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  Our Falling into Place series spotlights the important work of -and fosters collaboration between- not-for-profit organizations in our communities; allowing us all to fall into place.

Falling Into Place is supported by The Seymour Fox Memorial Foundation, Providing a helping hand to turn inspiration into accomplishment. See more possibilities … see more promise… see more progress.

Today we learn about the work of the Saratoga Senior center. Since 1955 the mission of the Saratoga Senior Center is to empower seniors to achieve and maintain personal independence and individual well-being by providing the program structure and support services necessary for healthy recreation, companionship, social involvement, and problem solving.

Lois Celeste is the Executive Director of Saratoga Senior Center - starting her 11th year with the agency.

Your career has wound down, the kids have moved, and your schedule is clear.

In your youth, you cared about people and planet earth, and you had grand visions of changing the world. At some point, those passions and that sense of purpose got buried under diapers and the 9-5. Still, that old you remains alive. Now, with the rest of your life ahead, you can be the change and make this next stage of your life the most powerful yet.

But where to start?

Helen Wilkes, a retired professor and activist, takes readers on an inspiring journey to find renewed purpose in retirement. Along the way she helps readers navigate the transition to a post-work identity by fanning the embers of lost passions and developing new interests. Her book is "The Aging of Aquarius: Igniting Passion and Purpose as an Elder."

NY U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand in Troy
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New York U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand was in Troy this afternoon to announce new legislation aimed at making prescription drugs for older Americans more affordable.

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A number of senior citizens in the Hudson Valley recently had a chance to ask questions about new Medicare cards that will be issued. The forum was a telephone town hall held with Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney where residents could also ask about veterans benefits.

Rainbow Seniors of Berkshire County

A new group in Berkshire County is looking to create a social network for LGBTQ seniors in the area.

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A New York congresswoman will join with senior citizens in Westchester County Saturday afternoon to celebrate the 75th anniversary of Social Security.

Congresswoman Nita Lowey, the ranking Democrat on the House Appropriations Committee, will appear at The Esplanade Senior Residences in White Plains to talk about the importance of Social Security benefits. Senior citizens will share stories about how Social Security has positively affected their lives. They will then enjoy a celebratory cake. The first Social Security check was issued on January 31, 1940.

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A decade-old Massachusetts program that allows a property tax break for senior citizens may be introduced in the state’s third largest city.  Springfield would join several smaller cities in the region that already offer the popular program.

The Senior Tax Work-Off Program allows homeowners over the age of 60 to perform tasks for a municipality in exchange for a one-time abatement of a portion of their property tax bill.  It is offered in more than 100 cities and towns in Massachusetts including Westfield, Chicopee and Holyoke.

Senior citizens staged a protest at the Massachusetts Statehouse Thursday over a proposed budget cut for the elder nutrition program.  WAMC's Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports…

The elderly activists rallied to urge legislators to reject Governor Deval Patrick’s proposed $1.5 million cut to the senior meals program.  The governor’s proposal would mean the number of meals served to seniors next year would be slashed by 25%, or 240,000 meals.