Category Archives: Seniors

Springside residents knitting skills benefits local groups

A group of Springside at Seneca Hill residents have recently formed a knitting club and through their hobby are supporting several local organizations. From the left are Arlene Townsend, Mary Regan, Lorraine Nash, Sharon Figiera, Mille McCann and Beula White. Missing from the photo were Fran Jasak, Barb Erwin, Dora Kimball, Harriett Swartz, Sue Taft, Joan Taber and Kay Vermilyea.
A group of Springside at Seneca Hill residents have recently formed a knitting club and through their hobby are supporting several local organizations. From the left are Arlene Townsend, Mary Regan, Lorraine Nash, Sharon Figiera, Mille McCann and Beula White. Missing from the photo were Fran Jasak, Barb Erwin, Dora Kimball, Harriett Swartz, Sue Taft, Joan Taber and Kay Vermilyea.

It’s knit one, purl two and much more for a group of Springside at Seneca Hill residents that have found a way to enjoy a hobby that also benefits others.

Sharon Figiera and Lorraine Nash, who live at Springside, Oswego Health’s retirement facility for active seniors, started their knitting group after coming into some yarn.

At the time, Figiera also thought it would be a great way to keep some hands nimble.

“I am a retired nurse and I’ve heard some of my fellow residents say they used to knit, but it now hurt their hands,” she explained. “So I thought the club would be a good way to start them knitting again as well as a way to exercise, move muscles and improve dexterity.”

It could be said that Figiera believes that knitting heals. Not so long ago she once again located her knitting needles and found it comforting as she recovered from a serious illness.

Soon, Figiera and Nash had 10 other Springside women knitting alongside them in Springside’s library each week.

After a few months of knitting, what to do with all their handmade hats, mittens, scarves and other items was never a problem.

Through the Village of Hannibal’s Christmas Bureau, they provided mittens, hats and scarves to some 168 families.

Sixth grade students at Volney Elementary School who visit Springside regularly were all given their own small hand-knit stocking during the holidays.

The sale of some of their knitted goods allowed the group to donate money to charities. The knitters supported the jail ministry with new Bibles at the Oswego County Jail and the Food Bank of Central New York in this manner.

“I just feels good to contribute,” Nash said.

During their knitting gatherings, they not only share needles and yarn but a few stories too. “We share a lot of memories and have some pretty good discussions,” Nash said.

Fulton YMCA offers ‘Silver Splash’ class

Fulton YMCASilver Splash is a class for the active older adult designed to enhance each individual’s quality of life and daily function.

Silver Splash utilizes the physical properties of water to enhance agility, range of motion, and cardiovascular conditioning. No swimming ability is required.

The instructor, Cindy Gorea, who currently teaches a “Muscle Strength and Range of Motion Class,” will be offering her Silver Splash classes Monday, Wednesday and Fridays from 8 to 9 a.m., beginning Jan. 7 at the Fulton YMCA.

Class takes place in the YMCA’s heated indoor pool. Gorea will lead participants through cardio movements such as walking, jogging, kicking, cross-country ski movements and jumping jacks.

The outcomes and benefits of taking this class may help with increased cardio vascular endurance, increased flexibility and increased muscle strength and toning.

Those seeking more information may call the Fulton YMCA at 598-9622.

Members of the community may join the residents and staff at Bishop’s Commons for their annual holiday open house tomorrow, Dec. 9 from 1 to 3 p.m. Pictured are Activities Assistant Peg LiVoti and Resident Wally Auser.

Bishop’s Commons to hold holiday open house tomorrow

Bishop’s Commons
Members of the community may join the residents and staff at Bishop’s Commons for their annual holiday open house tomorrow, Dec. 9 from 1 to 3 p.m. Pictured are Activities Assistant Peg LiVoti and Resident Wally Auser.

Members of the community may join the residents and staff at Bishop’s Commons for their annual holiday open house tomorrow, Dec. 9 from 1 to 3 p.m.

“This annual event allows an opportunity for our residents to invite family and friends and the public to a special holiday gathering where everyone can meet, mingle, enjoy great music and delicious foods, in a festive atmosphere,” said Senior Living Coordinator Julie Chetney.

This year’s event will include Paul Modafferi. The Syracuse native has been entertaining audiences across Central New York for over 40 years.

Known for his talents on the guitar, saxophone, and percussion, Modafferi’s repertoire includes a wide variety of songs from American Standards to country and pop favorites made famous by such artists as Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett Neil Diamond, Johnny Cash and Elvis.

He is currently working on the release of this first CD of original songs.

The show will begin at 1:30 p.m. in the Grand Dining Room of Bishop’s Commons. Tours will be available of the residence throughout the afternoon.

The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

Salvation Army officer to speak at RSVP volunteer orientation

The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program, a division of SUNY Oswego’s Office of Business and Community Relations, will hold a volunteer orientation for retired or semi-retired adults Wednesday, Dec. 12.

The 2 p.m. session will take place in the Oswego Salvation Army’s community room, 73 W. Second St.

RSVP staff members Ellen Wahl and Tracie Wallace will conduct the orientation, along with guest speaker Cathy Major, a co-captain of the Oswego Salvation Army, who will provide an overview of the Salvation Army’s volunteer needs and program services.

The Oswego Salvation Army is one of more than 100 partnering agencies and programs collaborating with RSVP to bring needed services to and enhance quality of life for Oswego County residents.

The purpose of RSVP is to encourage older Americans and nonprofit agencies to mutually benefit from the experience of retirees.

Those who are retired or considering retirement and are wondering, “What is there to do?” or who feel that they want to give back but don’t know where to turn may benefit from this session, organizers said.

In addition to recruiting, placing and supporting volunteers, RSVP offers Mature Living, a bimonthly newsletter with news and information both national and local in scope and of interest to older Americans.

For more information, to sign up for the orientation session or to receive Mature Living, contact RSVP at 312-2317 or rsvp@oswego.edu.

RSVP has served Oswego County since 1973. The program has been at the forefront of the productive aging movement, launching programs that answer critical needs and help strengthen Oswego County, such as tax aides, “6 Steps to Better Balance,” the Osteo Bone Builders Program and more.

Pictured taking part in the St. Francis Commons Assisted Living Residence groundbreaking ceremony on the St. Luke healthcare campus in Oswego are, from left, Brian Bullard of Schopfer Architects, designers of Sr. Francis Commons; Jeremy Gracey of the Hayner Hoyt Corporation, project general contractor; Stephanie Andrews, representing New York State Senator Patty Ritchie; St. Luke Board of Directors Vice President Brian Caswell; Terrence Gorman, CEO and administrator of St. Luke; Oswego Mayor Tom Gillen; Karen Murray, executive director of St. Francis Commons; Board of Directors member Janet Rebeor; Jennifer Cook, representing New York State Assemblyman Will Barclay; Juanita Williams, representing the governor’s office; Mary Vanouse, director of Oswego Office of Community Development; and St. Luke Board of Directors member Mike Pollock.

Construction of St. Francis Commons Assisted Living Residence underway

St. Francis Commons
Pictured taking part in the St. Francis Commons Assisted Living Residence groundbreaking ceremony on the St. Luke healthcare campus in Oswego are, from left, Brian Bullard of Schopfer Architects, designers of Sr. Francis Commons; Jeremy Gracey of the Hayner Hoyt Corporation, project general contractor; Stephanie Andrews, representing New York State Senator Patty Ritchie; St. Luke Board of Directors Vice President Brian Caswell; Terrence Gorman, CEO and administrator of St. Luke; Oswego Mayor Tom Gillen; Karen Murray, executive director of St. Francis Commons; Board of Directors member Janet Rebeor; Jennifer Cook, representing New York State Assemblyman Will Barclay; Juanita Williams, representing the governor’s office; Mary Vanouse, director of Oswego Office of Community Development; and St. Luke Board of Directors member Mike Pollock.

Construction of the St. Francis Commons Assisted Living Program Residence in Oswego is underway.

When open, St. Francis Commons will be the only senior care residence in Oswego County offering licensed Assisted Living Program services and amenities.

A ground-breaking ceremony was held to formally launch the construction project. The new assisted living residence is to be located on the five-acre St. Luke health-care campus on the eastside of the City of Oswego, in a residential neighborhood adjacent to Charles E. Riley Elementary School. St. Luke Health Services, Bishop’s Commons Enriched Living Residence and Little Lukes Childcare Center are also located on the health-care campus.

The cost of the project is expected to total $9.1 million. Construction of the 36,000 square foot, single-story assisted living program residence is made possible by an $8 million Healthcare Efficiency and Affordability Law of New York State (HEAL NY) grant administered by the New York State Department of Health and Dormitory Authority.

Additional financing for the project has been made available through Pathfinder Bank, Operation Oswego County, the Oswego County Industrial Development Agency, the City of Oswego’s Office of Community Development and the St. Luke-John Foster Burden Fund.

“The new residence will accommodate sixty individuals in both private and semi-private rooms. St. Francis Commons will provide supportive housing and home care services to individuals who are medically eligible for placement in a nursing facility but whose needs can be met in a less restrictive and lower cost residential setting,” said Greg Osetek, director of community relations at St. Luke.

St. Francis Commons will accept private payment, Medicaid, private insurance reimbursement and Supplemental Security Income. The intent, said Osetek, is to offer the Oswego County area access to a level of care and accommodations that are both affordable and able to meet the care needs of those to be served.

Construction of the assisted living residence is expected to be completed by the fall of next year.

Medicare options for 2013 to be discussed

Residents who want to learn more about changes in Medicare are encouraged to attend the next Caregiver Educational Session sponsored by the Oswego County Office for the Aging.

Sara Sunday, aging services specialist, will speak about Medicare options for 2013 from 11 a.m. to noon Tuesday, Nov. 20 in the administrative conference room on the second floor of the Oswego County Office Complex, 70 Bunner St., Oswego.

There will be a short presentation with informal discussion and a question and answer session. There is no charge to participate.

Visitors should use the Oswego County Health Department entrance and follow the signs to the elevator.

The Dec. 18 session will be an overview of services provided by the Office for the Aging.

Those seeking information may call Margaret Waters at 349-8691.

National Expert on prevention of falls to train RSVP instructors

SUNY Oswego’s Retired and Senior Volunteer Program will hold a falls-prevention workshop Tuesday, Oct. 2 for volunteers interested in providing instruction for a better-balance exercise regimen.

Dr. Betty Perkins-Carpenter, a national expert on prevention of falls, will conduct the six-hour train-the-trainer session at First United Methodist Church, 5306 Church St. in Mexico.

Prerequisite for the training is a background in physical education or experience with senior fitness and exercise. Class size is limited and registration should be made by Tuesday, Sept. 25 by contacting 312-2317 or rsvp@oswego.edu.

Perkins-Carpenter has made a career of teaching people to stay physically fit, safe and secure in their daily activities.

Author of “How to Prevent Falls: Better Balance, Independence and Energy in 6 Simple Steps,” Perkins-Carpenter focuses on helping older adults maintain and reclaim their balance through a series of fun and easy-to-do activities.

She teaches her Six-Step Balance System to health care professionals, adult caregivers and interested older adults.

In the train-the-trainer course, RSVP volunteers will learn each of the steps and associated activities: exercises for stretching in bed, balance, ball handling, walking, talking on the phone, “The Slump” and “Dancing with a Pillow.”

Once trained, instructors will receive follow-up from RSVP to hear about their success stories and any needed help.

RSVP is a federal initiative of the Corporation for National and Community Service, locally sponsored by SUNY Oswego and the United Way.

Those seeking more information may contact RSVP at 312-2317 or rsvp@oswego.edu.

Carol Miller, sector coordinator and instructor with SUNY Oswego RSVP’s Osteo Bone Builders program, lifts hand weights used in the exercise and education program for those wishing to mitigate the effects of osteoporosis. RSVP will conduct a daylong instructor training session Sept. 27 at First United Methodist Church in Mexico.

RSVP to offer instructor training for Osteo Bone Builders program

Carol Miller, sector coordinator and instructor with SUNY Oswego RSVP’s Osteo Bone Builders program, lifts hand weights used in the exercise and education program for those wishing to mitigate the effects of osteoporosis. RSVP will conduct a daylong instructor training session Sept. 27 at First United Methodist Church in Mexico.

SUNY Oswego’s Retired and Senior Volunteer Program will conduct a volunteer training session Thursday, Sept. 27, for the Osteoporosis Bone Builders program. The training, set for 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., will take place at First United Methodist Church, 4372 Church St. in Mexico.

The instructor training is free and lunch will be provided. Class size is limited and the deadline for registration is Thursday, Sept. 20.

Virginia Gilbert, a retired RSVP director from the Albany area, will conduct the daylong session. She is now a consultant for the implementation of the Bone Builders program nationwide.

Bone Builders is a peer-led program of exercise and education for the control of osteoporosis. Helping people control osteoporosis through weight-bearing exercise led by volunteer instructors is one of many volunteer opportunities offered through RSVP.

A prerequisite for the training is a background in physical education or experience with senior fitness and exercise. Prospective instructors are encouraged to visit a current Bone Builders site.

RSVP held its initial training for Bone Builders instructors in May 1999, and the program has grown to 25 sites, 67 instructors and more than 400 participants. Research scientists at Tufts University in Boston developed the prototype for Bone Builders with support from the Massachusetts Department of Health and the National Osteoporosis Foundation.

In her book “Strong Women Stay Young,” Dr. Miriam Nelson reported, “After a year of strength training twice a week, women’s bodies were 15 to 20 years more youthful. They had less fat and more muscle; bone loss was prevented or reversed; their strength and energy increased dramatically; and they showed surprising gains in balance and flexibility. No other program — whether diet, medication or aerobic exercise — has ever achieved comparable results.”

RSVP, sponsored locally by SUNY Oswego and the United Way, enables people ages 55 and older to remain productive through volunteerism.

In each county, RSVP, a federal initiative of the Corporation for National and Community Service, assists nonprofit agencies by recruiting, placing and supporting volunteers.

Those seeking to register for the training session, to receive RSVP’s bimonthly Mature Living newsletter or for more information, may contact RSVP at 312-2317 or rsvp@oswego.edu.