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We're discovering what the new normal is every day ....

Here are a few things we're working on:

Amy will share images and stories about her collaboration with an artist in NYC  -- "a 21st century version of pen pals." Jon will perform jazz standards in his lovely tenor voice. We will all connect with each other in this new version of an old favorite program

Exercise with Barb


Our falls prevention fitness class is suspended, like all of our other programs. But that doesn't mean you can't still stay in shape. Here's a video from the class leader, Barb Genton, that will get you going. 

See the video here. 

We've set up

log-in/call-in meetings for many of our programs. 

See the schedule here. 

SAGE Upstate Community Building Sponsors

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SAGE Is the world's largest

and oldest organization

dedicated to improving the

lives of older LGBT people. 

Learn more at sageusa.org

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 For Your Health:                        

 CDC says there is a potential for   airborne spread of COVID-19    

This is interesting:

LGBT Icon Quiz

3 O'Clock Pie

3 O'Clock Pie meets once a month, on the first Friday, at 3 pm in the center. Join SAGERS for games, coffee, and of course, pie.

60+ Circle of Friends 

A social group for participants who are sixty or older. The group meets once a month, on the third Wednesday, in the afternoon at 12:30pm. The meeting takes place at a local restaurant each month. Call for details.

Alzheimer's Assn Caregiver Support Group

Support group for caregivers of people with dementia, facilitated by the Alzheimer's Association. First Tuesday, 3 pm. 

Art Classes

Watercolor and other arts classes are held at various times throughout the year, call us for more info. 

Breakfast Club

The group meets once a month, on the first Wednesday at 9:30 am. The meeting takes place at a local restaurant each month. Call for details.

Crafting in the Center

Craft with others on the 2nd Tuesday, SAGE Upstate Center, 4:30 pm. New projects each session.

Fitness Classes

Sillycize is our summer exercise class on Mondays and Fridays at 11:15 am. In Fall, Falls Prevention classes will resume to help participants improve balance and build strength to help avoid falls. Open to people of all fitness levels. 

Knitting, & Fabric Arts

Sage Upstate member Deborah Hardy leads a knitting, needlecraft circle at the Sage Upstate Center on Wednesday nights at 7:00 pm. The group is open to knitters and other fabric artists with all levels of experience and is a place where participants can come to learn to knit or to join other experienced knitters in a welcoming environment.

Men's Night Out 

Meets on the 3rd Friday of each month at 6:30 pm. This social event includes games, movies, conversation and opportunities for gay, bisexual and transgender men to come together to build social support

Monday Night Men's Group

Full support group for men; it meets every Monday at 6 pm. The group takes new members twice yearly. Call for info.


Oswego Potluck

Monthly potluck for SAGERs in Oswego County. Meets on the fourth Sunday, 2 pm, atTrinity Methodist Church, 45 E. Utica St. in Oswego. Bring a dish to pass if you are able. 

Syracuse 2nd Sunday Potlucks

Social time at 4 pm, program at 5 pm, potluck supper at 6 pm. Past potluck programs have included local authors, films,  legal issues, local history, an intergenerational panel, cooking classes, and travel stories. Bring a dish to pass if you are able. 

Trans Social

Safe space for aging trans folks -- bring a snack and a game to share if you are able. Now on summer schedule -- third Saturday at 7 pm. 

Utica Potluck

Monthly meeting for SAGERs in Oneida County. Meets second Saturday each month at Utica Unitarian Church, 10 Higby Rd. in Utica. Bring a dish to pass if you are able.


Social group for LGBT people of color meets monthly. The group offers an opportunity for aging LGBT people of color to meet new friends, socialize and find connections in a friendly and supportive environment.

Writing Group

Ongoing group open to writers of all levels, all forms of writing. Wednesdays at 5:30 pm. 

For dates and other info, please click on the calendar tab above. 


Home for the Holidays? It will be ok.

So we're looking at the start of the holiday season for many, and it looks like traveling and gathering with people are the worst things we could do. It's easy to be down about that, but you can do it. Here are some tips from the experts ... and don't forget, SAGE will be there for you at our Thanksgiving Open House on Zoom (see above).


  • Let go of assumptions about what it means to be alone, and what a "great" holiday should look like. 

  • Look for magic in the everyday

  • Practice gratitude

  • Get on the phone or computer with friends

  • Go off script -- do something completely different

Psychology Today

  • Make a list of loved ones, and make some calls

  • Try to help -- is there someone you know having a hard time with being alone -- contact them

  • Stay positive, tell yourself you can cope

  • Pamper yourself with a bubble bath, a good book or a favorite movie

  • Try to limit social media if it's bringing you down

Wishing Leslie the best

Mayo Clinic

  • Acknowledge your feelings -- it's ok to be sad about it

  • Be realistic -- instead of imagining the perfect holiday, come up with some new traditions for yourself

  • Stay positive, tell yourself you can cope

  • Pamper yourself with a bubble bath, a good book or a favorite movie

  • Try to limit social media if it's bringing you down

For Your Health: 

Did you know that the majority (80%) of COVID-19 deaths are among people over age 65? The CDC has released new guidelines for older adults. Find them here

You can exercise with Barb on Mondays and Fridays at 11 (see calendar page) or do it in your own time with video here and here.


NY Connects of Cortland County

February 1: Seimone Augustus

"It's incredible to think that there are children right now, at this very moment, that will grow up only knowing 'marriage' and not 'gay marriage.' Love is love, and there's not any one face you can assign to it."


Simeone has played for the WNBA since 2006. She was born in Baton Rouge to Seymore and Kim Augustus, both of whom were influential in Seimone’s young basketball career. Her mom is one of two people to have ever beaten her at HORSE. She married LaTaya Varner on May 9, 2015.  The Seimone Augustus Foundation works to provide opportunity and raise awareness around health and wellness, with a special focus on issues surrounding hunger and heart health.

Watch her play here

Read more here

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Syracuse, NY 13202