▶︎  Gray Panthers opposes efforts to dismantle America’s safety net programs.

July 16, 2018

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Gray Panthers is opposed to efforts of this presidential administration to dismantle and destroy the Social Security programs and other essential aspects of America’s safety net programs.  Today’s evil doing is the Executive Order seeking to make administrative law judges political appointees as opposed to being based on merit based experience.  Because these Administrative Law Judges review cases of older persons and the disabled, this change represents just another effort at creating ageist policies targeting older persons.  ALJs review cases of Social Security Disability and other aspects of the Social Security Act.  Attached is the Gray Panthers letter to the US House of Representatives Rules Committee members opposing this terrible Executive Order. Download letter here...


▶︎  Calendar of Gray Panthers’ participation at the High Level Political Forum

July 9, 2018

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are the world’s blueprint for social, economic and environmental development up to year 2030.  Gray Panthers has been an active and effective advocate in the global push for the rights of older persons in this comprehensive agenda. 

The High Level Political Forum (HLPF) is an annual review of the progress of these goals. https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/hlpf/2018   

Held for two weeks at United Nations headquarters in NYC, hundreds of NGOs from around the world seek to participate at each HLPF.  Gray Panthers is one of the few NGOs speaking specifically for older persons, along with AARP, HelpAge International, International Longevity Center, and others.  

We confront ageism by bringing the voices of older persons to this important global convocation.  Below are some of the concrete ways that Gray Panthers strives to achieve this goal:

  1. Frances Zainoeddin, Gray Panthers Steering Committee member, has worked tirelessly with the Stakeholder Group on Ageing ensuring that all reporting deadlines are met; that the constituency of older persons gets significant attention in the process, and as many speaking opportunities as possible.
  2. Frances is an active and respected member of the planning groups for the HLPF so that the voices of NGOs remain powerful at that level.  Her influence is notable. 
  3. Organizing an important panel discussion, Gray Panthers is collaborating with 2 organizations (Global Coalition against Poverty and Action for Sustainable Development) to educate representatives on the issue of: Removing the barriers for all women – including girls and older women and women with disabilities – to water, sanitation and hygiene, with a focus on their safety and security.
  4. As an active member of the Stakeholder Group on Ageing, Gray Panthers has helped plan the event of the Stakeholder Group on Ageing:  “Building inclusive and resilient cities in an ageing world.”  This is particularly relevant to HLPF’s focus this year on Sustainable and Resilient Cities.
  5. Gray Panthers led the writing and finalizing of the position paper of the Stakeholder Group on Ageing https://www.stakeholdergrouponageing.org/File%20Library/Position%20Papers/Final-SGA-paper-for-HLPF--2-.pdf.  This paper focuses on the importance of identifying solutions for older persons in the urban environment.
  6. On July 13, 2018, Sylvia Beales, global ageing leader, and Gray Panthers consultant, will be the Lead Discussant during one of the most important Thematic Reviews attended by all Member States.  She will address  “Leaving No One Behind” in this ambitious global agenda, using the situation of older persons as an example of those constituencies which have experienced marginalization.  She is speaking as a representative of Gray Panthers. This is big!
  7. Gray Panthers is coordinating with other NGOs to establish carefully-crafted questions to be asked of Member States with regard to their progress on achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. 
  8. Gray Panthers interns will be working hard to support all efforts to assure that the voice of older persons is loud and proud at this year’s HLPF.
  9. Gray Panthers is so proud to be a member of the Stakeholder Group on Ageing.  We support every effort of the SGA and work ceaselessly to maintain the focus on the concerns of older persons. https://www.stakeholdergrouponageing.org 
  10. Gray Panthers is an active member of Action for Sustainable Development. https://action4sd.org and has a seat in the Facilitation Group of A4SD (similar to a Board of Directors and very active at the HLPF.)  Gray Panthers is supporting their efforts by helping organize various educational seminars, helping to consolidate notes and disseminate notes, and promoting the concerns of older persons to advocates who might not otherwise consider these important issues. 


▶︎  Ageing and Age-Disaggregated Data

June 26, 2018

Gray Panthers is honored to participate in the first official meeting of a new global commission on “Ageing and Age-Disaggregated Data” held on June 26, 2018 in Chichester, England.  Reliable data on older persons is often too hard to find.  Around the world, information on older persons is not event collected.   

This is, perhaps, one of the most important methods to confront ageism.  At its core, ageism is the invisibility of older persons.  Without reliable data, there cannot be effective policies and programs for older persons.

Enthusiasm is high. Many countries and NGOs are eager to participate.  38 countries are represented at this first meeting.  Data collection is complex and may be boring to many, yet the accompanying standard of expertise here is very high and always careful. 

Gray Panthers will be among the NGO’s working toward improving the quality of data and information regarding older persons.  What an honor for us.  

One of the most important innovations in the Sustainable Development Goals had been the requirement that several dimensions, including by age, should separate data. 

Gray Panthers had been intimately involved in the advocacy to assure that the concerns of older persons would be explicitly included in the Sustainable Development Goals. We can now draw a line from the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals to this new global commission.  

Would you like to help us make the world a less ageist one?

https://www.un.org/development/desa/ageing/news/2018/03/title-statistics-commission-endorses-new-titchfield-city-group-on-ageing/ 


▶︎  Three Things Millennials Should Invest In

One of our own and our best, Wendl Kornfeld, offers millennials sage advice for now and for the future.  This just published interview in Forbes is a great read. Aging affects all of us, from cradle to grave.  Wendl provides practical tips to help ensure a healthier life of longevity.

Read article here...

Gray Panthers NYC sends its love and appreciation to Wendl.


▶︎  Louisiana will put 37,000 Medicaid recipients on notice that they could lose benefits

To all Gray Panthers and those who are decent human beings. 

This is one of the many reasons we must confront ageism.  Beyond deplorable.  Specifically targeting older persons who are the most vulnerable for eviction from nursing homes and other long term care facilities is never part of God's plan.  We must fight back.  Now!  Looking forward to your responses.

http://www.nola.com/politics/index.ssf/2018/05/people_who_are_elderly_disable.html


▶︎  Gray Panthers joined New Yorkers at the March for Our Lives

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Gray Panthers joined an estimated 200,000 other New Yorkers at the March for Our Lives demonstration on March 24. Our banner drew lots of attention, with many people appreciating our support for young people. We explained that we fight ageism in all its forms. The march demonstrated that stereotypes of young people as thoughtless, self-absorbed and irresponsible are wrong. Denise Eardman wrote us, “I remain humbled and inspired by their mature ability to mobilize for a cause that affects them specifically, and all of us.” 

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Likewise, it is ageist to stereotype older people as disengaged from the world. Our presence at the march showed our solidarity with people of all ages. Janet Karim reports that she was met with numerous women who wanted to take pictures of her sign.

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Our participation was covered by media as far away as Malawi (http ://www . maravipost . com/my-take-on-it-students-organize-global-march-for-our-lives-protest-rally/) and by Brooklyn College journalism students who interviewed Jack Kupferman about Gray Panthers. https://www . youtube . com/watch?v=AsVkFdbAJgc&t




▶︎  Important update! – NYS Nursing Home Audit by the NYS Comptroller

You may recall that, two years ago, the New York State Comptroller’s Office completed a thorough audit of the effectiveness of the current system of penalties and fines in the NYS Nursing Home industry.  A letter from Gray Panthers requesting such an audit had been the catalyst for this important effort.  

The audit identified significant deficiencies, including lack of staffing, inadequate tracking systems, and more.  Now, in a recently-released follow-up report, the NYS Comptroller’s Office notified Gray Panthers to confirm that the NYS Department of Health (which administers many Nursing Home regulatory issues), has effectively adopted all of the Comptroller’s recommendations. The system is now working much better.  Our hope is that this improvement will result in better quality of care for nursing home residents, who are among our country’s most vulnerable.

http://osc.state.ny.us/audits/allaudits/093018/17f12.htm


▶︎  Gray Panthers Hosts Conversation on Improving the Quality of Paid Home Care
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On March 1, Gray Panthers convened representatives from a range of stakeholders to brainstorm possible projects to improve job quality for home care workers so as to improve the quality of care they provide. Gray Panthers sees the issue as reflective of system ageism.  “When older persons are not valued and are seen as a burden on society, those who work for them are not valued either,” said Jack Kupferman, President of Gray Panthers.

Hosted by the U.S. Department of Labor Women’s Bureau, more than 20 articulate and passionate advocates, activists, policy analysts, and government workers – including a home care agency owner and a union leader – discussed the looming caregiver crisis and its impact on older New Yorker and persons with disabilities.  

At stake in the crisis is the well-being of vulnerable populations who depend on their paid home health aides and homecare workers to supplement the care their families provide, or to be their sole care providers.  Quality care comes from quality jobs.   The direct care workforce lacks adequate compensation, opportunity, recognition and support.  These job realities also threaten the retention of care workers who seek better opportunities in other fields. 

Kupferman asked the group to put their brain power to work, first to specify the issues and needs affecting home care workers and then to come up with suggestions for small initiatives the group could undertake as concerned stakeholders to improve home care job quality.  Fired up, participants shared insights and ideas for close to two hours.   

“This is too exciting to end with a one-time meeting,” said Kupferman.  “We plan to hold additional meetings where we will refine the ideas for projects that emerged today.  There was so much investment expressed, I’m sure we can agree on some small but achievable initiative that will pack maximum impact for its size.”  

Gray Panthers leaders active at this important event included Jack Kupferman, President; Rolly Woodyatt, Steering Committee; Isabelle Leighton, Asian Americans for Equality, Gray Panthers; Alison Cook, Stephen Campbell, PHI Paraprofessional Healthcare Institute.

Caitlin McGuire and the New York staff of the Women’s Division of the Department of Labor provided invaluable assistance.  


▶︎  The Charity Fighting For A Generation,  February 6, 2018 | by Emma Guy 

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In 2018 it is easy for a voice to go unheard, but in today's turbulent society, in an ageing population, The Gray Panthers refuse to let ageism encompass the world we live in.

When Maggie Kuhn founded the Gray Panthers in 1970, she was vigorously resisting a forced retirement and it wasn’t long before Gray Panthers expanded their activism and advocacy to focus on more issues, including cuts to Medicare and Social Security and protesting the Viet Nam War, the latter bringing many enthusiastic young people into the organization.

But 48 years later, how is the world coping with a growing ageing population?

Jack Kupferman, a lifelong advocate for older persons, currently serves as President of Gray Panthers, NYC Network and he states it’s a matter of urgency. After spending his childhood at the family-run rest home for the elderly in Rockland County, New York, Jacks passion for activism came to life after spending time with many fascinating personalities, with infinite stories to tell.

Read the Article here…

We’re pleased as punch!  The work of Gray Panthers is the highlight of this month’s issue of Evade Magazine.   Please, give us your thoughts.


▶︎  GRAY PANTHERS MARCH WITH THE 2018 WOMEN’S MARCH

Gray Panthers was honored to be a member of the Leadership Committee for the January 20, 2018 Women’s March in NYC.  Once again, this year’s Women’s March marks an important and visible reflection of the power of women of all ages, and their allies.  As marchers, Gray Panthers is proud to have been among the first contingents of the parade.  We were represented by more than 40 members – a substantial presence.  More than 200,000 women, along with their allies, marched down Central Park West and Sixth Avenue to demonstrate that their voices must be heard; that active participation in the political process and following their passions is critical in today’s world.  We are here to show that the veil of invisibility must be lifted, so that the gifts and talents of older women (and their allies) can continue to make positive contributions.  

Here are a few comments from Gray Panthers marchers.

Lee:              Buoyed by all the spirit and voices of women around me, determined to March with canes, in wheel chairs, rickety and wobbly but MARCHING. Saw Yoko Ono being buoyed by her friends on each side. She was determined, like all of us, to show up. Not beautiful, not lithe and young but WOMEN who care about quality of life for all. So we get old with a little help from our friends.  Thank you Gray Panthers for holding a space for us. Otherwise I couldn't participate.

Nydia:            The weather was made to order and it was another remarkable New York City day of solidarity among people of all ages. A display of caring enough to demand what is most important in life: the opportunity to live and work together for a common goal of justice and peace with empathy. 

Sally:              My fellow marchers who went with the Gray Panthers and I really appreciated the work you did connecting with the Disability Caucus. Getting into the march was hassle-free and it was wonderful being so close to the inspiring, moving speakers!

Barbara:        I was heartened by the number of people under forty who were marching.   They're necessary if our work will continue to live on. 

View photos here …


▶︎  GRAY PANTHERS AT MIPAA IN LISBON, PORTUGAL

September 20, 2016

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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.  

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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


▶︎  GRAY PANTHERS SUPPORT LITERACY FOR OLDER PEOPLE

Gray Panthers has been on the forefront of many important issues as it confronts ageism locally, nationally and globally.

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

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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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▶︎ On September 9, 2017, Gray Panthers will march in the Labor Day Parade, organized by the Central Labor Council.  We want a strong Gray Panthers contingent—will you join us? Please RSVP as a “Yes!” to jkupferman@aol.com and we’ll send you further details. Let’s show our support for the beauty of the United States of America, standing against ageism and hatred, and proudly asserting our visibility. Read More Here...


Follow groundbreaking Ashton Applewhite, an active member of Gray Panthers and catch her explosive debut on TED! She is a clarion voice for all of us who fight ageism.


▶︎ Beyond Slogans - Good Practice to Count Us All In

At this year's High Level Political Forum overseeing the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals, Gray Panthers organized the first parallel event of the week-and-a-half forum.  'Beyond Slogans - Good Practice to Count Us In', focused on the critical importance of accurate and reliable data, disaggregated by age, disability and gender.  Without good data, there will not be good policy.  This lack of data involving older persons is one of the important reasons that the concerns of older persons are so often overlooked - nationally and globally.  Our globally diverse and impressive roster of speakers outlined the problem, and identified the beginning efforts to address the data gaps.  Many thanks to our global guru Sylvia Beales, to the Gray Panthers interns who developed this policy brief, to our roster of speakers, to all who attended.  Despite numerous challenges, our event was the first event of this year's HLPF.  We hope that it spurs governments, advocates, statistical offices, and others to work toward more detailed and comprehensive data collection efforts.  Onward.

NEW!  View photos of side event here ...

View and download Policy Brief here ...


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Please listen to this important webinar, 'Creating a Culture of Care: Corporate Responses to Rising Eldercare Demands' by the U.S. Department of Labor Women’s Bureau, featuring speakers from ReACT Coalition and the Gray Panthers. 

 http://respectcaregivers.org/?p=828


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Gray Panthers is co-sponsoring a High Level Political Forum on ensuring that the concerns of older persons, women and the disabled are properly accounted for in data collection efforts at the global and country level.  Lack of accurate data means that workable solutions can't be created or measured.  Throughout the years, there has been a paucity of data on older persons.  We want to be part of the solution to change that.  As part of this year's review of implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals at the UN, Gray Panthers is a prime sponsor of this event.  It's interesting to note that among the numerous side events at the HLPF, so far this event appears to be the only one with a focus on older persons.  

We invite you to attend.  RSVP required to jkupferman@aol.com   please include your name, phone and affiliation. 

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▶︎ PROUDLY, Gray Panthers is marching to support Medicare For All at this year's Pride March.  We're supporting the lead of Physicians for a National Health Program, and will be marching with them.  We're bringing the Gray Panthers banner, and want to have a good sized contingent.  Can you come and march with us?  Please let us know.  jkupferman@aol.com  917 535 0457

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Join our coalition of Healthcare for All activists & supporters as we march with the resistance contingent leading off this year's Pride March!

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All are welcome to join!

WHEN: Sunday, June 25 - 9:45am - 1:30pm

RSVP to let us know you're coming.

DETAILS:

We will be meeting at our assigned staging area on 41st Street between Park Ave. and Madison Ave. The section opens at 8:30AM, check-in time is 10AM, and we ask you to be there by 9:45AM. NOTE: If you have not joined our group by 10:15AM, you will not be allowed to enter the staging area to march with us!

We are group #16, registered as Physicians for a National Health Program, so look for the Physicians for a National Health Program banner (pictured here) and rainbow umbrellas.

What to bring: You are encouraged to bring your own rainbow or brightly colored umbrella and/or your own signs about single payer healthcare, Medicare for All, or the New York Health Act (you are welcome to use our same slogan). We may have extra signs available: Please email GOBKNYHA-at-gmail.com if you are bringing a rainbow umbrella & would like to use one of our signs!

The march will be televised, so come ready to represent! We encourage physicians to wear your white coats. Our group will be carrying rainbow umbrellas with signs saying "The NY Health Act Covers Everybody!" and we'd love to have you join in the fun.

Help spread the word! Use the hashtags  #ProudlyResisting #PassNYHealth#Medicare4All  And get in the fight for Healthcare as a Human Right!

GENERAL MARCH INFO:

There will be a support vehicle in the resistance segment with a first aid kit and water, should you need it during the march. There will be bathroom facilities in the staging areas and you can bring food & water, but no large backpacks. The March takes about 1 – 1.5 hours. The march route can be found here.

Questions? Contact Katie by phone or text at 330-618-6379.

Physicians for a National Health Program-NY Metro Chapter · 8 W 126th St, 3rd Floor, New York, NY 10027, United States


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Gray Panthers joined a couple hundred enthusiastic supporters of NY Single-Payer Health Care at a rally outside Senator Marty Golden's office in Bay Ridge on Wednesday, May 31, 2017.   Sen. Golden was conspicuously absent as 'Fight Back Bay Ridge' delivered over 1,500 signatures from constituents asking the Senator to support single-payer health care and the US State Sentate Bill S4840. 

Speakers from Physicians for a National Health Program, local organizations, activist groups, and other New Yorkers described benefits of the NY Health Act, and explained dangers of the proposed American Health Care Act, including denied benefits and gaps in coverage.  One young woman described a close friend who is foregoing treatment for a potentially curable condition because of cost. 

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WELCOME TO THE GRAY PANTHERS!

New to the Gray Panthers?  Our history, events, accomplishments, and how you can participate in critically important Gray Panthers activities. Take a look, work with us today! Learn More Here…







PolicyBrief-Making Caregiving Work-Solutions to Help Employees Manage Eldercare Responsibilities


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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.

Read this important Policy Brief


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!


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.]

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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 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.

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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 
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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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