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Gray Panthers was proudly represented at the gala for Metro New York Health Care for All

E-mail sent by Rick Sanford, Wednesday, December 6th, 2017 @ 12:51pm



Gray Panthers was proudly represented by Brendan Birth, Gray Panthers Steering Committee member, at the gala for Metro New York Health Care for All http://www.metrohealthcare.net/. Their mission of Community Groups, Labor Unions, Professional Organizations, Faith Communities, and Individuals Fighting Together for Universal Health Care is closely aligned with our advocacy in the health care arena. We aim to ensure confront the ageist programs and policies which seek to eliminate affordable and complete health care options for older persons and for those who are unable to afford adequate care. Proudly, we stand with Metro New York Health Care for All. We look forward to working closely together in the coming year, given the desired desecration of Medicare, Medicaid, the ACA, private insurance and other programs vital for the health of older persons.

REMINDER: Gray Panthers NYC Steering Committee meeting Announcement

E-mail sent by Rick Sanford, Friday, December 1st, 2017 @ 2:05pm

REMINDER: Next GPNYC Steering Committee Meeting: Thursday, December 7, 2017 - 6:30 - 8:00 PM in mid-town Manhattan. For full details, kindly RSVP:

Tel: (917) 535 0457; email: jkupferman@aol.com

Please call these Senators ASAP to urge each of them to vote NO on the current "tax reform" bill in the US Senate

E-mail sent by Rick Sanford, Wednesday, November 29th, 2017 @ 6:45pm

Gray Panthers, like so many others, realize that the current "tax reform" bill in the US House and Senate is more than detestable.  It is designed to destroy the safety net for all those in need, and to enrich those who already have more than enough.

https://www.nytimes.com/video/us/politics/100000005572633/republican-senators-who-might-oppose-tax-bill.html

Here are the direct-dial numbers for the seven Republican Senators who are currently undecided on the GOP tax bill. Please call ASAP to urge each of them to vote NO for us. The vote will occur this week. 

Collins (ME) 202-224-2523

Daines (MT) 202-224-2651

Flake (AZ) 202-224-4521...

Johnson (WT) 202-224-5323

Langford (OR) 202-224-5754

McCain (AZ) 202-224-2235

Murkowski (AK) 202-224-6665

The tax bill in Washington is a travesty. CALL all Senators!

E-mail sent by Rick Sanford, Monday, November 20th, 2017 @ 10:31am

The tax bill in Washington is a travesty.  

CALL all Senators!

If the GOP's tax scam passes, it will trigger a $25 billion cut to Medicare in the next year alone - just to pay for a giant tax giveaway to the super-wealthy. 

Call your members of Congress at 202-224-3121 and tell them “Hands Off Medicare!”

https://www.thedailybeast.com/the-gops-tax-bill-is-a-war-on-disabled-people

Tax bill: "Depending on individual circumstances, people who pay out-of-pocket for personal care assistants and durable medical equipment would be among those experiencing the most calamitous repercussions. Someone who needs a new power wheelchair to get to work and recreational events may have to fork over tens of thousands of dollars. A caregiver who can only maintain a full-time career if she hires a personal care assistant to provide care for an aging parent may be forced to quit her job. A disabled person who can live independently in the community so long as he has a personal care assistant may have to live in a nursing home instead." Not the only problem with the tax bill, but one of the biggest fails.

RadicalAgeMovement's DECEMBER NETWORKING SOCIAL

E-mail sent by Rick Sanford, Tuesday, November 14th, 2017 @ 11:37am

Attention Panthers!

Our colleagues at the RadicalAgeMovement have put a well-targeted event confronting Ageism in NYC.  I'm certain that this will be an event worthy of your attendance.  I encourage you to go.

Jack Kupferman, President

DECEMBER NETWORKING SOCIAL:


Age Justice in Times of Uncertainty:

The Need for a Radical Age Movement!

How could it be that so many people "want to live forever, but not get old?" Why are so many of us 40 through 80 afraid to say our age in "mixed company," those much younger than us? Unlike other -isms, ageism sneaks up on us, drip by drip, and yet lands with a powerful impact that makes older people invisible, marginalized, less valued.

Such attitudes can be found in social policies for older folks, too.  Dr. Steve Burghardt, co-founder of the Radical Age Movement and CUNY Professor of Social Work, will explore both the mistaken and ageist assumptions behind such policies and will examine our own "dance of marginality."  As with the civil rights and feminist movements, we need our own age justice movement to counter both these external limits and our own self-imposed fears that rob everyone of our full humanity.

WHEN:  Friday, December 1, 2017 from 5:30-7:30 pm


WHERE:  Coming of Age NYC, 12th Floor

65 Broadway in the Financial District

New York, NY  10006


RSVP:  Events@pssusa.org

Contact: 646-918-6123


Light Refreshments Served!


The Radical Age Movement is a national grassroots effort that challenges traditional notions of aging. It seeks to build an intergenerational movement dedicated to confronting and eradicating age discrimination and its impact on older adults in all areas of cultural, professional, and community life.

Gray Panthers Steering Committee Meeting

  • Thursday, December 7th, 2017 at 6:30pm - 8pm
    Location: mid-town Manhattan

    Next GPNYC Steering Committee Meeting: Thursday, December 7, 2017 - 6:30 - 8:00 PM in mid-town…

Gray Panthers NYC Steering Committee meeting Announcement

E-mail sent by Rick Sanford, Monday, November 13th, 2017 @ 10:34am

Next GPNYC Steering Committee Meeting: Thursday, December 7, 2017 - 6:30 - 8:00 PM in mid-town Manhattan. For full details, kindly RSVP:

Tel: (917) 535 0457; email: jkupferman@aol.com

Reminder: Gray Panthers NYC Steering Committee meeting Announcement

E-mail sent by Rick Sanford, Tuesday, October 31st, 2017 @ 12:53pm

Reminder!

Next GPNYC Steering Committee Meeting: Thursday, November 2, 2017 - 6:30 - 8:00 PM in mid-town Manhattan. For full details, kindly RSVP:

Tel: (917) 535 0457; email: jkupferman@aol.com

Gray Panthers demand Climate Change Action in #Sandy5 March

E-mail sent by Rick Sanford, Monday, October 30th, 2017 @ 1:05pm

Thousands of New Yorkers came together for the #Sandy5 march on October 28, 2017; to commemorate the fifth anniversary of Superstorm Sandy. Crossing the Brooklyn Bridge in a wave of blue, participants are demanding powerful climate action from New York’s elected officials. Over 150 local, state and national organizations, with strong representation from neighborhoods impacted by the storm, signed-on to the march.

Gray Panthers is proud to have marched in solidarity.  Representing the constituency of older persons (and their allies) committed to reversing the devastation of climate change, we note that older people, not just Gray Panthers, are one of the consistent groups active in environmental actions.  We know the importance of the environment in which we live and the legacy that we need to leave to future generations.  

Many thanks to the GP contingent – Joan, Brendan, Edith, Kathy, Elaine, John, Jack 

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/oct/27/hurricane-sandy-five-years-later-climate-change?CMP=share_btn_tw

GPNYC Steering Committee Meeting

  • Thursday, November 2nd, 2017 at 6:30pm - 8pm
    Location: mid-town Manahattan

    Next GPNYC Steering Committee Meeting: Thursday, November 2, 2017 - 6:30 - 8:00 PM in mid-town…

Gray Panthers NYC Steering Committee meeting Announcement

E-mail sent by Rick Sanford, Tuesday, October 24th, 2017 @ 4:19pm

Next GPNYC Steering Committee Meeting: Thursday, November 2, 2017 - 6:30 - 8:00 PM in mid-town Manhattan. For full details, kindly RSVP:

Tel: (917) 535 0457; email: jkupferman@aol.com

REMINDER! Gray Panthers will be marching for community and government action to help preserve our planet

E-mail sent by Rick Sanford, Tuesday, October 24th, 2017 @ 4:17pm

REMINDER!

Gray Panthers will be marching for community and government action to help preserve our planet.  On October 28, 2017, Gray Panthers will be marching with thousands of others to commemorate the terrible day that Superstorm Sandy struck New York. Gray Panthers has a rich history of understanding the critical need to reverse climate change and to preserve the planet and its people.  This legacy is so important to millions of older persons and those growing older. For more information: sandy5.org  

RSVP to join us on October 28, 2017. Please include your phone number.  Once we hear from you, we will provide more detail on meeting place and our participation.  jkupferman@aol.com  917 535 0457.

Gray Panthers will be marching for community and government action to help preserve our planet

E-mail sent by Rick Sanford, Monday, October 16th, 2017 @ 6:28pm

Gray Panthers will be marching for community and government action to help preserve our planet.  On October 28, 2017, Gray Panthers will be marching with thousands of others to commemorate the terrible day that Superstorm Sandy struck New York. Gray Panthers has a rich history of understanding the critical need to reverse climate change and to preserve the planet and its people.  This legacy is so important to millions of older persons and those growing older. For more information: sandy5.org  

RSVP to join us on October 28, 2017. Please include your phone number.  Once we hear from you, we will provide more detail on meeting place and our participation.  jkupferman@aol.com  917 535 0457.

Gray Panthers will be marching for community and government action to help preserve our planet

  • Saturday, October 28th, 2017 at TBD

    Gray Panthers will be marching for community and government action to help preserve our planet.…

Scams & frauds are just the beginning - Are you vulnerable? From Ageism to Elder Abuse

E-mail sent by Rick Sanford, Monday, October 16th, 2017 @ 6:04pm

Don’t miss this distinguished panel’s important discussion on the various sources of elder abuse, sponsored by TheRadicalAgeMovement.

Join us this Wed evening

Scams & frauds are just the beginning

Are you vulnerable?

From Ageism to Elder Abuse


 

Wed, Oct, 18, 2017
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
NY Society for Ethical Culture
W 64th St. @ Central Park West

RSVP

This event will tackle a highly important issue that has remained relatively camouflaged from the public eye, elder abuse.  Although elder abuse has been on the rise, it has not received nearly as much attention as it should.  We not only see elder abuse as a direct result of ageism, but as one of the worst forms of ageist exploitation.  

Our distinguished panel will be facilitated by Bobbie Sackman, MSW, Former Director of Public Policy, LiveOn NY. Speakers will include:
 

  • Sergeant Joseph Ahohan, NYPD Chief of Department Domestic Violence Investigations
  • Jason Myles Clark, Assistant Attorney General, Harlem Regional Office of Office of New York State Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman
  • Laura J. Ehrich, Associate State Director, AARP New York
  • Martha H. Pollack, LCSW-R, JASA Manhattan District Director & Director of Elder Abuse Programs
  • Victoria Thornton, Volunteer Coordinator, LiveOn NY Senior Medicare Patrol

Admission - $10 suggested donation

RSVP

Don't forget Sen. Liz Krueger’s annual Senior Resource Fair, ealier on Wednesday, October 18, from 2:00-5:00 PM at Temple Emanu-El, 1 East 65th Street, NYC

Gray Panthers participating in Senior Resource Fair, hosted by State Senator Liz Krueger.

E-mail sent by Rick Sanford, Thursday, October 12th, 2017 @ 4:29pm

Gray Panthers will proudly be participating in the very popular Senior Resource Fair, hosted by State Senator Liz Krueger.  Come visit us on October 18.  Details in the flyer attached.

MIPAA

  • Wednesday, September 20th, 2017 (all day), Thursday, September 21st, 2017 (all day), Friday, September 22nd, 2017 (all day)
    Location: Lisbon, Portugal

    In Lisbon, Portugal, from September 20-22, 2017, Gray Panthers (represented by Jack Kupferman…

Gray Panthers at MIPAA in Lisbon, Portugal

E-mail sent by Rick Sanford, Tuesday, October 10th, 2017 @ 10:48am

September 20, 2016

In Lisbon, Portugal, from September 20-22, 2017, Gray Panthers (represented by Jack Kupferman and Frances Zainoeddin) joined hundreds of Ministers, providers and advocates from Europe and North America for the review of the UN global framework for older persons - MIPAA.

At this high level Ministerial Conference, the need to address the quickly growing population of older persons is well understood and is a priority for all these nations.  Gray Panthers worked towards educating global leaders, including ministers and top level managerial teams on the linkages between the Sustainable Development Goals and the human rights initiative for older persons.  

In an enlightening panel discussion, Frances provided a rationale and deeper understanding of the importance of the SDGs as they relate to older persons.  Jack’s meetings with the World Health Organization, younger advocates seeking intergenerational partnerships, and innumerable like-minded organizations from across Europe, Canada and the US, may be a spark to further positive change.  

Underscoring the significance of this conference, the President of Portugal addressed the delegates.  The Mayor of Lisbon hosted a special dinner for all attendees. 

The link below might provide you with some insight on the conference and outcomes.  Gray Panthers is proud to have attended and to have made worthwhile contributions.  

http://www.mipaalisbon2017.pt

Reminder: Gray Panthers NYC Steering Committee meeting Announcement

E-mail sent by Rick Sanford, Friday, October 6th, 2017 @ 4:19pm

Reminder: Next GPNYC Steering Committee Meeting: Thursday, October 12, 2017 - 6:30 - 8:00 PM in Manhattan. For full details, kindly RSVP:

Tel: (917) 535 0457; email: jkupferman@aol.com

GRAY PANTHERS SUPPORT LITERACY FOR OLDER PEOPLE

E-mail sent by Rick Sanford, Monday, October 2nd, 2017 @ 5:19pm

September 28, 2017

GRAY PANTHERS SUPPORT LITERACY FOR OLDER PEOPLE

Proudly, Gray Panthers just co-sponsored an important forum on the ground-breaking initiative addressing Basic Literacy for Older Persons in Nepal.  Held at Columbia University’s Earth Institute, we heard from Dr. Helen Abadzi (world respected practitioner of adult education and cognitive concerns); Jack Kupferman (prime administrator for the Virginia Hazzard Legacy Fund and Gray Panthers NYC President), and Krishna Gautam (Executive Director of the always hardworking and innovative NGO – Ageing Nepal).  http://ageingnepal.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/July-Report-on-Literacy.pdf

Our work confronting ageist attitudes and limitations span the globe.  Here, Gray Panthers is one of the prime administrators of the Virginia Hazzard Legacy Fund.

One of the most successful projects of the Fund is the current project addressing the important, but unrecognized, need for persons of all ages to be able to read and write.  In the West, we presume that almost everyone is literate.  Elsewhere, that is not the case.  Our partner in Nepal, Ageing Nepal, has taken the small impact grant provided by the Virginia Hazzard Fund, and has moved mountains.  Numerous older women are learning basic alphabet, words and numbers in Nepali.  With the direction of our mentor, Dr. Helen Abadzi, the first-ever textbook specifically designed for older learners has been developed.  Government education officials in Nepal are taking note of this imitative, with the potential of expansion.  Already, a second location for learners has been established.  And more.

Gray Panthers is justifiably proud.  We confront ageism – locally, nationally and globally. 

Can you please help us move forward?





 


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