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A program of Jewish Family Services of Northeastern New York Supported by New York State Office for the Aging

Volume 15, Number 7

July 2019

NNORC Breakfast Club goes on hiatus in July, but... ...join us on August 7 at 10:00 a.m. for a special Breakfast Club with Congressman Paul Tonko. We’ll meet at Congregation Beth Emeth, 100 Academy Rd, Albany. Please call 518-514-2023 to reserve your seat!

JFS Invites NNORC Residents on Two Summer Day Trips

Ahhh July is National Ice Cream Month! Join us for a Sundae

Celebrate National Ice Cream Month with NNORC. Take a break from the heat and join your NNORC neighbors for a make-your-own sundae bar! Both trips depart from and return to St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Church, 440 Whitehall Rd, Albany. Please RSVP to NNORC at 518-514-2023. Reserve your SPAC tickets early. Supply is limited.

REMINDER: If paying by check, please make it payable to Jewish Family Services. If paying by credit card, your statement will read: Jewish Family Services.

Bring your sweet tooth and your smile on Wednesday, July 24 at 1:30 p.m. at our new NNORC partner site, Mater Christi Parish Center (35 Hurst Ave, Albany). Please note the new location! Please call NNORC at 518-5142023 to sign up.

A Guided Hike of the Five Rivers Nature Tails Program Director Michelle Dannenhoffer-Cau

Senior Health Ed. Coord. Judi England, RN, LMT

Program Assistant Marla Gornstein

Community Nurse Susan Hoffman, RN

Resource Assistant Maryellen Usis

Case Manager Claire Greenhill

Director of Marketing Monica Tan

Residents’ Council Kristin Barron Phyllis Cohen Vic Consiglio Eric Copland Margaret Danes Jim Dennehey Leslie Dykeman Julie Elson Jeffery Marks Sr. Jean McGinty RSM Victor Reiner Olga Tenney

Program Partners Lead Agency: Jewish Family Services B’nai Sholom Reform Congregation Catholic Charities Community Caregivers Congregation Beth Emeth First Congregational Church Maria College Mater Christi Parish Center Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany St. Peter’s Hospital St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Church Senior Services of Albany Sidney Albert Albany Jewish Community Center The College of Saint Rose United Jewish Federation of NENY University at Albany School of Social Welfare

A Program of

Supported by a grant from:

Albany NNORC

When you take to the Five Rivers Nature Trails, you enter a different world. On Wednesday, July 10 at 10:00 a.m., Marilyn Fancher, a Delmar resident and trained trail guide will lead a gentle hike through the trails. The nature trails vary in terrain from ADA-compliant (asphalt, boardwalk or crushed stone) to gentle grades over grass and woodchips. We’ll pick the trail based on who signs up. There is also a new visitor center at the Environmental Nature Center with interactive displays and exhibits, in the event of rain. Feel free to pack a picnic lunch and stay to enjoy the setting after the hike. Please bring a hat, sunscreen, and water. Long pants and sturdy shoes or sneakers are preferred on the trails. Five Rivers is located at 56 Game Farm Rd, Delmar. Please call NNORC at 518514-2023 to sign up. Please let us know if you are interested but need assistance with transportation.

Build Balance and Flexibility with a Yoga Class Second Chair Yoga Class Added; New Time for Kripalu Yoga Join us at one of the NNORC yoga classes in July. Chair Yoga: Tuesdays, July 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 from 11:00 a.m.– 12:00 p.m. AND 12:30–1:30 p.m. at St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Church (440 Whitehall Rd, Albany). No need to get up and down from the floor! All movements are done seated or standing with the chair for support. All-levels Kripalu Yoga: Tuesdays, July 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, NEW TIME from 4:00-5:00 p.m. at First Congregational Church (405 Quail St, Albany). Whether you are new to yoga or have previous experience, this class has something for you! Breathwork and relaxation go hand-in-hand with postures for a complete practice. For more information or to register, please call the NNORC at 518-514-2023.

Let’s Take a Walk Together! Please join us for a mid-summer stroll around beautiful Buckingham Pond to soak in the beauty of this natural oasis in the heart of the NNORC. Afterwards, we’ll relax and enjoy some cold drinks, healthy snacks, and friendly conversation. We’ll start to gather at the Berkshire Boulevard parking lot on Thursday, August 8 at 9:45 a.m., with the plan to hit the “trail” at 10:00 a.m. sharp. Please call NNORC at 518-514-2023 to register and to let us know if you need help arranging transportation to the site. Plan to wear sensible shoes, comfortable, weatherappropriate clothing, and sunscreen. Rain will cancel this event.

Food as Medicine – Eating for Energy and Ease In 400 B.C., Hippocrates wrote, "Let food be thy medicine, and medicine be thy food." Throughout the years, science has demonstrated the truth in this statement and has helped us understand how our diet impacts health and well-being. In this program we will focus on what, when, and how we eat regarding two specific areas: EATING FOR ENERGY - How our food choices help us feel well and give us the ability to conduct our daily lives with enthusiasm and focus. EATING FOR EASE - Exploring the link between diet and our ability to get adequate, quality sleep to restore and refresh us each day. PRESENTERS: Fran Weiss, MS, RDN, CDN - Fran is a registered dietitian with over 40 years’ experience helping people of all ages with their food and medical nutrition needs. As a Hannaford dietitian, Fran uses her experience and enthusiasm to bridge the gap between supermarket shopping and personal and community health awareness. Judi England, RN, Kripalu Yoga Instructor - With 40+ years’ experience as a Registered Nurse, and over 25 years as a professionally certified Kripalu Yoga instructor, Judi has offered programs in wellness, yoga, meditation, and stress management. She is NNORC’s Senior Health Education Coordinator and is an independent health educator for businesses and organizations. Join us on Wednesday, July 31, from 1:30-3:00 p.m. at Hannaford Market, 900 Central Ave, Albany. Reservations are strongly encouraged. Please call NNORC at 518-514-2023.

Don't miss NNORC night at the JCC! Come out for another NNORC Night at the JCC (340 Whitehall Rd, Albany) on Monday, July 22 at 5:00 p.m. The JCC will be serving up a delicious dinner of lemon chicken, along with good conversation and fun! NNORC night is always a good time to catch up with friends and make new ones. Please call Claire Sigal at 518-438-6651 to make your reservation by 9:30 a.m. on July 22. The suggested donation is $3. We look forward to seeing you there!

Stress-Busting for Family Caregivers of People Living with Chronic Disease or Illness Catholic Charities Senior & Caregiver Support Services is proud to partner with the Albany NNORC to offer a rewarding and supportive workshop for family caregivers. This nine-week series focuses on education, problem-solving and stress management, whereby the participants are taught stress-reducing techniques including relaxation, breathing, guided imagery, meditation, art, journaling and much more. The workshop also provides participants with an opportunity to share their experiences and learn from each other. Caregivers who have participated in these workshops have reported significantly lowered stress, depression, anxiety and have improved their quality of life and self-esteem. Workshop participants will meet once-a-week for 90 minutes, for 9 weeks. The workshop is conducted in a small group setting with two trained facilitators. Participants are provided with many resources including a handbook covering course material. PLEASE JOIN US! Wednesdays, September 4 through November 6 (no class October 9) 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Church, 440 Whitehall Rd, Albany This workshop is FREE, but registration is required as space is very limited. Please call 518-372-5667, Ext. 204 by August 28, 2019 to register.

Two Neighborhoods Become One! What a wonderful turnout last month for our NNORC Meet and Greet as 34 NNORC residents welcomed 23 “new” residents to the NNORC family. The social hall at B’nai Sholom was packed to capacity with everyone enjoying refreshments and conversation, while learning about NNORC programs and services and making some great suggestions for what more the NNORC can do. Happy residents, old and new, left with smiles and tote bags of NNORC swag, and with a greater understanding of all that the NNORC has to offer. A good time was had by all! We would be remiss if we did not acknowledge the generosity of those who contributed to the success of this event. Special thanks are owed to: • NNORC partner B’nai Sholom Reform Congregation for hosting us; • NNORC residents Beverly B., Chris D., Maria H., and Holly M. for their sweet contributions to our dessert table; • The Central Avenue Hannaford (with shout-outs to Fran Weiss, MS RDN CDN and Mary Beth Ketzer) for the donation of a beautiful and delicious custom sheet cake and to the Madison Avenue Market 32 for subsidizing the savory side of our buffet; • And the honorable Judy Doesschate, Ward 9 Albany City Council Member and NNORC resident, for stopping in to reinforce her ongoing support for NNORC.

You Live in the Albany NNORC—Get Access to 3 Square Miles of Support What is a NNORC? It’s a Neighborhood Naturally Occurring Retirement Community that is identified as having a high number of seniors age 60 and older. The NYS Office for the Aging funds a variety of supportive services in this unique area in Albany. What services are provided? Social work support (case management, home visits and counseling); healthcare-related assistance (safety assessments and health screenings), wellness and educational programs (yoga, fall prevention and immunizations) and social engagement events (movies, day trips and cultural outings). Are there fees associated with these services? Most services are free. Some classes and social outings may have a fee that covers the cost of the event/food. How can I access these services? Just call NNORC at 518-514-2023 and speak with one of our staff. How can I learn more? Visit for more about the JFS Albany NNORC, or visit our Facebook page “Albany NNORC” to meet your neighbors, see what we are learning, and get a glimpse of our fun!

NNORC and APL’s Bach Branch team up to bring you... Cook the Book Recipe Swap This DIY cooking program continues with great momentum. It’s a great opportunity to build your cooking skills and to meet new people. There is no July Cook the Book program, but save the date for Thursday, August 15 for the next meeting. The August theme will be announced in the August newsletter.

One-on-One Technology Help Get individual “how-to” training on smart phone, laptop, iPad, or tablet. Learn to connect to wifi, watch a video, retrieve photos, and more. Please bring your questions and your charged device.

Join us Mondays at 12:00-1:00 p.m., July 8 & 22 and August 12 & 26. If you would you like to sign up for help or to volunteer to help your peers learn to use their devices, call NNORC at 518-514-2023 or sign up at the Reference Desk at the Bach Branch.

Let’s Talk About...Albany This stimulating monthly discussion group brings together NNORC residents for conversation and memories about Albany. Join us on Thursday, July 25 at 1:00 p.m. Light snacks will be served. Save Tuesday, August 20 at 1:00 p.m. for our next meeting. Local author, Akum Norder will be speaking.

Cool Off with Help from HEAP The Albany County Department of Social Services is still accepting applications for the HEAP Cooling Assistance program. This lesser-known HEAP component provides for the purchase and installation of an air conditioner or fan to eligible households. Eligibility is largely determined by income level and medical necessity. To qualify, an individual’s gross monthly maximum income cannot exceed $2,391, and the gross monthly maximum income for a household of two is $3,127. A physician’s note, documenting that an individual living in the household has “a medical condition that is exacerbated by heat,” must be submitted with the application. We encourage you to apply for this benefit early, as funds tend to be limited. For more information, call NNORC at 518-514-2023 or the Albany County Department of Social Services at 518-447-7323.

The Farmer’s Market Returns!

Movie and Popcorn

Despite the lack of sunshine and loads of rain, the Farmer’s Market is returning in July to the First Congregational Church on Saturdays. Visit for the exact start date of the market.

We’re cooking up some popcorn on Tuesday, July 16 at 1:00 p.m. and showing the 2001 movie South Pacific. Save August 27 at 1:00 p.m. for the showing of Bye Bye Birdie.

Healthy Bones for Life: Exercise and Education Group

The above programs are held at APL’s Bach Branch (455 New Scotland Ave, Albany). Please RSVP with NNORC at 518-514-2023.

APL’s Bach Branch delivers books and other materials to homebound seniors! Call the Bach Reference Desk at 518-482-2154 and ask about their LIBRARY LINKS program!

This professionally designed class curriculum is geared toward seniors and uses stretching, balance exercises, and non-impact weight training. Trained peers lead exercise classes twice a week. Join us Tuesdays and Fridays from 10:30—11:30 a.m. at APL’s Bach Branch, 455 New Scotland Ave, Albany.

The NNORC Nurses Are In NNORC nurses are available at locations within the Albany NNORC listed below. Come and have your blood pressure checked and share any health and wellness questions or concerns. St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Church Mondays, 10:30 a.m. (July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29) Before Senior Exercise Tuesdays, 10:30 a.m. (July 2, 9, 16, 23, 30) Prior to chair yoga class Sidney Albert JCC Senior Center Thursdays, 10:45-11:15 a.m. (July 11, 18, 25) APLs Bach Branch Mondays, 1:00-2:00 p.m. (July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29)

The NNORC Nurse is Available for Home Visits Would you like to schedule a visit from the NNORC Nurse? Our nurse Sue Hoffman can come to your home and help with a range of things like reviewing your medications and assisting with filling medication boxes. She can also take your blood pressure and provide information and guidance on hypertension. Sue can also discuss your current health issues and any new health challenges you are facing. If you would like a visit from our nurse, please call NNORC at 518-514-2023. Maintaining your independence at home is our goal!

Carpe Diem Quote of the Month “As you go through life, you are going to have many opportunities to keep your mouth shut. Take advantage of all of them.” — James Dent

NNORC Residents’ Council Meeting The next Council meeting is Wednesday, July 31 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Church, 440 Whitehall Rd, Albany. This is an open meeting for all NNORC residents. We would love to see you.

JCC Happenings SIXTY-PLUS DINING Mondays & Wednesdays, 4:45 – 6:00 p.m. Full-course kosher dinners for those 60 and older. Reservations taken until 9:30 a.m. the day of the meal. Suggested Contribution: $3 per person. Guests under 60 pay $10. BOOK MAVENS Wednesday, June 19, 3:00-4:30 p.m. BOOK: Playing with Matches AUTHOR: Suri Rosen REVIEWER: Rabbi Beverly Magidson, Director, Chaplaincy Services, JFNENY This coming of age novel offers a glimpse into matchmaking in observant Jewish communities.$2.25 suggested donation JULES AND PAULA STEIN Live & Learn Lecture Lunch Thursdays, 11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.—4-Part Series Lecture includes Kosher lunch: $15 $13 JCC Member July 11 PENNIES FOR HEAVEN: The History of American Synagogues and Money presented by Daniel Judson, Rabbi, Dean, Rabbinical School of Hebrew College REDISCOVERING YIDDISH Tuesdays, July 9, 23, August 6, 20, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Leader: Phyllis Ross. $2.25 suggested donation/session LOOKING AT SHORT STORIES Wednesdays, July 10, 17, 24, 31, August 7, 1:00– 2:20 p.m. Instructor: Eileen Abrams $59 $50 JCC member; Prepaid registration before full. WATERCOLOR PAINTING Mondays, July 15, 29, Aug. 5, 12, 19, 26, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. Instructor: Theresa Somaio $84 JCC member: $72 $5 supply fee payable to the instructor at the first class. Prepaid registration required before class fills. HAVING THE LAST SAY Tuesday, August 27, 2:30 – 4:00 p.m. Author/Workshop Leader: Alan Gelb Step-by-step instruction given on how to create a short personal narrative to leave behind something heartfelt and meaningful. $26 prepaid registration required by July 15th or before workshop fills. Gelb’s book will be available for purchase at the class. BUS TRIP: Contact the Albany JCC for trip flyers and details. Prepaid reservation required before trip fills. BILLY ELLIOTT – The Musical Wednesday, September 25, The Goodspeed, E. Haddam, CT Trip Escort: Richard Feldman. Lunch included before the 2:00 p.m. show. These activities and events are offered by the Albay JCC | Questions & registration: 518-438-6651 x112

N N O R C Events Calendar – July-August 2019 Unless otherwise noted, please call NNORC at 518-514-2023 to RSVP for each event.




Sit and Get Fit: Chair Yoga

Tuesdays, July 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. & 12:30–1:30 p.m.

St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Church 440 Whitehall Rd. Albany

All Levels Kripalu Yoga

Tuesdays, July 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 4:00–5:00 p.m. NEW TIME

First Congregational Church 405 Quail St. Albany

One-On-One Computer Skills Group

Mondays, July 8 & 22, August 12 & 26 12:00–1:00 p.m.

APL’s Bach Branch 455 New Scotland Ave. Albany

Hike Five Rivers Nature Trails

Wednesday, July 10 10:00 a.m.

Five Rivers Nature Trails 56 Game Farm Rd, Delmar

Movie and Popcorn: 7/17—South Pacific 8/27—Bye Bye Birdie

Tuesday, July 16, August 27 1:00 p.m.

APL’s Bach Branch 455 New Scotland Ave. Albany

Two Summer Day Drips 7/18—SPAC NYC Ballet 8/22—Otesaga and Fenimore

Thursday, July 18, 12:30-5:30 p.m. Thursday, August, 22, 10:00 a.m.-5:45 p.m.

For all trips, bus departs from and returns to: St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Church 440 Whitehall Rd. Albany

Wednesday, July 31 10:00 a.m.

St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Church 440 Whitehall Rd. Albany

NNORC Night at the JCC

Monday, July 22 5:00 p.m.

Albany JCC 420 Whitehall Rd. Albany

National Ice Cream Month Sundae Bar

Wednesday, July 24 1:30 p.m.

Mater Christi Parish Center 35 Hurst Ave. Albany

Food as Medicine

Wednesday, July 31 1:30-3:00 p.m.

Hannaford Market 900 Central Ave. Albany

Let’s Talk about... Albany 7/25—Regular Group 8/20—Local Author: Akum Norder

Thursday, July 25 and Tuesday, August 20 1:00 p.m.

APL’s Bach Branch 455 New Scotland Ave. Albany

Wednesday, August 7 10:00–11:30 a.m.

Congregation Beth Emeth 100 Academy Rd. Albany

Let’s Take a Walk Together

Thursday, August 8 9:45 a.m.

Buckingham Pond Berkshire Blvd Parking Lot

Cook the Book Recipe Swap (No meeting in July.)

Thursday, August 15 1:00 p.m.

APL’s Bach Branch 455 New Scotland Ave. Albany

NNORC Council Meeting

NNORC Breakfast Club 8/7 Congressman Paul Tonko

Did we get your name right? We’re working hard to be sure everyone in the Albany NNORC (new and old areas) gets the monthly NNORC News. Equally important, we want to make sure we got your name(s) right. Please let us know if we need to make a correction to the name listed on the address panel. Email us at or call us at 518-514-2023. Be sure to include your corrected name(s) and street address. Thank you!

Just a Reminder... Just a reminder that the office hours of the NNORC program and Jewish Family Services are Monday—Thursday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The office is closed Friday, Saturday, Sundays, and on certain federal and religious holidays. Calls received on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and holidays will go to voicemail. Staff will not receive messages and return calls until the next business day.

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