Goodbye For Now

Hello Dear Friends,

It’s a fact that Millbrook at Home has had to “pause” programs and activities these many months, since COVID 19 made it impossible to meet in person and, therefore, difficult for us to carry out our mission.  While struggling with the decision of how to or if we could move forward, the Board has decided, due to continued uncertainty, to keep the organization in an inactive state.  

We are looking forward to sometime in the future, coming back to life, providing fun times, lots of resources and opportunities to gather for seniors in the Millbrook area.  All these activities had been carried out with the hopes of creating safe, healthy and creative lifestyles for our local residents.

Until that time, we wish you just that…safety, good health, a creative lifestyle.  If you are interested and inclined to get involved with Millbrook at Home now or sometime in the future…becoming active on the board of directors, providing organizational leadership, helping with fundraising….please get in touch with us through   We would love to learn of your interest in supporting Millbrook at Home.

Until then, thank you for your support.  

Millbrook at Home Board of Directors

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A Poem For Millbrook at Home

For all of you followers, of Millbrook At Home,

The Board has asked for some sort of a poem, 

Because with this Covid, there hasn’t been much

Of getting together, and meetings as such

Haven’t been possible, not all in one room,

It is not even easy to meet up on Zoom.

And even though thoughts in our brains can still roam

The truth of matter?  We are each stuck at home.


And so, we are finding, at about a snail’s pace,

That most of us merely are aging in place.

But, if you want, you can all take a look

Where we have established a place on Facebook,

But further than that it should be no surprise

That it was hard for us to organize.

So we made that sure that we could be 

Established in law, a 501.c.3;

And, though you should surely feel no obligation,

If you do want to offer to make a donation,

We will happily take it, and you can be sure,


Your tax deduction will be fully secure.

Please think about it, and hey what the heck?

Do, please, follow through by donating a check. 

And, if you are wondering, we’ll let you know,

Instructions are laid out quite simply below.

– John Reid


If you are inclined to support Millbrook at Home with a small donation please send a check to:
Millbrook at Home
PO Box 912
Millbrook, NY


Thank You!


Here I sit twiddling my thumbs
Planning moves when that notice comes.
Trusting that it will surely say “It’s ok”
“We’re back to normal beginning today.”

One gets tired of playing Solitaire,
But if you’re the only person there,
You have no choice but to go ahead
Or toss the cards, go read instead!

So, I twiddle away as I watch TV.
How much longer can it possibly be
Before we get back to where we were
And, I can meet with my friends once more?

– “Senior Poet”

Focus on the Good!

Burrr! Winter is coming, perhaps sooner than we wish! Most of us living in this area love the change of seasons. We bring in our plants for the winter, get out our favorite sweaters, take drives into the woods, walk to a spot overlooking the Hudson River, and appreciate the colorful leaves, and beautiful clouds these days bring.

This year we may have to miss some of the activities we normally participate in, like attending special Fall festivals, or eating at a favorite restaurant along the Hudson. Even so, there is much to be thankful for and look forward to doing.

If you are having trouble focusing on the good there are some things you can do…

– Everyday, take some time to think about the things you are grateful for….friends, family, some of the new activities you may have started this year, etc.  Write them down and focus on why they make you happy.

– Turn off the TV and focus on the positive stories about the many wonderful things others are doing to help their neighbors…those they know and those they don’t…through volunteer work, donations, and other supportive efforts.

You could do the same!

– Say hello to a new neighbor; share fresh baked cookies with the folks across the street, support your local businesses, sew face masks for donation, spend some time at a local charity, volunteer to make supportive phone calls to those who are alone. I’m sure you can think of more.

Most important, if you find yourself thinking about the bad, turn it around, and focus on the good. Or, how you can bring more good into the lives of others. You can do it!

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Reimagine the Challenges of Aging Through Volunteering

“Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much” 

– Helen Keller

 Dear Neighbor,

As the leaves begin to show off their beautiful colors, our days are slowly beginning to get cooler. And, as we begin to see a little less daylight, many of us will start to think about a season when we will be spending more time inside making those delicious warm “comfort” foods. while also wondering how we might keep ourselves fulfilled when there could be less outdoor activities to enjoy.

Social events, church gatherings, family celebrations and group outdoor recreation remain largely restricted for seniors due to the COVID-19 virus. It has been and continues to be challenging for each of us to find ways to keep our minds and bodies healthy and feel part of the whole community during these unprecedented times. However, research has shown that Seniors can reimagine aging and some of its challenges through volunteering.  

An article from Senior Community Services – Reimagine Aging Institute (Five Benefits of Volunteering in Retirement) click here to read the full article, the author:  Deb Taylor, states the top five reasons retired adults should volunteer:

  1. Helps bridge the generation gap
  2. Volunteering time makes you feel like you have more time
  3. It’s good for mental health
  4. Helps prevent senior isolation and depression
  5. It promotes physical activity

The Millbrook at Home, Inc. organization has gathered a list of just some of the local opportunities in our greater Millbrook area where you can feel part of a team that helps contribute to the well-being of seniors and others in our area. Some of the ways are  offering to make “friendly contact calls” to isolated seniors, delivering Home Delivered Meals (provided by DC Office for Aging), training to become a volunteer tax preparer to provide free tax assistance to seniors and low income individuals, and assisting with sorting donations for the local thrift store as a few examples.

Click Here to view a list of local volunteer opportunities. 

You are also invited to become part of our newly formed Millbrook at Home team in another capacity as we look to build a strong, vibrant organization that can be a valuable resource for seniors who plan to remain in their homes and our communities.  We are actively seeking seniors and new retirees who have experience, talent or interest in  writing articles, graphic arts design, social media communication, program/event planning, fundraising, leadership/organizational skills or prior non-profit board experience.   Please contact us through our website for more information. 

Let’s do this together!  



Mary McKiernan Marshall


Mary currently serves as volunteer Board Member on  Millbrook at Home, the  Dutchess County Office for the Aging Advisory Board, Senator Sue Serino’s Lyme Task Force and the Dutchess County Medical Reserve Corp (MERC). 

Too Much Zoom? Not Enough Exercise?

Cris Caivano, M.A., presented a Zoom program for Millbrook at Home in June called “How to Take Care of Your Back When You Can’t Go To Your Massage Therapist.”  Cris shared some great practices with the class which included several attendees with either headaches from eye strain or the need for gentle exercise due to different physical complications. 

Participants learned how to use self-massage at acupressure points for stress and pain relief.  Cris modeled breathing practices and safe, gentle exercises to move circulation through the body.  These exercises were easy to do and provide hope to those with “Zoom headaches” and other maladies.

Cris Caivano’s book is “Strength Training, Staying Fit and Fabulous” (Dover Publication 2018) and is available locally at Merritt Bookstore, Millbrook.  Cris also provides Zoom training classes……and let’s face it, Zoom will be with us for awhile.  Learn more by subscribing to her website, where you will find a link bringing you directly to the her Zoom classes.  You’ll also find her schedule, weekly blogs describing her programs, announcements of new workshops and over 20 free, short “video tips” describing exercises for specific issues.  If you want to try a class, email Cris at: for further direction. 

An Outbreak of Scams

The COVID-19 outbreak has led to new scams targeting many people. Scammers are setting up websites, contacting people by phone, email, and posting disinformation on social media platforms. Often they are pretending to be a family member or charity in need of help and financial assistance. Some are posing as health officials offering bogus treatments,vaccines, and testing kits. Note that there is currently NO FDA-approved vaccine for COVID-19 and it is not possible to order a testing kit online.

At this time please be extra cautious, and do not give out any personal information over the phone or online. Hang up on robocalls, and do not order anything from Coronavirus related Ads on social media.

When in doubt please refer to U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and NYS Department of Health or call the COVID-19 hotline: 1-888-364-3065. Call Dutchess County Office of the Aging at (845) 486-2555 with any further questions about scams or potential scams.

The following links will share more details on this topic:

Coronavirus Consumer Scams

Internet Phishing Scams

News31 Outbreak Leads To New Scams

Coronavirus Consumer Scams NY

Millbrook at Home Scam Prevention Resources

Diet for Healthy Lifestyle

On Wednesday February 19th Millbrook at Home hosted Nimesh Bharagava for our monthly Coffee and Connections event. Nimesh Bhargava (MS, RD, CDN) is the Nutritional Services Coordinator for the Dutchess County Office for the Aging. He came to discuss healthy lifestyles, what to eat, and what to avoid. 

Nimesh Bharagava’s presentation was absolutely phenomenal and attendees were excited to learn many wonderful tips on maintaining a healthy lifestyle and getting enough nutrition.

Millbrook at Home was honored to host Nimesh Bharagava and help our community members maintain good eating habits and healthier lifestyles. Nimesh Bharagava’s presentation emphasized the importance of setting healthy goals, following goals for at least 21 days in order to change habits, eating natural foods, drinking enough liquid daily, and sleeping well. 

Attendees had the opportunity to ask questions, share their opinions, and meet Nimesh Bharagava after the event for further discussion. 

Millbrook at Home is happy to connect our members with free community resources and services each month at Our Coffee and Connection events. Coffee & Connections is open to all seniors and their caregivers residing in Millbrook and the surrounding areas. We hope you will join us!

Women’s Voices and Talents in Dutchess County

The year 2020 marks the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment granting women the right to vote. On Wednesday JAN-15-20, Millbrook at Home had the pleasure of hosting Bill Jeffway, a member of the Historical Society during our monthly Coffee & Connections event. Dutchess County Historical Society’s Executive Director Bill Jeffway highlighted Women’s Voices and Talents in Duchess County, and role of Lucrettia Coffin Mott. His presentation delves into the history of Women’s Suffrage in the Mid-Hudson Valley. 

According to Mr.Jeffway, it has never been only a man’s world because women have always had a significant role in this country’s history. Mr. Jeffway’s presentation cited examples of women being allowed to vote in New York as early as the 1880s. This includes Union Vale electing Nancy Boyd Duncan as school district clerk. He also cited Vassar College as playing a significant role in the Suffrage movement in the early 1900s with Professor Laura J. Wylie heading up the Equal Suffrage League of Poughkeepsie.  

Attendees were very happy and excited to hear all about Women’s Voices and Talents in Dutchess County and the event concluded with a Q&A session. 

Volunteer Spotlight: Deanna Mancuso

For Millbrook at Home’s First Friday Lunch we were fortunate enough to welcome Deanna Mancuso who is the founder of Lucky Orphans Horse Rescue, located in Dover. This horse rescue focuses on taking in horses who have been abused and neglected in their past lives and giving them a new forever home at Lucky Orphans where they can spend the rest of their lives. She came full of passion to talk about her life work and legacy regarding horses, the outreach they do with the horses, and how Lucky Orphans came to be.

Lucky Orphans Horse Rescue works with different at risk groups of people to help them heal and grow at any age. They work with juveniles, veterans, people struggling with emotional problems or substance abuse, and victims of domestic violence to name a few. Through therapy with the horses Deanna hopes to help heal both the traumatized horses that come into her care as well as the people that interact with these horses.

This was one of our largest crowds yet for our First Friday Lunch events and you could feel the energy in the room as Deanna spoke about her mission and what people can do to help out. Volunteers are always needed at Lucky Orphans Horse Rescue and there are a variety of opportunities to do that in areas such as:

● Stable / Horse Care
● Office Help
● Groundskeeping
● Fundraising

If this is a cause you are passionate about feel free to check out Lucky Orphans
Horse Rescue’s website for more information or call at (845) 877-0685 to find out about what you can do to get involved with this non profit.