Jing Lan Liu, 77, of Selfhelp Community Services, Inc.'s Benjamin Rosenthal Innovative Senior Center in Queens, has her Ready New York My Emergency Plan publication from the NYC Office of Emergency Management. How do you get prepared for an emergency? Call 311 for more information. - Photo by Richard Henry
Stylin’ Seniors - A tip of the hat to our latest Stylin’ Senior. Abigail Duarte, 92, is a member of the of the Puerto Rican / Hispanic Elderly’s Corona Senior Center at 108-74 Roosevelt Avenue in Queens, NYC. - Photo by Richard Henry
Stylin’ Seniors - They sure do age well at the Bayside Senior Center (221-15 Horace Harding Expressway). Pauline Kossar is 102-years-old and a member of the Queens-based center, She has enjoyed a long life with three children, seven grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. Her family owned a bakery and Pauline worked each day. She now enjoys her time with friends and family. ”I enjoyed every minute. I enjoyed it all,” she said. “I had a very good life. Thank God…no regrets.” - Photo by Richard Henry
We would like to welcome Xin Di Lei to the Centenarian Club. The 100-year-old senior recently celebrated her milestone during a birthday celebration at Homecrest Senior Center (1413 Avenue T in Sheepshead Bay).
The birthday girl (front and center) was flanked by family and guests, including our own Charise Lawrence (standing behind Xin Di Lei), who was on hand to present Xin Di Lei with a proclamation from Commissioner Donna Corrado in honor of her big day.
Xin Di Lei was born on August 6, 1914 in Taishan, Guangdong, China. She performed farming-related work, taught school and volunteered in Taishan. Upon becoming an adult, she met her husband through an arranged marriage that produced five children (three daughters and two sons), 14 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.
She would come to American around 1980 and work in a garment factory for 6-7 years. During this time, she suffered the unfortunate loss of her husband. But with her family in America, Xin Di Lei persevered and currently lives with her youngest son and his family.
Lei joined Homecrest Senior Center in 1997 when it first opened. She is one of its oldest members. She comes to the Center for congregate hot lunch meals, but also plays games and takes part in an exercise program.
She reads without glasses, walks without assistance and wears no hearing aid. According to her, the key to her longevity and good health is happiness. She has a very happy life! Happy Birthday Xin Di Lei.
Stylin’ Seniors - Humberto Galarza, 67 and his wife Rosalba Galarza, 67, are members of the Puerto Rican / Hispanic Elderly’s Corona Senior Center at 108-74 Roosevelt Avenue in Queens, NYC. “Corona Senior Center has supplied our needs for relaxation and a good location to eat healthy food,” Humberto said. “We also enjoy arts and crafts projects and enjoy trips.” - Photo by Richard Henry
Stylin’ Seniors - In a first for our Stylin’ Seniors series, we take a look at identical twins Betty Cooper and Shirley Brotman, both 83, who live together and are members of the Bayside Senior Center at 221-15 Horace Harding Expressway in Queens, NYC. "People cannot tell the difference, so we are called Betty Boop and Shirley Temple," Betty jokes. - Photo by Richard Henry
In Ann Chow, 74, a member of the Selfhelp Community Services, Inc.’s Benjamin Rosenthal Innovative Senior Center at 45-25 Kissena Blvd. in Flushing, Queens, knows, just like every other New Yorker, that emergency preparedness is always in style. For a copy of NYC Office of Emergency Management's My Emergency Plan, visit nyc.gov/myemergencyplan or call 311 to request a copy. - Photo by Richard Henry