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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Restoration of Honor

Rochester Veterans Outreach Center

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Central and Western New York

September 28

6 pm on Zoom

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Air Force Veteran Grace Lynch will share his 36 year journey to be recognized with an honorable discharge. The meeting will also feature Roderick Castle, who will discuss programs and services from  from the Rochester Veterans Outreach Center. For more information about the Restoration of Honor Act in New York, see the statewide SAGEVets website hereSAGEVets 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


Next Month: Eric Alva, author of Once A Marine: Coming Out Under Fire

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

Description: Identify LGBTQ individuals aged 60 and older in need of services across the diverse communities of the county. Link those in need with resources; help older LGBT adults maintain a level of independence to remain in the community; share information with providers of aging and LGBT services. This is a 30 hours per week job. Responsibilities include building relationships with providers of aging services and

 services, engaging in outreach activities, and documenting services provided. The ideal candidate will have computer and data entry skills, a two-year degree in an related field or 4 years experience, and knowledge of local services for older adults and LGBTQ people. 

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


For Your Health


Feel like you're going to crack? Here's a GREAT way to handle stress

The times we live in are stressful. We're dealing with more than a year's worth of pandemic. Natural disasters seem to be everywhere. And then there's politics ... Krystal Lewis, a licensed clinical psychologist at the NIMH suggests disrupting anxiety by reframing it. Read the full article at NIHM here


“Find small things each day to be grateful about."


 “Do things that help you to calm down and relax.”


 “We know that activity is important, so try to implement that in your day.”


“Be aware of the many feelings, and accept them as they occur.”

Track your thinking:

“Ensure that you are engaging in helpful thinking.”

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Community News

Onondaga County Office for Aging Webinar:

Medicare Guide 2022: How to navigate the big choices

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

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. 

"Living in Limbo" at ArtRage: In-Person or Virtual

Artist Bill McLaughlin of New Berlin, photographed migrants and asylum seekers left stranded at the border in Tijuana, Mexico, due to the January 2019 abrupt change in US immigration policy informally known as “Remain in Mexico.”  The exhibit runs through October 30, and there are two ways you can see it. IN PERSON - Reservations are no longer required for gallery viewing. All visitors, staff and volunteers must wear a face covering, and keep 6 feet of social distancing. The gallery runs two new HEPA air purifiers designed to filter the square footage of ArtRage every 60 minutes. If you are feeling unwell or possibly have been exposed to COVID-19 within the last 14 days, please visit us on a later date.

ON YOUR COMPUTER - For those who would prefer viewing this exhibition from home, we have created a Virtual Exhibition. Just use this LINK. For more info: artragegallery.org

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. 

In My Mind Youth Mental Wellness

A virtual free conference on on youth mental health, presented led by young LGBTQ+ people of color. Subject areas include foster care, homelessness, incarceration, physical health, substance abuse, transgender issues, sexual health, cultural sensitivity, HIV, COVID-19, racism, homophobia and transphobia, education, coping with isolation, social media, external environmental factors, and much more. Find more info or to register here. October 7 -8. 

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 clinic location and schedule in a flyer here

Institute for Caregivers: Dementia Education 

Register for One, Two or ALL THREE Classes: Effective Communication Strategies - September 30,  5:30 - 6:30 pm, Learn skills to talk and decode message with persons living with dementia  through attitude, tone of voice, expressions, body language. 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


This is interesting ...

You can use vinegar for that?

You probably knew that you can clean with vinegar. You may also know about other things it can do. But you probably didn't know that its superpowers could do all of the things on this list, compiled by "How Stuff Works." Read it here.