In June Millbrook at Home sponsored their second Coffee and Connections program at the parish Hall of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church. Once again the organization welcomed more than twenty community members to share refreshments and important information.
Brian Jones, Outreach Coordinator with the Dutchess County Office for the Aging, discussed different kinds of scams and how to protect yourself and your family. In 2019 about 50% of all phone calls are SCAMS! With this in mind, JUST HANG UP! If you pick up the phone and realize (or suspect) it is a scam don’t feel the need to say anything or even explain yourself. While phone scams are the most common, it is important to be on guard against other types of scams like social media, door-to-door, lottery, and dating scams. Never give out your personal or health information over the phone or internet, and be wary of offers that sound too good to be true.
If you think you have been scammed contact local authorities and financial institutions. A list of scam prevention resources can be found by clicking this link Scam Prevention Resources and Brian’s full presentation can be read by clicking the Full Presentation Link. You can also visit www.millbrookathome.org/safety or call Dutchess County Office of the Aging at (845) 486-2555.
In the month of March, Linda Hogan, the current board chair of Millbrook at Home, brought news about an award-winning program made available to Millbrook at Home by the Dutchess County Office For the Aging. The program, which started with 14 participants in April, is called “A Matter of Balance” and is designed to “help reduce the fear of falling and increase the activity levels of older adults who have concerns about falling.”
Taught by volunteer coaches over the course of eight weeks, “A Matter of Balance” teaches participants how to view falls as controllable, how to set realistic goals for exercise, and how to change the living environment to reduce fall risk factors.
Millbrook at Home began to advertise the program through its ever-growing email list and posters at the local libraries. In a short while, there was a waiting list to enroll into the program!
The group had been meeting at the Parish Hall of Grace Episcopal Church, and seemed to have established good bonds. Each class included readings, discussions, lectures, and exercise. The course materials that the participants of the program have been following cover a range of topics: from attitudes to falling and being outside, to assessing actual risks in the surrounding environment, and basic exercises that strengthen joints and help people balance more confidently.
Millbrook at Home expresses its gratitude to the invigorating leadership of Class Coaches Dottie and Nancy, Linda Hogan and the generosity of Grace Episcopal Church for donation of space.