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J. Craig Alexander, DMD
739 Columbia Turnpike, East Greenbush
477.1008; www.jcraigalexanderdmd.com
May is our annual Implant Festival!  Call us for a free consultation ($150 value). We are offering implant specials that Dr. Alexander will discuss with you at your consultation. We can tell you how dental implants can make a difference in your life if you or a loved one has missing teeth or loose dentures.
A native of East Greenbush, Dr. Alexander is pleased to be in his 25th year of providing comprehensive dental care at his East Greenbush office. He is a Diplomat of the International Dental Implant Association and a Master of the Academy of General Dentistry.  Dr. Alexander treats all phases of dentistry including dental implants. He is one of only a few dentists in the Capital District who both places and restores dental implants, so your treatment can all be done in our office. He has experience with both small diameter (mini) and standard diameter dental implants for replacement of missing teeth with crowns and bridges and for stabilization of dentures. We treat all of our patients like friends and neighbors. Treatment is provided in a non-rushed atmosphere. Our office is conveniently located with ample parking and easy handicap-accessibility. Please check our website site to see pictures of our office and team members at www.jcraigalexanderdmd.com or click on our QR code.

Beacon Pointe Memory Care Community
1 Emma Lane, Clifton Park
371.2200; www.beaconpointememorycare.com
Beacon Pointe is a truly different assisted-living community for the memory impaired. At Beacon Pointe, your loved one’s life is celebrated spiritually, emotionally, physically, and intellectually.
The Peregrine Way at Beacon Pointe sets it apart from other memory care communities. Based on creating an environment that supports families, residents, and caregivers, the Peregrine Memory Care Program helps families and friends to have the most positive experience possible and keep relationships strong. Our caring and compassionate staff welcomes family and friends to participate in every aspect of their loved one’s life, because memory loss profoundly impacts not only the individual, but also the family.
The Peregrine Memory Care Program offers activities, therapies and an environment that embrace long-term memories for residents. These include legacy stories; spiritual programs; radio days; around the world; trains; live-in pets including a dog, cat, rabbits, and birds; and even a butterfly sanctuary.
In addition, this program provides constant staff training and education to ensure that your loved one receives the best care possible. To see for yourself how the Peregrine Way makes Beacon Pointe unique, call 371.2200 to schedule a tour or just stop in!

Colonie Senior Service Centers
6 Winners Circle, Albany
459.2857; www.colonieseniors.org
Are you 55+? RSVP has volunteer opportunities galore!
The Capital Region Retired & Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) is sponsored by Colonie Senior Service Centers. We currently have over 200 RSVP volunteers who share their time and talents within 22 RSVP volunteer stations throughout Albany, Rensselaer and Schenectady counties. These nonprofits and schools offer older adults 55+ a wide variety of volunteer opportunities, such as tutoring children in reading and math, Meals on Wheels, assisting with veterans’ programs, transportation for seniors, and a host of other options.
RSVP participates in events throughout the Capital Region to increase our visibility in the communities we serve. Be sure to look for us and stop by to see what RSVP is all about! In addition, our first RSVP Volunteer Station Fair will take place on Wednesday, June 10 from 10am-noon at the Beltrone Living Center. Older adults 55+ are invited to “one-stop-shop” with representatives from our 22 RSVP volunteer stations who will answer questions and provide information about where RSVP volunteers will have the most impact within the communities they serve.
RSVP is part of Senior Corps and is administered by the Corporation for National and Community Service, the federal agency that supports service and volunteering programs to improve lives, strengthen communities, and foster civic engagement.
If you or someone you know is looking to share some time to help others, contact Sue Napierski, Volunteer and RSVP Program Director at snapierski@colonieseniors.org or 459.2857 ext. 308. Let us help you find a rewarding volunteer opportunity!

The Wesley Community
156 Lawrence Street, Saratoga Springs
691.1563;www.TheWesleyCommunity.org
When a nursing home is not the answer
Sometimes living independently is no longer a good idea for older adults who face challenges with daily activities like keeping house or managing medications.  Long-term skilled care is expensive and may not be necessary or desirable. The Wesley Community has a New York State Health Department-licensed residential enriched living program that fills this in-between need.
The enriched living program at Woodlawn Commons provides subtle, 24-hour a day staff support that encourages independence and provides peace of mind to the residents and their loved ones. Participants reside in individual apartments equipped with an emergency call system.  Apartments have a sitting room, kitchenette, bedroom and easily accessible bathroom, which feel more like home than single rooms offered by other providers. Three meals a day are served restaurant-style in our dining room.
Resident services are overseen by a registered nurse, who ensures each person has a service plan tailored to his or her needs. Housekeeping and laundry services, scheduled transportation, medication management and assistance with other daily living activities are included. Residents can socialize and participate in a life-enriching events and activities.
The Wesley Community also offers the full spectrum of long-term care services, outpatient therapies for all ages, short-term rehabilitation and adult day services, as well as independent housing for seniors in all income brackets.
Call today and see why The Wesley Community deserves its reputation as a community that cares. See our ad on page 65.

Emeritus at Fillmore Pond
300 Village Lane, Bennington, VT
802.447.7000; www.emeritus.com
Emeritus at Fillmore Pond, now a proud member of Brookdale Senior Living, is nestled in the foothills of the Green Mountains. Located on 87 acres of lush land that features a large pond with ducks and geese, Emeritus at Fillmore Pond is just west of the charming and historical town of Bennington.
Our community is conveniently located to several local attractions, including the Bennington Center for the Arts, the Bennington Museum, and the Bennington Battle Monument. We are also only 40 minutes from Albany, and all of its shopping, cultural attractions and entertainment venues.
Emeritus at Fillmore Pond has a very country, cozy family appeal.  Our common areas–a beautiful courtyard, large front porch with views of the Green Mountains, art room, library with a fireplace, fitness room, and even our very own elegant restaurant-style dining–give residents a true feeling of home and allow them and their loved ones the opportunity to get to know everyone in the community.
The community offers independent living senior apartments, residential care apartments and memory care apartments. In addition, we have independent living cottages with a variety of floor plans, many with back decks and full basements. An independent living cottage is a wonderful option for a resident who wishes to maintain a very independent lifestyle but would like to give up the work and worry of home maintenance.
In keeping with our philosophy, our staff supports our residents in maintaining their independence and dignity. We have a full schedule of activities designed to keep our residents active and engaged.

Advanced Audiology Services
27 Lower Hudson Avenue, Green Island
270.5802; www.advancedaudiologysvcs.com
May is Better Hearing and Speech Month
It can be quite daunting, not to mention frustrating, trying to make a decision about which hearing aid to buy.  This is where the services of the audiologist can be instrumental in achieving a successful outcome.  Certainly, with the ever increasingly sophisticated digital technology found in today’s hearing aids, it was never intended that the hearing-aid user would have the necessary preparation to make that choice without guidance and assistance from a professional who selects and fits hearing aids for a living. 
It is reasonably safe, though not necessarily wise, for the consumer to choose the brand of the hearing aid.  Beyond that decision, the consequences of choices made solely by the consumer can adversely affect a successful outcome.  Most hearing-aid manufacturers will have products that will be an excellent choice for a given individual.  The audiologist’s role in selection is to guide and advise the consumer regarding options such as style and level of technology.  In the end, one should wind up with the equivalent of “the best hearing aid for me”. Frequent questions are “What brands do you carry? Do you have a favorite?” It is impossible for an audiologist to be equally skilled in fitting the hearing aids of, say, ten different manufacturers. Carrying many brands does not necessarily translate into advantage or benefit to the consumer.  A more useful question might be, “Are your patients typically happy with the hearing aids that you dispense? Are they pleased with the results?”

Judson Meadow Assisted Living Community
39 Swaggertown Road, Glenville
831-2400; www.JudsonMeadowsAssistedLiving.com
Come experience “The Art of Aging Well” at Judson Meadows Assisted Living Community! Your needs may change, but why should your lifestyle? Judson Meadows offers Enhanced Assisted living—a higher level of assisted living service that allows you to age in place. After all, it is about growth, not age!
Apartments: Choose from studio or one- and two-bedroom apartments, which all include handicap-accessible private bathrooms with showers. Heat and air conditioning are individually controlled. Basic phone, cable TV and internet access are included. Each of the apartments at Judson Meadows is graciously designed and awaits the personal touches you will provide that makes it “home.”
Tiered level of service: Judson Meadows offers a comprehensive range of services to meet your individual needs. The basic level of care includes all meals and snacks, housekeeping, personal care and medication oversight and support. Additional assistance with medication management and personal care is available at higher levels of service. Feel free to contact our Senior Living Consultant at 579.2010 for more information on levels of service and to schedule your tour.
Respite Care and Short Term Stays Available: Judson Meadows Assisted Living also offers a comprehensive range of services in a safe, friendly and inviting environment, making it a wonderful short-term option for seniors who want to try out assisted living and perhaps would like to give their caregivers a needed break or who may not be ready to return home after surgery or other medical issues.

Lindsay Drug Co., Inc.
416 5th Avenue, Troy
235.2522; www.lindsaydrug.com
Lindsay Drug Co., Inc. provides many different Community Outreach programs around the Capital Region. In March, we went to the Diamond Rock Terrace in Troy to present an in-service about the importance of proper nutrition as we age. Many of the seniors at Diamond Rock attended.
 In a brief presentation, we talked about different food groups, using the government-operated program Myplate.gov, which gives recommendations for the amount of each food group that should be eaten at each meal and throughout the day. Myplate.gov is an excellent nutrition resource and we encourage everyone to visit the site for great nutrition tips.
 After the presentation, the group participated in a trivia game of nutrition questions to stimulate individual questions and concerns. In a calm, relaxed, friendly learning environment, everyone was engaged and learned more about nutrition. We discussed the need for 6-8 eight-ounce glasses of water each day. Many were surprised to find that coffee and tea do not count for water intake. Questions were raised about sugar. Did you know that women’s daily amount of sugar is only six teaspoons, while men can have nine teaspoons per day? That seems unfair, don’t you think?
The event ended with a delicious sampling of nutritious snacks. Everyone who came to the event learned a lot and had fun doing it. If this sounds interesting and you would like to participate, watch for a Lindsay Drug event coming to a location near you!

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