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The Oswego County Office for the Aging will host an Energy Efficiency Improvement Seminar for seniors from 10 a.m. to noon Friday, May 30 at the Oswego County Health Department Building located at 70 Bunner St., Oswego.
Guest speakers from Peace Inc., EMPOWER and Rural Development will present information on programs that are available to help make homes more energy efficient.
“This past winter has been an energy and financial drain on residents of Oswego County as well as across the United States,” said Sara Sunday, administrator of the Office for the Aging. “By bringing these representatives together to inform our seniors of what is available to help winterize and make their homes more energy efficient, the Office for the Aging hopes to help one of our most vulnerable populations save limited resources.”
Those interested in attending may reserve a seat by contacting the Office for the Aging at 349-3484, Monday through Friday, between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m.
Here is the menu for the week of June 2 for the Fulton Senior Dining and Activity Center:
- Monday, June 2 — Chicken breast with roasted potatoes and blended vegetables
- Tuesday, June 3 — Swedish meatballs with egg noodles and peas and carrots
- Wednesday, June 4 — Baked ham with pineapple and scalloped potatoes along with spinach
- Thursday, June 5 — Protein salad or protein along with seasonal salad
- Friday, June 6 — Hamburger with garlic red potatoes and vegetables
All meals include milk and dessert. Lunch is served at noon. Activity is daily at 11 a.m.
For reservations, call Eileen at 592-3408 at least 24 hours in advance.
A class is coming up in June for volunteers and professionals who would like to provide instruction for a Better Balance exercise regimen.
The “Train the Teacher” event is from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 3 in the SUNY Oswego Campus Center.
The Rural Health Network of Oswego County recently established the Oswego County Falls Prevention Coalition to deal with the problem faced by the frail elderly concerning falls.
The coalition serves as a valuable resource for older adults and caregivers as it helps them identify ways to prevent falls and identify hazards that could cause a fall.
The six-week 6 Steps to Better Balance course engages seniors with activities to improve their balance and teaches them various ways they can prevent or lessen the impact of falling.
Dr. Betty Perkins-Carpenter, a nationally renowned expert on fall prevention who has made a lifelong career of teaching people to be physically fit, safe, and secure in their daily living activities, will conduct the training for the volunteers.
Perkins-Carpenter will teach health care professionals, adult caregivers and interested older adults, her 6 Steps to Balance System and subsequently how to train older adults.
The 6 Steps to Better Balance System philosophy is based on the simple but profound belief that “fear of falling” is a major factor contributing to falling-a self-fulfilling fear. The system focuses on helping older adults to maintain and reclaim their balance through a series of activities that are fun and easy to do, give hope and motivate, and are designed to reduce falls and the fear of falling.
Participants in this “Train the Teacher” course, will learn how to teach the 6 Steps to Better Balance System by learning each of the six steps and associated activities: Stretching in Bed Exercises, Balance Exercises, Ball Handling Exercises, Walking while talking on the Phone (indoors) Exercises, The Slump, and Dancing with a Pillow. Once trained, practicum sessions will follow and help offered when and where needed.
Pre-requisite for the training is a background in physical education, or experience with senior fitness and exercise. Class size is limited and the deadline for registration is Friday, May 30.
For more information or to register to attend the 6 Steps to Better Balance Train-The Teacher event, professionals should contact Danielle Wert at 592-0827 or via e-mail at email@example.com.
Volunteers should contact the RSVP office at 312-2317 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
RSVP is a federal initiative of the Corporation for National & Community Service and is locally sponsored by SUNY Oswego and The United Way. RSVP enables people 55 and older to remain productive and to “help themselves by helping others.”
Here are the Fulton Senior Dining and Activity Center menus for lunch for the next two weeks:
- Monday, May 19 – Open faced turkey with mashed potatoes and gravy, veggies
- Tuesday, May 20 – Soup and sandwich
- Wednesday, May 21 –Turkey sloppy Joe, baked beans
- Thursday, May 22 –Lemon chicken breast with mushrooms, rice pilaf and veggies
- Friday, May 23 – Swedish meatballs with egg noodles, vegetable blend
- Monday, May 26 – Program closed for Memorial Day holiday
- Tuesday, May 27 – Beef stew with vegetables
- Wednesday, May 28 –Macaroni and cheese with stewed tomatoes and vegetable blend
- Thursday, May 29 – Barbecue chicken picnic style lunch (Reservation needed)
- Friday, May 30 – Spanish rice with vegetables
All meals include milk and dessert. Lunch is served at noon.
Activities daily at 11 a.m.
For reservations, call Eileen 24 hours in advance at 592-3408.
The dining and activity center is a program of Oswego County Opportunities.
OCO, Inc is a private, nonprofit agency that has been supporting communities throughout Oswego County since 1966. A member agency of the United Way of Greater Oswego County, OCO provides more than 50 vital services throughout 80 separate locations.
For more information, visit oco.org.
Here is the menu for the first two weeks of May for the Fulton Dining and Activity Center:
- Monday, May 5: Soup and Sandwich
- Tuesday, May 6: Goulash with vegetables
- Wednesday, May 7: Sausage with peppers and onions, with Green Beans
- Thursday, May 8: Chicken cordon bleu with roasted potatoes and veggies
- Friday, May 9: Crispy fish clipper with Monterey potatoes and vegetables
- Monday, May 12: Glazed meatloaf with a baked potato and steamed spinach
- Tuesday, May 13: Macaroni and cheese and stewed tomatoes and blended vegetables
- Wednesday, May 14: Chicken and biscuits with mashed potatoes and veggies
- Thursday, May 15: Boiled ham dinner and cabbage with carrots
- Friday, May 16: Stuffed shells with sauce and vegetables
All meals include milk and dessert. Lunch is served at noon.
There is a daily activity at 11 a.m.
For reservations, call Eileen at 592-3408 24 hours in advance.
Married couples at Morningstar Residential Care Center recently enjoyed a special luncheon in their honor. Morningstar is home to seven married couples that enjoy the opportunity to share a room together at the facility. Seated from left are: Barbara and Harold Blake, Laverne (semi hidden) and Doris Stevens, and Shirley and James Furnari. Standing from left are: Director of Activities for Morning Star, Kelsey Rose, and Activities Aides, Heidi Baldwin and Doreen Shortt.
Happy faces, good food, and cherished companionship lit up the dining room during the Morningstar Residential Care Center’s Married Couples Luncheon.
The event is a new edition to the growing list of activities available to the facility’s residents.
The idea of a doing something special for its married couples first came to mind during Morningstar’s Valentine’s Day celebration. Director of Activities Kelsey Rose said the feedback she and her staff received inspired them to add the married couples luncheon to the activities calendar.
“The luncheon was a big hit. They enjoyed each other’s company and were happy to be able to have a nice meal together and share their stories,” she said.
“Our married couples thought it was wonderful and we will be having more of these in the future,” said Rose.
Activities Aide Heidi Baldwin echoed those thoughts and added that themed events are always welcome.
“Whether it’s a casual event like men’s night or ladies’ night or a more formal event like our veterans’ luncheon and our holiday luncheons, which their family members often join us for, our residents have a great time and look forward to them,” said Baldwin.
One of the few residential care facilities that offer shared rooms for married couples; Morningstar is the home of seven married couples.
Located at 17 Sunrise Drive in Oswego, Morningstar Residential Care Center is a family-owned and operated, 120-bed long-term and sub-acute skilled nursing facility with full rehabilitation services including: physical, occupational and speech therapy; post-surgical orthopedic care; respiratory care; and additional sub acute care services.
For more information, call 342-4790 or visit them online at www.morningstarcares.com.