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Office for the Aging’s East Fishkill Senior Friendship Center Begins Friday Operations

Published: 5/28/2019

For More Information Contact:

Colleen Pillus, (845) 486-2000

cpillus@dutchessny.gov

Poughkeepsie … Dutchess County Executive Marcus J. Molinaro has announced the Dutchess County Office for the Aging (OFA) has begun five-day operations at its Senior Friendship Center in East Fishkill. The East Fishkill center, located at 890 Route 82 in Hopewell Junction, will join OFA Senior Friendship Centers in Poughkeepsie and Red Hook in operating five days a week.

County Executive Molinaro said, “Our Office for the Aging Senior Friendship Centers keep local residents connected to their community, and we are delighted to expand days of operation in East Fishkill, providing our residents even more of the programs and camaraderie they’ve come to love. We’re thrilled our seniors have such an interest in our Senior Friendship Centers, and we look forward to continuing to give them great experiences at all of our Senior Friendship Centers.”

The OFA’s eight Senior Friendship Centers throughout Dutchess County provide seniors companionship and activities, as well as serving hot, nutritious meals. Additionally, the Friendship Centers serve as distribution points for OFA’s Home Delivered Meals program, which provides hundreds of hot meals to homebound seniors every weekday, as well as shelf-stable meals to be used when inclement weather prevents deliveries.

County Legislator John Metzger said, “Office for the Aging Senior Friendship Centers are valuable resources for seniors throughout Dutchess County, and seniors in East Fishkill will greatly benefit from this expansion of operation. I thank County Executive Molinaro for his dedication to Dutchess County’s seniors, and our residents appreciate the added opportunity to enjoy their local Senior Friendship Center.”

Residents can learn more about OFA Senior Friendship Centers by emailing nbhargava@dutchessny.gov or calling (845) 486-2555.

In 2018, OFA staff served more than 13,000 individual seniors, non-seniors in need of long-term care, caregivers and family members through a wide variety of community-based services, including, among others, case management, case assistance, home care, senior centers, home-delivered meals, legal services, insurance counseling, energy assistance, transportation, caregiver services and health promotion. 

Additionally, OFA staff held or participated in over 143 community outreach events, totaling direct contact with 2,900 persons, including presentations on topics such as Caregiving, Falls Prevention, Successful Aging, Scam Prevention, Health Insurance/Medicare, Food Safety, and Food and Drug Interactions. More information about the OFA and its many services and programs is available on Dutchess County Government’s website.