Energy seminar for seniors May 30

Submitted by Oswego County

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.

Backus named Woman of Distinction

Jane Backus of Mexico was selected as state Sen. Patricia Ritchie’s 2014 Woman of Distinction from the 48th Senate District. She was honored recently at a special ceremony at the State Capitol. A retired English teacher, Backus taught seniors and sophomores at both Ogdensburg Free Academy and Mexico Academy and Central Schools for more than 25 years.  Today, she is an extremely active member of her community, volunteering her time with many organizations that aim to better the Central New York region.  Backus was one of more than two dozen women nominated for the program who were recognized at a ceremony held earlier this month at Watertown’s Roswell P. Flower Memorial Library. For more information on this year’s honorees, go to www.ritchie.nysenate.gov.
Jane Backus of Mexico was selected as state Sen. Patricia Ritchie’s 2014 Woman of Distinction from the 48th Senate District. She was honored recently at a special ceremony at the State Capitol. A retired English teacher, Backus taught seniors and sophomores at both Ogdensburg Free Academy and Mexico Academy and Central Schools for more than 25 years. Today, she is an extremely active member of her community, volunteering her time with many organizations that aim to better the Central New York region. Backus was one of more than two dozen women nominated for the program who were recognized at a ceremony held earlier this month at Watertown’s Roswell P. Flower Memorial Library. For more information on this year’s honorees, go to www.ritchie.nysenate.gov.

Harborfest seeks volunteers

Harborfest is seeking volunteers for the July festival.

Each year, more than 400 volunteers are needed to put on the four-day, admission free festival. There are a variety of positions available, from trolley hosts to children’s activities assistants to merchandise assistants — there is something for everyone.

“Harborfest is a great opportunity to give back to the community by giving your time,” said Marta Santiago, a member of the Harborfest board of directors.

The festival is also looking for new park managers. If you would like to be a park manager, please indicate so on your volunteer application. There will be a screening and interview process conducted for all those interested.

Previous volunteers will be receiving applications in the mail within the next week.

If you have not volunteered before, applications are available on the Harborfest website, www.oswegoharborfest.com, or by stopping in the Harborfest offices in the McCrobie Building at 41 Lake St., Oswego.

For more information, call the Harborfest Volunteer Office at 343-3733, or email questions to volunteer@oswegoharborfest.com.

Fulton’s Senior Dining Center menu for week of June 2

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.

June class will focus on training concerning senior falls

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 dwert@oco.org.

Volunteers should contact the RSVP office at 312-2317 or via e-mail at rsvp@oswego.edu.

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.”

We’re giving away tickets to ‘Stomp Out Stigma’

Free Prize Giveaway

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The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention will host a fun fundraiser event at the American Foundry in Oswego on May 31 at 6 p.m.

Send us your favorite inspirational quote that you think of when times are hard for a chance to win two free tickets to this fun night of dancing and live music. And there will be a live auction featuring two second row tickets to the Brad Paisley concert this summer at the New York State Fair. Comment on this post, on The Valley News’ Facebook page, or on Today’s CNY Woman’s Facebook page with your quote and we’ll choose a winner.

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