Eden Cafe Art Show Opening Reception to Benefit LifePath
Friday November 17 from 6:00 pm – 9:30 pm Opening Reception at Eden Cafe
Throughout the month of November, Eden Cafe is hosting a captivating art show featuring the works of artist Carrie Gordon, with a portion of the proceeds dedicated to benefit LifePath.
Immerse yourself in the vibrant creations of Carrie Gordon, where her art reflects the unique blend of her New York roots and Southern California dreams. Eden Cafe’s transformed space becomes a canvas of creativity, inviting art enthusiasts to experience the depth of Carrie’s talent. This unique exhibit not only promises a visual feast but also carries a meaningful purpose.
By attending, you not only indulge in artistic inspiration but also contribute directly to the mission of LifePath, helping us create positive change and empower lives of older adults in our community.
Join us in celebrating the magic of art and giving back at Eden Cafe throughout this special month.
Check out upcoming programs and events at our centers on our Activities Calendar!
AARP Smart Driver Course on December 7 at the Cohoes Senior Center
December 7, 2023 | 9:00 am – 3:30 pm
The AARP Smart Driver Course is a one day 6.5 hour session held in person at the Cohoes Senior Center.
Course fees are $25 for an AARP member and $30 for non-members.
Learn safe driving strategies and you could earn a discount on auto insurance.* Hit the road with confidence, courtesy of the newly updated, award-winning AARP Smart Driver course. You will learn helpful driving strategies, and you may even qualify for a multiyear discount on your auto insurance! This course is taught by Regional Coordinator, Warren Lavery.
*Upon completion, you may be eligible to receive an auto insurance discount. Other restrictions may apply. Consult your agent for details.
The AARP Smart Driver Course, offered by AARP Driver Safety, is the nation’s largest classroom and online driver safety course and is designed especially for drivers age 50 and older.
Lunch at the Senior Center is available but optional for $10.00 per meal.
Call Beth at 518-235-2420 or email at email@example.com to register.
Cohoes Senior Center
10 Cayuga Plaza
Cohoes, NY 12047
Check out upcoming programs and events at our centers on our Activities Calendar!
Sing Along with Lou Mulligan from Memories of Mom (M.O.M.)
Wednesday November 29 from 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm at Westview Homes
CEK RN Consulting’s Health Empowerment Program is designed to help individuals understand their healthcare treatments through advocacy & education, resulting in a better quality of life.
Check out upcoming programs and events at our centers on our Activities Calendar!
Musical Entertainment by the Peter Van Keuren Trio at the Watervliet Senior Center
November 16, 2023 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm – FREE
Music is a salve to the soul and we have the joy of announcing a free musical program by the Peter VanKeuren Trio coming to play the standards we know so well.
This program is available to us by a generous grant from the Musician’s Trust Fund made possible by the Albany Musicians’ Association Local 14, and a huge thank you to all who donate to that fund. This a free program.
Consider joining us us for lunch! To reserve a meal, call Michele at 518-273-4422 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
We hope to see you there!
Health Empowerment Program at Westview Homes on November 14
Tuesday November 14 from 10:30 am – 11:30 am at Westview Homes
With 12 years of experience, M.O.M. is a dedicated volunteer ensemble that delights audiences with familiar tunes, encouraging participation whenever possible. Their acoustic sounds feature guitar, mandolin, harmonica, banjo, and accordion accompaniment.
Check out upcoming programs and events at our centers on our Activities Calendar!
Citizen Preparedness Corps: Emergency Preparedness Training at the Cohoes Senior Center November 2
Citizen Preparedness Corps: Emergency Preparedness Training
Thursday November 2 at the Cohoes Senior Center from 12:30-1:30 pm
Come and learn the best practices for safety at home, in weather situations, and while being out in the community.
This is a free program by the Citizen Preparedness Corps and the State of New York
Medicare Free Info Session with CDPHP at the Cohoes Senior Center on November 13
On 11/13 at 1:00 pm, join us with CDPHP at the Cohoes Senior Center for an in-person or virtual Medicare Product Overview Seminar that will specifically address CDPHP’s 2024 Medicare Advantage plan offering.
Don’t miss out on this special opportunity to learn more about our plans and the valuable benefits available to you.
Plus, you’ll have a chance to get your questions answered too!
Give us a call 518-235-2420
Flu Shot Clinic on November 7 at the Cohoes Senior Center with Marra's Pharmacy
Arm yourself against the flu!
Marra’s Pharmacy is hosting a Flu Shot Clinic at Cohoes Senior Center on November 7 from 10:00-11:30 am
Call to sign up today! Limited spots available.
Reserve your spot today by calling 518-235-2420
Penne with Meatballs Drive-Through Dinner Fundraiser on November 7 at the Cohoes & Watervliet Senior Centers
LifePath’s Penne with Meatballs Drive-Through Dinner Fundraiser
Tuesday November 7, 2023
2 Locations: Cohoes & Watervliet Senior Centers
$15 per person includes:
Penne Pasta with Meatballs, Italian Bread, Salad, and Dessert
Purchase your dinner tickets today!
Drive-Through Dinner Fundraiser to Benefit the Programs & Services at the Cohoes & Watervliet Senior Centers.
Your donation will support LifePath’s efforts in promoting the health, safety and engagement of older adults, allowing them to remain independent within our community.
Musicians Bring Fun & Joy to Residents at Westview Homes
Memories Of Mom (MOM) Entertainment Group graced Westview Homes with their music, creating connections and combating social isolation through the power of song.
With 12 years of experience, MOM is a dedicated volunteer ensemble that delights audiences with familiar tunes, encouraging participation whenever possible. Their acoustic sounds feature guitar, mandolin, harmonica, banjo, and accordion accompaniment.
Thank you “Memories of Mom” for bringing fun and joy to the residents of Westview Homes!
Autumn Painting at LifePath's Social Adult Day Program "Cohoes Companions"
What a gorgeous day for autumn painting at Cohoes Companions Social Adult Day Program!
If you’re a caregiver in need of a break or if you’re acquainted with an older adult who would thrive in an engaging, secure, and friendly setting for individuals aged 60 and above – where they can create new bonds, savor delicious meals, partake in physical and mental activities, and foster connections with others – don’t hesitate to contact us at 518-465-3322
We’re here to enhance the lives of your loved ones! 🍂🎨
Armchair Fall Foliage Tour & Autumnal Treats at the Watervliet Senior Center with St. Peter's Health Partners
No isolation here with Watervliet Senior Center in the neighborhood!
JoAnne from St. Peter’s Health Partners dropped by, and our friends had a blast.
They enjoyed apple cider, donuts, and pie during our Armchair Travel Fall Foliage Tour!
Creative Arts & Therapy Students Bring Therapeutic Art to LifePath's Social Adult Day Program "Cohoes Companions"
The Russell Sage College Creative Arts and Therapy Class students are making Mondays shine at the Cohoes Companions Social Adult Day Program until the end of November.
These seven talented students, guided by their caring teacher, dedicate their class hour to therapeutic art individually with our wonderful guests. It’s a heartwarming journey of healing through art!
Do you know a caregiver needing respite or an older adult seeking structured socialization?
Contact us at 518-465-3322 to discover more about our programs in Albany and Cohoes.
Residents of Westview Homes Graduate from Digital Literacy Program & Receive Laptops
Westview Homes residents are celebrating their graduation from ATTAIN (Advanced Technology Training And Information Networking) Lab’s Digital Literacy Program, marking their hard-earned success! Residents excelled in their final exams and proudly received their coveted Acer laptops.
LifePath is proud to support digital inclusion and education, as we believe that everyone deserves access to technology and the skills to use it.
Incredible Turnout for LifePath's Coat Distribution at the Cohoes Senior Center
LifePath's Social Adult Day Program "Cohoes Companions" Bake Sale Was a Success!
Thank you to everyone who supported the Cohoes Companions Bake Sale this month!
Your contribution directly support LifePath’s programs and services that promote the health, safety and engagement of our older adults in our community.
Social Adult Day Programs provide an interactive, safe and secure place where older adults can make new friends, share a meal, exercise their bodies and brains, learn new activities and connect with others.
Social Adult Programs are ideal for individuals who live at home but need a little bit of extra support and/or companionship during the day. A fully balanced breakfast and lunch are served daily. Case assistance and other support services are available as needed.
Let us provide you with a free consultation to see if a Social Adult Day program is right for you or your loved one. Schedule a visit to one of our two locations.
Sugar Cookie Decorating with the Residents at Westview Homes
Residents at Westview Homes in Albany came together for a delightful social event!
They decorated yummy sugar cookies, sipped tea, and cherished the wonderful bonds they share with their neighbors.
Be sure to check LifePath’s Activities Calendar for fun-filled events at Westview Homes, Cohoes Senior Center, Watervliet Senior Center, and more!
Computer Literacy Class for Residents of Westview Homes
Residents of Westview Homes had a blast visiting the Attain Lab! 💻
Our Computer Literacy class is a hit at LifePath, and this week, our clients dove into the world of computers, learning about their basic components and uses.
The final class is just around the corner, and we’re excited to see our clients’ progress as they prepare for their final exam next week!
Flu Shot Clinic at the Watervliet Senior Center on October 5, 2023 - Sponsored by CDPHP
Flu Shot Clinic at Watervliet Senior Center Sponsored by CDPHP!
Date: THURSDAY, OCTOBER 5
Time: 11 AM – 1 PM
Location: Watervliet Senior Center
Protect your health with a quick flu shot. Stay strong this season!
Volunteers in Action at LifePath's Albany Kitchen
Our amazing volunteers in action at the Albany kitchen, bagging bread, preparing our hot and cold meal bags, and always ready to lend a hand.
If you’re eager to join the LifePath volunteer team, drop us a message!
LifePath's Capital Region Senior Expo at Crossgates Mall on October 20, 2023
Join LifePath and Presenting Sponsor CDPHP for the annual Capital Region Senior Expo at Crossgates Mall on October 20 from 8:30 am – 1:30 pm.
Admission is FREE!
Make sure to check out nearly 50 vendors from local companies & organizations catering to older adults and their caregivers, entertainment, health & wellness strategies, flu shots, and more!
Proceeds from the event will support LifePath’s mission to keep older adults in our community healthy, safe, and connected by providing meals, programs and support services.
Come out, support a great cause and have some fun!
Russel Sage Student Enriches LifePath's Social Adult Day Program "Cohoes Companions"
A Russell Sage occupational therapy student is enriching the experience of a guest at LifePath’s Cohoes Companions Social Adult Day Program by facilitating a fun bowling match among fellow guests.
If you’re a caregiver seeking respite or know an older adult who could benefit from an interactive, safe, and welcoming environment for individuals aged 60 and older to forge new friendships, enjoy meals, engage in physical and mental activities, and connect with others, consider reaching out to us at 518-465-3322
Your loved ones deserve the best care and companionship.
Aging Mastery Program to Begin October 3, 2023
Are you interested in taking control of your well-being and positively aging?
Come join the Aging Mastery Program (AMP) starting October 3rd from 1:00 – 2:30 pm at the Cohoes Senior Center.
We’ll be discussing important topics such as health and wellness, medication management, healthy relationships, falls prevention, sleep, financial fitness, advance planning, and community engagement.
There’s no cost to participants thanks to our generous sponsors.
Registration is required.
Sign up today! 518-235-2420 email@example.com
St. Catherine's Center for Children's Kinship Care Forum
Maria Jones, our Interim Co-Executive Director, and Felicia Segelken, LMSW, our Director of Support Programs, had the privilege of joining a panel discussion at St. Catherine’s Center for Children’s Kinship Care Forum on September 27, 2023.
Maria and Felicia had an incredible time sharing essential insights with the Kinship Community.
We extend our heartfelt gratitude to St. Catherine’s Center for Children for welcoming LifePath to this Forum, and a special thanks to the Albany Guardian Society and Kinship Navigator for their invaluable partnership in making this event a resounding success!
LifePath is Seeking Board Members
Are you passionate about making a difference in the lives of older adults in our community?
We invite individuals to apply for a rewarding volunteer opportunity on our Board of Directors for a three-year term starting 1/1/24 and ending 12/31/26.
Our mission is to keep our older neighbors and friends healthy and safe by providing effective programs and support, helping them stay connected to our communities. You can play a vital role in achieving this mission.
Board members typically attend two monthly meetings in Albany, including the official board meeting and one committee meeting. These meetings are scheduled either in the early morning (around 8:30 AM) or after work (around 5:00 PM) and last approximately 90 minutes each. The total monthly time commitment, including meetings and independent review of emails, paperwork, and reports, is estimated at around 6 hours per month.
While no predetermined financial contribution is required, we kindly request that all board members make a cash donation to support our mission. Your annual donation can be at a level you are comfortable with. We also encourage board members to attend at least one of our two special events.
We are currently looking for individuals with expertise in:
* Strong financial background
* HR experience
* Community activism experience
We welcome applications from individuals with diverse interests and experiences.
Interested in making a difference? Send your name, phone number, and area of interest to firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you for considering this opportunity to contribute to our community and support the well-being of our older neighbors!
"Friendly Film Afternoons" Every Wednesday at the Cohoes Senior Center
Come for lunch and stay for a movie!
Join us for Friendly Film Afternoons with the Cohoes Public Library at the Cohoes Senior Center every Wednesday from 1:00 – 3:00 pm. Gather ’round to join in with friends and film buffs alike for a few hours of fun and laughs. Future films will be announced at each screening.
LifePath's Chili Dinner Drive-Through Fundraiser
Thank you for making our Chili Dinner Fundraiser a success yesterday!
Your support and generosity have helped us raise funds for the Cohoes & Watervliet Senior Centers and their vital programs for older adults.
Together, we are promoting health, safety, and engagement within our community.
Thank you for making a difference!
LifePath Joins ALERT Partnership for Unite the City in Washington Park
LifePath enjoyed a fantastic September weekend at ALERT Partnerships Unite the City Community Day!
We hosted thrilling rounds of BINGO for a packed house and had a blast connecting with the community to highlight our services for older adults.
Grateful for our partnership with ALERT – Albany Law Enforcement Resolution Team
LifePath's Senior Picnic at the Cohoes Senior Center with Presenting Sponsor Norlite
Join us September 7 from 2:00 – 4:00 pm at the Cohoes Senior Center for a Senior Picnic!
FREE and OPEN to ALL SENIORS
Food, Live Music, Vendors, Games, & Activities
Special thanks to Presenting Sponsor Norlite
Call to register: 518-235-2420
FREE Healthy Aging Seminar Series - Better with Age
Stand strong – prevent falls and stay on your feet. Attend a fall prevention seminar to see how!
Join LifePath and CDPHP for a FREE Healthy Aging Seminar Series – Better with Age
August 8 • 10:30 – 11:30 am • CDPHP Fitness Connect at the Ciccotti Center
30 Aviation Rd, Colonie, NY 12205
August 22 • 12:45 – 1:45 pm • Cohoes Senior Center
10 Cayuga Plaza, Cohoes, NY 12047
August 29 • 12:45 – 1:45 pm • Watervliet Senior Center
1501 Broadway, Watervliet, NY 12189
Enjoy presentations from pharmacists & fitness specialists about:
– How to keep your bones healthy
– Safety tips to use around your home to avoid falls
– Ways to stay active and strong
– & More!
All are welcome. No registration necessary!
LifePath's 25th Annual Travers Soirée Fundraiser
Friday August 25, 2023 | Saratoga National Golf Club
Thank you to all who helped make this year’s Travers Soirée an extraordinary evening of celebration at the magnificent Saratoga National Golf Club on the Eve of Travers. Reggie’s Red Hot Feet Warmers and the beverage vendors ignited the magic of the night, followed by an exciting evening under the tent with a delectable dinner and electric live auction. With the help of our sponsors, donors, and volunteers, we helped secure critical services for older adults in the Capital Region.
This event has become an absolute must for the summer season in Saratoga, growing in importance year after year. With nearly 300 esteemed attendees from the Capital Region and beyond, the evening commenced with a delightful reception featuring exquisite butler-passed hors d’oeuvres and a wide selection of local wines, beers, and craft beverages to tantalize your taste buds. As guests mingled, they had the opportunity to bid on captivating items in our silent auction while entertained by the lively tunes of Reggie’s Red Hot Feet Warmers. The night culminated in a mission-focused dinner and an exhilarating live auction, filling the tent with excitement.
At a time when funding for elder services remains historically low, your presence and financial support are more crucial than ever. By supporting LifePath’s Meals on Wheels, social opportunities, group dining at regional centers, adult day care, health and wellness programs, and caregiver support initiatives, you play an instrumental role in enhancing the lives of our beloved senior community. Your contribution to this fundraiser ensures that LifePath can continue its vital mission, helping our seniors and their caregivers stay healthy and connected to the community they hold dear.
If you would like to learn more or explore other opportunities, please contact Maria Jones, LifePath’s Director of Marketing & Special Events, at 518-362-5481 or email@example.com
Your presence and financial contribution to this event have been more important than ever. Thank you for joining us for an unforgettable night of celebration, and for helping to make a lasting difference in the lives of those who need it most.
Thank you to all the businesses who contributed to this year’s silent auction – it was a great success!
We greatly appreciate your support – Thank you!
Drumming at Westgate Social Adult Day Program
It’s always a fun day at the Westgate Social Adult Day Program when the drumsticks come out!
BBQ Chicken Dinner Drive-Through Fundraiser
Thank you for supporting our BBQ Chicken Dinner Drive-Through Fundraiser at the Cohoes & Watervliet Senior Centers on July 25!
Your support directly funds the programs and services offered by LifePath at the Cohoes & Watervliet Senior Centers.
Happy Pride Month
Love knows no boundaries, and at LifePath, we celebrate diversity and inclusivity every day.
This Pride Month, we stand with the LGBTQ+ community, honoring their resilience, courage, and beautiful individuality.
Together, let’s create a world where everyone feels safe, valued, and loved.
Happy Pride Month!
Watervliet Celebrated National Strawberry Shortcake Day with Dinner, Dessert, & Music
Thank you for supporting our dinner at the Watervliet Senior Center last night to celebrate National Strawbery Shortcake Day! Your support directly funds the programs and services offered at the Watervliet Senior Center by LifePath. We wouldn’t be able to do it without you!
A special thank you to “The Evidence” for providing live music!
Senior Services Open House in Town of Berne | June 29, 2023
Join LifePath and Albany County Department for Aging on Thursday, June 29, 4:00 – 6:00 pm at the Town of Berne Community and Senior Center for a Senior Services Open House!
Stop by to learn about services available for seniors and caregivers through the Hilltowns, including:
– Medicare/Medicaid health insurance options (HIICAP)
– Caregiver support programs
– Low or no cost Social Adult Day Programs
– Home-delivered and community meals
– Support for seniors raising young family members
Music • Food Tasting • Connection
Staff will be available to assist with applications for programs such as HEAP (heating & cooling assistance), SNAP (food stamps), community dining and Meals on Wheels.
Call LifePath if you have any questions: 518-465-3322
or email firstname.lastname@example.org
HUD Ross Grant Allows LifePath to Expand Support Services for the Residents of Westview Homes
LifePath is only one of a handful of community organizations in the US to have been awarded a 2023 HUD Resident Opportunities and Self-Sufficiency (ROSS) Grant, which LifePath will use to significantly expand its support services at Westview Homes in partnership with Albany Housing Authority with the intent to provide residents with connection to services to help them maintain independence and age in-place.
The three-year grant provides funding for full-time service coordination staff who will work to identify specific support needs of Westview residents, educate them about and connect them to available services within the community, work with residents to establish a Residence Council, and assist them in advocating for themselves with the housing authority and other agencies. Such services could include programs on scam prevention, instruction in computer and phone use, application and certification assistance, isolation prevention opportunities like community dining and entertainment events, health maintenance activities like blood pressure clinics and medication reviews, information and assistance for drafting legal documents like wills and custody agreements, and much more.LifePath will work alongside other organizations such as the Legal Project, Albany College of Pharmacy, Statewide Senior Action Council, Legal Aid Society, Albany County Department of Aging, Pride Center, and more to ensure that residents receive comprehensive support.
LifePath@Westview is already partnering with Albany Housing Authority (AHA) and Friends and Foundation of Albany Public Library (FFAPL) on a digital inclusion initiative called “#keepalbanyconnected” funded by a ROSS grant FFAPL received in 2022. That grant provides free Wi-Fi at all ten AHA campuses and will allow LifePath to provide provide computers to up to 20 residents of Westview who complete an introductory computer skills course.
Eddie Tirado - Volunteer Spotlight
Eddie, a remarkable volunteer in Cohoes, has become a cherished presence in the community through his unwavering commitment to helping others. With a genuine love for people and an innate desire to lend a hand, Eddie continues to make a positive impact on those around him. From his upbringing in Syracuse to his journey of self-discovery working as a model for Kenneth Cole in Manhattan, Eddie’s unwavering dedication and resilience shines through, even in the face of adversity.
Eddie’s Puerto Rican heritage and upbringing instilled in him a deep care for others. “I like helping people. I care about people. It’s in my nature. I love it. I was taught to always help others in need.”
Eddie was inspired by LifePath’s Albany Kitchen Manager and joined the LifePath volunteer team at the Cohoes Senior Center in February 2021, inspired by a friend who works as a chef at the LifePath Meals on Wheels kitchen. Since then, he has been an invaluable asset, assisting at the front desk and delivering meals to individuals twice a week. His ability to empathize and foster genuine connections is a testament to his commitment to making a difference. “I feel joyful with the people I connect with. When people have a question, I connect with them. Everybody loves me.”
Eddie’s dedication to open and respectful communication creates an environment where seniors feel valued and supported. “We have to remember, we’re here for them, they’re not here for us. So we have to be very, very, very respectful. I try to communicate with them.”
For Eddie, the act of helping others is a mutually rewarding experience. “Helping people helps me. Being here is fun because you get to connect with the people. I think they feel comfortable with me.”
Despite life’s inevitable ups and downs, Eddie maintains a resilient outlook. He encourages others not to succumb to worry, stating, “Why worry? We all worry; we’re humans, we can’t help it. People worry constantly, and it’s not gonna go away. Just let the universe take its toll. I get worried and I get sad sometimes. I think it’s human nature. We are mysterious creatures, aren’t we?” His words reflect a wisdom that comes from a place of understanding and acceptance.
Eddie’s unwavering faith in God serves as a source of strength in his life. “I pray. I believe in God. That’s all I believe. This is the way God made me. I’m sorry, but no one is gonna tell me there’s something wrong with me,” Eddie asserted confidently. He acknowledges that despite legal protections, the LGBTQ+ community still faces challenges. “Gay people are still a target. Just because there’s a law that protects us doesn’t mean anything, you’re still a target. I can’t be open like that.”
Eddie’s remarkable journey, filled with personal triumphs and the desire to make a difference, inspires those around him. His unwavering dedication to helping others and creating a comfortable and supportive environment truly embodies the spirit of LifePath. As Eddie humbly stated, “When I see somebody sad, I try to cheer ’em up. That’s what we are here for. That’s what LifePath is about—helping people and making people feel good and comfortable, showing them that we are there for them, they’re not there for us.”
Eddie’s remarkable contributions and genuine compassion make him an invaluable member of the LifePath community. Through his unwavering support, he reminds us all of the power of compassion and connection in improving the lives of those around us.
Legal Aid Society of NENY Host Free Legal Clinics in Albany and Cohoes
Free legal clinics for Albany County residents age 60+ are provided by the Legal Aid Society of Northeastern NY through a grant from the Albany County Department for Aging. One-on-one appointments are scheduled at Westview Homes and Cohoes Multi-Service Senior Center monthly. The service is available by appointment only.
For availability or to schedule an appointment, call 518-465-3322 – press 2 for Cohoes and 3 for Westview Homes or email email@example.com | firstname.lastname@example.org
Roasted Red Pepper & Sundried Tomato Chicken Penne Drive-Through Dinner Fundraiser
Thank you to everyone who came out on May 16th to the Cohoes and Watervliet Senior Centers to support LifePath’s Roasted Red Pepper & Sundried Tomato Chicken Penne Drive-Through Dinner Fundraiser! Your contributions directly fund the programs and services provided by LifePath at both senior centers.
Keep your eyes peeled for our next event coming soon!
Ice Cream Social at Westview Homes with MVP Health Care
Thank you to our corporate partner, MVP Health Care, for providing ice cream to the residents of Westview Homes today!
It might not be summer quite yet, but who can pass up ice cream?
Olana Bus Trip
Our Olana bus trip this week was an absolute blast! The event was a complete sell-out, with older adults joining us for an incredible day of exploration, learning, and awe-inspiring moments. We strolled through the breathtaking grounds, marveled at the magnificent buildings, and created memories that will last a lifetime.
Stay tuned for more exciting adventures coming soon!
Social Work Services Key to LifePath's Mission
LifePath’s comprehensive and compassionate approach to social work improves quality of life for seniors in the community. With March having been National Social Worker Month, we’re taking a moment to recognize the important work being done by the dedicated social workers who make it all possible.
LifePath Director of Community and Support Programs Felicia Segelken, LMSW provides case management for older adults living in independent housing and oversees program and site managers. Our program and site managers are the bridge between older adults and the elder resources in the community. They help connect seniors to transportation and benefits like health insurance, Social Security-managed long-term care, food security programs, and more, all to ensure that our seniors can live as independently as possible.
Felicia facilitates LifePath’s caregiver programs, offering a range of supports, including 1:1 counseling, navigating different services, monthly caregiver support groups, and our 12-week Caregiver Tune Up.” Through these programs, Felicia gets to know caregivers, providing a safe and supportive space for caregivers to process their experiences and helps to assess the supports that are available to each individual.
Animatronic Pet Animates Its New Owner
“Sarah Ophelia Colley Cannon Mini Pearl” has made a significant impact on Maryann’s emotional well-being since they moved in together several months ago. The two will be very happy together for many years to come, provided Maryann remembers to replace Sarah Ophelia Colley Cannon Mini Pearl’s batteries regularly.
Sarah – as we’ll call her for short – is a animatronic cat Although she has never been particularly drawn to animals, the companionship and comfort provided by her robotic cat have transformed Maryann’s daily routine. While she was not previously particularly animated herself, these days Maryann spends time interacting with the cat, talking to it – even sleeping with it – and Maryann has even begun increasing her interaction with other people in LifePath’s Cohoes Companions Adult Day Services Program, where she participates weekly and “adopted” Sarah.
LifePath was able to gift Sarah to Maryann thanks to an innovative program of the New York State Office for the Aging, which provided Joy for All animatronic dogs, cats and birds to aging services providers across the state. The animatronic pets provide seniors, especially cognitively challenged or neuro-atypical seniors, with companionship and emotional support. These pets are becoming increasingly popular in assisted living facilities and senior centers, and can help improve the overall well-being of older adults and provide them with a sense of purpose and fulfillment.
Studies have shown that interacting with robotic pets can reduce stress, anxiety and depression, and even lower blood pressure. They are low maintenance, requiring no feeding or cleaning, making them ideal for older adults who may have mobility issues or be unable to care for a live pet. LifePath is privileged to be able to provide these “friends” to their new family members through its partnership with the NYS Office for the Aging.
"Patsy Cline" at Cohoes Senior Center
Thank you to everyone who put on their dancin’ boots to join us at the “Grand Ole Opry” for an unforgettable sold-out evening of music, food, and fun at the Cohoes Senior Center for “A Tribute to Patsy Cline” Dinner and Show.
A special thanks to Courtney Shayne: Professional Tribute Artist & Musician for an incredible performance as the great Patsy Cline!
Thank you to CDPHP , Marquis Home Care, MVP Health Care, Stanton-Farrell Funeral Home, St. Peter’s Health Partners, and Ed & Lisa Tremblay for helping to make the event a resounding success, raising funds for the center’s essential programs and services supporting our community’s older adults.
Volunteer Spotlight: Carol M. Taylor
Carol Taylor, has been a dedicated volunteer at the Cohoes Senior Center for several years. She enjoys the diversity of people she meets at the center and the ways she can help others. “It is interesting, the people that you meet from different backgrounds,” says Carol. “You get to know people you maybe wouldn’t normally gravitate toward.” In addition to volunteering at the desk almost every weekday, Carol also participates in LifePath’s knitting and cardmaking groups. “I like my downtime,” she said.
Carol grew up in the Capital District, graduated from Lansingburg High School and went into nurse’s training at Albany Memorial. She then moved to Ohio, started her family, then relocated to Pennsylvania where she raised her two children. When her children were grown, Carol returned to the Albany area and worked at the Eddy Heritage House Nursing & Rehabilitation Center for 14 years until her retirement. She started attending the community meals at the Cohoes Senior Center, formed a circle of friends there and began volunteering. Carol’s friend Myrtle volunteered at the front desk and Carol often joined her there to chat. Soon, Carol began volunteering there. “It was just sort of osmosis, I occupied the chair, and that was it,” she said.
Volunteers like Carol are vital to LifePath’s success. Without volunteers, LifePath would not be able to provide the level of care and support that it does. Carol’s dedication to LifePath and the Cohoes Senior Center is a testament to the positive impact that volunteering can have on both the volunteers and the communities they serve.
Lights, Lunch, Action! Friendly Film Afternoons at Cohoes
Looking for a fun way to spend an afternoon? Look no further than LifePath’s “Friendly Film Afternoons” at the Cohoes Public Library / Senior Center every Wednesday from 1:00-3:00 pm!
Enjoy a delicious lunch and stick around for a movie screening that will entertain you for hours. This is a great opportunity to bond with like-minded individuals in your community while indulging in great cinema. Don’t miss out on the fun!
To learn more, call Beth at the Cohoes Senior Center 518-235-2420 or email email@example.com
LifePath's Third Age Achievement Awards
On April 28th, at our Annual Third Age Achievement Awards, we celebrate the outstanding accomplishments of seven individuals who continue to make a positive impact in their community after the age of 60. These honorees inspire us all with their dedication, passion, and commitment to improving the world around them.
Thank You for Supporting Our Corned Beef & Cabbage Fundraiser!
Thank you to everyone who supported LifePath’s Corned Beef & Cabbage Drive Through Dinner Fundraiser!
It was a great success – we couldn’t have done it without your generosity and support!
Your contributions will help us continue to provide programs and services at both the Cohoes and Watervliet Senior Centers, which are invaluable resources for our community’s older adults.
We appreciate your commitment to our mission and look forward to continuing to make a positive impact in our community.
International Women's Day with Capital Region Menstrual Health at the United Way
LifePath is proud to have delivered period products donated by individuals at our Centers to the Capital Region Menstrual Health drive in honor of International Women’s Day.
We extend our gratitude to the United Way for recognizing the remarkable work being done by women in our community and for hosting the Women United’s gathering on this special occasion at The Blake Annex in Albany.
Achillecs "Red Hawk" Brown | Volunteer
Meet Achillecs “Red Hawk” Brown, a full-blooded Mohawk Indian born on a Native American Reservation outside of Buffalo. Achillecs has lived a life full of adventure and passion. From working as a union welder and a chef at places like Disney and five-star restaurants, to being a dedicated father of four, he has done it all.
Achillecs is now dedicating his time and effort to LifePth as a volunteer. For the past two years, he has been covering everything at the front desk, making coffee, and helping anyone he can with whatever they need. Even though he does not lead the programs, people come to him with ideas and suggestions, and he always does his best to make the majority happy. “If you can make the majority happy, then you know you’ve got a good unit. It works,” he says.
Achillecs’ dedication to LifePath goes beyond his assigned volunteer tasks. He takes care of everyone he meets, especially the people who reside at Westview Homes, where LifePath is located. He has been learning a few words in the language Uzbek to say good morning to a resident from Uzbekistan and always makes sure to give Mrs. O, who can’t speak well due to health reasons, a compliment just to brighten her day.
Achillecs does everything he can to help make the residents’ lives a little bit better. He goes above and beyond as a volunteer, doing paperwork and handling menus for lunch. When someone has a concern, they come to him, and he tries to work it out. “Most of the people here really feel like they’re forgotten,” he says, but not on his watch.
Volunteering is personal for Achillecs. He started doing it to fight depression without medication. His kids and psychologist suggested that he get out more with people, so he started listening to them and volunteered for LifePath. “Now I enjoy it, and I have a good time doing it,” he says.
When asked what he likes most about volunteering at LifePath, Achillecs replied, “Felicia – I tell her I’ve always got her back, whatever she needs, I try to take care of her, make it easier for her, that’s what I like the most.” Felicia works is a Licensed Master Social Worker and works as LifePath’s Director of Support Programs and works closely with Achillecs.
Achillecs’ dedication to LifePath and its residents is admirable. He is truly a man of service. His family has a long history of serving the country; his grandfather was a code talker, his father fought in WWII and the Korean War, he himself was a Marine recon sniper, and his youngest daughter has followed in his footsteps and is a Captain in the Marines. He also has a daughter in Sweden who works for IBM and a daughter in Germany who works for a hospital. His son lives in Albany and is a stay at home Dad.
At 65 years old, Achillecs calls himself the baby of the Westview seniors, but his dedication to serving the residents makes him a giant. He is not just a volunteer; he is a friend, a companion, and a hero to those who feel forgotten. And to those who have tried his apple pie, he is also a master chef.
Thank you, Achillecs “Red Hawk” Brown, for your unwavering dedication and selflessness. You are truly a shining example of what it means to be a volunteer.
“Simple things I do, when people come up the side, I say good morning to them, thank you, little things like that might make their day. I’ve learned over the years so I try to do that. I’ve got no problem coming down and helping or setting it up. Anything I can do to help make people that live here’s life just a little bit better, because most of the people here really feel like they’re forgotten.” Red Hawk | LifePath Volunteer
Caregiving is Tough Work | LifePath's Caregiver Tune-Up Begins April 5
The demanding role of caregiving for a family member or loved one can take a toll both physically and emotionally. Caregivers must balance the responsibilities of their personal, work, and family lives or jobs, all while navigating their caregiving role. This added stress can have negative effects on a caregiver’s health and relationships. However, caregivers now have the opportunity to access tools and strategies to help manage their responsibilities and feel less alone.
LifePath’s Caregiver Tune-Up is a 12-week program designed to provide caregivers with these necessary tools and strategies. The spring program’s initial session is scheduled for Wednesday, April 5 at 7 pm. Participants in the first session will work together to determine the most mutually convenient time and days for the remaining sessions.
Completing LifePath’s caregiver support program has demonstrated many benefits for participants, including a reduction in stress, strain, and depression. Participants gain improved problem-solving skills and confidence in identifying local resources.
For further information or to enroll in the program, contact Felicia Segelken, LMSW
firstname.lastname@example.org or 518-817-5262
Upcoming Live Music at the Cohoes Senior Center
Get ready for a month of exciting FREE live music events! On March 10 from 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm, join LifePath at the Cohoes Senior Center for a free performance by Don Maurer the Troubadour. Don will share stories and songs that highlight the American experience, while also explaining the roots of bluegrass and folk music and how American music has evolved over time.
Then, on March 28 from 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm, LifePath is thrilled to host Deb Cavanaugh and Dandelion Wine playing familiar jazz standards. This event is sponsored by the Albany Musician’s Association and the Music Performance Trust Fund.
Both events are free and no registration is required.
If you’re 60+ and an Albany County resident, you can enjoy a $3.00 luncheon at noon, while under 60 &/or out of county residents can still enjoy lunch for $10.00. Reserve your meals by calling Beth at 518-235-2420 or emailing email@example.com.
We hope to see you at these free live music events, full of stories, songs, and entertainment. Don’t miss out on these opportunities to enjoy great music and delicious food with your community!
"You are LOVED" - Valentine's Day Fundraiser
This Valentine’s Day, 300 homebound Meals on Wheels recipients received a special surprise with their meal delivery. Thanks to the generosity of donors and MagnetsUSA, LifePath was able to distribute 300 fridge magnets to meal recipients, each bearing a simple but important message: “You are LOVED.”
Valentine’s Day can be a difficult holiday for those who may feel isolated or alone, so LifePath and MagnetsUSA wanted to do something to remind our recipients that they are cared for and appreciated. The response to the magnets has been overwhelmingly positive, with many recipients expressing their gratitude for the thoughtful gesture.
LifePath is grateful to their donors and to MagnetsUSA for helping to spread a little love and kindness this Valentine’s Day. It’s these small but meaningful acts that can make a big difference in the lives of community members.
Russell Sage Students Gain Experience in Service with LifePath
Students from Russell Sage College’s class, “Innovating to Impact: Your Engagement with the Community,” completed clinical experience hours during their Fall semester through their participation with LifePath.
The ten students led activities at the social adult day programs in Albany and Cohoes, assisted in the Meals on Wheels Kitchen, and delivered meals to older adults in their homes via Meals by Foot.
These students, studying Occupational Therapy, Health Services, Nursing, and Business Administration, had an excellent opportunity to gain hands-on experience while also bringing joy to older adults within the community.
Students presented about the LifePath programs they participated with, sharing their experiences at a special reception.
LifePath looks forward to continuing its partnership with Russell Sage College this Spring semester, as they work together to benefit the community.
“I loved the experience of working with the LifePath Day Programs; the environment created for the guests was so wholesome and warm. I had fun engaging with the guests, who were always so very welcoming to me, the other students, and new guests that joined the program. This opportunity confirmed that the program I am studying at Russell Sage is exactly what I want to do in the future. Thank you, LifePath, for this experience.” Sam B. | Student at Russell Sage College
Review Foundation Grant Enables LifePath to Launch Mobile Meals Platform
A generous grant from The Review Foundation has enabled LifePath to launch new software and a mobile app to guide and track the delivery of meals to individuals in their homes.
The new platform schedules routes more efficiently and tracks deliveries in real-time, allowing drivers to send instant updates if the client is not home, if there is a change in their condition and can report an emergency before leaving the home, allowing the office team to intervene more quickly, if needed.
This is the beginning of LifePath using automation within their Nutrition Services Program, resulting in the elimination of tedious driver route sheets and manual data entry.
LifePath is grateful to the Review Foundation for its support.
“With the new mobile platform, the coordination of meal deliveries is now much faster. More efficient routes and communication with drivers has led to a more streamlined process. This extra time allows us to provide more support to our community of older adults.” Linda | LifePath Employee
A Special Thank You to Berne Volunteers
LifePath expresses its gratitude to Karen, Charlotte, Frances, Janet, Matthew and Rose for their over ten years of dedicated volunteer service, who have now retired.
LifePath is open to new volunteers who can spare a few hours a week to give back. To join the program and make a difference, please contact Victor at 518-465-6465. Every contribution counts!