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DIABETES 101: TOP 4 THINGS TO KEEP HEALTHY IN 2015

Monday, Jan. 19, 2015 -- Have you made your New Year Resolution yet? If you are among the majority of people making resolutions, you have chosen a resolution that relates to health and wellness.  The number one resolution year after year is to lose weight. Staying healthy and fit is also a resolution on the top ten list.  This is not surprising given that almost 29 million people are living with diabetes, of which 11.8 million are people 65 and older according to the American Diabetes Association.

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HEALTHY BODIES, HEALTHY BRAINS

Monday, Jan. 12, 2015 -- There are some ways in which we age that we all have in common, and many of these are outside of our control. I’ve noticed, for example, that, as I grow older, my hair is thinner and has touches of gray, my skin has some wrinkles and my eyes focus less well when reading. As individuals, though, we each age somewhat differently, and how this takes place depends in part on our genes. We are each genetically predisposed to age in a certain way. For example, some families tend to live a long time, aging well into their 90s or even longer. Other families tend to develop diseases that may limit the lifespan. These things are all beyond our control.

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HOPE AFTER THE HOLIDAYS

Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015 -- The visitors have gone and the Christmas ornaments and decorations have finally been placed in storage for another year. 

What is that empty void we often feel inside ourselves in January?

For many it's saying goodbye to family visitors from afar, or perhaps dealing with “empty wallets,” as we pay off bills and remember the financial challenges of the season. Unemployed workers, meantime, face the holiday “afterglow” with the loss of income, social connections and routine.

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VISION LOSS AND "THE HOLIDAY BLUES"

Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014 -- With the holiday season now upon us, Eastwyck Village's Low Vision Support Group met again Monday, Dec. 1 at the Eastwyck Community Center.

Our lively group sipped eggnog, shared stories of holiday traditions and talked about how they will spend the holidays. They also group discussed living with vision loss around the holidays (“The Holiday Blues”).

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CHEFS' CORNER: SAUSAGE PINWHEELS

Monday, Dec. 8, 2014 -- With Christmas just two weeks away and guests coming to visit, you may be looking for a quick and tasty hors d'oeuvres to serve your visitors. 

In this week's post, Chef Jim Rhoads of Troy-based Chef's Deli & More demonstrates how to prepare delicious sausage pinwheels hors d'oeuvres. Just click the video link below.

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CHEFS' CORNER: GERMAN CHOCOLATE CAKE

Monday, Nov. 24, 2014 -- If you're looking for a quick dessert for Thanksgiving or a Christmas party, this German chocolate cake is a cinch! Chef Jim Rhoads of Chef's Deli & More by Chef's Solutions, LLC in Troy, N.Y. will show you how to prepare this moist creation in 15 minutes or less.

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NOVEMBER IS FAMILY CAREGIVER MONTH

Monday, Nov. 17 -- In 2013, Americans provided 17.7 billion hours of unpaid care to people with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias, a contribution to the nation valued at $220.2 billion. This is approximately half the net value of Wal-Mart sales in 2012 and nearly eight times the total revenue of MacDonald’s in 20121. During the month of November we honor all family caregivers, especially those who care for a loved one with Alzheimer’s.

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LOW VISION HEALTH INFORMATION DAY SET FOR 11/14 AT EAST GREENBUSH LIBRARY

Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014 -- "Vision Health Information Day” will be held on Friday, Nov. 14 from 1-3:30 p.m. at the East Greenbush Public Library, 10 Community Way, East Greenbush. Co-sponsored by the Northeastern Association of the Blind at Albany (NABA), the purpose of the event is to educate the community about the latest research in and treatment of eye diseases, including the leading causes of vision loss in older Americans, as well as adaptive aids, technologies and services available to people with low vision.

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11/3 LOW VISION SUPPORT GROUP RECAP

Friday, November 7, 2014  -- The Eastwyck Low Vision Support Group met on Nov. 3 and, once again, a lively discussion ensued.   With about a dozen attendees, Northeast Association for the Blind (NABA) social worker and group facilitator Ann Gallagher-Sagaas began the meeting by demonstrating an electronic color identifier, a handy device for people with low vision.  No more mixing up blue and black socks!  When the portable device is held up to an item, an electronic voice speaks the color.  It wasn’t always accurate, but it was pretty good.  The color identifier was part of a larger discussion on the importance of being organized when living with vision loss. 

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