Seniors taking care of their own
When Harry Howansky retired from his job as an engineer with the state, he wasn’t ready to sit back and relax. The 80-year-old Colonie man who says he grew up on a farm and considers himself quite handy, thought ‘why not put my skills to work.’
Low temperatures and a snowier than usual winter has left many older people on fixed incomes struggling to pay their heating bills. For the past few years, Colonie Senior Service Centers has stepped in to help by hosting the Warmth of Wine fundraiser.
Florence Teichner, 86, of Kingsway Arms Nursing Center has lived in Schenectady most of her life. Before coming to Kingsway two years ago, Florence had not had any formal art training. She currently participates in Kingsway’s weekly art therapy group.
Retirees find pleasure by making quilts for children
Marcia Hajeck has always loved to sew, but it was about 1980 when she began creating quilts. The now 75 year old from Clifton Park says she typically spends at least three hours a day on her selfless hobby.
I have been a bit on the fluffy side (I refuse to say overweight) for most of my adult life. And I have always taken a perverse kind of pride that despite the dire forewarnings about my spotty eating habits and non-existing exercise regime; I was healthy. Then I reached the afternoon of my life (late 50’s) and without any provocation, my body announced its resignation. My less than stellar food choices caught up with me, and for the first time, I am concerned that I may not be aging well.
The National Institute of Health’s National Institute of Aging identify certain risk factors such as age and genetics that are out of a person’s control. However, there are several areas that we can modify that may help prevent Alzheimer’s and dementia.
An educational program entitled “Memory Loss and Strategies for Management” will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 19, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Kingsway Manor Assisted Living, 357 Kings Road in Schenectady.
An uptick in snowy owl sightings thrills local bird enthusiasts
Snowy owls have landed at the airport and according to local bird club members, the creatures have been seen there for more than a month.
Once again it's time to vote for New York's outstanding senior volunteer
Every day, New York senior volunteers generously give their time and service to help others. Now here is your chance to give back by nominating a deserving older adult in your community for his or her outstanding service through the Salute to Senior Service program.
The Home of the Friendless opened its doors on Sept. 9 1868, ready to help ladies in need.
In an effort to raise money for needed repairs and upgrades to St. Peter Armenian Apostolic Church in Watervliet, the congregation’s women have compiled hundreds of family recipes into a new cookbook.
CarFit helps older drivers stay safe behind the wheel
CarFit volunteers converged at Westmere Fire Department on Wednesday, Dec. 4, to make seniors aware about vehicle safety equipment and to fit cars to each individual. Information is given to enhance driver safety, too, along with recommending certain items that can be purchased to make driving safer.
Community group to host annual Victorian celebration
The village will be transformed into a festive hot spot during Altamont Community Tradition’s 12th annual Victorian Holidays Celebration on Sunday, Dec. 15, from noon to 6 p.m.
Old Songs hosts monthly gatherings featuring simple moves and a social element
Dancing isn’t everyone’s favorite activity, but one local man bets he can get even the most reluctant of dancers off the sideline and moving in no time.
Monika Boeckmann is the Executive Director at Senior Services of Albany. She is also the daughter of Christian and Gerlinde, two Austrian immigrants who moved their family to America in 1968. She is full of good information and ready to be your daughter too.