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Inside this issue:
News & Events
Published by: St. Lawrence
County Office for the Aging
The Administration for
Community Living, NYS
Office for the Aging and
St. Lawrence County
What is a Caregiver?
In one of every 3 households, at least one of the members is a caregiver. In the US
today, there are 44 million of them. Over half are women, some men,
unfortunately, some are children! They’re looking after someone who can’t fully
take care of himself or herself. In some case, it’s a temporary disability. In other
cases, it’s a progressive disability, like Alzheimer’s. In many, it is terminal. And in
almost every case, the caregiver makes a huge and commendable effort looking
after the care-receiver. Caregivers are magnificent and generous people, but they
stubbornly look after themselves last, very much to their detriment.
“Caregiving is universal. There are only four kinds of people in the world: those who
have been caregivers, those who currently are caregivers, those who will be
caregivers, and those who will need caregivers.” - Rosalyn Carter
The Office for the Aging Needs your Help!
The Office for the Aging staff understand what a honorable, yet difficult job being
a caregiver can be. We are dedicated to providing more resources to caregivers
in 2015 and are excited to announce that we have partnered with the Rosalyn
Carter Institute to bring a Caregiver Training to St. Lawrence County at no cost!
On March 25th from 8:30 am—3:30 pm, we will be holding a “Train the Trainer”
Class in Canton called, RCI REACH: Resources for Enhancing Alzheimer’s Caregiver
Health. RCI REACH is an evidence-based program proven to improve the
caregiver’s experience by:
Teaching strategies to cope with troubling behaviors
Reducing feelings of caregiver burden and helplessness
Teaching effective stress management techniques
Increasing caregiver self-care
Individuals trained on March 25th, will become RCI REACH Interventionists who will
be partnered with caregivers of Alzheimer’s clients in St. Lawrence County to
provide a 12 session stress management program over the course of 6 months. All
training and resources will be provided to you by the Office for the Aging.
Space is very limited for this training. If you are interested in learning more, please
call Andrea Montgomery at 386-4730 or email [email protected]!
News & Information
Caregiver Support Groups
Thursday of the month, 3:00-4:00 pm.
Hospice: 6805 US Hwy 11, Potsdam, NY
Next meeting: Thursday, March 12th
Please call for more information and to verify
there have been no changes to the schedule.
Preregistration is not required, but is appreciated.
Save the Date! Thursday, June 11th
Caring for the Caregiver Event
Hospice and Palliative Care of St. Lawrence Valley
6805 US Hwy 11, Potsdam, NY
An opportunity to speak to representatives from
different agencies serving caregivers.
Door prizes and more! (4 hour event)
For more info call: (315) 265-3105
Deb's Senior Trips 2015
San Antonio and Dallas: May 14-26
Includes transportation, guided tours,
lodging, 22 meals, and much more.
For details/flyer, call
Debbie (315) 769- 9592
Free Tax Help from AARP!
Free income tax preparation and electronic filing is offered in St. Lawrence County by the AARP Tax-Aide
program. The service is available February 1st through April 15th in the following locations:
Massena……..Mondays and Tuesdays: 8:30 AM-12:30 PM; Massena Community Ctr., 61 Beach St.
Potsdam……..Tuesdays: 9:00 AM-1:00 PM; Midtown Apts., Munson St.
Canton……….Tuesdays: 4:00 PM-8:00 PM; Knights of Columbus, Miner St.
Canton……….Wednesdays: 1:00 PM-4:00 PM; by appt. only, Partridge Knoll, 30 Sullivan Dr.
Call (315) 212-0409 for an appointment
Ogdensburg...Thursdays: 9:00 AM-1:00 PM; Ogdensburg Rescue Squad Bldg., Pickering Street
No appointment needed except at the Canton/Partridge Knoll location. Bring all documents showing income
for 2014 plus last year’s tax return.
For More Information: Call AARP Tax-Aide, Sheryl Campbell, (315) 212-0450
Senior Club & Council News/Events
Canton Senior Citizen Club:
Contact Myrtle Regan at 315-386-8917 for more information
Spring Bazaar: Saturday, April 4th from 9 am—2 pm
- Located at 37 Riverside Drive
- Featuring a silent auction, elegant junk sale, bake sale, craft sale, lottery tree, 50/50 raffle,
door prizes and so much more!
- Hamburgers, hot dogs, homemade soup, chili, apple pie and beverages will be available.
Savannah and Charleston Trip: May 17th—22nd
- Includes tours of both areas: Fort Sumter, Paula Deen’s Restaurant and more!
Canadian Rockies/Glacier National Park/Calgary Stampede Trip: July 2nd—9th
- Leave from Canton
New York City/Long Island (Great Gatsby’s Gold Coast) Bus Trip: August 25th—29th
- Includes the Broadway Show Matilda, Visit to Ellis Island/Statue of Liberty, NBC Studios, 9/11
Memorial and Museum, Central Park, Gold Coast mansions, and Old Bethpage Village Restoration
North Country Chapter of NY StateWide Senior Action Council
The next meeting will be Thursday, March 5th at 10 am at the Potsdam American Legion located on Route
345 in Potsdam. All are welcome! The guest speaker will be Cheyenne Rhone from the American Red Cross.
The meeting starts at 10 am and lunch is served at 12 pm. The fee for lunch is $8 for members and $11 for
To reserve a spot for lunch, please call Linda Wilkinson at 315-265-4464
POTSDAM LIBRARY PUBLIC COMPUTER CENTER
Potsdam Library’s Public Computer Center is another great resource for older adults in St. Lawrence County.
These classes are FREE and open to the public.
The Computer Center offers individualized assistance with using computers and other
digital devices, such as: basic computer operation, using email, social media, cell
phones, creating documents (newsletters, brochures, etc.), using tablet devices (iPads,
etc.), creating a power point presentation, or other topics. They also offer classes involving the above topics and others such as: online shopping, downloading eBooks
and magazines from the library, buying or selling on eBay, and internet safety.
March 18th, 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm - Introduction to Computers
March 25th, 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm - Introduction to Microsoft Word
To use any of these services or for more information, please contact the computer center.
(315) 265-7230 or email [email protected]
Mark Your Calendars for the 44th ANNUAL MAYFEST
Saturday, May 2nd … Massena Community Center, 61 Beach Street
9 AM to 3 PM – silent auction, free bingo, free door prizes, senior club tables, raffles, coffee, donuts and
lunch available. All seniors are welcome!
Awards Dinner at 4:30 PM
Older Americans Month Empowers Older Adults and Communities to “Get into the Act”
Each May, the Administration for Community Living (ACL) celebrates Older Americans Month to recognize
older Americans for their contributions to the nation. In honor of the upcoming 50th anniversary of the Older
Americans Act (OAA), we are focused on how older adults are taking charge of their health, getting engaged
in their communities, and making a positive impact in the lives of others. The theme for Older Americans Month
2015 is “Get into the Act.”
2015 Awards will be announced:
Senior Citizen of the Year &
Outstanding Contribution by a Senior Citizen
OFA Advisory Council Meeting
Monday, April 13th at the Morristown Fire Hall
The public is encouraged to attend. Lunch will be
available after the meeting at 12 pm. To reserve
a lunch, please call Chris Fobare at 386-4730 by
The Advisory Council meets five times a year to
review programs and services provided through
Office for the Aging. The Council advocates for
needs of older adults and helps assure the
development of the continuum of care within
Protein Is Important!
The older you get, the more important it is to eat high-quality proteins to improve your mood and boost
the battle of resistance with stress, anxiety, and depression. High-protein foods can also help you think
clearly. It also helps maintain physical function and reduce the loss of muscle- especially when combined
with strength training exercises at least two days a week. However, be aware! Eating too much
low-quality proteins from red meats and processed meats such as hot dogs, bacon, and salami can
increase your risk for heart disease, cancer, or other diseases.
To include more high-quality proteins in your diet, replace red meats and processed meats with foods such
as fish, skinless chicken and turkey, and low-fat dairy and plant-based protein sources. Replacing red
meat with high-quality protein just a few meals a week could be very beneficial to your overall health.
• “Meatless Monday” each week- plant-based proteins are less expensive than
meat, so it can be very good for your wallet as it is for your health!
• Reduce the amount of processed carbohydrates you may consume- those
might be from cakes, pizza, pastries, chips, or cookies- and try eating fish, beans,
nuts, seeds, peas, tofu, chicken, low-fat dairy, and soy products instead!
• Try snacking on nuts and seeds instead of chips- replace a baked dessert with
Greek yogurt- eat a grilled chicken breast with a side of beans instead of
indulging in slices of pizza!
• Boost your protein intake by adding beans and peas to salad, soups, and stews!
Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program
The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program offers free tax help to people who generally make
$53,000 or less, persons with disabilities, and the elderly who need assistance in preparing their own tax
returns. IRS certified volunteers provide free basic income tax return preparation with electronic filing to
In addition to VITA, the Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) program offers free tax help for all taxpayers,
particularly those who are 60 years of age and older, specializing in questions about pensions and
retirement related issues unique to seniors. The IRS certified volunteers who provide tax counseling are often
retired individuals associated with nonprofit organizations that receive grants from the IRS.
A TCE site is located at SUNY Canton, Wicks Hall 031, 34 Cornell Drive, Canton, NY 13617.
Call 379-3916 for more information.
Corned Beef Hash
This version of the classic corned beef and hash Irish comfort food has a healthier profile and will taste just as
good, if not better! You can purchase corned beef at your local supermarket deli, but be sure to ask for it
lean as it has only 1 gram of fat per ounce compared to 5 grams of fat per ounce in regular corned beef.
Ingredients: 2 teaspoons canola oil, 1 large onion (chopped), 4 cups potatoes (diced cooked) or frozen hash
browns, 1 cup chopped lean corned beef brisket (4 ounces), ½ cup chicken broth (reduced-sodium), ¼ cup
fresh parsley, (chopped), salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste, 4 large eggs
Preparation: In a large cast-iron skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add the onion and sauté until it
begins to brown, (about 5-8 minutes). Then, add the potatoes and cook, stirring until they brown in spots and
become crusty, (about 8 minutes or more). Stir in the corned beef and chicken broth. Cook, scraping up any
browned bits until the liquid is absorbed, (5-8 minutes). Add the parsley and season with salt and pepper.
Meanwhile, fill a large skillet with 2 inches salted water and bring it to a gentle simmer. Break the eggs, one
at a time, onto a saucer and slide into the simmering water. Poach eggs until set to desired firmness, (about
4-5 minutes). Divide the hash among 4 plates. Place the eggs on top of the hash…. And enjoy!
Per Serving: 320 calories; 13 grams fat (4 g saturated, 6 g mono-saturated); 240 mg cholesterol;
36 grams carbohydrates; 15 grams protein; 3 grams fiber; 493 mg sodium; 695 mg potassium
Office for the Aging Home Care Program:
If you are 60 or over and in need of home care
services, the Office for the Aging is accepting referrals for the Expanded In-Home Services for the Elderly
Program (EISEP). This home care program assists elderly, fragile individuals to help maintain quality of life
at home. EISEP provides personal care including bathing, dressing, grooming, and meal preparation to
County residents who are non-Medicaid eligible. Services provided may be on a cost-share basis
depending on income levels.
Contact: Barb McBurnie at (315) 386-4730
(EISEP is supported by the NYS Office for the Aging and St. Lawrence County)
Assorted Potatoes, Peas,
3 Chicken &
5 Taco Pie
10 Boiled Dinner
Dinner Roll, Milk
12 Roast Beef
17 Corned Beef
18 Turkey Pot
Milk, Ice Cream
23 Sloppy Jo’s
24 French Toast
Dinner Roll, Milk
31 Beef Stew
Dinner Roll, Milk
4/2 Baked Ham
ST. LAWRENCE COUNTY OFFICE FOR THE AGING NUTRITION PROGRAM FOR THE ELDERLY
Food & Friendship Centers Located in Brasher, Canton, DeKalb, Edwards, Morristown, Ogdensburg, Potsdam and Star Lake Suggested Donation: $3.00(age60+) guest Fee $5.—(Under 60) MENU IS SUBJECT
TO CHANGE WITHOUT ADVANCE NOTICE. For more information contact Diana McCormick (386-4730)
St. Lawrence County Board of Legislators Meeting: 7:00 pm, Legislative Board Room
located at the Court House, 48 Court Street, Canton
North Country Chapter of NY StateWide Senior Action Council Meeting: 10:00 am
Potsdam American Legion—Guest Speaker, Cheyenne Rhone from American Red Cross
Daylight Savings—Spring Forward!
County Council Meeting: 10:00 am—Potsdam American Legion
St. Patrick’s Day
RCI Reach Care Giver Training
April Fool’s Day
ST LAWRENCE COUNTY
OFFICE FOR THE AGING
80 STATE HIGHWAY 310, SUITE 7
CANTON, NY 13617-1497