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Falls Prevention Fitness Class: Mondays and Fridays at 11 am

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Falls Prevention Fitness Group, Mondays & Fridays at 11 am

Join Zoom Meeting

Join by phone  1 929 205 6099

Meeting ID: 894 0192 9890          Passcode: 1969


Friday Social is now on hold


We were planning to hold a BINGO game for the Friday Social set for August 20. As a vaccinated participant has tested positive for COVID, All programs that were meeting in the center are now on hold. 


Beyond the SAGE Upstate event calendar: 

A few friendship groups built at SAGE are continuing on their own outside of the Center.

Vivian is gathering walkersDori and Robin are bringing folks together in Utica, and

Ron is coordinating dining out groups. Contact Kim at kdill@sageupstate.org or 315-478-1923

and we'll pass your information on to these leaders  so you will be notified about gatherings. 

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 For Your Health:                        

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

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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. 


Happy New Year

We thank everyone who helped SAGE stay strong in 2020. 


Donors: You helped us to meet and EXCEED our goals. This allowed us to continue programs that reduce isolation and improve health for older LGBT people. Leslie: We were sad to Leslie Lamb  go this summer, but before she did she connected us with sponsor and grant opportunities, led the 5k effort, and did so much more. Group Leaders: You led virtual programs so people could excersize, be entertained, hear health info, and gather to socialize and support each other. Volunteers: We thank everyone who managed to help out even though we were social distancing in the middle of a pandemic! Participants: We were were all learning the new normal together, and you stuck with us. Your participation, kindness and enthusiasm made our programs a welcoming place for all who joined. Event Supporters: We thank Carrier and the record number of people who came out for the CNY Gay 5k. See the full list of sponsors here. Thanks also go to the sponsors and donors to the 8th Annual Community Celebration. Support our sponsors -- find them in the program hereAdvertisers and sponsors: Hansen's Advisory Services supported SAGE with a Community Building Sponsorship. Find advertisers on the calendar page here.  Fundraising Committee: Bob Bezy, Chair, Ron Baldwin, Vivian Derrickson, Will Doswell, Gary Fitzgerald, Barb Genton led giving campaigns, solicited grant support, developed fundraising events, and found business sponsorships. Granting Agencies: CNY Community Foundation, Onondaga County Industrial Development Agency, New York State LGBT Health and Human Services Network, Small Business Administration.  SAGE Upstate Board: Your leadership ensured that SAGE will be still be here when we can once again meet in person. 

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

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Community long term care services and support designed to help people remain healthy and independent.

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For answers to all your questions 800-342-9871

or call one of the NY Connects partnering agencies

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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).

Second Sunday at SAGE

Second Sundays are back, with music, art, and social connection. 

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2nd Sunday of every month, 4:00 PM Eastern Time

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

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

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Open a new window

I think we are all probably tired of looking out our windows. The best remedy will be getting out of the house more when it's safer. Until then, you can "Open a New Window" right here. Just x out of pop up ads and click on "open a new window somewhere in the world." And it's not just a static picture -- you'll see people walking, cars driving, waves crashing and branches in the breeze. You might look out on Thailand; maybe Spain -- want to look out another window? just click on "open a new window somewhere in the world" again. Enjoy!


  • 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.


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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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