First of all-- thx tons to everyone who came out last Thursday to
my little forum at Clinton Town Hall to see if there might be interest here in our town
to emulate the success of www.RhinebeckatHome.org!...
RhinebeckatHome.org Pres. Nina Lynch was our speaker; thx also
to our county's Office for the Aging Commissioner Mary Kay Dolan
for joining us; new Clinton@Home co-coordinators Betty Olson and
Meg Hesher-- and Ray and Susan Rivard, Glenda Schwarze, George
and June Sanderson (even my own Mom-- Judy Malstrom-- and...thx
to Assemblywoman Didi Barrett for sending staffer Justin Torres to this too!]
[Betty Olson can be reached at 889-4836 or firstname.lastname@example.org;
Meg Hesher can be reached at 266-4270-- contact them if you are a
senior citizen here in the Town of Clinton or know one who's interested!]
I've asked our Town Clerk Carol Mackin to reserve Thurs. June 27th 5:30 pm
at Town Hall (1215 Centre Road in Schultzville: 12572) for our
next meeting-- hope y'all can make it-- spread the word!...
[Betty Olson has already designed a flyer she'll be distributing at tomorrow's
Office for the Aging picnic at Frances J. Mark Memorial Rec Park: www.co.dutchess.ny.us/CountyGov/Departments/Aging/spotlightsummer13.pdf .
[note-- we now have a list of seniors here in town from our county's Board of
Elections-- call my mother (Judy Malstrom) at 876-2488 to help her go
through list to reach out to local seniors; perhaps this could be done together-- or delegated out?
up to you all]
Recall-- fact from Mary Kay Dolan-- the 2010 census showed that there are
now over 900 seniors in our town (a whopping forty-percent increase
from 633 in 2000)...
One last time-- Rhinebeck senior citizens have www.RhinebeckatHome.org --
it's high time senior citizens in the Town of Clinton had Clinton@Home!
[pass it on]
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Seven years ago the NYTimes ran this front-page article-- "Aging At
Home: For a Lucky Few, A Dream Come True" (about Beacon Hill Village program in Boston; I started putting word out towards getting folks interested locally in this then):
Rhinebeck at Home is part of the national Village to Village
Network-- Town of Clinton should: www.VTVNetwork.org .
Check out these four gems on the great Rhinebeck@Home program, similar ones:
The Hudson Valley News 1/17/13: "Support for Seniors in Rhinebeck in
the Works" by Rev. Luis Perez issuu.com/hudsonvalleynews/docs/112112_hudsonvalleynews
The Observer 1/10/13: "It Takes a Special Village" by Arlene Wege www.rhinebeckathome.org/content.aspx?page_id=5&club_id=870478&item_id=22405
NYTimes 3/12/13: "For Modern Retirees, There's No Place Like Home" by
Keith Schneider www.nytimes.com/2013/03/13/business/retirementspecial/for-modern-retirees-theres-no-place-like-home.html?pagewanted=all
NPR 5/23/13: "The Changing Lives of Women: Boomer Housemates Have
More Fun" by Julie Rovner www.npr.org/blogs/health/2013/05/22/183903991/Boomer-Housemates-Have-More-Fun
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From www.RhinebeckatHome.org ...
Rhinebeck@Home is a new, locally based, non-profit organization
dedicated to helping our members remain in our own homes and stay
connected within our community as we grow older.
Members share a common concern that we may need assistance, now or in
the future, to maintain a fulfilling life. We are united by the
belief that neighbors helping each other can make that possible.
Rhinebeck@Home will encourage and coordinate the efforts of our
members to give and receive that support.
Rhinebeck@Home joins over 100 existing "aging in place" villages and
another 122 villages that are in the process of development. We are a
part of the Village to Village Network (VtV), which is a national
peer to peer network to help establish and continuously improve
management of villages, whether in large metropolitan areas, rural
towns or suburban settings. The mission of VtV is to enable
communities to establish and effectively manage aging in community
organizations initiated and inspired by their members.
Villages that are part of VtV are membership-driven, grass-roots
organizations, and are typically run by some staff and many
volunteers. By following in the footsteps of so many established and
emerging villages, we hope to make this process easy and helpful for
all of our community. To learn more about Village to Village - please
visit their website http://www.vtvnetwork.org/, or click here.
The Town of Rhinebeck Committee on Aging became aware of the "aging
in place" concept in 2007 and joined our neighbors from the greater
Poughkeepsie area in exploring the possibility of creating something
modeled on Boston's Beacon Hill Village. Distance and cost estimates
essentially derailed the concept of one organization in Dutchess.
Hudson Valley Home Matters opened in 2009 serving the City of
Poughkeepsie and six surrounding towns.
Results of the Rhinebeck Committee on Aging's 2011 survey indicated
more than seventy Rhinebeck residents were interested in learning
more about the possibility of an aging in place organization for
Rhinebeck. A nonprofit organization was formed, many meetings and
gatherings of interested persons were held, Northern Dutchess
Hospital offered office space, the Community Foundation of the Hudson
Valley offered fiscal sponsorship, policies were developed, insurance
was obtained, membership criteria was established. We 'Launched" on
Thursday, May 9th with eighty guests at a brunch at the Beekman Arms.
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What We Offer
Neighbors Helping Neighbors Stay Independent at Home
*Rhinebeck@Home is dedicated to helping our members remain in their
own homes and stay connected within our community as we grow older
* Members share a common concern that we may need assistance, now or
in the future, to maintain a fulfilling life.
*Rhinebeck@Home will encourage and coordinate the efforts of our
members to give and receive support.
Members help members in some of the following ways:
*Providing referrals to other community service organizations
*Frack Offering social activities
*Helping each other do things
*Sharing member recommended service provider referrals
How we will do it:
*The @HomePhone (845-876-4663) will offer one call access to
experienced volunteer coordinators.
*Volunteer coordinators will assist members in finding the services they need.
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For Modern Retirees, There's No Place Like Home
Keith Schneider writes for the New York Times about nonprofit service
organizations (like Rhinebeck at Home) that provide rides, do errands
and repairs, and facilitate social events and interaction among their
dues-paying members. Builders, healthcare grups, technology gurus and
even community planning boards, recognizing this trend, are taking
action to facilitate the ability of people to live independently in
their own homes as they age. Read >>
Read article here:
The Changing Lives of Women: Boomer Housemates Have More Fun
As part of the NPR series on the Changing Lives of Women, NPR's Julie
Rovner looks at the long-term care conundrum. Group houses are
becoming popular among some single baby boomers -- people born
between 1948 and 1964 -- and not just for financial reasons. More
than 1 in every 3 baby boomers is unmarried, and those unmarried
boomers are disproportionately women. Who will take care of all these
people when they're too old to care for themselves? Already, there's
a small but apparently growing movement of boomer women forming group
houses with their single peers. Read >>
Read the full story here:
Support for Seniors in Rhinebeck in the Works
The Hudson Valley News reports on Rhinebeck@Home in an article
written by Luis Perez.
The article can be viewed at this website:
It Takes a Special Village
The Observer's Arlene Wege interviews officers of Rhinebeck@Home and
highlights the history and goals of this all-volunteeer organization,
whose purpose is to implement social support programs and coordinate
access to affordable, reliable services such as transportation,
in-home services, and opportunities to attend cultural events. Read >>
It takes a special village - and Rhinebeck @Home has itJanuary 10, 2013
By Arlene Wege
Retiring safe at home is the goal of this Rhinebeck organization.
A whole new village is blossoming within Rhinebeck.
Rhinebeck@Home (www.rhinebeckathome.org) is being welcomed by those
of retirement age and their families who are planning for a safe and
pleasant future they can enjoy in their own homes. As part of an
established international network known as Village to Village
(www.vtvnetwork.org), their goal is to implement social support
programs and coordinate access to affordable, reliable services such
as transportation, in-home services, and opportunities to attend
cultural events. The key to achieving this is creating a cooperative
arrangement that fosters mutual support for all of the members
through enabling information-sharing, communication, and interaction.
"I am committed to make this happen," said Nina Lynch, president of
the Rhinebeck@Home board of directors. "I worked at the Dutchess
County Office for the Aging, so I have maybe more than the average
person's awareness of the kinds of issues that come up for families."
When a group started in Poughkeepsie - Hudson Valley Home Matters -
Lynch and others went to some of their beginning meetings and thought
it was ideal for the Town of Rhinebeck also. "We invited folks from
their organizing group to a public meeting," Lynch said.
Surveys were taken in Rhinebeck in 2005 and 2009 about the "aging in
place" concept to learn if people found that interesting, and more
than 75 people responded positively.
Linda Stanley serves as the group's Treasurer. She and her husband
have lived in Rhinebeck since 1993 and been very involved with such
area landmarks as Wilderstein and the Rhinebeck Farmers' Market.
"We went to early meetings for RAH, having read about the Aging in
Place concept in the New York Times for years. We both think it's a
really great idea, and we would like to be involved. It seems to be
happening. I am very encouraged," Stanley said.
Ellen Hubbard is the group's secretary and she has lived in Rhinebeck
since she was 12 years old. "I taught elementary school in Rhinebeck
for 30 years. I'm retired now, and I was able to assist another
retired teacher who had no immediate family living nearby. So many
families are scattered around the country, even around the globe. You
could hire people to help, but they might not be connected to the
community," she said.
Monthly membership get-togethers are organized to discuss RAH
operations and future. In December, approximately 30 members attended
a festive "Dessert Swap" at the Church of the Messiah parish hall,
with representatives of the Rhinebeck Bank presenting hats,
keychains, a gift basket for raffle, and mostly support.
Frank Koechlein, the bank's senior vice president of marketing,
explained the bank's involvement.
"Rhinebeck Bank works with many local non-profit organizations.
Rhinebeck@Home, is an organization that came to our attention and we
wanted to help them with their holiday event, by contributing some
promotional items and to help them design the event poster and
invitation. We believe that as we help our community prosper, we
prosper as well," he said.
The big news at the December meeting was the announcement that $5,000
had been received from the Frost Memorial Fund (a private foundation
that awards grants to non-profit organizations, with particular
attention to charities in the Village and Town of Rhinebeck) and that
a 501(c)(3) application is being prepared to enable future
fundraising. Members have been especially appreciative of the support
and guidance of the Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley
(www.cfhvny.org), through which they are now able to accept
Although members pay an annual fee of $120, additional funding is
necessary for expenses such as liability insurance, 501(c)(3) filing,
marketing, and general office maintenance. Their office space is
located in the Center for Healthy Aging at 6511 Springbrook Ave.,
where Dr. Jody Friedman and social worker Allison Gould have also
been extremely supportive.
The next Rhinebeck@Home meeting will be a lunch on Thurs., Jan. 10 at
the Church of the Messiah parish hall. Regular monthly get-together
meetings are scheduled for the second Thursday of each month.