The Center for Healthy Aging announces October programs geared for seniors

Posted: 9/22/2015

Whether you are seeking assistance about adjusting to growing older,  preventing a serious fall or providing end-of-life care to a loved one, the Center for Healthy Aging at Northern Dutchess Hospital has a program in October to help.

The center will present a Body in Harmony balance clinic from 10 a.m. until noon, Thursday, Oct. 15, at its office, 6529 Springbrook Ave. The clinic will feature Health Quest Medical Practice geriatrician Dr. Jodi Friedman, who will give each participant a medical assessment and look for potential problems that could put someone at risk of a fall. There will also be a medication evaluation by a hospital pharmacist and a gait analysis by a hospital physical therapist. Appointments are necessary.

An Adjustment to Aging therapy support group will take place for eight weeks from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Mondays starting Oct. 26. This group meets in a private setting at the center and is for seniors to explore the emotions of aging. There will be group discussions on common aging experiences, significant everyday challenges and grief after loss. Participants will learn effective coping skills for managing anxiety, reducing stress and finding peace with the aging process, according to the facilitator, licensed clinical social worker Allison Gould. Registration is required.

An introductory End-of-Life Doula Training session will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 27, in the hospital’s cafeteria conference room. The full-day workshop, with lunch, will prepare caregivers and others to make dying feel comfortable, pain-free and dignified. Former oncology and hospice nurse Suzanne B. O’Brien, who has written several books and presented internationally on the subject, will guide participants through providing care during the final months of life and teach the skills needed to accompany a person on the end of life’s journey. Open to all. The cost is $15. Fee waivers are available. Registration is required and seats are limited.

For more information or to register, call the Center for Healthy Aging at 845-876-2118. For center information, visit

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