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Making patient safety a priority and protecting patients' rights. [UPDATED]

As the current session of Congress is underway, Gray Panthers, NYC Network, is proud to support efforts to assure patient safety and patient rights for older persons and for all. Thirty (30) organizations signed on to the letter to New York's Congressional Delegation, urging them to make patient safety a priority and to protect patients' rights.  It's an impressive list of excellent, respected organizations!

A letter with an individual salutation was sent to each member of our Delegation (in both the Senate and the House).  

An example of the one that was sent to Senator Kirsten Gillibrand.

UPDATE: Here is the final letter to Governor Andrew Cuomo on the need to maintain the NY Physician Profile website/reporting program -- endorsed by Gray Panthers, New York City Network, along with 15 other members of the coalition, listed below.

Letter to Governor Cuomo

Bronx Independent Living Services
Brooklyn Center for Independence of the Disabled Center for Justice & Democracy
Center for Medical Consumers
Citizen Action of New York
Commission on the Public’s Health System Consumers Union
Disabilities Network of New York City
Disabled In Action of Metropolitan New York Empire State Consumer Project
Gray Panthers, New York City Network
Harlem Consumer Education Council
New York Public Interest Research Group (NYPIRG) New York Statewide Senior Action Council
New Yorkers for Patient & Family Empowerment PULSE of New York

Gray Panthers Awareness Survey Results – January 2015

Gray Panthers, NYC Network is pleased to report on findings from the January 2015 online survey seeking information on the public’s awareness of Gray Panthers and the issues it supports.  The purpose of this survey was to better understand the public’s perception and dreams for Gray Panthers and to informally identify issues of potential concern and interest.  149 people responded. 

Download Survey Report here...

Respectfully submitted, 
Jack Kupferman, Convener, Gray Panthers, NYC Network

The Liberation of Growing Old

LONDON — WHY do we have such punitive attitudes toward old people? Granted, the ancients did hideous things to elders who were unable to work but still needed food and care, but in more recent times, that had changed: In 18th-century New England, it was common for people to make themselves seem older by adding years to their real age, rather than subtracting them.

Once upon a time, “senile” just meant old, without being pejorative. Even “geriatric” was originally a value-free term, rather than part of the lexicon of contempt toward old people.

Yet today, the language used to describe the changing age composition of the population is little short of apocalyptic. We’re told that the “graying of America” is an “agequake” or a “demographic time bomb.”

Anne Karpf is a British-based journalist and sociologist, and the author of “How to Age.” 
Photo Credit Ed Kashi/VII Photo 

Read complete article here...

Helen Hamlin, at the UNITED NATIONS in New York.

Helen Hamlin at the UN in New York.

Sustainable development goals for all ages .  .  . dare we dream?

Although the Chief Executive Officer of HelpAge International wrote this blog, it is essential to note that Gray Panthers, through the efforts of Jack Kupferman, Frances Zainoeddin, Caroline Bernal Silva and Lobi Redhawk, is one of the core advocacy groups leading the Stakeholder Group of the Ageing Community for the post-2015 Global Development Agenda. The Gray Panthers delegation on this initiative, led by Jack Kupferman, has been a key player at every stage of advocacy.  There has been enormous progress. Yet, the end is not in sight. 

Our joint goal is to ensure the explicit inclusion of the concerns of older persons in the Sustainable Development Goals, scheduled to begin in 2015.  Global discussions and decisions are happening now. When the world came together to establish the first set of global goals (Millennium Development Goals which began in 2000) there was zero mention of older persons.  We want to make sure that omission does not happen again. 

 When Toby Porter speaks of advocacy in New York, he is aware that Gray Panthers works closely with many organizations with greater resources.  Gray Panthers leads by arranging and attending visits with diplomats from many nations, by drafting easy to understand language appreciated by the UN and by Member States so that the concerns of older persons might be easily incorporated into the Sustainable Development Goals, by strategizing with the core stakeholder group for the Ageing Community, by establishing personal links for further success, by being visible by speaking up at the innumerable meetings on the post-2015 Development Agenda, by taking advantage of momentary opportunity to persuade, and more.

 We have much to be proud of.  With hesitancy, we may be able to count accomplishments for the improvement of the quality of life for 800 million older persons and all those who are ageing. There is much more to do. We count on all Gray Panthers, and those of every generation to support these important efforts.

Tell us what is of most importance to you.
Help us form priorities and actions for the upcoming year.
Become more involved.

Do you want to get involved? Work with us at Gray Panthers, Age and Youth in Action toward a world closer to our ideals. 917 535 0457.

Jack Kupferman 
Gray Panthers, NYC Network
Tel: (917) 535 0457; email:

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