Ancram, New York
Body/Soul | Local living | Soft news
18 April 2016 07:58AM

Will you be able to stay in your own home as you age or will you be better off moving? Are your parents facing that decision now? Learn about your options at the second workshop in the series “Getting Ready for Getting Older: Strategies for Successful Aging,” at the Roeliff Jansen Community Library this Saturday, the 22nd, from 10 am to noon.

This workshop – “Stay Where You Are or Move?” — will address making your home convenient and safe; looking at alternatives for the future and their costs; and local alternatives. Representatives from Pine Haven Nursing Home and the Camphill Ghent assisted living community will join workshop leaders Maura Rose, RN, FNP, owner of RoseCare Patient Advocacy and Elder Services LLP; Jackie Elder, RN, LMT; Karen Frishkoff, RN, CCM; and Patricia McQuade, Pastoral Care Counselor.

You need not have attended the first workshop to attend this one or later ones. The remaining sessions, at which experts will supplement the health care team, are:

• “Documents, Downsizing and Decluttering” (April 29): Important medical papers, emergency contacts and advance directives; what to keep and where; how to reduce and organize your stuff when downsizing. With Julie Ulmer, professional organizing consultant.

• “Financial and Legal Issues” (May 6): Will Medicare cover all your health care needs? What happens if you die in New York State without a will? What are “trusts” and what are they for? What is a durable power of attorney and why do you need one? With senior health insurance advisor Elizabeth Acciani and attorney Adrienne Orbach.

According to the Bureau of Census, the median age across the Ancram, Copake and Hillsdale communities in 2015 was 50, versus a US median of 37. “Residents 50 and older are a large and growing population in our communities,” said Gerry Fultz, chair of the library’s Community Outreach Committee. “The Getting Ready for Getting Older workshops are designed to help that population maximize their quality of life,” said Mr. Fultz.

All sessions will be held at the Roe Jan Library and will run from 10am to noon. The workshops are free, and coffee and tea will be served.

The Roeliff Jansen Community Library, which is chartered to serve Ancram,
Copake and Hillsdale, is located at 9091 Rt. 22, approximately one mile south of
the light at the intersection of Routes 22 and 23 in Hillsdale. For information on
hours and events, call (518) 325-4101, or visit the library’s website at http://www.roejanlibrary.org. Follow the library on Twitter @libraryroe.

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