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A summer to volunteer and reflect on a Millerton mainstay

Golden Living

More seniors than ever before are reaching the milestone of 100 years of age. By the Office for the Aging’s (OFA) estimates, Dutchess County is close to having 100 centenarian residents.

Farewell, Florence

Over the years the “Celebration of Aging” has honored Dutchess County couples married for as long as 80 years (and counting!), and three centenarians who passed the 110-year mark that made them super-centenarians. 

One such extraordinary individual was longtime Amenia and Millerton resident Florence Carroll, who passed away in April, less than two months shy of her 114th birthday. 

Last year, Florence became the oldest person ever born in Dutchess County. A 1925 graduate of Millerton High School, Florence had become the third-oldest person in the United States. She is survived by three children, 11 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.

OFA summer volunteering opportunities

The OFA has plenty of opportunities this summer for students seeking to fulfill their schools’ community service requirements. Helping at the OFA Summer Drive-Thru Picnic serving your community is a great way to meet those requirements while gaining valuable experience in intergenerational service. 

For seniors seeking to stay physically and socially active, there are plenty of volunteering opportunities with OFA, including at picnics, exercise classes and more. 

Email bjones@dutchessny.gov for additional details. A printable volunteering brochure and application is available at www.dutchessny.gov/aging. Not online? Call 845-486-2544 and we’ll mail you the volunteering brochure and application. 

Want to be a senior picnic guest?

OFA Drive-thru Senior Picnics reach capacity quickly, so if you’d like to reserve a spot at the picnic serving your community, call OFA at 845-486-2555 to save yourself a pick-up time. You can see the schedule at www.dutchessny.gov/OFApicnics — and if you’re not online, just call us and we’ll let you know your picnic’s date.

 

Golden Living is prepared by the Dutchess County Office for the Aging Director Todd N. Tancredi; he can be reached at 845-486-2555, ofa@dutchessny.gov or online, at www.dutchessny.gov/aging.

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