Drive-thru ‘Golden Gathering’ will be Saturday, Oct. 3

The “Golden Gathering” will be returning to Dutchess County on Saturday, Oct. 3. State Senator Sue Serino (R-41) and the Office for the Aging (OFA) are hosting the free event for the benefit of seniors and caregivers throughout the 41st Senate District and Dutchess County — and, like so many 2020 events, it’s been adapted to the COVID era. 

Most importantly, it’ll be in drive-thru form, and advance registration is required. Call 914-962-2624 before Sept. 28 to reserve your space.

This year’s event will still be at Arlington High School (1157 Route 55, LaGrangeville) from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. — but it’ll be in the school parking lot rather than inside. Visiting seniors will be able to get a flu shot in their car, if they need one. They’ll be able to pick up a healthy meal to go, plus key resource information from the Office for the Aging and others. OFA will have staff onsite at the drive-thru to answer questions. Each participant will receive a free raffle card on entry, and winners will be picked upon the event’s completion and contacted by phone to arrange a home drop-off for their prize.

Vendors won’t be onsite as they have in past years, but those who choose to do so can have their information made available in a Golden Gathering event program, and can arrange for promotional items to be placed in a grab-bag for visiting seniors. Prospective “virtual vendors” can email or call 845-229-0106 for more information.

‘Spotlight on Seniors’ and ‘Medicare 

Spotlight’ coming soon

The Fall 2020 issue of the free, quarterly “Spotlight on Seniors” Office for the Aging newsletter is about to go to print, and from there to thousands of seniors’ mailboxes. It’s the best time of year to get on our mailing list, especially for those of you who don’t use the internet, because in October we’re mailing another newsletter: the annual “Medicare Spotlight” that’ll help you navigate this year’s Medicare open enrollment season, which begins on Oct. 15 and continues through Dec. 7.

If you’d rather receive the Spotlight electronically, along with our weekly “Aging News” email newsletters, you can sign up via Dutchess Delivery at That’s also how you can sign up for information and alerts from dozens of departments throughout county government, as well as several Dutchess County municipalities and New York State government agencies. We also post every issue of the Spotlight at 

We don’t share our mailing list information with anybody, but if you’d rather pick up a hard copy of the Spotlight when it becomes available, we distribute those to libraries and municipal buildings throughout Dutchess County.

And if your business would like some copies of the Spotlight to distribute to customers, clients or patients, email and we’ll make some available to you, while supplies last.


Golden Living is prepared by Dutchess County Office for the Aging Director Todd N. Tancredi; he can be reached by telephone at 845-486-2555, by email at or online, at

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