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Office for the Aging, Youth Bureau and Veterans Administration

 

Office for the Aging

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

Programs/Events/Meetings

  • 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!

Mobile Food Pantry

  • 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.

Pen Pal Program

 


ANNOUNCEMENTS:

  • 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 

          MILC- http://milcinc.org/loan-closet/ 

  • Farmer's Market Distribution:

Farmer's Market Distribution 2021


FACEBOOK

The OFA is now on FaceBook!  Find us and like our page at "St. Lawrence County Office for the Aging"

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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

St. Lawrence County Public Health

COVID-19 Vaccinations

Centers for Disease Control (CDC)

World Health Organization (WHO)

New York State Governor

New York Forward

 


Nutrition Program

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.        

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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. 

https://www.ny.gov/services/apply-heating-and-cooling-assistance-heap

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/


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NY Connects

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.


Bridge to the Wellness’s 2019 Community Health Improvement Plan and Community Health Assessment

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Public Transportation

St. Lawrence NYSARC is the operator for the County's Public Transportation Service. For info, contact Rena Ryan at 315-386-2600.  

www.slcnypublictransit.com 

Bus


Program begins June 1st. Visit https://otda.ny.gov/programs/emergency-rental-assistance/

Emergency Rental Assistance Program