DFTA will be holding public hearings on the agency’s Annual Plan Summary during October. Hearings provide a valuable opportunity for consumers, community partners, advocates and other interested parties to comment on the Department’s goals, objectives and program planning, or to give testimony on other issues that impact New York City’s older adults. All Public Hearings are scheduled from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon. To register and speak during the hearing, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Stylin’ Seniors - Marjorie Powell, 63, is a member of Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens' Bayside Senior Center in Queens, NYC. Marjorie was a nurse supervisor, but had to stop working due to dementia. “Now I'm at the Bayside Senior Center where I met a lot of friends,” she said. “I enjoy my exercise and playing bingo. I’m always looking forward everyday to come to the center to enjoy the many activities.” - Photo by Richard Henry
Stylin’ Seniors - William Wolfson and his wife Marcia are members of Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens' Bayside Senior Center at 221-15 Horace Harding Expressway in Queens, NYC. The loving couple have been married for 47 years and have two children and two grandchildren. While they spend their winters in Boca Raton, Florida, the duo also enjoy the good life at their local senior center. “I play mah jong and Scrabble with friends,” Marcia said. “We love dancing, shows and movies. Retirement is golden.” - Photo by Richard Henry
Doris Panissidi, 85, is a member of the Ridgewood Bushwick Senior Center at 319 Stanhope Street in Brooklyn, NYC. When we asked her if she had a story to share, she wrote a letter about her life and her times at the senior center. Here is her letter translated from the original Spanish:
"My husband and I arrived in this country 44 years ago with so many illusions, as all who have come before us. We were eager to see what kind of future New York held for us. In the airport they gave us our green cards that we proudly held for five years until we became American citizens. Overcome with emotion when we received citizenship from the hands of the judge. Our certificate of citizenship was given to us on the 8th of August, my birthday.
We shared many happy years here in our dear New York and without realizing, the years passed and we grew old. I am thankful to have been able to utilize these wonderful institutions that are the Senior Centers. We visited other centers as well but in 2002 I arrived here at my dear R.B.S.C. (Ridgewood Bushwick Senior Center.) God has blessed me by giving me an opportunity to meet so many new friends and spend enjoyable hours at the Center. I have been very humbled and am always eager to participate in the celebrations, I dance with my companions, I go to all the excursions, I am active and very happy for belonging to this center that it has allowed me to continue being useful, calm and happy.
Two years ago on the 29 of May of 2012, my husband passed away but the love and the friendships that I found here in the Center gave me the strength to continue in the struggle we call life. I ask God to bless this Senior Center, a place where I come to enjoy the company of many new friends and distractions.
God Bless America & God Bless R.B.S.C.
With Much Love,
Today marked the start of National Preparedness Month in New York City. To celebrate the occasion, we present to you Aida Peardo, 82, one of our Stylin’ Seniors from the Sunset Park Senior Center, at 4520 4th Avenue in Brooklyn, New York. Aida is prepared for an emergency thanks to NYC Office of Emergency Management's My Emergency Plan brochure. You can be prepared, too. Call 311 for more information. - Photo by Richard Henry
Stylin’ Seniors - Helen Savarese, 87, is a member of the Selfhelp Community Services, Inc.'s Maspeth Senior Center at 6961 Grand Avenue in Flushing, Queens. “The center is my second home,” she said. “I come every day, except when I need to get blood taken. The ladies here are very friendly and I have made many new friends. We play Pokeno and other card games and enjoy each other’s company.” - Photo by Richard Henry
Stylin’ Seniors - Salvacion Celoso, 67, is an active member of the Ridgewood Buswick Senior Center. “I come to Ridgewood Bushwick Senior Center every day,” she proudly declared. “I’m the chairman of the program committee of Filipino-American Senior Association. And I attend our ballroom lesson every Tuesday. I feel free and happy!” - Photo by Richard Henry
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