Rhinebeck Rotary Club talks about Senior Assistance (Aired on December 23 and December 24th 2017)

Rhinebeck Rotarians Mike Frazier and Mike Mazzarella tell RadioRotary producer Kathy Kruger about the program Rhinebeck Rotary has instituted to help senior citizens age in place. Many older Americans prefer to stay in their existing homes instead of moving into assisted-living communities or nursing homes. Sometimes the physical infirmities of aging mean that homes need to be modified for safer living; in other instances, simple tasks such as mounting storm windows in the fall have become too difficult for an aging homeowner. In Rhinebeck, NY, the Rhinebeck Community Committee on Aging recognized this problem and committee members who were also Rotarians asked their club to help. Today Rhinebeck Rotarians who are skilled in carpentry, plumbing, and electrical work volunteer to solve these problems for senior citizens at no cost for materials or labor. Grab bars are installed in bathrooms and railings on stairs as needed. Plumbing and electrical problems are solved. Necessary tasks such as cleaning gutters are handled as well. Seniors in need only need to contact Mike Frazier at Rhinebeck Rotary to get the help scheduled.

Learn More:
Rhinebeck Rotary
Aging in Place
Other Programs for Home Improvement

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January 4, 2018 · Posted in Aging, Health, Hudson Valley, Quality of Life, Rotary Club Projects  

Rtn. Carolyn Burnett from Brookmeade (Aired on November 4, 2017 & November 5, 2017)

Aging Care in Rhinebeck (Aired on November 4 and 5, 2017)
RadioRotary interviews Rhinebeck Rotarian Carolyn Bernitt and Brian Zeiden, both on the staff of the Brookmeade Community, a 75-acre, three-tiered facility in Rhinebeck that provides homes and care if necessary for our aging population. Sufficiently healthy seniors can opt for independent living at Arbor Ridge, an apartment complex that provides the amenities of a luxury hotel, including accessto fine dining and a heated pool. For those who need help with the tasks of personal care, The Terrace apartments provide assisted living arrangements. For older residents in need of close medical supervision, The Baptist Home is also
services as a result of aging. The community provides many field trips to events or locations in the area. Residents are active in community programs such as painting, singing, or exploring the sensory garden.


Learn More:
Brookmeade Community
Division of Aging Services
Rhinebeck Rotary

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November 10, 2017 · Posted in Aging, Dutchess County, Health, Hudson Valley, Quality of Life  

Anne Brueckner & Nina Lynch on Rhinebeck At Home (Aired on July 8 and July 9 2017)

Aging in Place with “Rhinebeck at Home” (Aired on July 8 and 9, 2017)

Although Rhinebeck at Home is one more of than over 200 “aging in place” organizations, it has no age limit—current members range from 58 to 97 years young—and its roster of group activities include events for people of all ages. In
this RadioRotary program Rhinebeck at Home President
Nina Lynch and Vice-President Anne Brueckner tell about how the group was formed and how they work to achieve their goals. An all-volunteer membership organization that relies
on helping each other, the members provide transportation, referrals to community-service organizations, social activities, and help with household tasks. Various events are organized to encourage the members to network with each other, ranging from picnics to attending shows or museums together. Home for Rhinebeck at Home is wherever you choose and the only requirements for membership are residence in Rhinebeck, payment of nominal dues, and the ability to make your own decisions.
Learn more:
Rhinebeck at Home
Aging in Place:
Dutchess Country Office for the Aging
Rhinebeck Rotary Club

Show in photo: L to R:  Nina Lynch and Anne Brueckner

Photo by Jonah Triebwasser


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Dana Pavlock on Elder Abuse (Aired on 5-27-17 & 5-28-17)

Elder Abuse Awareness (Aired on May 27 and 28, 2017)

The sixth annual World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, celebrated on June 16, 2017, is discussed on RadioRotary by Susan Davidson of Friends of Seniors and Dana Pavlock of Evercare. Elder abuse can be psychological, financial, sexual, physical, or simply neglectful. It is more of an issue today than in the past because people are living longer, but families no longer have several generations living in the same location. Isolated elders, many suffering from mild to serious dementia, can be easy prey for caregivers of various kinds. Friends of Seniors does not deal directly with elder abuse, but provides medical transportation, grocery shopping, caregiver respite, and similar services through trustworthy volunteers. Evercare is a certified home health care agency that also offers a managed long-term care plan through Medicaid as well as an adult social day program. Together, the two organizations are behind the 2017 World Elder Abuse Awareness Day celebration in Poughkeepsie, a half-day conference on recognition and relief.
Learn more:
World Elder Abuse Awareness Day
Dutchess County Recognizes World Elder Abuse Awareness
Friends of Seniors of Dutchess County

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