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ALBANY GUARDIAN SOCIETY

Founded in 1985, Albany Guardian Society, located in Albany, New York, is one of the region’s oldest charitable foundations. It’s mission is to engage in a wide range of activities including education, research, information, and community engagement that will improve the quality life for seniors, their families, and caregivers.

Some of our current programs include offering over 125 educational classes through our AGS Institute, community forums, a “Senior Housing Options” directory, a “Senior Transportation Options” directory, and support of the “Village” movement in the Capital Region.

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Albany Guardian Society Institute

The AGS Institute offers over 125 educational programs a year on aging-related topics such as aging in community, caregiving, healthy aging, housing, professional development, and technology. Classes are currently taught through “Zoom” (video or telephone) by professionals in their areas of expertise. Although there is no cost to attend, registration is required.

Some upcoming classes:

  • Technology Overview: What Device Is Right for Me?
  • Presenters: Eleonora Morrell & John Dowley, MicroKnowledge, Inc.
  • Downsizing and Organizing for Seniors
  • Presenter: Michelle Kavanaugh Anastasi, Organize Senior Moves
  • Maintaining Resilience While Aging: Perspectives from a Geriatrician
  • Presenter: Rebecca Stetzer, M.D., Albany Stratton VA Medical Center, Dept. of Geriatrics

To view and register for the Fall 2020 Institute Catalog, please click here REGISTER NOW

ZOOM!

Albany Guardian Society Institute classes are currently being offered online through Zoom. We offer individual assistance on how to connect through Zoom. Call Gina at 518-727-6445 for assistance.

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Albany Guardian Society Forums

AGS offers community forums with speakers on topics of interest to seniors, their families, and caregivers.

Up Next: A forum through “Zoom” on:

Understanding Medicare and the EPIC Program

This presentation will provide an overview of the Medicare program and coverage options, including: Medigap/Medicare Supplement Insurance, Medicare Advantage/Medicare Health Plans and Medicare Part D prescription drug coverage.

Health and drug plans for seniors covered by Medicare can change each year including individual costs, benefit coverage, providers, and pharmacy networks covered by each plan. Individuals enrolled in the Medicare Advantage/Medicare Health Plans and prescription drug plans (PartD) have the opportunity during the Open Enrollment Period (October 15 to December 7) to change their Medicare health and prescription drug plans for the upcoming year.

Understanding and navigating the various plans and options is often a challenging experience. Join us to learn about the Medicare options for 2021 in time for the Fall Annual Enrollment Period and get your Medicare questions answered.

Presenter: Eric Hausman, Independent Consultant specializing in Medicare Education

Date: Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Time: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Register for this forum REGISTER NOW

For more information, click here MORE INFO

Senior Housing Options Directory

Deciding on one’s next home can be a stressful and complicated experience, especially for seniors. The good news is there are a lot of excellent senior housing options to choose from.

In this free directory updated in 2020, there is detailed information on different types of housing that are available for seniors looking to live in the Capital Region. It provides information on location, costs, amenities, and special features within each community that seniors need to consider when looking for housing.

Types of senior living communities in this directory include:

  • Market Rate
  • Subsidized
  • Family-type Homes
  • Assisted Living
  • Nursing Homes

View the “Housing Options for Senior Adults in the Capital Region” directory online HERE

Have a directory sent to you (at no cost) by emailing your name, address and phone number to ags@albanyguardiansociety.org or calling and leaving the same information at 518-434-2140.

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Senior Transportation Options Directory

Transportation is a vital link for seniors to remain active and independent in their community. New in 2020, the “Transportation Options for Senior Adults in the Capital Region” directory provides the name, contact information, specific services provided, hours of service, accommodations, and fees for the senior transportation options in Albany, Rensselaer, Saratoga, and Schenectady counties. Please note that due to the COVID- 19 pandemic hours and availably of transportation services may be altered.

View the “Transportation Options for Senior Adults in the Capital Region” online directory HERE or call AGS at 518-434-2140.

The Village Movement

“Villages” are self-governing, grassroots, membership, nonprofit organizations run by volunteers, and sometimes paid staff, that coordinate access to a variety of services and activities for seniors wanting to maintain independence in their own home. Several Villages are being developed in the Capital District

Capital Region Villages Collaborative (CRVC) is a group of individuals, agencies, organizations, and Villages interested in forming, operating, and supporting Villages in the greater Capital Region.

View the Capital Region Village Collaborative website by clicking HERE

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Albany Guardian Society History Publication

For 168 years Albany Guardian Society evolved seeking to fulfill its mission – to improve the quality of life for seniors – through education, information, funding the development of services, and creating an environment favorable to the growth of innovative ideas for improving elder care. Learn about our rich history in a new publication titled “Albany Guardian Society: Improving the Lives of Seniors Since 1852" authored by Paul Grondahl and Judith Fetterley available for $5.00 (check only, please) by calling 518-434-2140

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Contact Us

Albany Guardian Society

14 Corporate Woods Blvd., Suite 102 Albany, NY 12211-2523 . Phone: (518) 434-2140

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