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COLUMN: Ask Your Daughter - In my afternoon of life

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.

COLUMN: Healthy Living - 6 ways to keep your mind sharp

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.

Strategies for managing memory loss

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.

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Winging it at Albany airport

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.

The search is on

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.

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The Ladies

The Home of the Friendless opened its doors on Sept. 9 1868, ready to help ladies in need.

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Recipes ripe with tradition

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.

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Safety program gets cars fitted for the road

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.

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Altamont a holiday hot spot

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.

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Dance series aims to bring crowds to their feet

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.

COLUMN: Ask Your Daughter: Let me be your virtual daughter

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.

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Saying Thanks

Photographer shares her experience with Honor Flight program

In September, local photographer, Sue Clark, had the honor to escort World War II Marine Corporal, Thomas Joseph Smith Jr. to the WWII memorial in Washington D.C. Clark writes about her experience.

Collective Wisdom

Selkirk man out to prove the phrase, 'it's all downhill from here' is a myth.

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All the trimmings close to home

Give thanks to area farmers, businesses by buying local ingredients

A bounty of area businesses and markets make shopping local for all the ingredients of a customary Thanksgiving dinner a relatively easy task.

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Send us your recipes and win!

Share your Thanksgiving traditions with The Spotlight

We are looking for reader-submitted recipes for our Nov. 13 Thanksgiving Lifestyle edition.