COVID-19 concerns, Albany County has closed the senior centers, community dining sites, and adult day programs located within the county for 30 days. Tentative re-opening is scheduled for April 20 but this date is not certain. We will keep you apprised 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. Contact Eileen at 518-447-7177; 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.

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.

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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Hilltowns

From your president, I would like to take this opportunity to give a huge “Hello!” to you all. It has been quite some time since we have all been together and perhaps it will be a bit longer.

I miss all your smiling faces and hope you are all doing well and catching up on things we have put aside for later. Well, later is here!

I just want to update you on a few things.

All trips that were scheduled through Shirley Slingerland are cancelled and you should be looking for refunds as soon as she receives the money.

Our meetings will resume when we get the go-ahead. I have notified all guest speakers that we will reschedule. I have some fun things for us to do when we once meet again — you know we like surprises!  

If there are any seniors who need assistance or if you hear of anyone who has a special need, call your town supervisor, call me at 518-779-5111, or call your neighbor. 

We are all here to help each other during this pandemic. If you do not feel well, call 9-1-1.

Yes, we are all in this together and we will make it through, together!

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.

This free, eight-week workshop runs on Tuesdays, starting 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.

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.

Upcoming menus: 

— Friday, Mach. 13, Lasagna roll-ups and dinner salad, or seafood salad sandwich with lettuce and tomato, or baked fish and potatoes;

— Monday, March 16,  Lemon-garlic fish and butternut squash, or baked chicken and butternut squash;

— Tuesday, March 17,  Meatloaf and roasted potatoes, or chef salad, or baked fish and roasted potatoes; and

—  Friday, March 20, (Bingo day) Mac & cheese with stewed tomatoes, egg salad sandwich with butternut squash soup, or baked fish and potatoes.

Services 

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. Anyone who can’t make it on the scheduled date can call Catholic Charities at 518-372-5667, ext. 204.

Legal assistance

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 March and April appointments. Next availability for appointments will occur in May. Appointments must be made in advance; no walk-ins will be accepted.

Tax help

On Friday, March 20, a free tax problem-solving day will be held at the Albany Housing Authority located at 200 South Pearl St. in Albany. Staff from Legal Aid’s Low Income Taxpayer Clinic and representatives from the Taxpayer Advocate Service will be on hand to provide guidance and direction on next steps to resolve your tax issues. They will not complete your income tax forms. They are available to help with tax problems.

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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.

This free, eight-week workshop runs 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.

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 community center at 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, March 6, Potato-crunch fish and roasted potatoes, or egg salad sandwich and cream of potato soup, or baked chicken and roasted potatoes;

— Monday, March 9, Mac & cheese and stewed tomatoes, or baked fish and potatoes;

— Tuesday, March 10, Pork roast and sweet potatoes, or chicken curry salad and pasta broccoli salad, or baked fish and sweet potatoes; and

— Friday, March 13, Lasagna roll-ups and dinner salad, or seafood salad sandwich with lettuce and tomato, or baked fish and potatoes.

Services 

Catholic Charities Senior & Caregivers Support Services is available this Tuesday, Mar. 10, and 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. Anyone who can’t make it on the scheduled date can call Catholic Charities at 518-372-5667, ext. 204.

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.

Legal assistance

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 March and April appointments. Next availability for appointments will occur in May. Appointments must be made in advance; no walk-ins will be accepted.

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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. 28, Tuna salad sandwich and hearty bean soup, or baked chicken and potatoes. Mon., Mar. 2 – Chicken Chow Mein and Asian vegetables, or baked fish and potatoes;

—  Tues., March 3 (March birthdays celebration) Roast turkey with gravy and mashed potatoes, or bacon, lettuce and tomato sandwich and three-bean salad, or baked fish and mashed potatoes; and

— Friday, March 6, Potato-crunch fish and roasted potatoes, or egg salad sandwich and cream of potato soup, or baked chicken and roasted potatoes.

Services 

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. Anyone who can’t make it on the scheduled date can call Catholic Charities at 518-372-5667, ext. 204.

Legal assistance

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 March and April appointments. Next availability for appointments will occur in May. Appointments must be made in advance; no walk-ins will be accepted.

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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. 2, (Bingo day) Choices are baked ziti and Italian-blend vegetables, ham and Swiss cheese sandwich and tomato soup, and baked fish with potatoes;

—  Monday, Feb. 24, Choices are penne pasta with meat sauce and dinner salad, and baked fish with potatoes;

—  Tuesday, Feb. 25, Choices are Cajun seafood with pasta and grilled Cajun vegetables, and baked chicken and potatoes; and

— Friday, Feb. 28, Choices are tuna salad sandwich and hearty bean soup, and baked chicken and potatoes.

Services 

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. Anyone who can’t make it on the scheduled date can  call Catholic Charities at 518-372-5667 ext. 204.

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.

Location:

Helderberg

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.

Services 

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.

Location:

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. 7, choices are mac & cheese and stewed tomatoes, egg-salad sandwich and butternut squash soup, and baked fish and potatoes;

— Monday, Feb. 10, choices are chicken cacciatore and vegetables, and baked fish with potatoes; 

— Tuesday, Feb. 11,  choices are cheeseburger and potatoes, ham and swiss cheese sandwich and vegetable barley soup, and baked fish and potatoes; and

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

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.

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.

Legal Assistance

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.

Location:

Helderberg Senior Services offers a lunch program for seniors. Everyone aged 60 and older is welcome. 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, but it is not mandatory. No one will ever be refused a meal for lack of a donation. However, 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 is played the third Friday of each month. Upcoming menus:

— Friday, Jan. 31, Choice A: Lasagna roll-ups with marinara sauce and parmesan cheese, dinner salad, whole wheat bread and mandarin oranges. Choice B: Seafood-salad sandwich on a whole wheat roll with lettuce and tomato, apple juice and mandarin oranges. Choice C: Baked fish, potatoes, dinner salad, whole wheat bread and mandarin oranges;

— Monday, Feb. 3, Choice A: Lemon-garlic fish, mashed butternut squash, spinach, whole wheat bread and tapioca pudding. Choice B: Baked chicken, mashed butternut squash, spinach, whole wheat bread and tapioca pudding;

— Tuesday, Feb. 4, (February birthdays celebration) Choice A: Meatloaf with tomato gravy, seasoned oven-roasted potatoes, cauliflower, whole wheat bread, applesauce and birthday cake. Choice B: Chef salad with muenster cheese, turkey and hard-boiled egg, whole wheat bread, applesauce and birthday cake. Choice C: Baked fish, seasoned oven-roasted sweet potatoes, cauliflower, whole wheat bread, applesauce and birthday cake; and

— Friday, Feb. 7, Choice A: Mac & cheese, stewed tomatoes, blended fruit juice, whole wheat bread and brownie. Choice B: Egg-salad sandwich on a whole wheat bun with lettuce and tomato, butternut squash soup, blended fruit juice and brownie. Choice C: Baked fish, potatoes, stewed tomatoes, blended fruit juice, whole wheat bread and brownie.

Some of the activities you can partake in include Mexican Train, card games and puzzles. Bingo is played every third Friday of the month and prizes are awarded to the winners. 

On Mondays, many participants are making hats from a loom to donate to various causes. Come and learn how easy and fun it is to make these beautiful, useful creations. On Tuesdays and Fridays, enjoy playing Mexican Train and other games following lunch.

Legal assistance

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.

The Doctor Is In

The Albany County Department for Aging is offering a new program for seniors 60 and older called The Doctor Is In. Albany County Executive Dan McCoy welcomes Dr. Michael Marmulstein, M.D., a cardiology specialist, who will present “Cardiovascular Disease & You!” for anyone living with or who has a family member living with cardiovascular disease. Come to the Bethlehem Town Library at 451 Delaware Ave., Delmar on Feb. 27, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Services 

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.

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