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The former Willsboro Central School, which was built in 1927 and closed in 2001, has been converted to the Champlain Valley Senior Community, a 63-bed assisted living facility for seniors that opened last month. Photo: Chris Knight, via <a href="http://www.adirondackdailyenterprise.com/page/content.detail/id/537874/Converted-school-fills-void-for-seniors.html">Adirondack Daily Enterprise</a><br />
The former Willsboro Central School, which was built in 1927 and closed in 2001, has been converted to the Champlain Valley Senior Community, a 63-bed assisted living facility for seniors that opened last month. Photo: Chris Knight, via Adirondack Daily Enterprise

Old Willsboro school reborn for seniors

The old community school in a small Essex County town has been renovated and converted into an assisted living center for senior citizens.

The Champlain Valley Senior Community opened last month in the former Willsboro Central School, which closed 12 years ago and sat abandoned for several years. Its owner and developer says the $6 million project will help fill a growing senior housing void in the region.  Go to full article
Myrtle Butterfield, with her great-granddaughter Jamie (left) and great-grandson Carter. All are attending SUNY Canton. Photo: Gregory Kie
Myrtle Butterfield, with her great-granddaughter Jamie (left) and great-grandson Carter. All are attending SUNY Canton. Photo: Gregory Kie

A new love of learning, at 83

A Canton great-grandmother will earn her associate degree from SUNY Canton in a few weeks, and says she wants to continue her higher education. 83-year-old Myrtle Butterfield is a liberal arts major who says age should never be a barrier to attending college.

Butterfield went straight from high school to marriage in the late 1940's and says she regretted not getting a college degree. This year, she's been taking classes alongside two of her great grandchildren, 65 years after graduating from high school.  Go to full article
Jigsaw puzzle. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/hadsie/">Scott Hadfield</a>. CC <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/deed.en">some rights reserved</a>
Jigsaw puzzle. Photo: Scott Hadfield. CC some rights reserved

Heard Up North: One thousand easy pieces

At McBrier Park Manor, a retirement community in Hermon, the common room is simply laid out: a sofa, a few chairs, a table, and a TV. But every closet and set of drawers is packed to the brim with boxes of jigsaw puzzles.  Go to full article
There doesn't seem to be as many babies. Our baby is pretty much standing alone right now. When I grew up...there was a ton of kids...

As Hamilton County ages, will communities hang on?

Last week, the US Census found that the New York population is aging much faster than the rest of New York state. The average resident in St. Lawrence County is forty years old. The number of young children in the county, below age five, dropped ten percent over the last decade.

In Hamilton County, the median age is even higher - more than 51 years old. That's thirteen years older, on average, than New York state as a whole. Brian Mann was in Hamilton County last week talking to people about the Census findings and what these numbers mean for their communities. He talks with Martha Foley.  Go to full article
Bill and Tomi Gallagher (Photo:  Lou Reuter, Adirondack Daily Enterprise)
Bill and Tomi Gallagher (Photo: Lou Reuter, Adirondack Daily Enterprise)

The Hospice Path: Helping the helpers

When a patient enters a hospice program at the end of their life, a lot of the focus is on their experience, their choices, and their preparations for death.

As part of our on-going series, called the Hospice Path, we've been profiling Bill Gallagher.

He began working with High Peaks Hospice after doctors told him that his lungs were weakening and couldn't be treated.

This morning, Brian Mann shifts the focus to Tomi Gallagher, Bill's wife. They've been married and caring for each other for nearly seven decades.

Tomi Gallagher says hospice is now offering her important help, while she and her husband navigate this difficult transition.  Go to full article
Dr. Nancy Henkin
Dr. Nancy Henkin

Community building by linking the generations

An education forum today at Paul Smiths College is looking at building communities for all ages. It's co-sponsored by Mercy Care for the Adirondacks. The keynote speaker is Dr. Nancy Henkin, founder and director of the Center for Intergenerational Learning at Temple University. Henkin told Todd Moe that with youth and elders making up an increasing proportion of the population, it's critical for the two groups to join together on issues like housing, education, transportation and healthcare.  Go to full article
Murals inspired by haiku written by seniors at Rideaucrest Home in Kingston, Ontario
Murals inspired by haiku written by seniors at Rideaucrest Home in Kingston, Ontario

Haiku and coping with dementia

Todd Moe visits a spiritual care program at a nursing home in Kingston, Ontario, where the power of poetry is making connections with seniors. It's haiku that inspires and comforts people with dementia. The project has resulted in a book of haiku, Signs of Spring, and a series of murals in the home's garden patio. Todd talks with program coordinator Marjorie Woodbridge and Kingston haiku poet Philomene Kocher. They say it's not a cure, but the project does show the sense of humor, deep wisdom and capabilities of people with dementia. For more information about the booklet, "Signs of Spring - haiku poems by persons with dementia", contact Marjorie Woodbridge: mwoodbridge@cityofkingston.ca  Go to full article

Forum explores aging and creativity

Mercy Care of the Adirondacks and Paul Smiths College will host a forum on Tuesday, June 26th, on creativity and creating elder-friendly communities. The guest speaker will be Dr. Gene Cohen, Director of the Center for Aging, Health and Humanities at George Washington University. Mercy Care of the Adirondacks Executive Director Donna Beal says many communities in the region are seeing changes in health and long-term care, and people are living longer. She spoke with Todd Moe.  Go to full article

Heard Up North: softball reunited

This year's Seaway Festival in Ogdensburg featured the 2nd annual Old Timers Softball game at Monnet Park. Jack "Chucker" Townsend explains how he learned to pitch, 57 years ago...  Go to full article

Commentary: Unshared Memories

Like many people of a certain age, commentator Paul Willcott is responsible for the care and nurturing of a parent in the last years of a long life. He's been writing down occasional reflections on this difficult time.  Go to full article

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