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Some benefits of growing older Many people are quick to think of growing older in a negative light. Although there certainly are some side effects of aging that one may wish to avoid, people may find that the benefits of growing older outweigh the negatives. Seniors are a rapidly growing segment of the population. In the United States, the Administration on Aging states that the older population — persons 65 years or older — numbered 46.2 million in 2014 (the latest year for which data is available). Statistics Canada reports that, in July 2015, estimates indicated that there were more persons aged 65 years and older in Canada than children aged 0 to 14 years for the first time in the country’s history. Nearly one in six Canadians (16.1%) was at least 65 years old. With so many people living longer, it’s time to celebrate the perks of getting older rather than the drawbacks. Here are some great benefits to growing old. • Higher self-esteem: The insecurities of youth give way as one ages, and older people have less negativity and higher self-esteem. A University of Basel study of people ranging in ages from 18 to 89 found that regardless of demographic and social status, the older one gets the higher selfesteem climbs. Qualities like self-control and altruism can contribute to happiness. • Financial perks: Seniors are entitled to discounts on meals, museum entry fees, movies, and other entertainment if they’re willing to

disclose their ages. Discounts are available through an array of venues if one speaks up. Seniors also can enjoy travel perks, with slashed prices on resorts, plane tickets and more. The U.S. National Park Service offers citizens age 62 and older lifetime passes to more than 2,000 federal recreation sites for just $10 in person ($20 online or via mail). • Reasoning and problem-solving skills: Brain scans reveal that older adults are more likely to use both hemispheres of their brans simultaneously — something called bilateralization. This can sharpen reasoning skills. For example, in a University of Illinois study, older air traffic controllers excelled at their cognitively taxing jobs, despite some losses in short-term memory and visual spatial processing. Older controllers proved to be experts at navigating, juggling multiple aircrafts simultaneously and avoiding collisions. • Less stress: As people grow older, they are able to differentiate their needs from wants and focus on more important goals. This can alleviate worry over things that are beyond one’s control. Seniors may realize how little the opinions of others truly mean in the larger picture, thereby feeling less stress about what others think of them. Growing older may involve gray hair or wrinkling skin, but there are many positive things associated with aging. ■

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Tips to safely enjoy the great outdoors in cooler months It may be chilly, but that’s no reason to stay indoors. Some of the best opportunities for outdoor exploration can only take place during the coldest months of the year; it just requires special preparation.

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For maximum safety and comfort, it’s important to keep your head, fingers and toes dry and toasty. A good pair of waterproof hiking boots will help keep you warm on the trail. Be sure they are designed for the type of weather and terrain you expect to encounter. Wear a wind-proof hat and good pair of gloves that have a grip.

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NORTH CREEK, NY | Elderwood at North Creek, 112 Ski Bowl Road, North Creek, has joined Elderwood of Uihlein at Lake Placid as the second Elderwood senior living and health services community in the North Country. Elderwood at North Creek offers skilled nursing, subacute care and rehabilitation, respite care and palliative care. An Adult Medical Day Services program provides watchful daily care from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Participants receive breakfast, a hot lunch, healthy snacks, medication management and assistance with activities of daily living. Here, they can socialize with friends, enjoy a range of planned activities, join outings in the community and even take advantage of physical, occupational and speech therapy services. Transportation can be provided to and from the program. In addition, Elderwood at North Creek’s outpatient therapy program serves members of the community who require physical, occupational or speech therapy. Elderwood develops a customized treatment plan that incorporates comprehensive therapy programs to rebuild strength, decrease pain and improve motion. Understanding the needs of the medically complex patient, Elderwood delivers an individualized, therapeutically challenging therapy regimen with patience and expertise. Elderwood at North Creek ’s therapy

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How to finance long-term care needs Failing to plan for long-term care expenses may leave aging men and women with little or no assets late in life. AARP says that the cost of long-term care continues to rise and the array of options can make it difficult for families to find the best, most affordable care. The median monthly costs for a semi-private room in a U.S. nursing facility hovered around $6,800 in 2016, according to The Genworth Cost of Care Survey. That adds up to roughly $82,000 per year. Individuals who only anticipate hiring a home health aide should know that such options cost an average $3,800 per month. Retirement savings can quickly dry up when long-term care is required. Individuals need to keep in mind that, in 2014, the Social Security Administration said the average month retirement income from Social Security was just $1,294. The National Care Planning Council says that at least 60 percent of all individuals will need extended help during their lifetimes. Ongoing care can last for many months or years. Longterm care needs, including assisted living and nursing home stays beyond a few months, may not be covered by federal health insurance programs, such as Medicare. As a result, it is up to individuals to find ways to finance their care.

LONG-TERM CARE INSURANCE

Long-term care insurance is one of the ways to offset costs of care for later in life. But many people are unaware that this type of insurance exists. A survey conducted by Leger Marketing for the Canadian Life and Health Insurance Association found that 74 percent of respondents said they haven’t included provisions for long-term care in their retirement plans. Long-term care insurance is a safety precaution that can be purchased early in life to plan to help pay for expenses aging men and women may incur in their golden years. New York Life Insurance says that policy holders will be reimbursed for qualified long-term care costs up to a maximum daily benefit amount. Coverage varies, but policy premiums generally increase with the age of applicant.

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Government aid is available for U.S. and Canadian residents but qualifications vary and it is usually limited to those with financial hardships. Medicaid pays for the largest share of long-term care services in the United States, according to the Administration on Aging. But to qualify, one’s income must be below a certain level and the person must meet minimum state eligibility requirements.

Canadian provinces will assess one’s ability to pay and may subsidize care costs. Also, there may only be a handful facilities supported by the government, so applicants cannot be picky about accommodations. Financing long-term care is something individuals must consider as they make their plans for the future. It is a large expense that cannot go unaddressed even though the need for care might be in the distant future. ■

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Are you or someone you know not enjoying life like they used to? You may need one or more vaccines, even if you received vaccines as a child or as a younger adult. Ask your doctor or call Essex County Health Department to find out which ones are right for you. Vaccines recommended for older adults can prevent: Influenza (Flu)

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NORTH CREEK | Senior citizens in Johnsburg don’t have to worry about preparing lunch thanks to a county program that provides low-cost meals for seniors. The joint Warren County/Hamilton County Office for the Aging has an on-site meal program that offers a $3 lunch for seniors, including one held at the Johnsburg Senior Center on Route 28, across from the Adirondack Tri-County Nursing Home. County Office for the Aging director Deanna Park said her office runs 12 meal

sites in Warren and Hamilton counties. “We serve lunch Monday through Friday, and if needed they will provide an evening meal,” Park said. Two county employees open the Johnsburg Senior Center and prepare lunch every weekday. Park said the county also operates a Home Delivered Meals program for homebound seniors. “You just call into the county to set up the home delivery. We make sure you meet the criteria for the program,” she said. The Home Delivery Meals program delivers a noon meal to those enrolled in the program, and an evening meal to some who have demonstrated a need. Park said the home delivery also provides a daily check on the program’s clients. A representative from the Office for the Aging also meets with homebound clients one per year to see what other serves can provide, and calls them every six months.

schools,” Nickerson said. The group has also visited the former train station in Pottersville and the Chestertown Museum, has taken boat rides, visited the Festival of Trees in Queensbury, and attended dinner theater in Lake George. Nickerson said the daily meals are an occasion for meeting and mingling with other people. She said the Johnsburg Senior Center is also a place where artwork made by seniors can be displayed. The Gore Mountain Seniors meet on the fourth Wednesday of the month at noon. Dues will be collected at this first meeting of the new year. Call the Johnsburg meal site (518) 251-2711 for menu and reservations. ■

Johnsburg seniors enjoy a lunch at the Johnsburg Senior Center. The Warren/Hamilton County Office for the Aging offers lunch for $3 for seniors every Monday through Friday at the center as well as home delivered meals. Photo by Christopher South

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Schedule a driving safety evaluation

When drivers’ abilities to operate a motor vehicle become suspect, a thorough evaluation should be scheduled. The evaluation should not be handled by a family physician or family member, but by an unbiased third party like a Certified Driving Rehabilitation Specialist. This is a therapist who has special certification to assist people with disabilities, including older adults, with driving. They can help individuals with adaptive equipment or techniques if driving issues stem from something that can be addressed.

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A program called CarFit can help drivers assess if their car is suited to their abilities. A team of trained technicians and/or health professionals work with participants to ensure their vehicles are equipped for maximum safety and comfort. A properly adjusted vehicle is as important as one’s cognitive and physical abilities. Adjustments can include mirror placement, good foot positioning and sitting at the proper distance from the steering wheel. People can learn about an upcoming event at www.car-fit.org.

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Driver improvement courses are provided by various organizations, including some insurance companies. AARP also has a Driver Safety Course to lower the risk of traffic violations, collisions and injuries. Completion of these courses can help drivers enhance their abilities behind the wheel and may result in lower premiums for mature drivers.

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Regular exercise and a healthy diet can be assets for mature drivers. Mental fitness techniques and brain exercises can improve reaction time, while aerobic and strengthtraining workouts can keep the body in shape. Driving is one of the key avenues to personal independence. Strengthening seniors’ driving abilities is a goal of many organizations. ■


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RSVP news & notes By Kyle Miller

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PORT HENRY | BIG NEWS for Essex County! RSVP of Essex County is excited to get the word out about a FREE tax preparation service that is available to qualifying residents of Essex County!

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The service is called VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program) and is made possible through a collaborative effort between the IRS, United Way of the Adirondack Region, and RSVP. What does this mean? Free state and federal tax preparation is available to seniors and households with a combined yearly income of less than $55,000.00! Kyle Miller, RSVP Program Coordinator of Essex County, is now scheduling tax preparation appointments for the coming season. Miller said, “The VITA program has been very successful in Essex County in past years. Word of mouth keeps the numbers of applicants growing. What is different this year is the addition of a new VITA location in the Town of Moriah, at the Town office in Port Henry. This is great news for many residents who can now benefit from this program. Tom Scozzafava and the Town of Moriah Government helped make this possible by opening the Town offices to VITA. This is just a fantastic program and shows what happens when different organizations come together to work towards something worthwhile.” Many people put long hours into making this happen, but a special “Thank You” is in order for Kathy McNulty, of the IRS, who brought the various organizations together, and who provided the computers, printers and the professional software.

VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program) is providing FREE tax preparation service available to qualifying residents of Essex County Stock photo seniors that take place at the station, and the location is shared with an ACAP congregate meal site, so, if you play your cards right, a delicious, inexpensive (60+ free or donation), and nutritious meal is a bonus! Call Kyle Miller at (518) 546-3565, if this sounds like a fun way to get out of the house for a few hours a week.

Catholic Community of Moriah Food Pantry:

The Catholic Community of Moriah Food Pantry is now seeking volunteers. Some light lifting may be involved as volunteers keep the shelves stocked and help box up the food items that are given to customers. Food Pantries are the safety net of our communities. There is a great sense of participation for volunteers, when you realize the fundamental need that is being filled. To put this in perspective, in 2017 in a six month stretch, the Moriah Food Pantry served over 1,200 people. If you would like to help local families in your community by volunteering at the Moriah Food Pantry, call Kyle Miller at (518) 546-3565.

Alzheimer’s Association of Northeastern New York:

The Alzheimer’s Association of Northeastern New York is seeking volunteers. Kathy McNulty

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There are five VITA locations in Essex County: ELIZABETHTOWN, at the Hand House LAKE PLACID, at the Lake Placid Public Library MORIAH, at the Town of Moriah offices, Port Henry SCHROON LAKE, at the Schroon Lake Senior Center TICONDEROGA, at the North Country Community College The appointment schedule for February is now out and filling up fast. Future month’s schedules will be posted on the RSVP of Essex County facebook page as they become available. To find out what time slots are open and to book your free tax preparation session, call Kyle Miller at (518) 546-3565. ■

Volunteer Opportunities Abound There continues to be a great need for volunteers in Essex County. Many worthwhile agencies are trying to do more with less these days. One of the ways to maintain and improve the quality of life in communities during austere times is through the utilization of volunteers. RSVP of Essex County rises to the challenge of recruiting volunteers for a wide variety of organizations. Some of the benefits of being an RSVP volunteer include mileage reimbursement, coverage by RSVP’s insurance while you are volunteering, and finally, the amazing Recognition Luncheon that RSVP throws every year to honor our volunteers.

What kind of things can an RSVP volunteer do?

Here are just three of the many organizations that currently need volunteers.

Senior Center at the Port Henry Train Station:

The Senior Center at the Port Henry Train Station currently needs volunteers to keep the station building open during certain hours of the week. Amtrak has graciously offered the building to the Senior Center for its use, free of rent, on the condition that the Station is open for arriving train passengers. This might be one of the most stress-free volunteer opportunities there is! Besides making sure travelers find the station open, people enjoy the ongoing fun activities for

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In Essex county, volunteers are utilized to assist the Alzheimer’s Association Program Manager to provide support to their constituents. Volunteer roles include Support Group leaders, leaders of programs for people in the Early Stage of Alzheimer’s Disease, Memory Cafe volunteers, as well as some volunteers to be trained to help present community outreach programs such as “Know the Ten Signs: Early Detection Matters” or “The Basics: Memory Loss, Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease.” If you would like more information about this volunteer opportunity, call Kyle Miller at (518) 546 3565. ■

RSVP is seeking Advisory Council Members

The RSVP Advisory Council is recruiting new members. We’re interested in people who are still working in the community, retired people, people who serve in other nonprofit organizations, and those who work with aging populations, either professionally or as volunteers. Call Kyle Miller @ 546-3565 if you would like to hear more about it. Advisory Council members participate in planning RSVP’s big annual recognition event and contribute community input to the RSVP staff and program. If this sounds interesting, then you’d be a perfect fit. The Council meets every other month in Elizabethtown or Port Henry. The Advisory Council is not a Board, so there are no financial responsibilities. ■

A Special Recognition

How many 90 year olds do you know who lead an exercise class? Well I know one! If you bump into Edna Coonrod while you are out and about in Willsboro, wish her a happy 90th birthday, which was on February 7. Edna has been an RSVP volunteer for 26 years and has been a vital part of the Willsboro Growing Stronger/Range of Motion classes for most of that time. Thank you for your service, and Happy Birthday Edna! ■

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