Category Archives: Seniors

Fulton senior dining center menu

Fulton Senior Dining and Activity Center lists its menu for the week of Feb. 3:

Monday Feb. 3 — Lasagna roll with meat sauce, green and yellow beans

Tuesday Feb. 4 — Macaroni & Cheese, stewed tomatoes, California blend veggies

Wednesday Feb. 5 — Baked chicken thigh, creamed potatoes, zucchini and tomatoes

Thursday Feb. 6 — Boneless pork chop, stuffing, peas and carrots

Friday Feb. 7 — Hamburger, garlic red potaotes, veggies

Lunch is served at noon. The daily activity is at 11 a.m. For reservations, call Eileen 24 hours in advance at 592-3408.

The dining center is operated by Oswego County Opportunities. For more information, visit www.oco.org.

New Oswego senior residence prepares for the holidays

For the residents of St. Francis Commons Assisted Living Residence in Oswego, this holiday season will mark their first in the new residence.

And like many others who enjoy the “art” of holiday decorating, they have been hard at work making their new home look attractive and festive in the spirit of the season!

“We have had a wonderful time in the past few weeks making the new residence into a place to call home,” said Peg Livoti, Director of Activities at St. Francis Commons.

“I think our folks are very proud of their home and have had many opportunities to ‘show off’ their holiday decorating to the family and guests who have been stopping in to visit or tour the new residence and learn about our service and amenities,” she said.

St. Francis Commons offers state licensed Assisted Living Program services and amenities. The residence provides supportive housing and care at a level that is less than a nursing home but more than may be found in an independent setting.

Services at St. Francis Commons include three meals a day, housekeeping with linen and personal laundry services, scheduled transportation, social programs, assistance with personal care and medication management. A hair salon, gift shop, as well as cable television and telephone connections in each room are some of the amenities offered.

St. Francis Commons will accommodate sixty individuals in three “neighborhoods” within the residence. Private payment, Medicaid, private insurance reimbursement and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) are accepted.

St. Francis Commons Assisted Living Residence is the newest phase of development on the St. Luke healthcare campus, located on the east side in the City of Oswego. For more information about St. Francis Commons, call 326-0870.

RSVP seeks more volunteers

Director Ellen Wahl of the Retired and Senior Volunteers Program at SUNY Oswego will visit Oswego County Opportunities dining and activity centers in November to meet current and prospective RSVP volunteers.

Discussions about RSVP programs and services will begin at 11:30 a.m., followed by lunch at noon, at each meeting:

Nov. 13: Phoenix Dining and Activity Center, call 695-4841; lunch is meatball sandwiches.

Nov. 14: Sandy Creek, 298-5020 (chicken and biscuits).

Nov. 15: Fulton, 592-3408 (sloppy joes)

Nov. 18: Parish, 625-4617 (beef Stroganoff)

Nov. 20: Mexico, 963-7757 (turkey dinner)

Nov. 21: Constantia, 623-9803 (meatloaf)

Nov. 25: Hannibal, 564-5471 (baked chicken)

Anyone age 55-plus who is wondering “What is there to do?” or who feels they want to give back to the community should attend to meet with the RSVP director and discuss mutual interests.

Dining and activity centers are the heart of OCO’s meal delivery service to seniors, through home delivery and the centers. The centers also serve as community hubs for various activities. RSVP collaborates with more than 100 agencies and programs in Oswego County, including OCO, to offer volunteer opportunities that engage, support and enhance the lives of Americans 55 and older, while helping in the community.

Hundreds visit St. Francis Commons during open house

Hundreds of people visited St. Francis Commons Assisted Living Residence during an open house this past weekend.

Those attending toured the new residence and learned about the unique services and amenities to be offered to the community.

“It was wonderful to see such a great turnout for our open house and a little overwhelming; for us, this only confirmed the level of interest our community has in assisted living and visitors had the opportunity to be among the first to see the results of our construction project,” said Julie Chetney, senior living director at St. Francis Commons.

“It is confirmation that our organization is on the right track in terms of introducing a new service to our community, and in the weeks ahead we will prepare to begin to welcome our first residents,” she said.

Construction of St. Francis Commons took almost 11 months, commencing with our groundbreaking last November, said Karen Murray, executive director.

She said the residence will provide supportive housing and care at a level that is less than a nursing home but more than may be found in an independent setting.

Services at St. Francis Commons will include three meals a day, housekeeping with linen and personal laundry services, scheduled transportation, social programs, assistance with personal care and medication management.

A hair salon, gift shop, as well as cable television and telephone connections in each room are some of the amenities to be offered.

St. Francis Commons will accommodate 60 individuals in three “neighborhoods” within the residence. Private payment, Medicaid, private insurance reimbursement and Supplemental Security Income  will be accepted.

A 14-bed neighborhood within the new residence, Memory Care at St. Francis, will serve individuals diagnosed with mild to moderate dementia-related illness, like Alzheimer’s disease, who will benefit from a community-based living environment with specialized supportive services.

“Based on the feedback we received from folks we spoke with during the open house, there is a real need in our community for the services we will be able to provide through our special care neighborhood,” Chetney said.

St. Francis Commons is hoping to begin welcoming residents within a few weeks.

The St. Francis Commons project is the latest phase in development on the St. Luke health care campus. The campus consists of 15 acres and includes St. Luke Health Services, Bishop’s Commons Enriched Living Residence and Little Lukes Childcare Center.

Funding for construction of the $9.1 million assisted living program residence included an $8 million HEAL-NY grant through the state  Department of Health. Additional financing for the project has been made available through Operation Oswego County, the Oswego County Industrial Development Agency, the New York State Housing and Community Renewal and U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Community Development Block Grant Program, the City of Oswego’s Office of Community Development, Pathfinder Bank and the St. Luke-John Foster Burden Fund.

For information about resident application process, call St. Francis Commons at 326-0870, or visit them on the web at stfranciscommons.com.

Backus wants veteran ID fee suspended

Oswego County Clerk Michael C. Backus has joined several other clerks in New York state calling on Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Department of Motor Vehicles Commissioner Barbara Fiala to immediately suspend fees related to veterans seeking identification on a driver’s license.

Effective Oct. 3, any person who was a member of the Armed Forces and was honorably discharged can have their status as a veteran displayed on their photo documents by having the word “Veteran” printed on the upper left hand of the photo driver’s license.

Backus said this identification is beneficial to veterans when seeking discounts offered at many retail stores and restaurants.

The identification decal is free, but the state mandates veterans pay a $12.50 fee to make the transaction.

“Our office has been contacted several times by veterans seeking this kind of service and I strongly believe the state should offer this service at no fee as a thank-you to our veterans,” said Backus.

“Asking veterans to pay the $12.50 transaction fee to amend their driver’s license is simply unnecessary considering the sacrifice these folks have made for our country,” he said.

Veterans need to provide proof of an honorable discharge (U.S. Department of Defense Form DD-214 or DD-215 or Enlisted Separation Paper).

Veterans interested in having their status put on their driver’s license can do so at any one of Oswego County’s DMV offices located in Pulaski, Fulton and Oswego. The veteran’s status will be printed on all of the veteran’s future New York State DMV photo documents.

Additional information on the DMV requirements is available at dmv.ny.gov/armedforces.htm#vetstat.

Fulton Senior Dining and Activity Center

 

Sept. 16:

Macaroni and cheese with scalloped tomatoes, vegetable blend

Sept. 17:

Pork chop with gravy, stuffing and cook’s choice vegetables

Sept. 18:

Meatball sub with sauce, along with Italian blend vegetables

Sept. 19:

Chicken and biscuits with mashed potatoes, peas and carrots

Sept. 20:

Program closed

An activity begins daily at 11 a.m.; lunch is served at noon in the community room at the Fulton Municipal Building, 141 S. First St.

For reservations, call Eileen at 592-3408. Please call 24 hours in advance.

The center is operated by Oswego County Opportunities, a private, nonprofit 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 services throughout 80 locations. For more information, visit oco.org.

Senior News

Volney seniors enjoy state fair trip

By Alma Bowering, Volney Senior Citizens

Our first meeting of September was a beautiful sunny day and 46 of us made it to our meeting at noon.

As usual, there were so many dishes of food and they were all so good.

We have four new members: Carolyne Shoults, Gladys Daniels, Cindy Garrett and John Haney. Welcome aboard, folks.

Our birthday folks are Gladys Daniels, Pete Falanza and Jim Secor. Pete and Barb Falanga celebrate their 54th wedding anniversary this month. Great job, kids!

Madelyn Williams won the 50-50 drawing.

The trip to the State Fair was a super day. There is so much to see, and the food is great, especially the bloomin’ onion.

The shows in the Coliseum are fun to watch. The animals are all in top-notch shape. They just shine.

Sept. 19 we have a trip to the Cortland Country Music Park to see Loretta Lynn and Charlie Pride, performed by Donna Minnoe, Terry Grimes and the Mystics.

Rachel Baglia from the Oswego Health Center was here to educate people about falling.

If you fall, you should get up very slowly, if you can get up at all.

Did you know more than half of all falls occur in the home? Among older adults, falls are the number one cause of fractures, hospital admissions for trauma, loss of independence and injury deaths. So take care and do not have any falls.

Nov. 20 will be our Thanksgiving dinner at Bristol Hill Church at noon. See you there.

A person can succeed at almost anything for which he has unlimited enthusiasm.

Granby Center Seniors plan chicken barbecue, share laughs

By Emma Martin, Secretary of Granby Center Seniors

We had a beautiful day for our Sept. 5 meeting. We had 42 members.

It seemed so good to see our many friends. Kathy Wood won cards.

Pat Fontano won our 50-50 drawing. Our chaplain, Ruth Sheldon, said our prayer and we all pledged allegiance to our beautiful flag.

We had a delicious luncheon with awesome desserts! I still think we should eat the desserts first while we still have room for them instead of before eating the good food.

President Larry Flora opened the meeting with a couple of cute jokes. It was nice to have a good laugh.

Carrie Palmer, membership lady, read birthdays and anniversaries. She is recuperating from another fall. We told her to try to keep her feet under her.

Secretary Martin had to apologize for not having past reports straightened up to read them. Treasurer Estelle Holmes read the treasurer report.

President Flora talked about our chicken barbecue Oct. 3. You have to sign up and pay before then. We will have an entertainment of music for our Sept. 19 meeting. We hope our seniors can make a good showing!

Kitchen committee for Sept. 19 will be Kathy Wallace, Sandy Palmeteso, Joyce Gleason, Nancy and Larry Flora.

On Oct. 3, the kitchen committee will be Carrie Palmer, Augie Loomis, Percy Marcino, Joan Taylor and Marge Walsh.