The Sewing Group that meets at the Putnam Valley Friendship Center wanted to find a new idea to do something to give back to the community. Since all of the seniors love their pets, an idea came into play. In the past, this group has made many pillows which were given out during the holidays to our homebound seniors. Making these pillows gave the Putnam Valley Sewing Group so much joy. The group is aware of the needs of the Putnam County Humane Society and thought they could give joy to some of the animals housed at the Humane Society and thought that making dog toys would fit the bill. What they are doing is taking old T-shirts, cutting them into strips and then braiding the strips into dog toys. The group has been asking for donations of the T-shirts from the seniors who attend the Friendship Center and families. As you can see in the picture, they are having a great time doing this together and hope to be able to donate our toys for the Holiday Season.
“Our Boots Are Made For Walking” at the Office for Senior Resource’s New Senior Walking Club
The seniors at the Putnam County Friendship Centers enjoy various daily activities such as bingo, cards, exercise classes and socializing with each other. This is something that the summer interns working at the Office for Senior Resources are learning. As part of the County Executive’s P.I.L.O.T. program, the Office for Senior Resources were assigned four interns. One of the interns, Elizabeth Stasiak, was speaking with a group of senior at the Carmel Friendship Center, and she asked the question, “If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go?” One senior simply answered, “Outside.” Elizabeth began thinking about what she could do and came up with the idea of starting a walking club. After conferring with her advisor, Elizabeth created the “Senior Walking Club” and it has been so well received, that the interns at the Mahopac and Putnam Valley Friendship Centers have expanded the club to include the seniors at those centers. Elizabeth, along with Carmel’s other intern, Meredith Jennings, enjoys getting the seniors outside and walking.
Something as simple as a daily walk can help you live a healthier life because it is beneficial for both the mind and the body. Weather permitting, the Walking Clubs meet every morning that the centers are open. The group members go out and walk, at their own pace, for approximately twenty minutes. They enjoy soaking in the sun, embracing the nice weather and chatting with one another while they walk. Not even walkers and canes can hold them back.
Rosemary Homyak from Carmel said, “I enjoy it! My doctor wants me to walk five days a week. I’m not really a walker, but I actually look forward to coming here and walking!” Another senior from the Carmel Center, Margaret Shultz, said, “I like walking in general. I like everybody going out together and I usually do two laps. I always look forward to it.”
Marie Broughton, who attends the Mahopac Center, enjoys going out every morning with the club. She states, “Walking is very good for you and is a great form of exercise. I look forward to walking because I know I am not alone and there is always a group of us out there.” Marie completes a half a mile of walking every morning, with her walker! She is always one of the first ones to ask if we are going out and really shows us that no obstacle is too much for her to handle.
Another senior at the Mahopac Center, Felicia Gruber, states that “Walking gets my heart pumping. I use to walk 5 miles with my husband every day; this is a great activity to keep me active and walking again.” Felicia walks about a mile every time the group goes outside.
The Walking Club at the Putnam Valley Friendship Center has been very successful too. The feedback received has been very positive. Participant Lilly Diaz says, “The program very enjoyable and therapeutic.” Miriam Mandell says that the program is “good exercise, good moods and good feelings.” She also feels the program gives her “a boost of energy I have not had before.” Another senior says “I love the program and the support I receive from my family for exercising daily, and I’m keeping healthy and young at heart”.
At the start, a majority of the seniors only walked a lap or two every morning. Now, they are all adding more and more laps each day. The seniors are excited about this new, positive adventure at the Friendship Centers! The walking, talking and laughing will continue all summer long.
GOLDEN MILE WALKERS : March of Dimes
The Retired Senior Volunteer Program, sponsored by the Putnam County Office for Senior Resources, held a “Golden Mile Walk” raising money for the March of Dimes.
On June 7th, thirty-two seniors from RSVP participated in the 22nd annual “Golden Mile Walk”. Seniors met at the William Koehler Senior Center then were transported to the bike trail in Mahopac to walk the “Golden Mile”. All participants were invited to stay for lunch; afterward they were thanked and congratulated for the contribution to a worthy cause.
The first place fundraiser was Anita Mooney who raised $414. Anita is a very active RSVP volunteer who gave a great deal of time generously collecting money from her friends, family, and neighbors. This is a cause very close to her heart. Second place fundraiser was Miriam Mandel who raised $164. Third place fundraiser was Karen Yurko who raised $150.
RSVP and Putnam March of Dimes extend many thanks to the RSVP walkers for raising $1,222. A special thanks to the Putnam County senior clubs for their generous donations. The contributions support the mission to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects and infant mortality. Premature birth is the leading cause of newborn death. One out of eight babies in the U.S. is born prematurely, and in nearly half these cases, the cause is unknown.
Please join us for our Annual Putnam County Senior Citizen Picnic
to be held at the Putnam County Veterans’ Memorial Park
Wednesday, June 1, 2016, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
This year’s theme: Luau
Food, Entertainment/Music, Dancing, 50/50 Raffle
We hope you can come and enjoy the fun. Be sure to wear your best Hawaiian attire!
George D’Alessandro of Carmel and Gloria Troy of Mahopac are the County’s 2016 Outstanding Volunteers, according to County Executive MaryEllen Odell. Both Mr. D’Alessandro and Ms. Troy were recognized by the County Executive and Director of Office for Senior Resources, Patricia Sheehy, at the R.S.V.P. Luncheon held on May 6, 2016 at the Putnam County Golf Course. Then each were accompanied to ceremonies in Albany by the Director of Senior Resources, Patricia Sheehy, where they were recognized by the State Office for the Aging Acting Director, Greg Olsen, for the value to their communities at the Senior of the Year Recognition Event held on May 10, 2016 at the The Egg, in the Hart Pavilion located in Albany, New York.
“Both Mr. D’Alessandro and Ms. Troy demonstrate on a daily basis how Putnam County Senior Citizens enrich the lives of others when they volunteer their time and skills,” declares Director Sheehy.
George D’Alessandro is an enthusiastic man who spreads his positive attitude everywhere he volunteers. Since 2012, George has been a Senior Fitness Instructor for Putnam County Seniors volunteering his time several days a week at the Carmel and Mahopac Senior Friendship centers. As a Senior Fitness Volunteer Instructor, George helps many people improve themselves physically and has shown seniors that fitness can be fun. His classes are always full and the seniors feel that he makes a big difference in their lives. George has been volunteering his time since the 1950’s showing his commitment to making a difference in the lives of others. Through the years, he has been a coach for many baseball and basketball teams. George founded the Kent Day Camp and started many children’s programs such as the gymnastic program, a kickball league, little league baseball, a softball league and flag football. Beginning in the 1980’s and continuing until just a few years ago, George started and ran after school intramural sports programs for parochial schools and was a faculty consultant for the school newspaper. George continues to write a sports column for local newspapers.
Gloria Troy has volunteered and served for many volunteer efforts. Gloria has volunteered for many organizations. Presently she volunteers at the William Koehler Senior Center in Mahopacand is the Activity Leader for the RSVP Sewing Group, a group that sews cancer pads for patients. She also heads up the knitting group that knits baby hats and shawls for wheelchair patients. At the center, she calls BINGO keeping the game lively for the seniors. Gloria volunteers her time at the Mahopac Library continuing her knitting for babies and wheelchair patients. As an RSVP Wellness Ambassador, she visits nursing homes. Gloria has been a bell ringer to help raise funds for the Salvation Army. As well, she has volunteered her time at the Eagle Eye II Thrift Store cataloging and selling items to raise funds for the Putnam Hospital. Gloria has walked the RSVP Golden Mile to raise funds for the March of Dimes. Gloria is also very compassionate towards her neighbors and keeps an eye out for them. People say that Gloria is a person who works selflessly to help her community.
We congratulate these two outstanding Seniors for the invaluable contributions to our community of Putnam County.
D.A. & SHERIFF WARN AGAINST SCAM IRS CALLS: —SENIOR CITIZENS AMONG THOSE TARGETED—
CARMEL, NEW YORK – APRIL 27, 2016: Putnam County District Attorney Robert Tendy and Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith are warning area residents to be on guard against an IRS tax collection scam that has bilked victims throughout the nation. In recent days, several Putnam County residents have reported that they have received bogus calls from con artists identifying themselves as IRS officials and demanding payments of money for taxes. Many of those targeted by the thieves are senior citizens.
In the scam, imposters pretending to be from the IRS or another agency telephone people and claim they owe taxes. The callers typically say that the persons must pay immediately or else face the loss of their driver’s license or business license, face deportation or go to jail.
The callers may alter, or “spoof,” caller ID services to make it look like they are calling from the actual agency. Scammers often research their targets online to pick up some personal details about them, such as their age and the names of other family members, to make the intended victim believe they have official access to their tax records. Callers may use official IRS titles and give out a badge number to identify themselves.
Scammers usually demand that the targeted person pay through an online service or by using an untraceable cash or debit card, often directing victims to a bank or convenience store to make the payment through a wire service such as Western Union.
More recently, tax scammers have gone beyond using the phone. Late last summer, the IRS warned that the con artists are copying official IRS letterhead to contact victims through email or regular mail. In another twist, the thieves provide a real IRS address and tell the victim to mail the receipt for the payment to the agency.
. . . SCAM IRS CALLS
The scam has been occurring across the nation for about two years. According to published reports, hundreds of thousands of scam contacts have occurred nationwide and thousands of victims have been collectively scammed out of millions of Dollars.
The IRS recommends that the best way of dealing with the thieves is to just hang up the phone. According to the IRS, real agents will not contact taxpayers by phone without first sending a written tax bill in the mail. Furthermore, the IRS does not demand immediate payment of owed taxes. The IRS also will not demand just one kind of specific payment and does not threaten to call in the local police for nonpayment of taxes.
The IRS advises taxpayers that the best defense against IRS scammers is to know your own tax situation. If a taxpayer filed a tax return that was accepted by the IRS, and even received a refund, any tax dispute would be about specific income items or deductions, and the IRS would contact the taxpayer by mail. If that has not happened, a taxpayer’s tax status is not an issue.
In addition to the IRS guidance, Sheriff Smith offered a general reminder to residents that they should never give out personal financial information to callers over the phone or send money to strangers. District Attorney Tendy said that any perpetrators of the scams would be prosecuted vigorously. ###
In response to the weather conditions that are currently impacting the county, Putnam County will be closing all Senior Centers and Senior Programs today, Friday, February 5. This includes medical transportation and adult daycare.
All public transportation fixed routes is on limited service, snow routes on major roads only until further notice. Prekindergarten and Early Intervention Transportation is cancelled as centers are closed for the day. The Croton Falls Shuttle is running with minor delays.
We apologize and expect that as the storm passes that conditions will improve. We will be closely monitoring the conditions and restore service as conditions improve.
All other County operations will operate on our normal schedule.
All senior operations will resume their normal schedule on Monday, Feb. 8.
Audio Recording URL: http://jic.nyalert.gov/Public/
Odell Supports Search for Outstanding Senior Citizens
Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell is supporting Director of the Office for Senior Resources, Patricia Sheehy, and the Putnam County Senior Citizens Advisory Board as they seek nominations for this year’s SENIOR CITIZEN OF THE YEAR AWARD.
“We are fortunate to have a very active senior population,” said Odell. “Selecting one man and one woman from among so many seniors who do so much to make a difference and enhance the lives of Putnam residents will be an exciting challenge.”
This year’s nominating theme is “Recognizing Seniors Who Demonstrate the Power of Making a Difference through Civic Engagement.”
Candidates must be 60 years of age or older and residents of Putnam County.
Two seniors from each of New York’s counties will be honored at a luncheon on May 10 in Albany. Putnam’s winners will also be honored at the annual Putnam County Senior Volunteer Ceremony this spring.
Nominations should be made on an official form which can be obtained from the Office for Senior Resources or downloaded from their website: http://www.putnamcountyny.com/osr.
Completed nomination forms must be received by Friday, February 12, 2016. Forms may be mailed to: Senior Award, Putnam County Office for Senior Resources, 110 Old Rt. 6, Building No. 1, Carmel, NY 10512 or faxed to (845) 808-1942 or emailed to: email@example.com.
Employees of federal, state, county, or local municipalities who provide services to senior citizens are not eligible to be nominated. Previous recipients of this award are also ineligible.
For more information or to request a nomination form, please call the Putnam County Office for Senior Resources at (845) 808-1700.
Click here to download the
Senior of the Year Nomination Form 2016
The Foster Grandparent Program of Westchester Community Opportunity Program, Inc. is expanding its outreach efforts and is interested in attracting additional volunteers. This program provides valuable assistance to children with special and exceptional needs in an academic setting. The Foster Grandparent volunteers serve one-on-one as tutors and mentors to young people throughout the six counties of Westchester, Putnam, Dutchess, Sullivan, Ulster, and Orange. This program is funded primarily by the Corporation for National and Community Service. Additional funding is provided by the New York State Office for Aging and Westchester County Department of Senior Programs and Services.
The Foster Grandparent volunteers are low-income senior citizens who must be a minimum of 55 years of age. They volunteer from 15 to 35 hours weekly and receive a tax-free hourly stipend as well as 48 days of paid time off including sick days . Additionally they are provided mileage reimbursement. Volunteer liability insurance, and an annual Recognition Luncheon honoring their service to the community.
Currently the Foster Grandparent program has over 200 seniors serving hundreds of children in numerous Head Start centers, elementary schools, and day care centers throughout many different cities and towns.
Nationally there are nearly 30,000 Foster Grandparents serving in 341 local projects. These participants provide service to more than 284,000 children with special and exceptional needs. The mission of the Corporation for National and Community Service is to improve lives, strengthen communities, and foster civic engagement through service and volunteering.
President Obama believes that we, as Americans, have a responsibility to help our communities and fellow citizens. In summoning a new spirit of service, he is calling on us to make an enduring commitment to our neighborhoods.
Sign up today and share your love, time and experience. You have the power to help a child who needs you!!! If you are interested in becoming a Foster Grandparent volunteer or just need more information, please call 914-592-5600 ext. 114 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.