The Office for the Aging provides services and advocacy for County residents 60 years and older. Programs and services include: Nutrition Centers and Home Delivered Meals, NY Connects, Home Care Services, Family Caregiver Support, Medical Transportation, Legal Services, Health Insurance Information Counseling and Assistance, Health Promotion Classes, Computer Classes, Nutrition Education and Nutrition Counseling.
For more information, please call (315) 386-4730.
Office for the Aging Office Hours: 8 am - 4 pm, Monday - Friday
- Senior Farmers Market Trips: We are inviting those 60 and older to a free round trip ride and lunch at the local farmer's markets!
Caregiver Support Group: Are you a caregiver for a loved one? Are you a bit weary and need a break? Are you looking to connect with other caregivers to share stories and support? The Office for the Aging is forming a Virtual Caregiver Support Group. Meetings will be held via Zoom. Meetings will be held twice a month. Please call Chiara at 315-386-4730 to sign up.
Mobile Food Pantry: Check it out!
Pen Pal Program: We are thrilled to be partnering with our Youth Bureau to offer this program. There is no technology need - just paper, a pen, a stamp and an envelope! This program will provide a wonderful connection between older adults and today's youth. Clients will call to register for this program and be assigned either a classroom of local elementary students or a local teen as their pen pal. Letters between the pen pals will be mailed to our office and we will forward to your assigned pen pal; so there is no exchange of your home address. Please call Peter at 315-386-4730 to sign up.
Congregate Dining: All Nutrition Centers are currently closed due to the pandemic. Home delivered meals remain open. If you are an older adult in need of food, please call NY Connects at 315-386-4730.
Congregate Re-Opening: Gouverneur Nutrition Center is Re-Opening for congregate dining on July 6, 2021. Diners must make a reservation 24 hours in advance by calling the Gouverneur Nutrition Center at 315-287-2302 or the office at 315-386-4730. Please read our press release here to see our COVID-19 guidelines.
HEAP: The HEAP season opened on November 1st. If you received HEAP last year; early outreach for returning applicants started at the end of August. For questions regarding your HEAP application, please call the HEAP Unit at 315-379-2303.
Loan Closet: Did you know that our small community has not one, but two options for borrowing medical equipment? With these loan closets, you can borrow walkers, wheelchairs, commodes, shower chairs, and more for up to 30 days. Clarkson University in Potsdam and MILC in Massena currently both offer equipment through their loan closet program. Follow the links below
Clarkson University- https://www.clarksonassistivetech.com/aeloancloset.html
- Farmer's Market Distribution:
***We will also be at Helping Hands in Hannawa Falls on Wednesday, August 18th at 9:30am-1pm.
The OFA is now on FaceBook! Find us and like our page at "St. Lawrence County Office for the Aging"
Senior Club Listing
View the 2020 Senior Club List.
*The 2020 list is the most recent list due to COVID-19 and senior clubs not meeting regularly in 2020.
*COVID-19 Updates - Office for the Aging Programs
- The Office for the Aging is open again! Staff are working and clients can call 315-386-4730, or stop by, for assistance.
- The Office for the Aging has temporarily closed all congregate dining centers. If you are in need of food, please call our office at 315-386-4730.
COVID-19 Resources & Government Information
Suggested voluntary contribution for individuals age 60 and older is $3 per meal. There is a $5.00 Guest Fee for anyone under 60. Contributions help support the program; however no eligible client is turned away due to inability or unwillingness to contribute. We request a 24-hour reservation to eat at any meal site. For further info, please call 315-386-4730.
|Nutrition Site Location||Serving Time||Phone|
|Brasher Falls, LBSH Housing, 32 Church Street||11:30 am||315-389-5100|
|Canton, 37 Riverside Drive||11:30 am||315-386-2580|
|DeKalb Junction, Sunrise Valley Apartments, 26 Josephine St.||12:00 pm||315-347-3079|
|Gouverneur Community Center, 4673 SH 58||12:00 pm||315-287-2302|
|Morristown, Fire Station, 200 Morris St.||11:30 am||315-375-6703|
|Ogdensburg, Centennial Terrace||11:30 am||315-393-9133|
|Potsdam, Midtown Apartments, 28 Munson St.||11:30 am||315-265- 2870|
|Star Lake, Clifton-Fine Community Center, 4208 SH 3||11:30 am||315-848-2390|
For inquiries contact: NY Connects at (315) 386-4730. Current Home Delivered Meal routes serve Brasher, Canton, DeKalb, Hermon, Russell, Edwards, Star Lake, Gouverneur, Fowler, Hailesboro, Morristown, Hammond, Parishville, Potsdam, Norwood, Norfolk, Madrid, Waddington, Colton and South Colton.
Looking to Volunteer?
Are you looking to be more involved in your community? The Office for the Aging is looking for volunteers to help at any of the following sites: Nutrition Centers, OFA Main Office and Classes. Please call Danielle Durant at (315) 386-4730 or email the Office of Aging to discuss volunteer opportunities.
HEAP: Home Energy Assistance Program
2021 HEAP Cooling Season opened on May 1st. Please contact the HEAP Department to obtain an application (315) 379-2303.
If you are eligible, you may receive one Cooling Assistance benefit per applicant household for the purchase and installation of an air conditioner or a fan to help your home stay cool. In circumstance where an air conditioner cannot be safely installed, a fan will be provided.
Only one air conditioner or fan, not to exceed $800 with installation, will be provided per applicant household.
You may be eligible for a Cooling Assistance HEAP benefit if:
- Your household's gross monthly income is at or below the current income guidelines for your household size as posted below, and
- Household includes an individual with a documented medical condition that is exacerbated by heat, and
- You currently do not have a working air conditioner or the air conditioner you have is five years or older, and
- You did not receive a HEAP funded air conditioner within the past five years.
2020-2021 Income Guidelines:
1 Person Household - $2610 2 Person Household - $3413 3 Person Household - $4216 4 Person Household - $5019
It will be your responsibility to maintain the air conditioner.
This includes the responsibility to remove, cover, store, and/or reinstall the unit or the installation sleeve after vendor installation.
For questions or concerns, please contact the HEAP department at 315-379-2303
EPIC: Elderly Pharmaceutical Insurance Coverage
EPIC is a New York State sponsored prescription program for senior citizens who need help paying for their prescriptions. EPIC works with Medicare Part D as a secondary payer. New York State residents can apply if they are 65 or older, and have an annual income of $75,000 or less if single, or $100,000 or less if married. For more information, go to www.health.ny.gov/health_care/epic/
Your Link to Long Term Services and Supports is a free information and assistance service that is available to individuals of all ages and their families to help them make better decisions regarding their long term care needs. NY Connects will serve the elderly, adults and children with disabilities, regardless of their payer source. NY Connects is a trusted resource that provides impartial and unbiased information about Long Term services and supports in St. Lawrence County. Click on link for the Resource Directory.
St. Lawrence NYSARC is the operator for the County's Public Transportation Service. For info, contact Rena Ryan at 315-386-2600.
Emergency Rental Assistance Program
Program begins June 1st. Visit https://otda.ny.gov/programs/emergency-rental-assistance/