The Dutchess County Office For The Aging offers a wide variety of services to meet the nutritional needs of persons 60 years and older. Services include congregate meals at senior friendship centers and housing sites, home delivered meals for the homebound, nutrition education and counseling, picnics, and health promotion events.
Senior Friendship Center (Congregate Sites) - For those seniors who wish a tasty, nutritious meal combined with social activities and fellowship, most of the eight senior friendship centers are open Monday through Thursday with transportation available in most cases. The City of Poughkeepsie site is also open on Friday. The Pawling Center is open on Tuesdays and Thursdays only. There are also six mini sites at senior housing locations where meals are served once or twice per week.
Sites are located in the City and Town of Poughkeepsie, Rhinebeck, Millerton, South Amenia, East Fishkill, Pawling and Beacon. Specific locations as well as a description of some of the activities at the sites are listed below.
** All phone numbers are 845 area code unless otherwise specified **
Office For The Aging Senior Friendship Center activities include the following:
|Art Presentations||Holiday Parties||Bardavon Concerts|
|Blood Pressure Screening||Country and Western Day||Card Games|
|Dancing||Stress Reduction Seminars||Exercise|
|Socialization||Health Programs||Hawaiian Luau|
The Dutchess County Office For The Aging prepares hot meals which are delivered to homebound seniors. Home visit assessments are made by personnel from the Nutrition Program to determine each person's eligibility. The Home Delivered Meals Program allows seniors to remain in their homes and also provides them with daily socialization with the delivery person. For more information, call 486-2555.
Summer picnics are organized by the Office For The Aging in communities throughout the county. These events, sponsored by community organizations, local businesses, and municipalities, offer an opportunity for those over 60 to mingle and enjoy a barbecue. Office For The Aging staff members are on hand to provide information about programs and services for seniors and to process senior citizen discount cards.
Health Promotion Events
Many friendship centers offer a variety of Health Promotion Events including cholesterol, vision, blood pressure and osteoporosis screenings. Almost all sites offer a regular exercise program which acts as an excellent osteoporosis preventative. Call the site nearest you for more information.
Other Meal Services
Box lunches, and frozen meals are some of the other offerings from the Dutchess County Office For The Aging designed to provide for the special needs of the senior citizen population. Frozen and shelf stable meals allow meals to be delivered for more than one day at a time in difficult to reach locations. They also provide assurances that those in the program will not go hungry in the event of inclement weather.
Meals On Wheels
Several Meals on Wheels organizations operate in Dutchess County. Days of service and fees vary for each organization. Contact them directly at:
Grocery Shopping Services
For those who are able to cook but are not able to drive, Stop and Shop offers Peapod, a food delivery service where customers order online and their order is delivered. The fee is $6.95 for orders over $100 and $9.95 for orders between $50 and $100. The company offers $1 off the delivery fee if payment is made by automated checking account withdrawal, and another $1 off certain delivery times, meaning that delivery can be as low as $4.95. This service is not available in all areas of Dutchess County.
Shoprite From Home allows customers to place an order and pick it up or have it delivered. The shopping fee is $10 plus $5.95 for the delivery. Like Peapod, the service area is limited.
Nutrition Education and Counseling
Education on dietary concerns is offered on a regular basis at each friendship center. A nutrition newsletter is published monthly and provided to all nutrition program participants as well as to others who are interested. Individual nutrition counseling by a Registered Dietician is available to seniors through the Nutrition Program.
All menus are approved by a registered dietitian and are low in fat and salt. They also contain one-third of the RDA requirements. Diabetic diets can also be accommodated.
Municipal Senior Centers / Senior Activities
Many communities in Dutchess County operate their own senior centers and/or offer regularly-scheduled activities. Hours and availability may vary. Click on each community's link to find out more.