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SAGE News:


For Your Health

Lowering Cholesterol

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Neighborhood Advisor

Trish's Page


Community News

LGBT Info Booth

@ the Fair

SAGE Upstate promotes the well-being of older gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people in Central New York through health programs, socials, support groups, & education. 

This Week In LGBTQ History: Barbara Gittings

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August marks the birth date of Barbara Gittings, lifelong proponent of LGBTQ rights, starting with her pioneering work as a homophile organizer in the 1950s and as editor of the U.S. national lesbian magazine The Ladder from 1963 to 1966. She would have been 90. She was the first director of the Gay Roundtable of the American Library Association and a leader in the activism that led the American Psychiatric Association in 1973 to stop classifying homosexuality as a mental illness. And she did so much more to raise awareness about LGBTQ rights, speaking on the movement she helped to create right up to a few years before her death in 2007.


Find more info on the new LGBTQ History page here


SAGE Upstate Annual Picnic

Sunday, August 14, 3:00 pm

Ryder Park in Dewitt

We haven't been able to get together for a picnic in person since August 2019. This year we're back! Join us on August 14, 3:00 pm, at Ryder Park (400 Butternut Dr in East Syracuse). This year, SAGE will provide all of the food -- hamburgers, hot dogs, veggie burgers, chips, potato salad and dessert and water. Please don't bring a dish to pass, but if you are able, bring a donation of any amount to offset food costs (suggested: $10 -- more if you can, less if you can't). The Utica Social has moved to the First Saturday at 2:00 pm, and the August meeting (on 8/6) will be a picnic/cook out where food will be provided by SAGE.

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Enter the raffle online here or 

use the mail-in

form here.

PLEASE RSVP for the Picnic!

(This is how we will decide how much food to purchase)

RSVP by email at  By phone: 315-478-1923

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Farmers Market Coupons

Trish has Farmers Market coupon booklets from the Onondaga County Office For Aging They can be used to purchase locally grown fresh fruits and vegetables. To be eligible, you must be 60 or older and fall within income guidelines ($2,096/ month for one-person household, $2,823/month for 2 person household, $3,551/month for a 3 person household). To receive Farmers Market coupons, make an appointment with Trish. Call or text her at  315-282-5428 or email to 


Care to join us? SAGE will provide individual boxed lunches. Please RSVP with Trish, and include dietary restrictions:

or text/call 315-282-5428. 

Lunch & Learn: Finding your way around TikTok

8/25, 11:30 am in the SAGE Upstate Center

Have you ever wanted to learn more about TikTok? At the Lunch & Learn this month, find out how to set up an account, watch videos, and be a part of SAGE Upstate's posts. Amanda Yeoman (@beatricegrapefruit) is a member of the LGBTQ community, a CNY native and a music educator.  She uses TikTok to spread inspiration, humor, music, and DIY projects to a wide variety of viewers and enjoys helping new users learn to navigate the app and create their own content. Lunch will be provided.  Please RSVP (deadline Monday 8/21) to Trish, including any dietary restrictions. Email to or call/text to 315-282-5428 

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Once again, Bonnie Strunk and FAIR-NY will organize the LGBTQ Pride Info Booth at the NYS Fair, and coordinate Pride Day on Friday August 26. Volunteers are needed for both. Contact Trish at 315-282-5428 or to volunteer on Pride Day (8/26) with SAGE, or to staff the LGBTQ Info booth on Senior day (8/29)- she has tickets for Pride Day too. To volunteer for the LGBTQ Info Booth, contact FAIR-NY at or 315-460-6971, or visit them on facebook at lgbtbooth Newyorkstatefair. 

For videos of past programs, go to the videos page here

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For Your Health

AARP: 5 Ways to Lower Cholesterol

You've got to know your numbers because high cholesterol has not symptoms. In addition to working with your doctor to check, here are 5 more things to do.

1. Go easy on the unfiltered coffee

2. Eggs yes, cheese and butter, maybe not

3. Help your body make good cholesterol by getting exercise, quitting smoking, and maintain a healthy weight

4. Eat fewer fried and fatty foods

5. Take your medicine

Read the article at AARP here

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Find Governor Hochul's latest briefing on Monkeypox here

More info on Monkeypox and how to protect yourself here.