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Improving

Health

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. 

For Your Health

Long COVID

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Starpups Cafe

CNY Gay 5K

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See SAGE Upstate's Antiracism statement here.

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Spring Appeal

Can you help?

SAGE Upstate's Board Development Committee has nominated a slate of new board members. See them and read their bios on the Board/Staff page here

Register by June 1 and wear your t-shirt to walk, run, or skip or roll the CNY Gay 5K!

Next month, you can do your 5k wherever you'd like and whenever you want between June 12 and June 30. The CNY Gay 5K is virtual once again this year, and with the generous support of Carrier and our other sponsors, we hope to continue the trend of record breaking numbers each year. In 2020, nearly 400 people in several states and countries participated in this event, which raised $10,000.  Proceeds from the 5K fund SAGE Upstate programs that reduce isolation and improve health for older LGBT adults. All who register will receive a CNY Gay 5k t-shirt. Those who register before June 1 will get it in time to wear during the event. Others will receive their t-shirt after June 30.  T-shirts can be picked up on dates to be posted at cnygay5k.org, or we can mail them to you.

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Falls Prevention Fitness Class

Check out this video of the class led by Barb Genton, and view some comments from participants. Log on or call in, find the link here. The class meets Mondays and Fridays, 11 am

Log in or call in to other SAGE programs too:

  • Knitting and Fiber Arts

  • Men's Night Out 

  • Oswego Social 

  • SAGEVets

  • Second Sunday with SAGE

  • Trans Social

  • Utica Social

  • Writers Group

More info on the

calendar page here

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Long COVID -- 6 things to know from AARP

Some who are diagnosed with COVID-19 recover in a few weeks. But some "long-haullers"  experience difficulties for for much longer. Here are some things you should know about Long COVID 19: 

1. It can happen even if your COVID-19 case is mild: people who have been hospitalized can get it, as can people who were barely affected.

2. It is NOT uncommon: Studies have shown that 87 % of people have at least one long term symptom; researchers estimate that 10 - 14% have lingering symptoms. 

3. Symptoms vary: The most common are tiredness or fatigue, brain fog, headaches, loss of taste or smell, dizziness, racing heart, chest pain, difficulty breathing or shortness of breath, cough, joint/muscle pain, depression or anxiety, fever. 

4. We still don't know the cause: it's not clear why some people have long term symptoms and some do not. Finding a cause will no doubt help identify who might be more susceptible. 

5. You can recover from it: It may take a while (maybe several months), but most people get over it. 

*6. The vaccine could end it. * The best way to avoid long Covid is to keep yourself safe from Covid in the first place -- by getting the vaccine, wearing masks, washing your hands, etc. Once most of the population is vaccinated, long term cases might be a thing of the past.

 

Find  all of the details at AARP here. 

 
 

News

COVID-19 Vaccine info:

Click on the link for your area or use the phone number provided

Onondaga County  or 315.464.3979 (option #2)

Cayuga County or 315-253-1560

Cortland County or (607) 756-3415

Jefferson County or (315)786-3770

Lewis County or 315-377-2000

Madison County or 315-366-2770

Oneida County or 315-798-5439

Oswego County or 315-349-3545

New York State or 1-833-NYS-4-VAX (1-833-697-4829)

Screened In by Leslie Feinberg @ ArtRage

Screened In, Looking Out by Leslie Feinberg

Leslie Feinberg (1949-2014) was a renowned trans activist, historian, writer and the author of the groundbreaking gender- nonconforming 1993 novel ‘Stone Butch Blues.’ Feinberg made this photographic series between summer 2009 and winter 2011, when ze (ze and hir were Feinberg’s preferred pronouns) relocated to Syracuse, New York, to live with hir spouse, Minnie Bruce Pratt. Hir long-standing illness from Lyme+ disease was intensifying, complicated by anti-trans prejudice embedded in for-profit health care. Hir ability to complete writing projects was impaired and hir ability to visualize waned. From Leslie's Artist Statement: "These photographs are the unexpected form and shape of my memory cabinet. They also reveal the geographic and social isolation of severe illness and resulting disabilities. This body of work reveals my inner struggle for articulation at a time when illness and disability–and discrimination and prejudice–were silencing my voice.” Visit with Minnie Bruce Pratt in-person at the Opening Reception (by Reservation Only) on Friday, May 14th from 3-6pm, and Saturday, May 15th from 1-4 pm. To register or for more info:

https://artragegallery.org/exhibitions/. 

Nutrition As You Age!  

Onondaga County Office For Aging Registered Dietitians present a session on nutrition education, available on two dates: ​ register here for Thursday, May 13th at 1:30 pm OR register here for Wednesday, May 19th at 10:00 am.  Choose the date that works best for you!

Lewis County Pride Picnic

SAVE THE DATE: LGBTQ+ and Allies are invited to come together at the Lewis County Fairgrounds in honor of Pride Month. 1:00 - 4:00, Forest Park Pavilion. FREE Picnic lunch for all. Please wear a mask, social distancing will be expected. See the event flyer here

Cayuga County: Resources for Medicare, Caregivers

Cayuga County offers complimentary monthly classes to help you make sense of Medicare, including Supplemental and Advantage plans, free and low cost preventive care, Part D and more.  Classes are virtual (zoom and call in options available); class materials will be mailed to you, and Zoom help is available. The current schedule is April 6 th 2pm-4pm, and May 4 th 3pm-5pm, June 8 th 12pm-2pm. Registration is required. For more information or to register, please call the Cayuga County Office for the Aging at 315-253-1226, or visit our website at https://www.cayugacounty.us/507/Office-for-the-Aging under the News & Activities section.​ Powerful Tools for Caregivers is an educational series designed to help you to take care of yourself. The program offers tools for reducing stress, improving self-confidence, balancing, finding resources and making decisions. The six sessions are held online, and participants receive The Caregiver Helpbook, which was  developed specifically for the class. Classes will be FREE, thanks to the support from the New York State Caregiving  & Respite Coalition. Registrations are now being accepted for the session starting in mid-June. TO REGISTER, please contact Danielle Schneider at Cayuga County Office for the Aging
by phone at (315) 294-8043, or email to dschneider@cayugacounty.us to register.

 

Dog owner community grew out of social distancing

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What have you done to pass the time during the pandemic? A Toronto resided used the time to create a restaurant for dogs called "Starpups Cafe" In doing so, she created a community of neighborhood dog owners. Read or listen to the story at NPR here.