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Office for the Aging’s Beacon Senior Friendship Center to Begin Friday Operations

Published: 7/30/2019

For More Information Contact:

Colleen Pillus, (845) 486-2000

cpillus@dutchessny.gov

Poughkeepsie… Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro has announced the Dutchess County Office for the Aging (OFA) will begin five-day operations at its Senior Friendship Center in Beacon, beginning on August 2nd. The Beacon center, located at 1 Forrestal Heights, will join OFA Senior Friendship Centers in Poughkeepsie, East Fishkill and Red Hook in operating five days a week, Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

County Executive Molinaro said, “We are thrilled to expand the days of operation for our Senior Friendship Center in Beacon, as residents have come to know the great programming our Office for the Aging provides at its local centers – be it connections to their community, nutritious meals, cultural and exercise programs, or camaraderie with their peers. We’re proud of our seniors’ interest in our Senior Friendship Centers throughout Dutchess County, and we are happy to continue providing them with exceptional services and programs at all our 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 Nick Page said, “Giving Forrestal residents and other Beacon seniors the option to access their common space on Fridays is the right thing to do.”

Senior Friendship Centers are located in Beacon, East Fishkill, Millerton, Pawling, Red Hook, South Amenia, the Town of Poughkeepsie, and at the Office for the Aging at 114 Delafield St. in the City of Poughkeepsie.

To find out more about OFA Senior Friendship Centers, email Nutrition Services Coordinator Nimesh Bhargava at nbhargava@dutchessny.gov, or call (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.