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. 


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2nd Sunday, Neighborhood Advisor

For Your Health

COVID Boosters


Queer Fright Night and more

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See SAGE Upstate's Antiracism statement here.

To participate in our Antiracism Initiative,

email Kim at kdill@sageupstate.org

SAGE Upstate News


     SAGE Upstate received a 3-year grant from Onondaga County to hire a Neighborhood Advisor to serve the older LGBTQ community in CNY.  We’re looking for someone who will reach out to LGBTQ individuals aged 60 and older in need of services across the diverse communities of the county. The goals are to link those in need with resources, help people maintain a level of independence to remain in the community, and to share information with providers of aging and LGBT services. The position is 30 hours per week, but with the right candidates it could be split into two 15 hr/wk  positions. 

 The Neighborhood Advisor will work one-on-one with older adults, build relationships with providers, and reach out to the community  through programs and networking. The Department of Adult and Long Term Care Services will provide training for the person who is hired.      
    Ideal candidates will  have computer and database skills, a two year degree in a related field or four years experience,   knowlege of local resources, and experience working with older adults, LGBT people, people of different races and different abilities. See a full job description at sageupstate.org. 

TO APPLY: Send a resume and 3 references to Kim Dill, 431 E Fayette St, Syracuse, NY 13202 or kdill@sageupstate.org


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SAGE Upstate job posting: Neighborhood Advisor for older LGBTQ people in CNY

Second Sunday With SAGE IN OCTOBER: 


Sunday OCTOBER 10, 4 pm on Zoom

Second Sunday With SAGE in November:

Community Celebration

Sunday November 14, 4 pm on Zoom. 

Find online and phone-in info on the calendar page here

Join us for Second Sunday with SAGE in November for our Annual Community Celebration. 

The event, held on Zoom, will feature speakers from community organizations, musical guests, and a raffle! 

Original Art by Amy Bartell

Chromebook + Smart Speaker

Instant Pot + Cookbook

And some fabulous baskets ...

Stay tuned here for how to enter.


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Central and Western New York

October 26

6 pm on Zoom

Log in/ Call in info here

All are welcome to this special presentation at the SAGEVets meeting on October 26 on Zoom (see log-in and call-in info on page 2). Our speaker, Eric Alva, was the first Marine seriously injured in the war in Iraq. He lost his leg from an explosive buried in the sand, and received a Purple Heart. At the same time, under the Don't Ask Don't Tell, he was unable to serve openly as a gay man. Eric spoke out against this discriminatory rule, which was repealed in 2011. He also wrote Once A Marine: Coming Out Under Fire.  In the book, he shares his stories of battles on and off the battlefields. When he came out in 2007, he noted that he had been promoted and praised for his service, all the while having to keep his sexuality a secret. SAGEVets works to help LGBTQ+ older adults who are veterans of military service improve their access to the VA and other veteran services, as well as support their overall health and wellness. With the support of funding from the NYS Legislature and a partnership between SAGE USA and SAGE Upstate, this program now offers more services for Upstate veterans. 

For more info:
In Central and Western New York and the Finger Lakes Area: 

Wanda Martinez-Johncox, Outreach Coordinator:      wmartinezjohncox@gmail.com     585-414-9164 
Statewide: Ashton Stewart, SAGEVets Program Manager,      astewart@sageusa.org     201- 256-1357


Also in October:  SAGEVets Trans Social/Support group on Tuesday, October 12, 6 pm. More info here.


For Your Health

COVID Vaccine Boosters are now available for some

Booster shots are now available for those 65 or older who received the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine at least 6 months ago. Younger people with medical conditions or those who live or work in high risk settings may also be eligible. Studies show that protection from the original vaccine may decrease over time, so booster shots are recommended. This is a rapidly evolving situation -- we will post info as it becomes available, or contact Kim at 315-478-1923 or kdill@sageupstate.org. Here are some other places you can get info.

CDC: cdc.gov/coronavirus


Onondaga County: covid19.ongov.net

From Syracuse.com: Covid-19 booster vaccine clinics at the Oncenter are scheduled this week for 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday. The clinics are held in conjunction with Kinney Drugs. 450 people had already signed up by the morning of Wednesday 9-29. Registration is required for both clinics and can be done at a dedicated Kinney Drugs website.

To see a list of places you can get booster shots in Onondaga county, see the Syracuse.com here

Click on these links for information in other areas:

Cayuga County

Cortland County

Herkimer County

Jefferson County

Lewis County

Madison County

Oneida County

Oswego County

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Community News

View Living In Limbo in person or online

There are two ways to the current ArtRage exhibit, Living In Limbo. You can see artist Bill McLaughlin's exhibit of photographed migrants and asylum seekers IN PERSON - no reservation required, wear a face covering, visitors will be screened. You can also catch it ON YOUR COMPUTER - For those who would prefer viewing this exhibition from home, we have created a Virtual Exhibition. Just use this link. For info or to register: artragegallery.org

Have you tried SAGE Programs on Zoom?

Many SAGE programs are now meeting on Zoom, including Falls Prevention Fitness Classes, Knitting and Fiber Arts, Men's Night Out, SAGEVets, Second Sunday with SAGE, the Utica Social, and the Writers Group. See links on the calendar here. We can help if you are having trouble joining these groups online or by phone, contact Kim here

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COVID/FLU Clinics in Cortland

Vaccine Clinics will be held in the Cortland area this month at various locations. All ages are welcome. All clients must provide proof of insurance. See more info here

Madison County Office for Aging newsletter

The September newsletter from the Madison County Office for Aging, includes info and news on: falls prevention, transportation services, scams/ financial abuse, vaccinations and more. Find it here. 

Do you have the right plan for your needs? This Medicare Open Enrollment webinar moderated by journalist Susan Kennedy will guide simplify the complex process of choosing a plan. This one-hour event will feature leading Medicare experts, including the Office for Aging's Aging Specialist, Taylor Kuzel, who will discuss: the basics of open enrollment, what's new in 2022, and finding the right plan to meet your needs. Experts will be answering your questions during a live Q&A. The webinar will be held on 10/21. Register for this free event here

Onondaga County Office for Aging Webinar:

Medicare Guide 2022: How to navigate the big choices

Statewide LGBTQ+ survey

The New York LGBT Health and Human Services Network invites all LGBTQ people in NY to participate in a needs assessment. This survey will take about 20 to 30 minutes, and it's anonymous. It will include questions about your knowledge and experiences of health and human services and a little basic information on the communities you identify with. 

Institute for Caregivers: Dementia Education 

 Dementia Conversations - October 21, 5:30 - 6:30 pm. Learn tips to communicate about common issues that are difficult to address like going to doctor, when to stop driving or making legal and financial decisions. Understanding and Responding to Dementia Related Behaviors November 11, 5:30 - 7:00 pm Learn strategies to help intervene with common behavioral challenges such as decoding  behavioral  messages or identifying common behavioral triggers. These classes will be presented by the Alzheimer's Association, Central NY Chapter Staff. Contact: Kimberly Connell, Caregiver Support Specialist at (315) 435-2362 Ext. 4693, kconnell@cnyservices.org with any questions. Register at http://www.ongov.net/aging/caregiver.html


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A story of mixed emoticons

Performance artist and storyteller Rives has been called "the first 2.0 poet," using images, video and technology to bring his words to life. Here's an example in just over 3 minutes -- a typographical Ted Talk fairy tale that's short and bittersweet ;)  here.