Stylin’ Seniors - Audrey Terrell, 81, is a member of the Ridgewood Older Adults Center, at 5914 70th Avenue in Queens, NYC. Proving that age is not an obstacle, Audrey remains active and has been a volunteer coordinator at ROAC for the last 15 years. “And I love it,” she exclaims. - Photo by Richard Henry
Hector G. Quiroz, 72, is a member of the Raíces Corona Senior Center, at 107-24 Corona Avenue in Queens, NYC. What does this sharp-dressed man think of his local senior center? See below:
"Raices Corona is a fantastic place; is a place of entertainment and learning," he said. "We not only get the opportunity to learn English and computers, but we are also in a very lovable, friendly and fun environment. Everybody, from the staff to the members are helpful and caring. I really appreciate and love my center.”
It’s the words of appreciation from seniors like Hector G. Quiroz that makes the work we do at the NYC Department for the Aging so rewarding. Thank you Hector.
- Photo by Richard Henry
Stylin’ Seniors - "The Center is the best thing that ever happened," says Carol Brafman, 74, a member of Young Israel of Wavecrest & Bayswater Senior Center, at 2716 Healy Avenue in Far Rockaway, NYC. “We have a place to meet. All the programs are wonderful. The staff is wonderful. We have fun and spend quality time with each other.” - Photo By Richard Henry
Stylin Seniors - "I’ve been going to many centers and I must say this is the best. Sarah [Fordsham], our director, is a very caring, wonderful person and is always there for our needs," said Irene Muchnick, 86, a member of Young Israel of Wavecrest & Bayswater Senior Center, at 2716 Healy Avenue in Far Rockaway, NYC. - Photo By Richard Henry
Sylvia Nappi is an 88-year-old member of the Ridgewood Older Adult Center (ROAC), at 5914 70th Avenue in Flushing, Queens and will turn 89 on September 26. She was also married for 50 years and has been a widow for the last five years.
The former showroom model for a textile company back in 1954, Syvlia would eventually go on to find work as a teacher for the mentally challenged back when the textile industry went downhill. In her new role, Sylvia would work with students over 21 years of age; mostly boys, but some girls, too.
"I taught them for 17 years. Working with older people who had young minds was a challenge," she said. "My years were spent teaching them how to comb their hair and brush their teeth."
Although a difficult experience, Sylvia called it rewarding and even would go back to visit her former students after she retired at 70. ”There were two of them - one 55- and the other 62-years-old - with the minds of young teenagers,” she explained. “The fact that they were non-verbal, but could form my name “Sylvia,” as “Seeha,” meant the world to me.”
For her commitment to helping others, the NYC Department for the Aging is proud to highlight Sylvia as one of our Stylin’ Seniors. We thank you for all your work.
- Photo by Richard Henry
Gloria Williams, 71, is a member of the Rochdale Village Senior Center (169-65 137th Avenue in Queens, NYC) and an active participant of the Naturally Occurring Retirement Community (NORC).
Among her many responsibilities, Gloria is a contributing poet to the Rochdale Village Bulletin; Mistress of Ceremonies for the center’s Fashion Shows and Hat Shows; an actress with the Rochdale Village Players drama group; a soloist for Breath of Life Singers; and has been a member for the last 26 years of the Ebony Ecumenical Ensemble.
She is an inspiration to all other seniors that age is not an excuse to slow down.
- Photo by Richard Henry
Stylin’ Seniors - Do you remember Maynawati Mohan? The 70-year-old Jamaica, Queens resident is a member of CCNS Hillcrest Senior Center (168-01 B Hillside Avenue). Her photo was so popular, we decided to highlight her once more with a brand new photo alongside the one we posted previously. - Photo by Richard Henry
The following are two separate stories involving two seniors who are dance partners at the Peter Cardella Senior Center at 68-52 Fresh Pond Road in Queens. Each story is in their own words:
Rose Settembrino, 84: “I was born in Italy and educated in the USA, never forgetting my heritage. My parents made sure I would learn my Italian. I went to an Italian professor who taught me to read and write in Italian.
I was married to a wonderful man; have 5 great children and 11 grandchildren - all well and happy. I love them.
I began singing at a very young age and have developed a lovely soprano voice. I sang on the Italian radio, in Broadway theaters and now sing at St. Patrick’s Cathedral and given concerts. My next love is dancing; Ballroom dancing with my partner Lenny. The Argentine tango is my specialty.
I do voluntary work at the center. I thank God that I am a senior. And I thank God for every day.”
Lenny Imperio, 73: “I, Leonard Imperio, am a senior citizen of 73 years; young and in relatively good health. I have been retired from work for the past 15 years during which I taught French and Italian and also functioned as a translator of both languages. At the French Institute Alliance Française, I was an active member who attended multiple activities and would take my students to these activities to expose them to the wealth of French culture.
As a teacher in the public school system, I was a resource room teacher who assisted students on an individual basis with subjects that presented difficulty.
Now that I am retired, I occasionally attend activities related to Italian culture for my personal enjoyment at the Westchester Italian Culture Institute. Also, I enjoy traveling abroad where I’ve been to France and Italy principally. Hopefully, should my health prevail, I shall travel as I did this past summer.
In keeping with my linguistic skills, I am currently perfecting my relative knowledge of German, which I studied in high school - and achieved success.
In my spare time, I like to dance, especially to Argentine tango and to sing as a soloist in the Senior Center Glee Club. I get the opportunity to sing solos of my choosing. I enjoy socializing with my fellow seniors and I also enjoy the delicious meals served at the Peter Cardella Senior Center.”