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Mission Statement

Putnam County Office for Senior Resources is responsible for stimulating, promoting, coordinating and administering local programs and services for older Putnam County residents. In carrying out this responsibility, the Office for Senior Resources’ primary emphasis is on the development of long-term care programs and services necessary to meet the long term care needs of Putnam County’s elderly and to support informal caregivers.

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  • Michael Cunningham


Office for Senior Resources

Services Offered

Friendship Centers

The Putnam County Office for Senior Resources operates 4 senior centers which serve hot nutritious noontime meals, offer companionship, wellness and exercise classes, arts and crafts, games, fall prevention programs, nutrition education, nutrition and health counseling, blood pressure readings, and talks by local physicians and pharmacists, etc. Transportation and shopping assistance is offered for those who have no other transportation.

  • Carmel Friendship Center
    110 Old Route 6
    Carmel, NY 10512
    (845) 808-1701
  • Friendship Center in Philipstown
    6 Butterfield Road
    Cold Spring, NY 10516
    (845) 808-1705
  • William Koehler Memorial Senior Center
    180 Route 6
    Mahopac, NY 10541
    (845) 808-1738
  • Putnam Valley Friendship Center
    117 Town Park Lane
    Putnam Valley, NY 10579
    (845) 808-1730

If you would like to participate, call your nearest center or the Office for Senior Resources at (845) 808-1700.

Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP)

This federally funded program is designed to help with the payment of heating/utility bills. The Office for Senior Resources certifies applications for residents 60 years of age and older.

If you are interested in the program, please call us at (845) 808-1700.

Legal Services

An attorney is available to provide legal consultation to include wills, health care proxies, and powers of attorney. An appointment is required.

If you are interested in legal assistance, please call us at (845) 808-1700.

Outreach Program

The Outreach Program assists the isolated and frail elderly in the community by obtaining services and providing them with information and referral as necessary. Outreach reaches OUT into the community to the unserved and underserved seniors of Putnam County, by assisting in certifying or re-certifying eligible seniors for programs such as Medicaid, Food Stamps, and/or the Medicare Savings Program. Outreach workers also do friendly visits and telephone reassurance. For more information, please call the Office for Senior Resources @ (845) 808-1700 or the following OSR Contact in their areas:

  • Kent/Patterson: Donna Terman @ (845) 808-1700 Ext. 47111
  • Philipstown: Joann Torres @ (845) 808-1705 Ext. 41986
  • Putnam Valley: Courtney Donnelly @ (845) 808-1730 Ext. 47923
  • Southeast: Jackie Ackerly @ (845) 808-1700 Ext. 47114
  • Carmel/Mahopac: Karen Logan @ (845) 808-1738 Ext. 47915
Recreation Programs

Exercise, crafts, and games are important social activities that help nurture us physically, mentally, and spiritually. These programs come in many forms.
Arts and crafts activities such painting and ceramics help generate the creative juices.

Games and other social activities include billiards, bingo, various card games, puzzles, mahjong, Wii, book clubs, brain fitness, coffee and conversation, movies.

We offer evidence based fall prevention programs such as A Matter of Balance, Tai Chi for Arthritis and Bingocize. Other exercise programs such as Chair Zumba, Water Bottle Workout and Ballroom Dancing all serve to improve our balance, mobility and get that heart rate going in the right direction.

Some programs are offered on line for those who are homebound or unable to come in on a particular day.
If you are interested in any of these activities, please call us at (845) 808-1700.

Medical Transportation

Provides limited medical transportation for getting to and from doctor and hospital appointments for seniors who have no other means of transportation and who otherwise could not obtain needed medical care. Transportation is provided within Putnam County and is also available to certain destinations outside of Putnam County.

Transportation is provided by senior volunteer drivers from Putnam SeniorCorps.

If you are interested the program, please call us at (845) 808-1700 Ext. 47104.

Expanded In-Home Services for the Elderly Program (EISEP)

A home care program providing a variety of non-medical services to the elderly with functional impairments and who require assistance with bathing, eating, toileting, dressing, light housekeeping, etc.

This is a cost-sharing program based on income. Need and eligibility is determined after an assessment by a case manager. 

If you are interested in the program, please call us at (845) 808-1700.

Consumer Directed In Home Services, under EISEP

Consumer directed care gives you more choices in meeting your care needs and allows you to be in control of your home care service. The consumer or designated person is responsible for the selection, hiring, supervision and, if needed, termination of their aides.

With consumer directed care, you can choose who to hire for your care, including family (not including spouses) and friends. You have a large role in shaping your plan of care to help you remain safely in your home and community.

This is a cost-sharing program based on income. Need and eligibility is determined after an assessment by a case manager.

If you are interested in the program, please call us at (845) 808-1700.

Elderly Pharmaceutical Insurance Coverage (EPIC)

EPIC was developed to assist eligible NY State residents 65 or older with the high cost of prescription drugs. Seniors who meet income guidelines and who are not already covered by Medicaid or other programs which supplement the cost of prescription drugs may be eligible.

For more information, please call (845) 808–1700

Health Insurance, Information, Counseling, Assistance Program (HIICAP)

The Putnam County Office for Senior Resources has a Health Insurance Information Counseling & Assistance Program (HIICAP) Coordinator to help you sort through the maze of insurance options to find the correct answers for you! HIICAP provides free, accurate and unbiased information, counseling, assistance and advocacy on Medicare, private health insurance, and related health coverage plans. HIICAP helps Medicare beneficiaries, their representatives or persons soon to be eligible for Medicare.

For more information, please call (845) 808-1700.

Wellness Program

Emphasizing wellness at all four friendship centers monthly by utilizing community resources such as volunteers to do blood pressure readings, local physicians to speak on health topics, Putnam County Health Dept. to give flu and pneumonia shots, and local pharmacists to answer questions concerning medications. “Please come and participate…….remember, HEALTH IS WEALTH!!”

If you are interested the program, please call us at (845) 808-1700.

Fall Prevention Program

Falls are the leading cause of both fatal and nonfatal injuries among older adults.

OSR offers a number of programs to promote awareness of the risks related to falls and to provide tools to seniors to offset these risks. These include evidence based fall prevention programs such as A Matter of Balance, Tai Chi for Arthritis and Bingocize which have been developed at universities and have demonstrated that participation can reduce fall risk. OSR uses the Steadi Tool Kit to assist seniors in the measurement of their own individual fall risk. Each Fall, OSR participates in the National Falls Prevention Week with gatherings at varying locations to promote awareness on Fall Awareness and to demonstrate useful techniques and programs for seniors to access.

If you are interested in learning more, please call us at (845) 808-1700.

Putnam NY Connects

Putnam NY Connects serves older individuals and individuals with disabilities of all ages, and their caregivers, with a link to community long term services and supports to help them remain in their home as long as possible.

NY Connects can:

  • Find care and support
  • Remain independent
  • Understand care options
  • Find transportation
  • Learn about supports in caregiving
  • Get answers about Medicare
  • Apply for Medicaid and other benefits

If you are interested in the program, please call us at (845) 808-1700.

Social Model Adult Day Services Program

The Adult Day Services program is designed to meet the needs of functionally impaired adults with cognitive and/or mobility issues through individual plans of care. This program provides a variety of health, social and support services in a protective setting during daytime hours. Keeping our participants actively engaged in the community provides their caregivers with peace of mind and much needed and deserved time for themselves.

For more information on attending this program, please call us at (845) 808-1700

Nutrition Programs

Nutrition is a key component of the Social Determinants of Health services provided by the Office for Senior Resources. It is also a key element of our mission to serve the seniors of Putnam County. The nutrition services we provide include:

Senior Center Lunch: hot nutritious noontime meals as part of our congregate meal program at our 4 Friendship Centers on Monday through Friday, excluding holidays and days we are closed due to training, weather or other emergencies.

Home Delivered Meals: a hot, nutritious meal is delivered directly to the homes of sick or homebound elderly. A physician’s referral and home assessment is required. This program can also include the delivery of frozen meals to the homes of eligible seniors. Meals are provided for up to 7 days per week depending on individual circumstances. An assessment for frozen meals is also required.
Some special diets can be incorporated into meals served.

  • Nutrition Counseling
  • Nutrition Education

If you are interested in learning more about our nutrition programs, please call us at (845) 808-1700.

Shower Out with Assistance Program (SOAP)

A certified aide assists seniors who are unsteady in the shower, having trouble navigating the bathtub, or you are a caregiver struggling in helping your loved one with personal care needs. SOAP offers walk-in shower and laundry facilities at our senior centers in Mahopac and Putnam Valley. Need and eligibility is determined after an assessment by a case manager.

If you are interested in the program, please call us at (845) 808-1700.

Caregiver Program

The Putnam Office for Seniors Resources assists caregivers in their effort to maintain the quality of life for their loved ones. Program services include counseling, information and referral, support groups, educational workshops, and the Caregiver Resource Center. The Center lends books and pamphlets and provides links to other resources to assist in the caregiving journey.

If you are interested in the program, please call us at (845) 808-1700.

Putnam SeniorCorps

Putnam SeniorCorps invites adults 60 and older to use their life experiences and skills to volunteer and assist others close to home in a wide variety of community organizations. Volunteers are matched with assignments of their own choosing. The Program provides orientation, training, and transportation. Volunteers lead more active, healthy, dynamic lives, full of the excitement of participation while serving your community.

If you are interested in volunteering, please call us at (845) 808-1734.


Do you provide unpaid care to a family member, friend, or neighbor who has an illness, disability, memory loss, injury, or special need? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you are a caregiver! Are you feeling overwhelmed, constantly worried, tired, sad, easily irritated, and/or extremely stressed? You are not alone and there is support available. If you would like to learn more about resources, tools, and supports available for caregivers, please answer the following questions to get connected to the right starting place.

  1. Are you over the age of 18 and caring for an older adult (age 60+)?
  2. Are you over the age of 18 caring for an individual (any age) with Alzheimer’s disease or a related disorder (e.g., dementia, traumatic brain injury, mild cognitive impairment, chronic traumatic encephalopathy)?
  3. Are you over the age of 55 and living with and caring for a child (not biological) under the age of 18?
  4. Are you over the age of 55 and living with and caring for an adult (can be a biological child) aged 18-59 with a disability?

If you answered yes to any of the questions above, you are eligible for the National Family Caregiver Support Program (NFCSP). If you would like to learn more about how this program can assist you, please click this link for a short screen for an initial assessment of your wellbeing, and a Program Specialist will reach out to discuss the results. The evidence-based screener asks you to reflect on your experiences and respond to a series of statements based on identified rating scales in each section. This screener is used to help you and the Program Specialist better understand your situation and define an individualized plan to meet your unique caregiving needs.

If you answered no to all the questions above, or you are not interested in taking the evidence-based screen, there is still help available to you through the Any Care Counts - New York (ACC-NY) Campaign which recognizes and supports the millions of unpaid caregivers across the state! Through ACC-NY you can discover your caregiver intensity score by taking the ARCHANGELS Caregiver Intensity Index (CII). It takes just 2 minutes to complete. You will find out whether you are “in the red," "yellow" or "green," and be connected to trusted resources.  

Senior Centers

Carmel Friendship Center

Building #1

110 Old Route 6
Carmel, NY 10512

William Koehler Memorial Senior Center

180 Route 6
Mahopac, NY 10541

Friendship Center in Philipstown

6 Butterfield Road
Cold Spring, NY 10516

Putnam County Friendship Center at Putnam Valley

117 Town Park Lane
Putnam Valley, NY 10579

Medicare -  Open enrollment period: October 15, 2023 through December 7, 2023

New for 2023 - Social Security Enrolls You In Original Medicare (Part A and Part B) Medicare is health insurance for people age 65 or older. Certain people younger than age 65 can qualify for Medicare, including those with disabilities and those who have permanent kidney failure.
If you’re eligible at age 65, your “Initial Enrollment Period” begins three months before your 65th birthday, includes the month you turn age 65, and ends three months after that birthday.

Click here for more information!

Consumer Rights & Grievance Forms

The Office for Senior Resources is committed to providing services to all seniors and their caregivers in Putnam County.  If you believe that you have been discriminated against including because of your race, religion, disability, sexual identity, you have the right to file a complaint in order to have your concerns addressed. Please find information below on your rights and how you can address your complaints.

Senior Housing Information

  • Putnam County Housing Corporation (PCHC)

    11 Seminary Hill Road,
    Carmel, NY 10512 

    (845) 225-8493

    You will need to ask for the following four applications in order to be placed on each of the waiting lists:

    1. Gleneida Court Apartments (62+ or disabled) – Bldg. #10, 12 or 14, Carmel, NY
    2. Gleneida Sr. Apts. (60+) – 20 Gleneida Court, Carmel, NY
    3. Lakeview Apts. (62+) – 8 Gleneida Court, Carmel, NY
    4. Sr. Housing @ Mahopac Hills (62+) – 170 Rt. 6, Mahopac, NY
  • Wilder Balter Partners, Inc. (55+)

    • Stonecrest Apartments, 3101 Stonecrest Drive, Brewster, NY  845-278-1909
    • Hillcrest Commons, 202 Route 52 (behind Shoprite Plaze), Carmel, NY 845-256-8630
    • Hughson Commons, 4100 Gables Way, Carmel, NY 845-228-9200
  • Chestnut Ridge Apartments

    62 Chestnut Street, Cold Spring, NY 845-265-3452

  • Putnam Community Foundation

    50 Main Street, Brewster, NY 845-278-2130
    Please ask for two applications for the following:

    • 50 Main Street, Brewster, NY (62+)
    • Mayor Mitchell Court, Brewster, NY (60+)
  • Putnam County Senior Housing (Purchase)

    • The Retreat at Carmel, 11 Dickinson Place, Carmel, NY  888-314-1375
    • Stoneleigh Woods at Carmel, 1 Terrace Drive, Carmel, NY Real Estate/Home Sales 845-764-4555
    • The Villas @ Seminary Hill (55+), Pankin Drive, Carmel, NY 914-490-4494
  • Putnam County Assisted Living Facility

    • The Plaza at Clover Lake, 838 Fair Street, Carmel, NY 845-878-4111
  • Putnam County Nursing Homes

    • Putnam Nursing & Rehab., 404 Ludingtonville Rd., Holmes, NY 845-878-3241
    • Putnam Ridge, 46 Mount Ebo Rd. N., Brewster, NY 845-278-3636

News & Press Release

Putnam County Office Building

40 Gleneida Avenue
Carmel, New York 10512

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