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Where work meets fun Our Farm a labor of couple’s love of the land By Jennifer Wing Jimmy and Janine Golub’s love of the land has inspired them to share the 76 acres that they call home with others. Twenty-five years ago the couple started Our Farm with a hayride and petting zoo. “We moved here in 1982 from Vermont,” Jimmy said of their home, located on Peth Road in Manlius. Originally a resident of Metropolitan New York, the former city boy “decided at 12 that I wanted to be a farmer.” His parents, were supportive of that desire, and he went to State University of New York College of Agriculture and Technology at Cobleskill and the University of Vermont, where he received a degree in plant science. It was at Cobleskill that he met Janine, a native of Trumansburg, near Ithaca, who was studying ornamental horticulture. After marrying, the couple gained farming experience and owned horses, so when Jimmy, who is an artificial insemination technician (A.I. Technician) for dairy cows, was offered and accepted Central New York as his territory, they knew they wanted to buy a farm. And so they “bought the farm” and settled into daily life with their family. That family includes daughters, Natalie, 26, and Ginger,

23, now graduates of Cazenovia High School and Cornell University. Natalie, who received her master’s degree at Harvard, is employed in digital media for Barnes and Noble, having recently left a similar post at Sesame Street. Ginger, whose field is global health, has been in Kenya for more than a year on a Fulbright Scholarship. “She has been involved with AIDS awareness and prevention through dance,” Jimmy said. The couple are obviously proud of their children’s accomplishments and praised the quality of education they received. “The Cazenovia School District is great,” Jimmy said. Life of a farmer In his rounds as an A.I. Technician, Jimmy has gone to many member dairies. “I have built relationships with all the farmers in the area,” he said. “Dairy farming is a hard life, and you have to be smart to do well. It’s hard to make ends meet when someone else determines the price of milk.” The beginning It was when their children were very young that See Our Farm on page 3

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We recently returned from a trip to Puerto Rico – a lush U.S. territory bordered by white sand beaches drenched in the turquoise waters of the Caribbean to the south and the Atlantic Ocean to the north. My husband spoke at a conference last month at the El Conquistador Resort in Fajardo, and I tagged along on the trip. The hotel – part of the Waldorf Astoria collection – did not disappoint. With everything from a casino to a waterpark, it caters to all tastes and agendas. The highlight, however, is the resort’s beach – located across blue-green waters on Palomino Island and accessible only by catamaran. Patrolled by iguanas, roosters and, on its rolling emerald hills, hermit crabs, the coral-speckled beach faces Little Palomino Island, a small oval of sand with a lonely cluster of palm trees that seemed pulled right from “Azul,” my canned screen saver at work. I found Puerto Rico to be a great destination for all ages, whether your idea of a fun vacation is relaxing on the beach, practicing your salsa dancing, scuba diving or sampling

Jimmy Golub displays pumpkins grown with the names of the first daughters.

both local and fine cuisine and refreshments. The trip was full of a lot of firsts, including my first successful snorkeling expedition and the first time I sat at a bar in a pool. The most significant first was that this was our first vacation without the children since my daughter’s birth more than eight years ago. It was tough, spending nine days without Cassidy and Jacob, but I felt it was an important step – for both us and them. For us, it was pure couple time. I won’t lie and say that we didn’t talk about the kids. We did – a lot. But there is something to be said for being able to hang out by the pool or at the beach without having to keep one eye open for sandthrowing or tots wandering too far See Puerto Rico on page 3

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Each year, 15,000 older adults in upstate New York are hospitalized as a result of injuries due to falls, according to a new Excellus BlueCross BlueShield report. Help avoid falls by taking some simple steps suggested by Excellus BCBS: Look out for home hazards including: 3 Clutter in walkways and on stairs. 3 Slippery or inconsistent floor surfaces, including area rugs and bath/shower mats. 3 Unstable furniture. 3 Poor or inadequate lighting, especially at night. 3 Pets and pet-related objects. 3 Lack of stair railings or grab bars. 3 Lack of easy access to bathrooms. Other considerations brought up by Excellus BCBS include: 3 Poor eyesight can increase the risk of falling, so annual eye exams and up-to-date prescription lenses are important. 3 Sensible and properly fitting shoes improve stability. 3 Weak muscles can increase the risk of falling, so staying active by walking and adopting an exercise regimen that promotes balance and movement, including Tai Chi or yoga, can be beneficial. 3 Adults should notify their physician if they experience problems walking, numbness in the legs or reactions to medications (dizziness or fatigue). These simple checks can help to keep healthy and avoid injury. Source: Excellus BlueCross BlueShield


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the couple first began to work in agritourism. “When Natalie was in preschool at Cazenovia College, we had her class come to visit the farm,” Janine said. The idea for the rest of the activities was something Jimmy “dreamed about but didn’t think I could pull off. We started in increments. One night, I drew up what I thought Our Farm could be. It’s actually pretty close to what it is now.” Their farm has now grown to include the petting zoo, a barn built in 2004 where education on milking and artificial insemination is given along with a wool display by the Golubs to groups who come to visit. Our Farm boasts a petting zoo, and the roster of animals on the farm includes two dogs, one cat, two goats, two sheep, a calf and four rabbits. There are also horse rides, hay rides, corn maze, a pumpkin catapult and, of course, pumpkin fields with many varieties of pumpkins. So, why pumpkins? Jennifer Wing “We first started out with The Golubs show off some of the pumpkins grown in their fields. strawberries, then sweet corn [as crops,]” Janine said. “The pumpkins didn’t come until later.” Jimmy said a friend first brought his pumpkins over to sell and they’d split the profits, but “that went so well, I thought, ‘Why don’t we grow pumpkins and sell them?’” The Golubs have managed to make a name for themselves with Our Farm, but it isn’t easy. Our Farm is only open in the month of October. The rest of the time it is simply the Golubs’ home. “There’s only room for so many agritourism farms,” he said. The Golubs seem to have settled nicely into theirs. For more information about Our Farm call 655-8453 or visit fallpumpkinfarm. com.

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into deep water. We danced at the resort’s nightclub, caught the action at the tables in the casino, toasted each other at meals in fine restaurants and tipped a few during the eternal “happy hour” to be found at the various poolside bars. For them, it was time with their grandmothers and grandfather. They continued their daily routines – going to school, playing in a football game, attending cheerleading practice, church school and the Monster Mash at school. It was learning they could cope in our absence, though hopefully they missed us a bit. I have to say, I learned a lot on the trip. We visited the El Yunque Rainforest, the only U.S. tropical rainforest. While there, we learned about its inhabitants, swam in a pool beneath a waterfall and heard about the delicate ecosystem from a knowledgeable tour guide. We spent a day in Old San Juan, visiting its two forts and walking along narrow streets of cobblestone lined with tall buildings featuring scrolled ironwork and brightly-colored exteriors. We passed by the Church of San Jose, where Juan Ponce de Leon was once buried. A moonlight boat tour of the nearby bioluminescent bay featured waters teeming with micro-organisms that glowed whenever the water is disturbed, leaving a trail of neon blue. In order to sample Puerto Rican cuisine we visited a local tavern and ate mofongo, a dish of mashed plantains, vegetables and chicken, beef or seafood served in a tall wooden bowl and topped with either a red sauce or a butter-garlic sauce. We also ate rice and beans, chicken and sauce, beef and sauce and a fried beef taco straight from a roadside stand. It was all comfort food at its best – cooked to perfection. Puerto Rico is associated with many different things, two of which spring immediately to mind – rum and parrots. We had plenty of the former but, other than a few fine feathered friends in our resort lobby, we saw no parrots in the wild. According to the El Yunque Rainforest’s website, “there are about 85 Puerto Rican Parrots birds left and they are all in the El Yunque rainforest and in the Rio Abajo Parrot program. The Puerto Rican Parrot Recovery program has had some success in increasing their numbers. There were only 20 birds left in 1989 after Hurricane Hugo.” It is sad that there are less than 100 parrots in the wild, but our tour guide was hopeful that their numbers would increase – witness the American Bald Eagle’s triumphant resurgence. When I think of Puerto Rico I think of its friendly people, bright skies, sand and sea, music in the air – both salsa and that of the coqui frog, delicious food, plentiful rum and sangria and a lush landscape that needs to be protected. Ponce de Leon, in searching for the fountain of youth, was said to have discovered Florida instead. It would seem that, in becoming governor of Puerto Rico, he found his own paradise on this jewel of an isle. I know I found mine, if only for a spell. Mofongo is a dish of mashed plantains, vegetables and chicken, beef or seafood served in a tall wooden bowl. Jennifer Wing

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2010 Corn Maze: The Ice Cream Cone

The theme for Our Farm’s maze in 2010 was the ice cream cone. This coincided with the appearance of Jerry Greenfield, of Ben & Jerry’s, in the middle of October. All through the many paths, signs offered interesting facts about ice cream, while giving clues as to which way to turn to solve the maze. The favorable growing season has produced a good stand this year.


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What is a Reverse Mortgage? Seniors, maturing baby boomers receive payments from their home’s equity By Linda VanMarter

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✓ Obtaining in-home healthcare ✓ Paying for prescription medications ✓ Supplementing retirement income ✓ Paying for grandchildren’s educational expenses ✓ Purchasing an annuity However you choose to use the income, a reverse mortgage provides the freedom to do so without added financial stress. Most seniors over 62 years of age simply do not want to move. Senior homeowners generally choose reverse mortgages so that they can remain in their current home. Several key questions need to be explored in advance of obtaining a reverse mortgage: ✓ Is a reverse mortgage the best option versus a sale? ✓ Are my children able to assist me? ✓ Are my heirs concerned and informed about my decision to do a reverse mortgage? The best way to decide if a reverse

Make a ‘last ditch’ effort as winter approaches

As winter approaches, the garden is given a “last hurrah,� a phrase made popular from the title of Edwin O’Connor’s 1956 novel, or we make a “last ditch effort� to get something in the ground. “Last ditch� of course being the final “ditch� or trench in the last line of defense. You can still squeeze in the occasional bulb. A few crocuses in the lawn now and perhaps even try writing out a spring greeting in bulbs. It’s corny, but it works. Besides bulb planting, fall is also a great time put in some last minute perennials. Everything from lilies and peonies to lavender and rudbeckia can be planted now. Fall planting suits grapes and berries as well as Bleeding Hearts (Dicentra spectabilis), Astilbe, Tree Peonies, Chrysanthemums, Peonies, Shasta daisy and Aquilegia, Phlox, Lavender and Rudbeckia all do well planted late in the year. It will be best if you can get six weeks before the first hard freeze but many of these hardy plants will simply settle in for the winter with very little growth and then burst forth early next year. By contrast, perennials planted in the spring not only have to get over transplant shock but need to grow a new root system and if not properly “hardened off � from life in a greenhouse, may not even survive. You may even be able to pick up some late season bargains at nurseries and garden supply stores. After you’ve planted the perennials, be sure to water them. Depending upon the weather you may want to lightly water newly-planted perennials if you don’t get at least some rain every week before winter. Cover with a thick mulch and wait until spring. In early spring gently rake the mulch away from the perennials as they sprout. Most perennials do best in full sun or partial shade, but some, such as Astilbe and ferns, can grow in woodsy areas of deep shade. A nice advantage of tucking a few perennials and bulbs together now is that you can do it without cutting through a lot of vegetation and damaging established root systems. While most perennials can tolerate late fall planting, most ground covers don’t take well to fall planting and do better if planted in the spring. Azaleas and rhododendrons also often do better when planted in the spring. As you plant perennials think ahead for varieties that provide food for birds, such as Coreopsis grandiflora Echinacea or Coneflower, Gallardia, perennial sunflower Helianthus maximilliana, Liatris spicata, and Rudbeckia. So whether you look at this as the garden’s final hour or simply the end or last of the garden, the last brings us to lasting and what we do now at the garden’s last hour, your last ditch effort as it were, will give you lasting perennials for years to come.

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mortgage is for you is to compare it to the alternatives of selling your home or receiving financial help from elsewhere. Alternatives need to be explored, and may include re-financing or downsizing. Prior to applying for a Reverse Mortgage you will be required to speak to a HUD approved counseling agency. The primary reason for the counseling call is to make certain you fully understand the Reverse Mortgage Program and it is required by HUD. The counseling is to ensure that you understand that in lieu of making monthly payments, interest will be deferred and repaid when you no longer live in the home. Could a reverse mortgage be right for you or a loved one? Linda VanMarter is a branch manager with Guaranteed Home Mortgage Co., Inc., a Licensed Mortgage Banker, NYS Banking Dept, Equal Housing Lender. For a List of Counselors, Frequently Asked Questions and Key Points of a Reverse Mortgage, call Linda VanMarter at 452-5626.


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Estate planning for second marriages or unmarried couples In today’s day and age, many individuals are married more than once. This creates specific issues when considering estate planning. In some instances, when married for a second or third time, each spouse may have children from previous marriages and even some from their joint marriage. While this appears complicated, with proper planning, it can be simplified. A typical strategy to protect children from a previous marriage while still protecting your spouse is accomplished by providing for a trust at death, that enables the surviving spouse to benefit from the income and/or principal, at the discretion of the surviving spouse and someone independent to ensure it’s not abused. During the surviving spouse’s life, he or she could be entitled to the income

and/or principal which can terminate upon their death or, upon their remarriage or co‑habitation with another. The essential goal is to provide for their spouse but not for the spouse’s new “significant other”. At that point, or other time determined by you, the trust could terminate and distribute the remaining proceeds to the children from the previous marriage. In a situation like this, everyone wins. Another significant issue to consider

is planning for unmarried couples. In many cases, individuals live together for an extended period of time, but never marry, or may be unable to marry due to current laws. In these cases, the law is very restrictive as to how it applies, and treats both members of the couple as single. Often, the surviving partner has little or no legal right to make decisions for their deceased loved one. In fact, in many cases, they may be removed from a home, owned by the

deceased partner by his or her family. Proper planning, however, can ensure unmarried couples receive many, if not all, of the same benefits as married couples. For example, an unmarried couple can create a trust that provides their assets be utilized for their surviving “significant other” in a manner they describe, and at the remarriage or co‑habitation of the “significant See Estate on page 6

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Audibel Hearing Aids: Hear the world again Audibel Hearing Aids gives the hard of hearing of Central New York a chance to hear the world again. The owner, Guenther Schmid, has been in the hearing aid business in Central New York for 25 years and has three offices located in North Syracuse, Oneida, and Pulaski. The main office in North Syracuse accepts walk-ins as well as appointments in order to accommodate more people, said Joshua Miller, co-owner of Audibel Hearing Aids. The company currently treats over 8,500 patients in Central New York, he said. “Most people wait five to ten years before they come in to see us,” said Miller. “The sooner you come see us, the better for your hearing.” Audibel is celebrating 50 years of Anthem Hearing Aids, designed to perform in the most challenging listening situations and every lifestyle. Anthem Intelliflex Technology hearing aids solves the most common complaint from hearing instrument wearers: the annoying whistling referred to as feedback. Anthem’s Whistlefree Feedback Cancellation is proven to be the best feedback management system in the industry. It virtually eliminates buzzing and whistling. Do you have trouble in noisier surroundings hearing the voices around you? Anthem’s Superior Speech Locator filters out unwanted background noise to significantly improve your understanding of speech anywhere. Additionally, with Anthem’s ClassiFi EA (environmental adapatation), which recognizes and adapts smoothly to optimize different sound environments such as wind, speech, speech in noise, machine noise and other difficult

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other”, have the assets go back to the deceased partner’s family or to others, or one can elect to leave it outright to their “significant other”. In addition, a “significant other” or life partner cannot make legal or health care decisions for their partner. The law does not provide for it, and instead, often grants these privileges to family members. Proper planning often equalizes out the law for those the law does not provide for. The key element in both of these situations is planning. In the absence of planning, second marriages or relationships that are not solidified by a legal marriage, pose significant legal problems, before and after death, and often involve legal fights, high costs, frustration, and hurt. Proper planning can ensure you protect those you love, by ensuring what you have gets to whom you want, when you want, and the way that you want, while minimizing government, court and unwanted family interference. David J. Zumpano was born and raised in Central New York. He started the Law Offices of David J. Zumpano, remaining “of counsel” to his former firm. Since, his firm has grown 20-fold and is now known as the Estate Planning Law Center. The Estate Planning Law Center serves as a “model law firm” for hundreds of law firms across the country. In addition to his law firm, Zumpano owns and operates Medicaid Practice Systems, LLC, which has educated attorneys all over the United States on how to provide successful medicaid planning strategies to clients.




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Tip of the Month . . . Getting Educated about Cognitive Problems & Brain Health by Ellen Somers, Coordinator of Cognitive Health Services for The Centers at St. Camillus

In addition to the frustration older adults may experience when they are having milder forms of memory loss, they may also lose their motivation to initiate things that they used to enjoy. It’s not uncommon for family members to become frustrated when they see their loved one sitting around all day. It’s important to assist your loved one in finding ways to remain connected to others and to use their skills as much as possible. One way to accomplish both goals is to enroll your loved one in the “Stay Sharp: Serper at St. Camillus� program which is specifically designed for persons with mild cognitive impairment, regardless of the cause of their impairment. This

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Persons with progressive conditions, such as Alzheimer’s disease, sometimes experience behavioral difficulties that may pose challenges for their loved ones. There are many caregiver support groups available in our community through the Alzheimer’s Association, CNY Chapter. We offer a chapter-sponsored caregiver support group on the third Tuesday of every month from 5:30 – 6:30 PM. This meeting offers family members an opportunity to connect with others who have experienced similar issues and to mutually share successful strategies with each other.

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Piano & Organ Center is Upstate New York’s largest and most trusted piano and organ store. In business for more than 28 years, Piano & Organ Center is proud of their long commitment to promoting music education at all levels. With both group and private lesson programs for students of all ages, and a selection of music that is unsurpassed in the area, they offer something for every music taste. Have you always wanted to play piano, but never had the time, the room or the money to get started? Well, it is never too late! If your aim was to be a concert pianist, it probably is too late, but if you want to have fun, meet wonderful people and learn a song in a week, then call 800-326-5068 and get started. Classes start every week and fill up fast. The average age is 70 and the class size ranges from three to 15. No music background is necessary, only a strong desire to try something new and exciting. The fun is a bonus! Playing a piano, organ or keyboard can improve memory, encourage creativity, enhance motor skills and, as mentioned above, provide hours of just plain fun! Can’t sleep at night? Play with headphones and find how relaxing it can be. Your children and grandchildren will be amazed at your new-found enthusiasm. Give it a try! For only $19.95 for six weeks of group lessons, including all materials at Piano & Organ Center, Great Northern Mall, Clay, with its own outside entrance and parking just a short distance away. They routinely offer workshops and free concerts. Just leave your name, phone number and/or email address when you cvall 800-326-5068. Ask for Bob Carbone or Barb Cavellier and they will get you started. For more information visit You won’t regret it!

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Organized home care began more than a century ago and its essence has remained constant â&#x20AC;&#x201D; it improves the quality of life by enabling individuals to live with dignity and independence within the comfort and security of their own homes during times of illness, disability and recuperation. There are more than 7 million Americans ranging in age from newborns to the elderly that receive home care for both acute and long-term needs. By 2040, the number of Americans over the age of 80 will triple to 26.2 million. Thus, caring for sick Americans at home will continue to assume a significant place in our health care delivery system. Professionals delivering home care range from nurses, physical and occupational therapists, home health aides, dieticians, medical social workers to speech pathologists. For patients requiring home making and personal care services, home health and personal care aides are also available. Together, these professionals are able to deliver cost effective services by reducing hospital stays and preventing or delaying institutionalized care. The cost for delivering home care is paid for by a variety of private and public sources, including Medicare and Medicaid. To learn more about home care, please contact the Visiting Nurse Association of Central New York, Inc. at 476-3101.

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On Sept. 15, 2005, Kim Bermel’s husband died by suicide and her life ended as she knew it. When she finally found HOPE for Bereaved five months later, her life began again. “My husband committed suicide. It was pretty unexpected,” Bermel said. “Even though I should have known what to do and how to feel, I really did not have any idea of how I was supposed to live, so I had to try and figure out how I was going to get through.” Bermel went on the Internet and found HOPE for Bereaved, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to serving grieving children, adults and families through counseling, support groups and an array of services, free of charge. Over the past year, it has served more than 10,000 people on their journey from grief to hope.

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Madison County Office for the Aging Inc. From the Desk of the Executive Director As winter becomes a reality, is it harder and harder to get out and shop for food? Are you in need of a home cooked meal? Have you heard of the SNACK Program? SNACK, Senior Nutrition and County Kitchen, is a nutrition program sponsored by the Madison County Office for the Aging . Anyone over the age of 60 is welcome to enjoy a noontime meal, conversation and activities. Approximately 450 hot nutritious meals are prepared in the central kitchen located in Canastota each day. The congregate meal site locations are in Brookfield, Canastota, Chittenango, Earlville, Georgetown, Hamilton, Morrisville and

Oneida. The days of service vary so give us a call for more information. A registered dietitian presents interesting information on a regular basis. Topics have included, menu planning for special diets, food additives, and understanding food allergies. If poor health makes it difficult to attend a meal site, SNACK will provide a home-delivered meal. The home-delivered meal program is intended to assist seniors regain their health and independence. The SNACK program provides additional meal service by furnishing a combination of hot and frozen meals, totaling seven meals per week.

In addition, SNACK has a breakfast bag program for those who are unable to shop on a regular basis. Voluntary and confidential contributions are encouraged for the meals provided. Theresa Davis, OFA For more inforexecutive director mation about the SNACK Program call the Office for the Aging at 697-5700.

November is National Family Caregivers Month During this month we recognize the nearly 44 million Americans who care for their relatives, friends, and neighbors. You are appreciated, caregiver! It is very important that you are paying attention to your own needs to ensure that you live a long and healthy life. Don’t neglect your health. Caring for someone can be time consuming, but remember to take the time to make periodic visits to the doctor and stay healthy. To manage stress, make it a priority to take leisure time for you. Read a book, get in contact with old friends, or exercise. All of these activities keep your mind stimulated and keep your spirits up. Accept help! In areas all over the world, you will find agencies that offer group support, counseling and caregiver training sessions. National support is also a wonderful resource. You can get a tremendous amount of information, cost free, from National resources like the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administration on Aging. Many of these resources can be located very easily on the World Wide Web. These sources provide caregivers like you with information about health conditions, long term

Madison County Office for the Aging Caregiver Resource Center can help “Caregiving”, helping an older person stay as independent as possible, is both a rewarding and stressful experience. Most caregivers are family and friends. Many caregivers are part of the “sandwich generation”, meaning they are caring for a parent as well as children. Family caregivers provide assistance to people who cannot care for themselves, and often at considerable sacrifice; many caregivers also juggle the traditional demands of home, family, and career. Statistics cannot fully measure the physical, emotional and financial costs that family caregivers incur. The Caregiver Resource Center, located at the Office for the Aging in Canastota, can help. Through training, support groups, individual and group counseling caregivers can learn how to balance feelings of frustration and reward. The Caregiver Resource Center also provides books, videotapes, and other sources of information pertaining to Caregiving issues. For more information about the Office for the Aging services call us at 697-5700. Help is a phone call away.


care services and so much more. By letting someone help you with your responsibilities as a caregiver you will allow yourself more time. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administration on Aging states, “Caregivers supply 257 billion dollars a year in services for their loved ones, such as transportation, supervision, financial management, feeding, bathing, lifting and toileting.” This Thanksgiving and holiday season, accept praise. Your hard work does not go unnoticed, and so many people are thankful for you. Whether you are caring for a family member or you are a grandparent caring for children in your family, you deserve thanks. Just as importantly, you also deserve support and connections to other people who are just like you. There are many resources that you can look to for more support. Thank you again for all you do. For more information:, aoaprog/caregiver/caregiver.asp, cfm?pageid=3279.

It’s Open Enrollment Season It is Open Enrollment season, and that means lots of mail from Medicare, Social Security, and insurance plans. Here’s what to watch for: Your insurance plan’s Annual Notice of Change Notices from any plans that are leaving the Medicare Program The Medicare & You 2011 handbook Ads for insurance plans in your area If you’re considering changing plans, attending an informational seminar can help you decide what coverage is best for you. Information about rate changes from Social Security. If you have Medicaid or get Extra Help paying for prescription drugs, watch for special notices from Medicare about plan or co-payment changes. Remember to always save notices from Social Security and Medicare for proof of your benefit amount to receive food stamps, rent subsidies, energy assistance, bank loans, or other business. Important! Medicare Annual Open Enrollment is Nov. 15 through Dec. 31. Take time to evaluate your current prescription drug plan. If you are not getting the coverage you need, if you have questions or if you would like more information call the Madison County Office for the Aging at 697-5700.

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In brief Purchase a pie at the OFA

Do you have an invitation and need something to bring? Do you like pies but hate to make them? Then purchase a pie (or several pies) and support programs and services offered to senior citizens by Madison County Office for the Aging, Inc. Ten-inch frozen pies that can stay frozen for up to six months are available for $8. Pies available: Dutch Apple, Blueberry, Cherry, Peach, Red Raspberry, Pumpkin, Banana Cream, Boston Cream, Chocolate Cream, & Coconut Cream. (in some cases sugar free is available—please call 697-5700 for details) Pies can be picked up between 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Monday Thru Friday at the Madison County Office for the Aging Inc, 38 Dominic Bruno Blvd, Canastota, NY 13032 or at a SNACK Site near you (on the days they are open). Call 697-5700.

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A few simple steps will go a long way in helping to prevent getting the flu. 3 Get a flu shot 3 Wash your hands often with soap

and warm water. Alcohol-based hand cleansers are also effective. 3 Avoid people who are ill 3 Stay home if you are sick 3 Use tissues when you cough or sneeze and dispose of the tissue in a covered trash bin. 3 Keep hands away from your face. Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth 3 Clean shared space and items such as telephone receivers, steering wheels, etc. 3 Refrain from sharing personal items such as forks, spoons, toothbrushes and towels. Your best preventive medicine is to simply follow good sanitary measures every day.

Weather Emergencies & SNACK Deliveries

If severe weather conditions occur, the Madison County Office for Aging could be forced to cancel both SNACK Congregate Meal site dining and home delivered meals. Listen to the radio and television stations below for information regarding cancellations; or call the Office for the Aging at 697-5700. WMCR Radio 1600 FM/106/3 WSTM (NBC) Channel 3 WTVH (CBS) Channel 5


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OFA offers Caregiver Respite Program Providing daily care to older members of your family or a friend can, at times, provoke feelings of frustration, guilt and even anger. The Office for the Aging recognizes these feelings as very normal and is available to provide assistance to caregivers. As caregivers, the constant attention given to a loved one may create a great deal of fatigue and stress. They may experience shortness of temper, sleeplessness, withdrawal from those close to them, family problems, physical ailments or depression. All are normal reactions and warning signs that caregivers need a break from the caregiving routine.

Respite, a time off from caregiving, is extremely important. It relieves stress, protecting your physical and mental health. Respite prolongs the caregiver’s ability to continue providing care at home. Taking a long weekend or going away on a short vacation can make a big difference in the caregiver’s ability to cope with day-to-day tasks. This grant will help pay for an aide to stay with the older relative while the caregiver takes a break. For some caregivers, it is the first time in years they have had time to themselves. For more information about the Office for the Aging services call us at 697-5700. Help is a phone call away.

Need help with your HEAP application? An Office for the Aging Outreach Worker will be at the following locations to assist seniors with completing their HEAP applications. Please bring a copy of your social security card. If your household income has changed by more than $500 you will need to bring copies of proof of income. For more information call OFA 315-697-5700. -Monday Nov. 1, 11:30 am – 12:30 pm Madison Lane Apts, Bldg 5, Hamilton -Thursday Nov. 4, 11:15 am – 12:15 pm 1st & 7th Day Baptist Church, Elm & Beaver Creek Rd, Brookfield -Monday Nov. 8, 10 - 11 am Oneida Towers I & II, 226 Farrier Ave.

=Wednesday Nov. 10, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Earlville Senior Center - American Legion, 113 Main St -Friday Nov. 12, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Georgetown Town Hall, 995 Route 26 -Tuesday Nov. 16, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Town of Sullivan Parks & Rec,701 Legion Dr, Chittenango -Wednesday Nov. 17, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., St Joan of Arc Church, Brookside Dr, Morrisville -Wednesday Nov. 17, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Stoneleigh Apts – 400 Lamb Ave, Canastota -Thursday Nov. 18, 9 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Carriage House Village Apartments, Community Room, Cazenovia

SNACK sites Brookfield – Open Tues & Thurs 1st & 7th Day Baptist Church, Elm & Beaver Creek Rd Canastota – Open Monday thru Friday Stoneleigh Apts, 400 Lamb Ave Chittenango – Open Mon, Tues & Thur, Fri, American Legion, 70 Legion Drive Earlville – Open Mon, Wed & Fri American Legion -113 N Main St Georgetown – Open Friday

Georgetown Town Hall, 995 Route 26 Hamilton – Open Monday thru Friday Madison Lane Apts, Bldg 5 Morrisville – Open Mon, Wed & Fri St. Joan of Arc Church, Brookside Dr  Oneida – Open Monday thru Friday Towers II Community Room, 226 Farrier Ave  Monthly health education topics are provided by a Registered Dietitian. Call the OFA at 697-5700 or visit our website at

Emergency Food Packs are available Emergency food packs are now available through the OFA SNACK Program. You may wish to order one, in advance, to keep on hand in the event that Nutrition Sites are closed or the Home Delivered Meals cannot be delivered due to inclement weather. The packs consist of shelf-stable foods that make up to three meals, suggested donation is $3. Fill out the form at the below and return it to your SNACK home delivered meal driver or SNACK site manager. If you receive home delivered meals, the pack will be delivered to your home. Otherwise, the site manager will receive the pack at the SNACK site for you to pick up there. You may order more than one food pack during the winter months if you feel the need to do so. For an Emergency Food Pack, fill out and return to your SNACK driver or SNACK site manager   Name: ________________________________________________________   Address: _____________________________________________________ ___   Phone Number: ____________________________________________________   √ Check one of the below options:

als with chronic medical conditions that put them at higher risk for complications from the flu. The seasonal flu vaccine is also recommended for anyone who wants to reduce the risk of becoming ill with seasonal flu and spreading it to others. The pneumococcal shot, also called the pneumonia shot, is recommended for people over age 65 and individuals ages 2-64 with health problems or drug treatment that lowers the body’s ability to fight infection. Anyone ages 19-64 who is a smoker or has asthma is also encouraged to get a pneumonia shot. Usually one pneumonia shot is enough, but those who received their first dose before 65 years of age and it has been more than five years since that first dose, a second dose may be needed. Those who feel they might fall within this age bracket are encouraged to talk to their health care provider to determine if they should get a pneumococcal vaccine. The cost for the seasonal flu vaccine for adults 19 and older is $30, and $50 for a pneumonia shot. Payment accepted includes: Medicaid, Medicare Part B, cash, or check. Bring insurance cards to verify Medicaid or Medicare.

November SNACK menu Monday Nov. 1 – Macaroni & cheese, stewed tomatoes, tossed salad, fruit cocktail Tuesday Nov. 2– Sloppy Joe on bun, Brussel sprouts, potato salad, pudding Wednesday Nov. 3 – Baked chicken leg, rice pilaf, meadow blend vegetables, mandarin oranges Thursday Nov. 4 – Baked ham w/pineapple, boiled rosemary potato, green beans, fruit cocktail Friday Nov. 5 – Swiss steak, mashed potatoes, lima beans, peaches Monday Nov. 8 – Marinated chicken, baked sweet potato, peas & onions, cookie Tuesday Nov. 9 – Spanish rice, broccoli, beets, low-fat yogurt Wednesday Nov. 10 – Cream chipped beef, boiled potatoes, green beans, pears Thursday Nov. 11 – OFA & SNACK Closed for Veterans Day Friday Nov. 12 – Seasoned pork chop, red potatoes, spinach, mixed fruit Monday Nov. 15 – Creamed chicken & biscuit, dill carrots, wax beans, tropical fruit mix Tuesday Nov. 16 – Chili con carne, corn niblets, Brussel sprouts, pudding Wednesday Nov. 17 – Vegetable lasagna, peas & carrots, tossed salad, brownie Thursday Nov. 18 – Sweet & sour pork, brown rice, stir-fried vegetables, fruited gelatin Friday Nov. 19 – Turkey divan, mashed potato, Harvard beets, cookie   Monday Nov. 22 – Irish stew w/carrots & potatoes, biscuit, corn, pudding Tuesday Nov. 23 – Macaroni & cheese, stewed tomatoes, tossed salad, fruit cocktail Wednesday Nov. 24 – Turkey & gravy, cranberry sauce, red potatoes, mixed vegetables, pie Thursday Nov. 25 – OFA & SNACK Closed for Thanksgiving Friday Nov. 26 – OFA & SNACK Closed Monday Nov. 29 – BBQ pork on bun, macaroni salad, broccoli, tropical fruit mix Tuesday Nov. 30– Spaghetti & meat sauce, Italian green beans, tossed salad, pudding

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Last year, Senior HEAP helped more than 20,000 seniors! Again, there will be an early HEAP application mail out for Senior Citizens who received HEAP. If you do not receive an application for the 10-11 HEAP season in the mail by the end of October, please call 366-2361 for an application. The HEAP letter will have a return address of the Madison County Department of Social Services. Please complete and mail the application back as soon as possible for quickest service. The early mail-out does not include senior citizens in receipt of Food Stamps or Temporary Assistance, as those individuals will generally receive the regular HEAP benefit automatically without the need for a mail-in application. Eligibility letters for are usually issued in November or December, and benefits are generally credited to heating bills in December or January. Eligibility for this federal program is based on household income, not the amount of your utility bill. Income guidelines for this year are: for a 1 person household income must be below $2,129 per month and for a 2 person household income must be below $2,784 per month. The Department of Social Services is requiring a copy of an applicant’s social security card if they do not have one on file. Call the OFA at 697-5700 and make an appointment to see an Outreach Worker.

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Madison County Health Department has released its 2010 public seasonal flu vaccine clinic schedule. Residents are encouraged to get their seasonal flu vaccine now. To schedule an appointment for your seasonal flu shot, call 366-2848. For the 2010 flu season, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has recommended that the following individuals get the seasonal flu vaccine: • All children 6 months to 18 years old • People 50 years old and older • People with medical conditions such as asthma, diabetes, heart disease, lung disease, kidney problems, cancer or blood disorders • People w/certain disorders such as stroke/ seizure disorders that increase the risk of fluid getting into the lungs • People with a weakened immune system The seasonal flu vaccine is also recommended for anyone who lives or cares for people at high risk for flu complications. This includes: • Health care personnel • Household contacts and caregivers of children 5 years and younger and adults aged 50 years and over. Household contacts and anyone who lives with or cares for individu-

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A very special birthday celebration was recently held at Lorettoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s The Bernardine in Syracuse in honor of Frances VanCamp, who turned 104 on September 27, 2010. VanCamp, the daughter of Emma and William Lago, was born in 1906 in Ogdensburg. VanCamp survives a sister, Helen Voll, a brother, Henry Lago, and a nephew, Lawrence Voll. At age 17, Frances married Harold VanCamp. He was 23 and Francesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; mother thought he was too old for her. Pictured from left is Loretto Bernardine caregiver, Debbie Shute, of Syracuse, She remembers, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I knew 104-year-old Frances VanCamp, of Syracuse, and Howard Jenkins, administrator of the minute I met him, he Lorettoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s The Bernardine, of Syracuse. was going to be mine.â&#x20AC;? For the first 10 years of her marriage, VanCamp worked in a small office as a bookkeeper and receptionist. After that, she became a full-time wife at the request of her husband. The couple was married for 63 years. VanCamp has lived at Lorettoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s The Bernardine for 29 years, nine of them with her husband. Still happily independent, she says, â&#x20AC;&#x153;right now, I wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to be anywhere else.â&#x20AC;? Frances attributes her longevity to â&#x20AC;&#x153;no smoking, no drinking, a wonderful marriage and fishing in Canada for northern pike.â&#x20AC;?

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The Junior League of Syracuse Inc., a not-for-profit organization, will host a Syracuse shopping tradition, the Holiday Shoppes, Nov. 12-14. The event will be held at the Americraft Center of Progress Building at the New York State Fairgrounds. This threeday holiday shopping extravaganza features a wide variety of specialty shops and attracts a diverse crowd (more than 5,000!) from all over Central New York. Merchants offer a spectacular range of products, from jewelry, edible delights to hand crafted furniture, there is truly something for everyone. Hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday Nov. 12; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday Nov. 13 and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday Nov. 13. Admission for this event is $6 pre-sale (tickets available at Price Chopper), and $8 at the gate. About the Junior League of Syracuse: The Junior League of Syracuse is an organization of women committed to promoting volunteerism, developing the potential of women and to improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable.

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No matter the age, socialization is what makes a person feel a part of society. People need human contact just like they need sunshine. This becomes especially important as we age. Research shows that having a healthy social life is just as important to survival as regular exercise and can add years to life. Just as loneliness can hurt a personâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s life, socializing can save it. Social activities like bingo, attending church, art classes, gardening, and going to movies are all known to have physical health benefits and help maintain friendships. As we age, friends and family truly can be lifesavers. Recent studies suggest that elderly people who enjoy dining with friends and take part in social activities live an average of two and a half years longer than those who spend most of their time alone. Seniors get even more out of socializing than just a few extra years of life. Friendships and activities reduce stress, help people feel worthy and needed, and stimulate the mind. Staying active is also likely to build and strengthen bones, joints and muscles. Non-socialization can affect the mind and body negatively, and this stress can lead to depression. It is important to remain active and maintain a healthy lifestyle. Even a trip to the beauty salon can provide an instant and positive effect on a seniorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mood. At Parkrose Estates Senior Living, we offer a variety of social activities to promote health, friendships, and stimulate the mind. We encourage all residents to participate in our engaging activities and utilize the one-of-a-kind amenities provided. Parkrose offers community dining, meeting rooms for clubs and activities, a library, movie theater, and an ongoing variety of activities to participate in. There is always an interesting activity going on, including Friday afternoon Happy Hour, spelling bees, art classes, BrainFitness classes, cultural events, on-site concerts, and afternoon tea parties. With a variety of social activities offered, residents say that their social life is more fulfilling than ever. There is always something to do and someone to share stories and laugh with. With our shuttle service, residents have the freedom to explore activities outside the community like going to art museums, participating in local events and attending the cultural events. Maintaining an active schedule is sure to provide a fulfilling and healthy lifestyle for seniors. So go out, socialize and get active! The social activities at Parkrose Estates will enrich lives, create friendships, rejuvenate the mind and add years to life, not to mention, add LIFE to your years! For more information about Parkrose and the social activities offered, visit ParkroseSeniorLiving. com or call 254-2178 to schedule a tour. Parkrose is conveniently located at 7251 Janus Road in Liverpool.

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St. Josephâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Golf Classic nets more than $200,000 The services you need. The care you deserve.

James Breuer, president, Hueber-Breuer Construction Co. Inc., and chair of St. Josephâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Golf Classic, Ted Pasinski, president, St. Josephâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Hospital Health Center, and Margaret Martin, vice president, St. Josephâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Hospital Health Center Foundation. St. Josephâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Hospital Health Center hosted its 18th annual Golf Classic on Sept. 10, at the Turning Stone Resort and Casino. The event netted more than $221,290 for enhancing patient care through the support of St. Josephâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nationally recognized programs and services. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This year was a tremendous success, thank you to everyone for your support,â&#x20AC;? said Margaret Martin, vice president for marketing, communications and development. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We were pleased to see friendly faces from past years and new partners for the future.â&#x20AC;? The presenting sponsor of the 2010 tournament was Franciscan Management Services Inc., (www.franciscan-services. com), an affiliate of St. Josephâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s. Next yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tournament will be Friday, September 9, 2011, at Turning Stone. St. Josephâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Foundation accepts donations year round. To donate, contact the Foundation at 702-2137, or visit its Web

PREMIER WOMENâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S IMAGING SERVICES FROM IMAGING @ ST. JOSEPHâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S HOSPITAL - Digital Mammography â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Utilizing the only Dimensions 2-D technology in all of Central New York, along with MammoPadÂŽ, we obtain the highest quality images while maximizing patient comfort. - Uterine Fibroid Embolization â&#x20AC;&#x201C; An alternative to hysterectomy, this minimally invasive procedure is used to treat fibroids. We are one of the top 5 programs in the Northeast for UFE. - Bone Densitometry â&#x20AC;&#x201C; As the only facility in the region with the newest, leading-edge DEXA technology, we can detect and treat osteoporosis in its earliest stages.

site at St. Josephâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Hospital Health Center is a non-profit, 431-bed hospital and health care network providing services to patients from Onondaga and 15 surrounding counties. Through prevention programs and the latest diagnostic treatment procedures, St. Josephâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Hospital Health Center works with patients to achieve optimum long-term health. A nine-time winner of the National Research Corporation Consumer Choice award, St. Josephâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s is designated a Magnet Hospital for Nursing Excellence by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, the highest honor bestowed on a hospital for nursing care. Affiliated with Franciscan Management Services, Inc., St. Josephâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s is sponsored by the Sisters of St. Francis. For more information on St. Josephâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s programs and services, call the Resource Line at 703-2138 or 1888-STJOES1.

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