Next Second Sunday With SAGE:  

Holiday Gathering

Not all faith traditions have winter holidays, but people of all beliefs can join to celebrate our connections and community. Second Sunday with SAGE is celebrating the holidays with musical guests, a sing-a-long, and social time. Please join us:

Sunday, December 13, 4:00 PM on Zoom         

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Join us for a Thanksgiving Open House on Zoom

If you are making the decison to stay at home on Thanksgiving to slow the spread of COVID-19, we salute you! The CDC recommends against traveling over the holidays, and in New York State, cases and hospitalizations are the highest they've ever been. Just because you are physically distancing, doesn't mean you need to distance socially. 


Improving Health

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

For Your Health

ABCs of Heart Health

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Escape into a good book

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

For Your Health

Losing weight after 60

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Pets and the Pandemic

SAGE Upstate will host an open house on Thanksgiving at 4:00 pm

We'll be there to host a meeting at 4:00 for an hour filled with games, trivia, and social time -- if people want to stay on after that, they can do that. In fact, if you'd like to schedule a time to use our Zoom account to gather with your family and friends, let us know. We'll have our Zoom room open all day. You don't have to choose between safety and community. You don't have to be alone on this day reserved for sharing time with those closest to us. Contact Kim at kdill@sageupstate or leave a message at 315-478-1923 to reserve a time, and plan to join us at 4:00 pm. Here are the details:

Log in/Call in on Thanksgiving, Thursday 11-26, 4:00 pm for the SAGE Upstate Thanksgiving Open House on Zoom

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Here's a video of our last Second Sunday With SAGE

The 8th Annual Community Celebration. 

2nd Sunday November: 8th Annual Community Celebration




The November Second Sunday @ SAGE -- the 8th Annual Community Celebration -- is now available to view. The event featured host Sarah Whitton, Invocation by Rev. Eric Jackson, Musical Guest Colleen Kattau and the big raffle drawing. 

Do you have skills or interest to to contribute to SAGE's programs, outreach, or fundraising?

We could use your help. More  here

COVID-19 spread is a rapidly changing situation -- stay up to date.

The Onondaga County Health Department posts updates regularly, you can see them here.  You can also visit  New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) websites for statewide and national news about COVID-19. If you have symptoms, such as fever, cough, and/or difficulty breathing, stay home and call your doctor. You can also reach out to Upstate University Hospital’s Triage Line at 315.464.3979. Older adults can go to your own doctor, but if that's not an option, there are other places.  Walk-in and drive-thru testing is available at Syracuse Community Health Center, without an appointment. Find more testing info here -- you can even enter your zip code and find the testing location closest to you. 

Community Building


Here are some COVID resources outside of Onondaga county:  

Oswego County: check here or call  315-349-3330  

Oneida County: check here or call 315- 798-5439

Cortland County: check here or call  607-753-5036 


Cayuga County: check here or call 315-253-1560

Madison County: check here or call  315-366-2361 

Jefferson County: check here or (315)785-3000

It's A Wonderful Life at the Redhouse

In December, the Redhouse is streaming a radio-show version of Frank Capra’s Oscar-nominated film, It's A Wonderful Life. This holiday classic comes to life in an imaginative retelling of the story of George Bailey's chance to see what life would have been like if he never existed, courtesy of Clarence, Angel Second Class. For more info on this and shows, visit the RedHouse here

Don't give up: new study shows that age is no barrier to weight loss

According to a study based reported in the journal Clinical Endocrinology, obese patients over the age of 60 can lose an equivalent amount of weight as younger people using only lifestyle changes. Researchers tracked Two groups of patients from a hosptial-based obesity program, one made up of people under age 60, and the other age 60 - 78. Both groups had equal rates of success after lifestyle changes. This finding contradicts prevailing assumptions that the ability to lose weigh increases as we age. The lifestyle interventions adopted by the patients included dietary changes, psyhological support and physical activity. Read more at Science Daily here. 



AARP World AIDS Day event

On December 1, 8 pm join AARP and The D.I.V.A Foundation for a virtual World AIDS Day panel discussion on a range of topics, including aging, LGBTQ+, HIV/AIDS and COVID-19 impacts on the Black community. The AARP World AIDS Day Town Hall is part of DIVAS Health Awareness Week. Watch live here. 

Caregiver Support Groups

As National Family Caregiver month begins, the Onondaga County Office for Aging is facilitating Caregiver support group on Zoom platform for  a full-time, part-time or long-distance caregivers. The groups provide validation, encouragement, understanding and advice from others who have gone through similar experiences with their loved ones.  Join on a computer or phone. Find out more here. Find out more here

Virtual Plowshares

Cayuga County Medicare Counselors Can Help

Concerned about whether your health insurance coverage is sufficient? Talk to a HICAP Medicare Counselor at the Cayuga County Office for the Aging. The Open Enrollment Period for Medicare begins October 15th and ends on December 7th. An Aging Services Specialist can review and assess your policies.To make an appointment, call 315-253-1226.

This year, the Syracuse Peace Council's Plowshares is 10 weeks long --  Nov 20 - Jan 31. December 5-6 is a 50th Anniversary Celebratory Weekend of online performances & live-streaming events. More than a craftsfair, Plowshares is a peace festival, with music, activism, and a spirit of fellowship, creating a weekend of grassroots commerce and community. You can buy books, calendars, buttons and handmade crafts and connect with crafters and community members here


 Our Pets Are Getting Us Through This Pandemic

Psychologist Lori Kogan, a professor of veterinary medicine at Colorado State University and chair of the Human-Animal Interaction Section of the American Psychological Association, has been cataloging stories about pets in the age of COVID-19. Two anonymous online surveys -- one about cats and one about dogs -- were sent out via social media.Participants were asked to share their thoughts, experiences and concerns amid the pandemic. A significant number of people reported feeling they have less social support from friends and family now than before COVID-19, and for many, pets played a critical role in helping to reduce depression, anxiety, isolation, and loneliness. Read or listen to the story at NPR here

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Syracuse, NY 13202