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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Webinars, exhibits & more

Do you have skills or interest to to contribute to SAGE programs, outreach, or fundraising? We could use your help. More  here

If you missed our Black History Month slideshow, you can still see it here

The slideshow featured Black LGBT Americans who made history, or are still making history. And, if you're interested in helping to make history at SAGE, we hope you will consider participating in our antiracism work. 

Interested in participating in an Antiracism work group? It will explore ways that SAGE can move forward in our mission to practice antiracism.

Interested in participating in a white allies group? Participants will explore how privilege affects whites, and what it means to be antiracist as individuals. 

Find SAGE Upstate's Antiracism Statement here.

To particpate in the workgroup or the white allies group (or just to send feedback), contact Kim:

kdill@sageupstate.org or leave a message at 315-478-1923


Danny Sharon on dulcimer

Danny, who will be  joining us from San Antonio,will talk about his journey as the parent of a transgender child in the 80s and 90s. His son, Dr. Nathaniel  Sharon is now a child psychiatrist who has educated physicians and others about the needs of transgender people. Danny's been playing the the mountain dulcimer for about 20 years. He will play two songs that were written in the 1700s: Staten Island Hornpipe and Lord Inchiquin 


Rita Gram, Dan Bishop-Basler, chairs of SAGEUpstate's SAGEVets program, will be introducing Ashton Stewart, SAGEVets statewide program coordinator from SAGE USA in NYC, who will talk about the program. As always, the program will end with "Table Hopping" -- the chance to socialize with other in small groups.

How to Join online or by phone:

Join Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89319506041

Meeting ID: 893 1950 6041
Join by phone: 929 205 6099          Passcode: 1969

Second Sunday with SAGE :March 14, 4 pm On Zoom

The March Newsletter is now posted here.

Read a veteran spotlight on Bev Taylor, find info on SAGE programs, and mpre


Simple ways to practice mindfulness

As we approach the one-year mark for social distancing, many of us are really wearing. So many things to think about and work out and worry about ... it can be all consuming. Practicing mindfulness for just a few minutes throughout your day can make a difference. Find more info here at Mindful.org. 

Wondering whether you should sign up for the Falls Prevention Fitness Class? 

Falls Prevention Fitness

Do you need more info before you sign up for the SAGE Upstate Fitness Class? How about a video of an entire class led by Barb Genton? That's what we have for you -- this is a recording of the February 22 class. Once you see it, you're going to want to join, and it's easy to do that. Just show up! You can find instructions for logging in or calling in to the class, which is held on Mondays and Fridays at 11 am, on the calendar page here

Community Building


Getting your vaccine:

It all starts here: https://covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov/

Log on, enter eligibility info, and choose a site. We've heard from a few people that they've had success checking back at different times of day. People are getting appointments in April and March -- some even February. If you are having trouble, email Kim here and we'll try to point you in the right direction. 


COVID-19 spread is STILL at dangerous levels, and it's a rapidly changing situation, here are some places to find information about spread and variants.


If you have symptoms, such as fever, cough, and/or difficulty breathing, stay home and call your doctor. In fact, the Onondaga County Health Commissioner is urging people to quarantine if they feel any symptoms (see article below). You can also reach out to Upstate University Hospital’s Triage Line at 315.464.3979. 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. 

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



Community Convenings on Aging

This webinar is for older adults, caregivers, and anyone in the community who cares about issues facing older adults. The event is coordinated by the Greater Syracuse Aging Services Coalition to find out more about the needs of older adults in our community, with the goal of reducing isolation and inequality. Join to discuss our community's strengths, barriers to strong social connections, services and support you need, ideas to improve relationships in our community. See the event flyer here. Meetings coming up: March 8, 1:00 pm; March 9, 5:00 pm; March 16, 1:00 pm

Deadlocked and Loaded

Though we think of the pandemic when we consider 2020, the year was also devastating in terms of gun violence and like COVID, communities of color bore a disproportionate burden. At the same time, gun sales surged in 2020. Deadlocked and Loaded: Disarming America is a new exhibit that spans three galleries in Syracuse, New York.  The 52 works uniquely blend the beauty of fine art with the disturbing and alarming in your face realities of gun violence.

The exhibit, curated by Karen M. Gutfreund, is hosted by ArtRage Gallery, Community Folk Art Center, (CFAC) and Point of Contact Gallery. See more info here

Medicare info in Cayuga County

The Cayuga County Office for Aging offers complimentary monthly classes to help you make sense of Medicare: plans, part D, EPIC,  and a listing of the free and low cost preventive care under Medicare. All classes are virtual: March 2nd, 1pm-3pm, April 6 2-4 pm, May 4 3 - 5pm. To register and for more info: 315-253-1226, or visit the website here


What you always wanted to know about Daylight Savings Time,

but were afraid to ask ...

At 2:00 am on Sunday March 14, we move our clocks forward one hour. Why do we do this? Does it save energy? Why does it change at 2:00 am? Find the answers to these and many other fascinating facts about Daylight Savings time  here at Mental Floss. And don't for get change your clocks!

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SAGE Upstate Center
431 E Fayette St. #050
Syracuse, NY 13202