September is Healthy Aging Month

Group of older adults sitting and laughing while reading books.

September is Healthy Aging Month, and the YMCA of Central New York is pleased to offer three virtual, educational seminars focusing on different aspects of healthy aging: financial, brain health, and legal. We’re happy to partner with community experts who will provide introductory guidance, advice, and helpful resources on navigating these issues—whether you’re navigating them on your own, or helping an aging loved one.

Please join us for this virtual seminar series on Mondays from 5-6pm EDT this September on the Virtual Y! All events are FREE and open to members and non-members, but prior registration is required. Register once and select all the events you’d like to attend.  




Monday, September 13, 2021
5pm - 6pm EDT
“Smart Money Moves”
with Ruth Schwartz, Stockbroker and Financial Expert

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Ruth Schwartz is a retired stockbroker, financial expert, and current member of the Board of the Y of Central New York. After retiring from an impressive 35 year career as a top stock broker at the age of 71, Ruth was recruited to fundraise for the Upstate Foundation. Now in her second retirement at age 88, Ruth serves on the Board of Directors of the Y of Central New York. She is committed to making an impact through philanthropy, service, and support of stem cell research and the disabled community. 

Having learned much from her lifetime in finance and money management; Ruth will share stories, advice, and wisdom for those looking to make smart money moves heading into and in older age.


Monday, September 20, 2021
5pm - 6pm EDT
“Acti-v8 Your Brain: The 8 Pillars of Brain Health”
with Nikki Boyd, Global Alzheimer’s Platform (GAP) and Christine Hall, Clarity Clinical Research

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Nikki Boyd and Christine Hall will be sharing the Acti-v8 Your Brain health program, which covers the 8 pillars of brain health. They will also be sharing information about local clinical research studies focusing on Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases.

Acti-v8 Your Brain (A8YB) is focused on creating awareness of brain health activities that may decrease the chance of developing AD and other forms of dementia. A8YB is the only brain health program that includes awareness of clinical trials, research, and memory assessments.


Monday, September 27, 2021
5pm - 6pm EDT

“Planning for Yourself and Loved Ones through Elder Law”
with Samantha A. Aguam, Esq., Volunteer Lawyers Project of CNY

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Sam Aguam is the Deputy Director of Volunteer Lawyers Project of CNY, Inc. (VLP). VLP provides pro bono legal services for low-income individuals in Central New York. Sam primarily works with VLP’s Elder Law & Disability Programs.

Sam will provide an introductory seminar for individuals and families who wish to learn more about legal strategies and documents to plan for their future, make healthcare decisions, and more. Sam will also offer tips and advice for adult children and caretakers navigating these sometimes-difficult conversations with their aging loved ones.