seniors

NEW DATE: Join Us For The 7th Annual Power of Aging Well Health Festival

We have identified a NEW DATE for the Power of Aging Well Health Festival for our older adults. It will take place on Thursday, September 5th from 10 am to 2 pm at Thomas Jefferson Park. Please join us!

In one week from today, Thursday, June 13, 2013, from 10 AM to 2 PM, Melissa, in collaboration with Metropolitan Hospital Center and NYC Department of Aging will hold their Power of Aging Well Annual Health Festival at Thomas Jefferson Park. Please join us for this annual festival that’s dedicated to our senior population. It is always a enjoyable day filled with entertainment, art, exercise and even health screenings. Please help us spread the word to your older family members or neighbors who could benefit from this festival. We hope to see you there!

Senior Fair 2013 English Senior Fair 2013 Spanish

WHO: Council Member Melissa Mark-Viverito, Metropolitan Hospital Center, NYC Department for the Aging, NYC Health and Hospitals Corporation, City of New York Department of Parks & Recreation, and Metroplus Medicare
WHAT: The Power of Aging Well Annual Health Festival
WHEN: Thursday, September 5, 2013. 10 AM to 2 PM
WHERE: Thomas Jefferson Park (First Avenue between East 112th and East 114th Streets)

Volunteer for Search & Care and Help A Local Senior

31133_121696691179678_7861730_nEver wonder who’s helping that frail elderly person in your building? Search and Care is probably the answer. Search and Care is a local nonprofit social service agency that provides free help for seniors who want to stay in their apartments but have a hard time managing on their own in East Harlem, Yorkville and Carnegie Hill. They will be holding an open house tomorrow, Saturday, May 18th, looking for volunteers who want to make a difference in a life of a senior. Volunteers help in many essential ways.  As one of Search and Care’s volunteers, you might choose to a visit with a neighborhood senior, walk a dog for an elder, read to a client who is legally blind, help a frail senior get to and from doctor appointments, or shop for someone who is homebound. If you’re 18 or older (bilingual is a plus) and want to know if this would be a great way for you to give back, or if you want to learn about Search and Care’s services, please RSVP to attend and bring a friend or neighbor. Refreshments will be served.

Courtesy of Search and Care

Courtesy of Search and Care

WHO: Search and Care
WHAT: Volunteer Open House
WHEN:  Saturday, May 18th, 11 AM – 12:30 PM
WHERE:  St Francis De Sales Church, 135 East 96th Street (down the stairs)
RSVP:  Robin at 212-289-5300 X203 or by email to strashun@searchandcare.org

Senior Health Fair for Living Healthy & Aging Actively, Tomorrow

Hope Community will be holding a Senior Health Fair tomorrow, Wednesday, April 17th from 10 AM to 3 PM at the Carlos Rios Community Room. Stop by and take advantage of the free health screenings that will be held throughout the day and the “Eating for Good Health” cooking demonstration at 12:30 PM.

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WHO: Hope Community, Inc., Visiting Nurse Services Legal Aid Society, Elder Smile Program, Iris House, IPRO, Harvest Home Farmer’s Market, Mt. Sinai Medical Center (H.E.A.L.S.), NY Coalition for Smoke Free NY

WHAT: Senior Health Fair for Living Healthy and Aging Actively

WHEN: Wednesday, April 17th from 10 AM to 3 PM

WHERE: Carlos Rios Community Room, 335 East 105th Street (between First & Second Avenues)

Para ver el volante del evento en español, haga clic aquí.

New Age-Friendly Database Linking Older Adults to Educational Opportunities at NYC Colleges and Universities

Age-Friendly NYC College Link is a new searchable online database that empowers older adults to browse, search, compare, and connect with educational opportunities at more than 40 of local colleges and universities. The program grew out of consultations with hundreds of older adults throughout New York City who said they wanted to have more options for lifelong learning, but found it difficult to know exactly what was available. Older adults who are interested in seeking opportunities to learn new skills, interests, train for new careers, and simply just enjoy the rich resources available at New York City’s higher education institutions will find Age-Friendly NYC College Link to be a valuable informational hub.

Age-Friendly NYC College Link is a joint initiative of the Mayor’s Office, the City Council, and the New York Academy of Medicine, dedicated to making the resources of New York City more available to older adults.

Please share and visit www.agefriendlynyc.org for more tools and resources.

Free Self-Defense Training Workshop in Central Park

Following the recent disturbing, violent attacks towards women in our parks, Melissa, along with Speaker Christine C. Quinn, and Council Members Gale A. Brewer and Jessica Lappin, will be sponsoring a Free Self-Defense Training run by The Center for Anti-Violence Education. This workshop is open to all over the age of 13, including seniors, although it is geared towards women and the LGBT community. Here’s your chance to learn how to defend yourself – RSVP today & make sure to wear comfortable clothes!

WHAT: FREE Self-Defense Training Workshop
WHEN: Sunday, October 7th, 2012 from 2 – 4 PM
WHERE: North Meadow Recreation Center in Central Park (Mid-Park at 97th Street)
RSVP: events@council.nyc.gov or 212.788.6871

* Training will also be provided in Spanish / También se proporcionará capacitación en español 

Search and Care is Looking for Volunteers

Search and Care will be holding an Open House for potential volunteers on Tuesday, September 25th from 6 to 7:30 PM. This is a great opportunity to give back to the community by providing free help to seniors who want to stay in their apartments but may have a hard time managing on their own. This rewarding experience can involve anything from just visiting a senior in their home to walking their dog,  assisting a frail senior to and from doctor appointments, or grocery shopping for a homebound senior.

If you’re 18 or older (bilingual is a plus) and want to know if this would be a great way for you to give back, or if you have a parent in East Harlem and want to learn more about Search and Care’s services, please RSVP to attend and bring a friend or neighbor. Refreshments will be served. RSVP today!

WHO: Search and Care

WHAT: Volunteer Open House

WHEN: Tuesday, September 25th, 6 – 7:30 PM

WHERE: Community Board 11, 1664 Park Avenue (117th & 118th)

RSVP: Call Robin at 212-289-5300 x203 or email strashun@searchandcare.org

East Harlem’s Senior Pool Party to Launch Senior Hours in 14 City-Wide Pools

We are delighted to announce that the Parks Department, Department for The Aging and Deputy Mayor Linda Gibbs’ office will be holding the public launch of 14 city-wide swimming pools’ senior hours at our very own Thomas Jefferson Park Pool on Monday, July 9th at 10 AM. But the party doesn’t start then – the East Harlem Senior Pool Party will start at 9 AM on Monday, July 9th to kick-off our senior hours which will be every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9 to 11 AM (July 9 – August 31).

In response to our local seniors’ requests, Melissa pushed for Thomas Jefferson Park Pool to be the first to offer dedicated hours to our seniors as a part of the Age Improvement District initiative alongside with New York Academy of Medicine last summer. Because of Melissa’s efforts, our community will no longer be the only one benefiting from senior hours at public pools, which promotes recreation and physical well-being, but now 13 other pools city-wide will be able to as well. Throughout the summer, a qualified instructor will be at each of these sites teaching organized water exercises and swim instruction.

“I am always proud when our community of El Barrio/East Harlem can serve as a laboratory for successful, innovative initiatives like this one,” Melissa commented.  “We were the first to launch an Age Improvement District with the New York Academy of Medicine and the first to offer dedicated hours at our public pool for seniors.  It is truly wonderful to see these senior pool hours being offered across the five boroughs this year.  I thank Commissioner Benepe and the Parks Department for expanding this program citywide, as well as all of our local partners who are helping to make our community a healthier and more livable place to grow old.”

So come join us for this pool party to kick-off a monumental swim season for our seniors. We welcome all those over the age of 50 to enjoy the free snacks and music with your neighbors.  To get the full list of pools participating in senior hours – click here. We hope to see you there!

WHAT: East Harlem’s Senior Pool Party & the launch of Senior Hours at public pools city-wide

WHERE: Thomas Jefferson Park Pool, First Avenue and East 112th Street

WHEN: Monday, July 9th; 9 AM (the launch of Senior Hours will be at 10 AM)