NYC Seniors

The NYC Dept. for the Aging works for the empowerment, independence, dignity and quality of life of New York City's diverse older adults and for the support of their families through advocacy, education and the coordination and delivery of services.
Stylin’ Seniors - Blanca Sanchez, 67, is a member of the Sunset Park Neighborhood Senior Center at 4520 4th Ave in Brooklyn, New York. Blanca has been a member of the center for 7 years and is a volunteer, serving as a knitting teacher to her fellow seniors. - Photo by Richard Henry

Stylin’ Seniors - Blanca Sanchez, 67, is a member of the Sunset Park Neighborhood Senior Center at 4520 4th Ave in Brooklyn, New York. Blanca has been a member of the center for 7 years and is a volunteer, serving as a knitting teacher to her fellow seniors. - Photo by Richard Henry

Stylin’ Seniors - Rolando and Dora Gomez

Rolando Gomez, 80 and Dora Gomez, 81, are members of the Institute for the Puerto Rican / Hispanic Elderly’s Corona Senior Center at 108-74 Roosevelt Avenue in Queens, NYC. The following Is Dora’s story on how she came to become a member:

"Six years ago, I became a widow. I lost my husband as we were visiting our children in New York. I moved back to NYC and lived with one of my children. She encouraged me to come to Corona Senior Center, because I was becoming isolated and did not want to socialize with anyone.

"Coming to Corona Senior Center changed my life because I met wonderful friends and became a volunteer. Here is when I met my current husband, Rolando Gomez. I’ve been married for four months now and am having the best time of my life."

- Photo by Richard Henry

Time is running out for senior centers to get their applications in for next year’s SPARC program. If you need inspiration, take a look at a gallery exhibit and reception featuring work seniors at the Coffeehouse Senior Center (331 West 42nd Street) created over the course of Ann deVere’s printmaking workshop, representing the many different techniques they studied. - Photos by Richard Henry

It’s All Happening…On 34th Street

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The 34th Street Partnership manages 31 blocks in the heart of Midtown Manhattan, including the 34th Street retail corridor and Herald & Greeley Square Parks.

The district is visited by a diverse group of people each day, including thousands of commuters that pass through Penn Station and tourists who are out on the streets experiencing New York City life.

Depending on the time of day, you might stumble upon a special Salsa, Swing or Zumba dance class near Herald Square, taught by instructors from our district neighbor DanceSport. Watch the crowd smile and cheer as participants master the latest dance moves. You can also grab a bite to eat – a flavorful empanada from Nuchas, a sweet treat from Wafels & Dinges, a fresh apple sold at the Broadway French Market, or specialty fare from Broadway Bites.

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What a great opportunity to enjoy some unique moments in the City. 

Stylin’ Seniors - "I am a survivor of six heart attacks in 2001," said Maria Esther Romero, 75. “Since that time, my health is almost perfect and therefore, I love to serve people in different situations as a case worker. I am in the Institute for the Puerto Rican / Hispanic Elderly’s Corona Senior Center (108-74 Roosevelt Avenue in Queens, NYC) where I give my time as a volunteer and also enjoy activities in general.” - Photo by Richard Henry

Stylin’ Seniors - "I am a survivor of six heart attacks in 2001," said Maria Esther Romero, 75. “Since that time, my health is almost perfect and therefore, I love to serve people in different situations as a case worker. I am in the Institute for the Puerto Rican / Hispanic Elderly’s Corona Senior Center (108-74 Roosevelt Avenue in Queens, NYC) where I give my time as a volunteer and also enjoy activities in general.” - Photo by Richard Henry

As we plan for another year of SPARC (Seniors Partnering with Artists Citywide), we take a look at some of our favorite SPARC moments of 2014, including the Wedding Reception, a public event at Lenox Hill at St. Peters, 619 Lexington Avenue, that recreated the floral artistry of a wedding reception.

During the course of Lois Cremmens’ Horticulture-Art workshops, participants made creative projects using natural materials as well as gained basic floral decorating skills. For the Wedding Reception, the room was transformed with centerpieces on tables, plantings and garlands. Workshop participants wore fresh corsages they created. Exhibited on the walls of the space were selections of art projects created during the residency.

Senior centers and NORC programs interested in participating in next year’s program can download a copy of the application at http://on.nyc.gov/1mbAlMs - Photos by Richard Henry

The Oldest Woman in New York City Celebrates Her 115th Birthday…The NYC Department for the Aging would like to wish a very happy birthday to one of our lovely seniors today. During a special ceremony held earlier this morning at Millennium Development’s Vandalia Senior Center (47 Vandalia Avenue in Brooklyn), Susannah Mushatte Jones a.k.a. Miss Susie celebrated her 115th birthday today with her family, friends, local elected officials and community leaders. At 115 years of age, Miss Susie is the oldest person in New York City, the second oldest in the U.S., and the third oldest in the World. She’s also No. 1 in our hearts. Congratulations Miss Susie. - Photos by Richard Henry

Remember the Times: TimeBanksNYC, managed by DFTA, it’s nonprofit arm - Aging in New York Fund, and NYC Service, officially closed on June 30th. TimeBanksNYC was part of Age-friendly NYC, and the first intergenerational City-run timebank initiative in the country. Since its inception five years ago, the program has been responsible for nearly 75,000 hours of skill sharing and volunteer service among its 2,177 individual and organizational members. Here’s a look at some of the special moments shared between members over the years. Thank you everyone for your support.

Stylin’ Seniors - Stuart Lahn

Stuart Lahn, 73, is a member of JASA Club 76 in Manhattan. Here is Stuart’s experience at the senior center in his own words:

"Shortly after retiring from a 45+ career in Market Research, I discovered JASA Club 76 West Side Senior Center and quickly became involved as a member, volunteer and advocate. 

"Since joining Club 76 in early 2011, I got involved in its many stimulating activities, both physical and mental — including walking and exercise programs, drama workshops and running a brain quest class.  

"I currently serve as vice president of the Center’s Advisory Council, take photos and write articles for the monthly newsletter. I manage and chair an active entertainment discount ticket program and run a very successful bingo program.  

"I also have developed and maintained a list of members’ birthdays and contact information.  I also am President of Friends of Club 76, an independent initiative of Club 76 members and community friends committed to advocating for funding and continued viability of the center’s programming.  I regularly attend the center’s local community board meetings to advocate for the center."

- Photo by Richard Henry

Stylin’ Seniors - Zipora Schlesinger is a member of JASA Club 76. “I joined JASA in 1997 after my husband died following a long struggle with cancer and therapy,” she said. “And since then, I’ve been coming to JASA almost every day and volunteering for all kids of jobs. I volunteered in the kitchen for 15 years, was a member of the advisory council, a treasurer and program manager, among others.” - Photo by Richard Henry

Stylin’ Seniors - Zipora Schlesinger is a member of JASA Club 76. “I joined JASA in 1997 after my husband died following a long struggle with cancer and therapy,” she said. “And since then, I’ve been coming to JASA almost every day and volunteering for all kids of jobs. I volunteered in the kitchen for 15 years, was a member of the advisory council, a treasurer and program manager, among others.” - Photo by Richard Henry