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
Please consider taking our Social & Recreational Programming Survey. This survey is a way for us to gather more information regarding activities that our population of 60+ individuals would be interested in participating in. We would love to hear your feedback!
The Office for the Aging is pleased to announce that we will be soon be offering an in-person Caregiver Support Group. We are hoping to have meetings once a month in-person at the Human Services Building in Canton. Please fill out the Caregiver Support Group Survey if you are interested in getting involved.
- Senior Citizen of the Year: Myrtle Regan, Canton
Myrtle Regan has been a volunteer for all of her adult life. She enjoys providing assistance at the Maplewood Nursing Home in the activities room and driving older adults in her community who need a ride to appointments. Regan is a member of the County Council of Senior Citizens, Dekalb Jct. United Methodist Church, the Methodist Church in Canton, and the Canton Senior Citizens Club. Since 2007, she has been president of the Canton Senior Citizens, which is the largest active senior citizen club in St. Lawrence County. She has escorted hundreds of older adults on many bus trips that she has organized, taking them to over 50 states, as well as Ireland, Australia, and Canada.
Regan is described by individuals as a doer and a leader who gives tirelessly of her time and talents. When asked why it is important to volunteer, she says: “Everyone should volunteer; it is always a joy and gives you satisfaction of knowing you are helping.”
Outstanding Contribution by a Senior Citizen: Brenda Sanderson, Canton
Brenda Sanderson has been a volunteer for over 20 years, participating in several groups to help her community. She was a member of the Hermon-Dekalb School Board, Hermon Library Board of Trustees and was a den mother for the Boy Scouts when her sons were younger.
Sanderson was the president of the Dekalb Jct. Senior Citizens Club for many years. She has been president of the County Council of Senior Citizens since 2018. In her first year as president, Sanderson visited all of the individual senior clubs to learn more about them. She is also an active member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church.
Described by individuals as kind and generous; she is a friend to all, very humble, and willing to lend a hand when needed. When asked why it is important to volunteer, Sanderson stated, “If you see a need, there is no reason you can’t step up and help if able.”
Congregate Dining: Please join us for congregate dining at any of our Nutrition Centers located in: Brasher, Canton, Gouverneur, Morristown and Potsdam. Home delivered meals also remain open. We also offer our Grab & Go program. If you are an older adult in need of food, please call NY Connects at 315-386-4730.
HEAP: If you or someone you know needs assistance paying for heat this winter, help is available. HEAP season opened on Tuesday, November 1, 2022 and operates through March 15, 2023, or until funds are exhausted. For questions regarding your HEAP application, please call the HEAP Unit at 315-379-2303. For information, check out https://www.ny.gov/helping-new-yorkers-keep-heat.
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
- Elder Abuse Helpline for Concerned Persons: This is a confidential service that provides support and validation to individuals 18 years or older who are concerned about an older adult in New York State they suspect is experiencing abuse or exploitation. Help line specialists are experienced in the field of aging and family violence and can provide emotional support and physical safety planning, referrals, advocacy, and education of complex systems.
- Social Security Scams: Social Security will never call or email you. If you are unsure whether the call is a scam, hang up and do not give any personal information.
NEW 988 Suicide & Crisis Helpline available for all individuals! The 988 Helpline is a free service for anyone who is suicidal, experiencing a mental health or substance-use related crisis, or experiencing any kind of emotional distress. Check out the Frequently Asked Questions here.
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 2022 Senior Club List here.
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||11:00 am||315-386-2580|
|DeKalb Junction, United Helpers, 26 Josephine St. *Temporarily Closed*||11:00 pm||315-347-3079|
|Gouverneur Community Center, 4673 SH 58||11:00 pm||315-287-2302|
|Morristown, Fire Station, 200 Morris St.||11:00 am||315-375-6703|
|Ogdensburg, Centennial Terrace, 202 Washington St. *Temporarily Closed*||11:00 am||315-393-9133|
|Potsdam, Midtown Apartments, 28 Munson St.||11:00 am||315-265- 2870|
|Star Lake, Clifton-Fine Community Center, 4208 SH 3 *Temporarily Closed*||11:00 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.
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/
Find My Benefits
Use this link to see what benefits you may be eligible for!
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.