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Long-time North Creek nursing home administrator retires Hal Payne has long served Warren County seniors NORTH CREEK | Hal Payne is retiring — again. The former administrator of Elderwood at North Creek is moving into retirement, for the second time, after 18 years of service in skilled nursing health care in the North Country. Payne’s last day at Elderwood at North Creek was May 2. His first attempt at retirement lasted one week, in 2009, following his departure from his role as nursing home administrator and County Administrator in Warren County. After a few days of sitting still, he felt the need to get busy again and began his work at what is now Elderwood at North Creek. Now he will retire for good — sprovided he doesn’t get bored again. Payne made the move from western New York 18 years ago, but he doesn’t plan to move back after retirement. While he is excited to visit his two sons and five grandchildren who live south of Buffalo, he enjoys life in the North Country.

“I have lots of friends and family in western New York, but this has become home after 18 years,” Payne said. In his retirement, Payne plans to travel and spend time with his wife, Deanna, and family. He will continue to be very active at Harrisena Community Church and work as an off-ice official for the Adirondack Thunder hockey team. “Hal has been an integral part of the team at North Creek and I would like to thank him for all the time and attention he has offered our patients, residents and staff,” said Elderwood regional director Marc Walker. “He will be missed.” Payne says he’ll miss the staff, residents and their families the most. “The people of the North Country are just so nice,” Payne said. “The care provided here has always been terrific, and it continues with the transition to Elderwood.” ■ Hal Payne retired from Elderwood at North Creek on May 2.

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How to finance long-term care needs

will need extended help during their lifetimes. Ongoing care can last for many months or years. Long-term 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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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-pri-

vate 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

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Seniors and exercise: Tips to avoid injuries, get healthy Exercise is an important component of a healthy lifestyle. Daily exercise can improve mood, promote an active lifestyle and reduce a person’s risk for a host of ailments, including diabetes and heart disease. Despite the importance of exercise, many people live sedentary lifestyles into their golden years. Seniors who want to embrace a healthier way of life and get more physically active should first consult with their physicians before beginning an exercise regimen. Certain medications may limit just how far seniors can push themselves, while preexisting conditions may make specific types of exercise off limits. After discussing their limitations with their physicians and developing a safe exercise routine, seniors can heed the following tips to avoid injury but still get healthy.

for some time should take a gradual approach to exercise. Instead of heading right for the treadmill, exercise bike or elliptical machine, start walking every day. When it rains, find a treadmill you can walk on. The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons recommends seniors begin by determining how many steps they can take in a day and then gradually working toward 10,000 to 15,000 steps per day. Utilize step counting apps on your smartphone to track your progress. Apply the same slow approach to strength training exercises, lifting only very light weights at first before gradually increasing weight as your body acclimates to the exercises.

• STRETCH.

Bodies that have been inactive for lengthy periods of time are inflexible, and lack of flexibility increases your risk for injury. The AAOS recommends that seniors warm up their bodies before stretching with five to 10 minutes of low-intensity activity such as walking. Then stretch gently, remembering to relax and breathe during each stretch.

• PICK A PARTNER.

Whether it’s a spouse or a friend who is physically active or wants to be, try exercising with a partner, at least initially. Doing so can provide the motivation you need and partners can serve as safety nets should you need assistance completing an exercise or suffer an injury and require medical attention. Personal trainers can serve as your partner, and many gyms offer discounts to seniors on personal training services.

• SWITCH THINGS UP.

When strength training, do not work the same muscle group two days in a row. Muscles need time to recover. If you prefer circuit strength training where you exercise various muscle groups in one day, do not strength train on back-to-back days, leaving at least one day in between strength training sessions so muscles have ample time to recover. ■

• START SLOWLY.

Seniors who have not been physically active

Volunteering as an older adult: How to find the right fit for your new lifestyle down your commitments and daily schedule, using this list to determine how much free time you have to volunteer. Some opportunities require greater time commitments than others, so make sure you know just how much time you can devote to an opportunity before signing up.

• GIVE DUE CONSIDERATION TO YOUR EXPERIENCE.

• LEAVE TIME FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE.

Older adults who have retired or are on the cusp of retirement have a lifetime of experience they can use to help others. Imparting wisdom learned in your professional life can provide a sense of purpose and even make you feel as though you are still actively involved in the industry where you built your professional reputation. But life experience can also prove invaluable in volunteering opportunities. Mentoring programs give volunteers the chance to help young people, and such opportunities can involve more than just offering professional advice. Many parents feel involving their children in volunteering at an early age can have a profound, long-lasting impact on their kids. But youngsters are not the only ones who can reap great rewards from volunteering, as studies show that men and women at, beyond or approaching retirement age also benefit greatly from volunteer work. Research from the Corporation for National and Community Service found that more than 20 million older adults contributed in excess of three billion hours of community service time each year from 2011 to 2013. The reasons why older adults volunteer are varied, but in its 2014 survey the AARP’s Experience Corps found that 97 percent of its volunteers indicated that their volunteer work with the organization gave them a sense of purpose. Older adults who want to volunteer but have little or no history with volunteering might not know where to begin with regard to finding the right opportunity. The right fit can make all the difference for volunteers and the people they help, and the following tips might help older adults as they look for an opportunity that best utilizes their skills and experience.

• KNOW YOUR SCHEDULE.

• DON’T DOWNPLAY THE SIGNIFICANCE OF CERTAIN OPPORTUNITIES.

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Volunteering is a selfless act, and volunteers are the backbone of many successful charitable organizations. But older men and women should leave time for the rest of their lives as well. Retirement should be fulfilling but also include time for recreation, so don’t downplay how important hobbies are to you in an attempt to find more time to volunteer. No retiree wants to grow resentful of his or her volunteer work because it leaves little time for other pursuits, so do your best to balance your charitable endeavors with the other things in life that matter to you. Finding the right volunteer opportunity can make all the difference for older men and women who want to give back to their communities. ■

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Making new friends after a move or other life event Downsizing and other life changes often find seniors leaving their comfort zones to move to new neighborhoods or regions of the country. It can be difficult to leave those comfort zones behind, especially when it means saying goodbye to close friends or family members. Establishing new social circles as a senior can be challenging. But with a little effort and the right attitude, seniors can meet new people and enjoy the excitement that comes with new friendships. • Join a club. If you have a particular hobby or interest, rekindle it in your new location. Find a local gardening club, church-sponsored organization or fitness center where you can meet like-minded men and women. Ask the real estate agent who helped you relocate to make suggestions on where to find community information and read community notices in the local newspaper. • Get a dog. Dogs make great companions

inside of the house and also serve as an ice breaker when you are outdoors. Take plenty of walks and take advantage of opportunities for conversation when people come up to you to inquire about your dog. Explain your situation and you may make some new friends along the way. • Volunteer your time. Many people make new friends through volunteering. Volunteer and you’re likely to meet people who share the

same interests as you. Sign up with a favorite charity or volunteer at nonprofit events and look for familiar faces. Start talking to those people you meet again and again. • Participate in church events. Places of religious worship are often cornerstones of a community, and they frequently host different events to get parishioners or members together. Read the bulletin and get involved

in pot lucks, retreats, movie nights, and other church-sponsored events. • Work at a school. Schools also serve as hubs of community activity. Volunteer or work for a local school and you will soon find yourself immersed in your community’s weekday hustle and bustle. This is a great way to meet people and learn more about your new neighborhood in the process. • Host your own party. Go out on a limb and plan a “new to the neighborhood” party. Put invitations in neighbors’ mailboxes and invite everyone over for snacks and cocktails. Remember, neighbors may be just as nervous about new faces as you are, and a party is a great way to break the ice. Change can be hard for people seniors starting out in new communities. With some gumption and a few strategies to get started, anyone can expand their circle of friends. ■

RSVP News & Notes By Kyle Miller

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PORT HENRY | Free Tax Preparation Service was a Success! RSVP of Essex County is pleased to report that many Essex County residents took advantage of the free tax preparation service that was made available to qualifying residents of Essex County! The service is called VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program) and is made possible through the Earned Income Tax Credit Coalition of the Adirondack Region with partners the IRS, United Way of the Adirondack Region and RSVP. RSVP made tax preparation appointments in the Town Hall in Port Henry, the Hand House in Elizabethtown and the Senior Center in Schroon Lake. Many thanks to these community partners that offered space for the tax season. Kyle Miller, volunteer coordinator for RSVP of Essex County, says that towards the end of the filing season, there were more callers than there were time slots for appointments. Miller gives this advice for those wanting to use the service

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RSVP of Essex County has volunteers who give their time to ensure the success of many local organizations and agencies. There are around 45 places in Essex County where our volunteers are going. Folks just like you are getting out of the house, meeting people, and making life better for others. There are so many things that these women and men do! From helping at a food pantry, to driving people to their doctor’s appointment- and all kinds of things in between, RSVP volunteers are there lending a hand. In the coming months, Miller hopes to visit these sites and meet as many of the RSVP volunteers as possible. “I know so many volunteers by only seeing their names on the paperwork, it is nice to get out and put a face to a name,” Miller said. “One of the reasons for the site visits will be to give volunteers an opportunity to let me know how things are going and to voice any questions or concerns. I’m really just interested in hearing what’s on their minds. We want to make volunteering the best experience possible.” If you are 55 or older and would like to hear about some of the places where you can volunteer, give Kyle a call at (518) 546-3565.

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next year: “Since there are a limited number of tax preparation sessions that can be offered, I highly recommend calling early to book your appointment. The sad thing is that some of the early slots went unfilled; too many waited until the very end of tax season and I had to turn people away. Our goal is to get as many people in to receive the free tax preparation as possible, and I’m as disappointed as the caller when we have to turn someone away.” Keep an eye open for next year’s VITA info by following RSVP of Essex County’s Facebook page.

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The Iron Center Museum: The Iron Center Museum, located next to the Town of Moriah Town Hall, is a popular place to explore the rich history of Essex County’s mining era. Unfortunately, there are not enough volunteers to keep the museum open during their scheduled hours. Do you enjoy meeting the public and soaking in the amazing history of the by-gone days when mining was the main industry? If you answer “yes,” you’ll be the perfect candidate to volunteer here. Call Kyle Miller at (518) 546-3565 to literally open the doors to history!

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

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Miller at (518) 546-3565.

FRIENDLY VISITOR:

Many residents in Essex County spend much of their time in solitude. For people living alone without visits from the outside, a friendly face is a source of great comfort. Can you spare 20 minutes a week to put a smile on someone’s face? Are you able to run simple errands, or maybe share an outing to the store? Maybe you would enjoy a session of picture puzzles over a cup of coffee once a week! We currently have several requests for friendly visitors, so call Kyle Miller at (518) 546- 3565 to find out if you will be a good match.

A SPECIAL RECOGNITION:

I recently visited one of the RSVP sites, the Adirondack History Museum and Essex County Historical Society. There I caught up with Carol Haber, one of RSVP’s hardest working volunteers! Carol does many things at the museum, including staffing the reception desk during museum hours. Carol can also be found volunteering her time at Essex Center for Rehabilitation and Health Care. Carol recently celebrated a birthday, so if you’re in Elizabethtown and bump into Carol, wish her Happy Birthday!

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 at (518) 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. ■


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Seniors need more greeters

Site Manager Shana Clark has lunch with Amtrak volunteers and Moriah Senior Citizens group members Dan and Joan Webster at the Essex County Senior Nutrition Site at the Port Henry Train Station. Photo by Lohr McKinstry

Moriah Senior Citizens increasing membership By Lohr McKinstry STA FF W RITER

MORIAH | The Moriah Senior Citizens group wants to expand its membership and sign up more train greeters. The seniors meet in the Port Henry Train Station, which is also the Senior Nutrition Site for the Town of Moriah. For a $10 a year membership, you get a lot, President Patsy McCaughin said, including senior meals, playing cards, walks, shopping and casino trips, volunteering as Amtrak train greeters, potluck suppers, and going out for dinners in the Moriah senior van. “You get to do a lot,” she said. “It’s really a fun group. We enjoy each other’s company.” To join in the fun, including being train greeters, call McCaughin at 518-546-8656. The train greeters work three-hour shifts at the station. Amtrak passenger trains arrive from New York City and parts south at 1:54 p.m. daily, while trains from Montreal and places north come in at 2:54 p.m. “The trains are not always on time,” volunteer greeter Franklin “Dan” Webster said. “It varies sometimes. Some days we get a

bunch for Vermont, going to the Job Corps Center in Vergennes.” On those occasions, the Job Corps sends a van to pick up students. Mr. Webster and his wife, Joan, greet passengers getting off the train, helping them with local information or a taxi to get where they want to go. “People are nice,” Mrs. Webster said. “We greet them and help them any way we can.” She said they eat at the meal site frequently, and are hoping the quality of the food improves when a new Essex County Senior Nutrition Program kitchen goes on-line in June. It’s under construction now in Westport. The food is prepared at the program kitchen in Elizabethtown now and driven to all the senior meal sites in the county at lunch time. The kitchen is aging and the county decided to replace it, rather than bring it up to current standards. “It’s no surprise what comes down (from the current kitchen),” Mrs. Webster said. “With the new kitchen it may be better.” They and other seniors in the club are thinking of attending the 3rd-annual Essex County Senior Fair on Wednesday, May 16 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event is at the Champlain Valley Senior Community in Willsboro. There will be free lunch, live music and tables and booths on aging. Call 518-313-3084 for information.

The train greeter program needs more volunteers, Mrs. Webster said. “They don’t have to belong to a senior club,” she said. “We’re short of volunteers, especially when the weather is inclement or in the winter.” Many people have other things they want

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A power of attorney, or POA, is a document that enables an individual to appoint a person or organization to manage his or her affairs should this individual become unable to do so. According to the National Caregivers Library, POA is granted to an “attorney-in-fact” or “agent” to give a person the legal authority to make decisions for an

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Harland Funeral Home

Bryant’s Lumber Inc.

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A&S Customs

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TRI-LAKES HUMANE SOCIETY 255 George LaPan Memorial Hwy Saranac Lake, NY 12983 518-891-0117

TRI-LAKES HUMANE SOCIETY 255 George LaPan Memorial Hwy Saranac Lake, NY 12983 518-891-0117

TRI-LAKES HUMANE SOCIETY 255 George LaPan Memorial Hwy Saranac Lake, NY 12983 518-891-0117

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Feelings of loneliness and isolation are common among the senior population. This is due, in part, to the large percentage of seniors who end up living alone later in life. U.S. Census Bureau information from 2010 indicated around 28 percent of people ages 65 and older lived alone at the time the data was collected. As people get older, their likelihood of living alone only increases, as many have fewer family members or friends around to provide company and care. Despite the large numbers of Baby Boomers living throughout North America, senior isolation is still a concern. According to the senior housing resource A Place for Mom, the following situations can result from senior isolation. • Studies from the National Center on Elder Abuse show a connection between social isolation and higher rates of elder abuse. • Feelings of loneliness can be linked to poor cognitive performance. • Loneliness is associated with more depressive symptoms among seniors. • A 2010 study published in Psychology and Aging indicated a direct relationship between loneliness in older adults and increases in systolic blood pressure over a fouryear period. Visiting with seniors and promoting social connections can help them avoid feelings of isolation. ■


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Senior dating trends and tips The first Baby Boomers will be turning 70 in 2016, and this generation remains one of the most influential in the country and around the world. Scores of products and services are now marketed to seniors, many of whom remain as active and socially aware as they were in their youth. One aspect of senior marketing that is booming is dating and relationship products. Singles age 50 and older are increasingly relying on online dating sites and other methods to find love and companionship. Dating is no longer kids’ play, and those who have been away from dating for some time may have to get reacquainted with the process in the modern age.

CONSIDER ONLINE DATING

Finding love again is possible for seniors who get back into the dating scene. then in person. Profiles aren’t always what they seem, and it’s easier to fudge the facts when initiating contact over the Internet.

KEEP AN OPEN MIND

It’s easy to be preoccupied with the rigors of being an older adult and the responsibilities that still may rest on your shoulders. Part of the fun of dating when you were young likely had to do with throwing caution to

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POWER OF ATTORNEY VARIES

Power of attorney is a broad term that covers various aspects of decision-making. According to the legal resource ‘Lectric Law Library, the main types of POA include general power of attorney, health care power of attorney, durable power of attorney, and special power of attorney. Many of the responsibilities overlap, but there are some subtle legal dif-

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the wind. But some of those same carefree aspects remain true whether you’re dating at 17 or at 57. Laughter, fun, spontaneity, and the chance for some adventure are still the keys to making memorable dates.

SOMETIMES IT’S WHO YOU KNOW

The old adage of it’s “who you know” and not “what you know” is applicable to dating. If you are ready to jump into the

ferences. Durable power of attorney, for example, relates to all the appointments involved in general, special and health care powers of attorney being made “durable.” This means the document will remain in effect or take effect if a person becomes mentally incompetent. Certain powers of attorney may fall within a certain time period.

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An agent appointed through POA may be able to handle the following, or more, depending on the verbiage of the document: • banking transactions • buying/selling property • settling claims • filing tax returns • managing government-supplied benefits

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