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URGENT CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS & ACTIVISTS - JOIN THE GRAY PANTHERS!
Gray Panthers NYC deems the current threat to Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid to be a matter of urgency. We commit to initiating and/or supporting whatever actions necessary to defend against the diminution or elimination of essential services designed to keep older persons living with independence and out of poverty. Gray Panthers is further committed to improving existing benefits so future generations and all who are aging may be similarly assured.
You are invited to our March 16, 2017 meeting. Learn more and join the fight to protect our rights.
Gray Panthers’ Great Year
Read the Gray Panthers NYC’s Year-end Appeal here…
Our founder, Maggie Kuhn, would have been thrilled at the scope of Gray Panthers NYC’s activities and influence this past year! Thank you for those of you who have joined us over the last year at gatherings and events.
Our enthusiastic cadre of volunteers and interns needs your generous contribution to exceed a fundraising goal of $9000 to cover our annual basic expenses. Please support Gray Panthers today with a generous donation: http://groupspaces.com/graypanthersnyc/donate/ and by becoming a member: http://groupspaces.com/graypanthersnyc/public/pay/subscription/
Gray Panthers NYC Network Release Statement on 2016 Elections. The Gray Panthers envision a world where the old and the young have much to contribute to make our society more just and humane, and in which each reinforces the other in goals, strategy, and action. The Gray Panthers NYC Network will not back down from the challenge of making our society more just and humane, regardless of who is President. We will continue to advocate for the fair treatment of all people, no matter what.
Exciting news. Ashton Applewhite, has been named Influencer of the Year in the field of aging. http://www.nextavenue.org/ashton-applewhite-2016-influencer-of-the-year/ . Let’s applaud her accomplishment.
Gray Panthers' Policy Brief on Caregiving
Proudly, Gray Panthers provides you with a policy brief as part of our collaboration with the US Department of Labor, Women’s Bureau. Entitled: “Making Caregiving Work: Solutions to Help
Employees Manage Eldercare Responsibilities”, our efforts focus on one of the underappreciated aspects of caregiving – Older workers providing care for family members (Think Sandwich Generation and beyond).
Gray Panther intern, Chanel Martinez and DOL intern Maitreyi Anantharaman crafted this worthwhile effort. Please review and distribute widely.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Maggie Kuhn Award presented to Gray Panthers NYC
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.]
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.”
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.”
Community Board 7 Meeting
"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.
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
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.
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