On July 21st, Gray Panthers NYC co-hosted a roundtable discussion with the United States Department of Labor, Women’s Bureau.  

Focused on the unique and often ignored needs of older caregivers, “Caregivers in the Workplace: Barriers and Solutions to Helping Older Women Achieve Greater Economic Security” Roundtable illuminated what caregivers need and demand from their employers in the light of New York’s new paid family leave policy.  The policy will be enacted in 2018 and will be the strongest in the nation.  It will provide eligible employees with 12 weeks of paid leave when caring for a new child, family member with a serious illness, or for a family dealing with a recent military departure.  These people are labeled as caregivers.

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We were delighted that participants from various businesses, including some of the region’s largest employers like CBS Corporation and Bank of America Merrill Lynch, understood the significance of our effort.  Equally important were the voices of advocacy organizations like ReACT Coalition and National Alliance for Caregiving who sat around the table and spoke to the concerns of caregivers, elders, and employees.   We begged the question, “what can employers do to make their workplace more inclusive to older caregivers?”  The US Department of Labor, Women’s Bureau and Gray Panthers NYC see paid family leave as a pressing issue because more and more, older people are remaining in the workforce, as an essential part of the workforce, while also tending to their aging loved ones.  We call for a system that will financially support older workers who need to care for an aging parent or relative.

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During the discussion, participants shared fascinating recommendations and insights.  We definitely learned what employees/caregivers need from their employers.  And more importantly, we figured out ways employers can meet those needs!

With the information that we have gathered from this roundtable, along with other research completed, we will be publishing a policy brief that summarizes how employers can make their work environment a more inclusive place for those that care for loved ones.  Stay tuned for this brief—to be published in the next two weeks!



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WE NEED YOUR RESPONSE! Please take the Gray Panthers Survey on how older people are perceived.

The purpose of this study is to understand the factors that influence perceptions of older adults. In this survey, you will answer a series of questions about your relationship with older people. Gray Panthers NYC Netwrk is conducting this study. Any questions that you have now or later can be directed to Jack Kupferman at jkupferman@aol.com.

Take survey here: Gray Panthers Survey on how older people are perceived


Gray Panthers “Legal Services Directory for Older People in New York City”

Gray Panthers “Legal Services Directory for Older People in New York City”

Gray Panthers NYC is thrilled to introduce an important new guide, “Legal Services Directory for Older People in New York City”, a comprehensive set of listings to help New Yorkers locate the critical legal advice and services they need. Please let us know what you think!

We encourage your feedback and comments so we may continue to update and improve this invaluable resource. 

Click here to Download your copy

Thursday, July 7th at 7:00PM at Book Culture Bookstore, 450 Columbus Avenue, Ashton Applewhite will be reading from and signing copies of her new book “This Chair Rocks: A Manifesto Against Ageism”.

Lively, funny and deeply researched, This Chair Rocks traces the author’s journey from apprehensive boomer to pro-aging radical and in the process debunks myth after myth about late life.

View flyer here...


Maggie Kuhn Award presented to Gray Panthers NYC

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Gray Panthers NYC was honored and thrilled to be a recipient of the 2016 Maggie Kuhn Award, presented annually since 1995 by PSS.  The award was accepted by Jack Kupferman and Joan Davis on May 5, 2016 at The Harvard Club.  The eponymous Maggie Kuhn was the founder of Gray Panthers in the early 1970s, a revolutionary movement of young and old in action. Gray Panthers NYC’s Action and Advocacy Against Ageism continues to stand and fight for a society more just and humane for people of all ages. [GP NYC award starts around 12:00 into the video.]

Read Joan Davis’ remarks here ...

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Joan Davis, distinguished long-time Gray Panther member and activist.


Joan Davis, distinguished long-time Gray Panther member and activist, recently appeared on NY1 to alert the public on dangerous robo-calls. The crooks running such scams are usually outside the US, and difficult to find and prosecute. Some schemes are particularly targeted to deceive older people. Beware any phone number you don’t recognize — even if it’s your own number, a tactic known as Caller ID Spoofing. See Joan’s story here, with good tips on how to avoid being scammed. Watch interview here 




Gray Panthers has recently received a very generous gift from an anonymous donor. We are touched and inspired by such deep belief in our vision of a more just and humane society. Thank you.


Gray Panthers Letter Sparks State Audit of Nursing Home Violations

Jack Kupferman, President, Gray Panthers, NYC Network, said “Our in-depth letter of concern to State Comptroller DiNapoli’s office last year urged careful scrutiny of several aspects of State Department of Health inspection and enforcement of nursing homes. We are relieved that a leader in New York State government is finally listening. It is decades overdue, and indeed, this should just be the first step toward systemically preventing abuse and neglect of vulnerable nursing home residents.”

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Feb. 22, 2016.  Jack Kupferman, President, Gray Panthers NYC with Laurie Kash of Last Stop Advocacy Project of Rochester and State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli at press conference in Albany on the audit of state nursing home violations and fines.

Photo Credit: Office of the State Comptroller

The Gray Panthers has played an integral role in educating and informing the depth of this problem, and the organization’s letter to the Comptroller’s Office initiated the audit.  As a result, a serious number of inadequacies in the policing, reporting, fining and tracking of ongoing nursing home care violations have been exposed.

Gray Panthers thanks Laurie Kash of Last Stop Advocacy Project of Rochester and the Kash family for their advocacy over the course of years, which has been instrumental in addressing this issue of Nursing Home enforcement.  We would like to acknowledge their central role in this effort.”

Read the Press Release 
View Photos of the Press Conference …
Reform at nursing homes key, by Laurie Kash

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Community Board 7 Meeting

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"Testifying for assurance of pedestrian safety for seniors on the Upper West Side, Gray Panthers NYC (represented by Jack Kupferman, above) made a short, powerful intervention in support of the now-adopted plan for thoroughfare redesign of Amsterdam Avenue.



Advocating For Long-Term Public Transport 

Gray Panthers advocates for improvements and innovation in transportation safety, convenience, and affordability for older pedestrians as well as those using subways, trains, buses, and car services. It is especially critical in Queens where options are more limited and subway elevators are scarce.

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Change the Way you Think About Age!

Madeline Scotto - 101, Ida Keeling - 100, Lilian Pollak - 100 and Maude Pettus- 101 are sharing their stories, their views on ageing and their plans for the future in an inspiring video!

You think you know what it means to be 100 years old? Centenarians have busy, fulfilling lives and they set future goals for themselves. Meet some unforgettable centenarians who are proof that older persons are vital resources—not burdens. Inspired by the work of the legendary Gray Panthers and the NGO Committee on Ageing, and produced by the office of the UN Focal Point on Ageing at the United Nations, this video will be the highlight of your day.

Read More Here: Ella Mae Colbert, 100

and Here: Ida Keeling, 101


Spotlight: Edith Cresmer, Medicare Rights Volunteer
By: MedicareRights.org

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Edith Cresmer has been a volunteer with the Medicare Rights Center for more than 10 years, helping our team field countless calls to our Helpline from people struggling to understand and access their health care benefits. Not only has she assisted hundreds of older adults and people with disabilities during her tenure with us, she is also a donor. 

Recently, Medicare Rights.org sat down with Edith for a Q&A, and here is what we learned.




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Gray Panthers Steering Committee Meeting

The Gray Panthers Steering Committee has been canceled for Thursday, August 4 and rescheduled for Tuesday, August 9 at 6:30 PM. at the office of Transportation Alternatives in Manhattan.  RSVP requested.

For the latest information on meetings, click here.



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Jack Kupferman
President
Gray Panthers, NYC Network
Tel: (917) 535 0457; email: jkupferman@aol.com

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