Founded in 1852, Albany Guardian Society, located in Albany, New York, is one of the region’s oldest charitable foundations. The mission of Albany Guardian Society is to improve the lives of seniors in the Capital Region, their families and their caregivers, through information, education, research, and collaboration.

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.

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.

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Fall classes include:

  • The Retirement Challenge: Cultivating Meaning and Balance
  • Presenter: Audrey Siedman, Certified Sage-ing® Mentor and Spiritual Director
  • How to Participate in a Zoom Meeting
  • Presenters: Eleanora Morrell and John Dowley, Training and Development Specialists, MicroKnowledge, Inc.
  • Truths and Myths about Your Thyroid Gland
  • Presenter: Mary Pat Roy, M.D., Endocrinology, Albany Stratton VA Medical Center

To view and register for the Fall 2021 Institute, please click the button below.


Albany Guardian Society Institute classes are currently being offered online through Zoom. We offer individual assistance on how to connect through Zoom. Call 518-434-2140 for assistance.

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Albany Guardian Society Forums

Call Albany Guardian Society at 518-434-2140 to join our mailing list for when we announce our next event. Please leave your name, phone number, and email address.

Please note: AGS never sells or shares our mailing list, and we send you information only about AGS events.

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 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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AGS history publication

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

Contact Us

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

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