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Sherry Saturno Wins 2019 United Way “Rock Star Award” PDF Print Email

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By Sherry Saturno, Executive Director, Gramatan Village

Oct. 30, 2019:  Gramatan Village’s Executive Director Sherry Saturno received the 2019 United Way “Rock Star Award” from the United Way of Westchester and Putnam for her work at Gramatan Village and as a leader in the field of aging.

The United Way is the largest privately-funded nonprofit in the world, creating local and national solutions to build stronger, healthier communities. The United Way of Westchester and Putnam’s annual Rock Star Awards honor five community-minded professionals who are making a difference in Westchester and Putnam Counties. 

Saturno, licensed as a clinical social worker and nursing home administrator, holds Master’s degrees from Columbia and Long Island Universities. She served as a national post-graduate Fellow at NYU Silver School of Social Work in aging and completed certificate programs at Boston University and Stanford.

She wrote and produced a national award-winning short film, “Human Investment.” Her articles have also been published in Senior Planet, Social Work Today, and New Social Worker.

“I am very grateful to receive this award from the United Way, whose work I greatly admire. My rock stars are Gramatan Village’s members, volunteers, and Board, and I share this honor with them.”

 Pictured:  Sherry Saturno

Photo courtesy Gramatan Village

 

Editor's note: As a public service, MyhometownBronxville publishes articles from local institutions, officeholders, and individuals. MyhometownBronxville does not fact-check statements therein, and any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect the thinking of its staff.

 
Gramatan Village Names Two New Board Members PDF Print Email

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By Sherry Saturno, Executive Director, Gramatan Village

Oct. 16, 2019:  Gramatan Village has relected two new members to its Board of Directors, Katie Nagle and Katie Praino.  “We are absolutely thrilled to welcome these dynamic women to Gramatan Village’s Board of Directors,” stated Board President Kerry Walsh. “They each bring an invaluable skill set to the organization, and we couldn’t be more delighted to have the opportunity to benefit from their expertise.”

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Katie Nagle

Katie Nagle was raised in Bronxville and attended the Bronxville School. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in English and Psychology from Roger Williams University in Rhode Island, and is passionate about non-profit work and giving back.  Forging a path in fundraising and development, she worked in the Events and Ambassador division of the Public Relations department at the U.S. Fund for UNICEF (USF) which supports UNICEF’s work. After several years at USF, Katie branched out into the consulting world where she worked to strategize, develop, and implement fundraising opportunities for local and national nonprofits. Through events and development projects, Katie fostered strategic partnerships, increased visibility, and advanced organizations’ missions, visions, and objectives.


Katie Praino

Katie Praino, LCSW, is a ten-year veteran of the New York Presbyterian Health System, and currently serves as the Director of Care Coordination and Social Work at New York Presbyterian Hospital. Katie holds a master’s degree in Social Work from New York University, and a certification in Case Management from the American Case Management Association. Throughout her tenure at NYPH, Katie has advocated for vulnerable populations ensuring that they receive the appropriate care and resources to be safe and healthy when they return home. 


Photos courtesy Gramatan Village


Editor's note: As a public service, MyhometownBronxville publishes articles from local institutions, officeholders, and individuals. MyhometownBronxville does not fact-check statements therein, and any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect the thinking of its staff.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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True Grit: Living, Not Just Surviving, with Chronic Conditions PDF Print Email

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By Sherry Saturno, Executive Director, Gramatan Village

Sep. 18, 2019:  Chronic conditions like diabetes, COPD, heart disease, anxiety, and multiple sclerosis (among others) require ongoing medical treatment and challenges. It's so easy to feel overwhelmed and depressed, and that can take a real toll on relationships and careers.

It is natural--and difficult!--to battle feelings of self-pity and resentment when you first learn of a chronic condition. Life undeniably becomes more complicated when you are living with a chronic disease. The good news is that there are still many things you can do to enjoy life.

Mental tools

  • Move toward acceptance; stop thinking, "Why me?" and think, "What can I do now to work with the new normal of my condition?"
  • Empower yourself by learning as much as you can about your diagnosis.  That can help change your mindset as frustration and anger give way to making new life adjustments...and give yourself time. Look for online tools and apps that can help you monitor, track, or adjust medications, diet, or other metrics as needed.
  • Focus on what you can do, not on what you can’t. Love to read but no longer can? Listen to audiobooks and you can still participate in your favorite book club.
  • Adjust your expectations and activities. This is part of embracing your new normal. A person newly diagnosed with diabetes will have to monitor his or her blood sugar and maintain a healthy diet...but that does not have to stop you from still enjoying food.
  • Examine your motivation: What is driving you? Spending time with loved ones? Volunteer work? Seize upon your motivation and use it as a purpose to see past your pain.

Practical steps

  • Be action oriented: Take small steps. It’s not easy to make a major life adjustment. Consider joining a support group or an online community. 
  • Practice PMA: Positive mental attitude can change everything. No one’s life is perfect, but you are here and grateful to be alive. Reflect upon the good in your life.
  • Maintain an attitude of gratitude--keep a gratitude journal. Learn to really savor simple everyday pleasures. Chat with a friend and be fully present in the moment.
  • Consider what brings you joy and seek it out. If you love walking but now use a walker or a cane, you are still moving forward. Don’t give up--create more of what you crave.

Social life

  • Don't take a pleasantry like "How are you?" as an invitation to a long recitation of your condition. Find a safe and compassionate listener or two (a therapist or someone in a support group) so those closest to you are not overwhelmed by your status reports on an ongoing basis.
  • Shift from complaining to accepting who you are now: View it with interest, not disdain. Don’t talk nonstop about your maladies.
  • Fight it with humor, humility, and determination: Laughter is the best medicine. It’s okay to see the humor in your condition; as a matter of fact, it’s essential.
  • Do not let others’ insensitivity bring you down: They don’t know what it is like to walk in your shoes and may express impatience and a lack of empathy. That is their ignorance, not yours.

Don’t let a chronic condition stop you from leading your best life. Happiness takes work. We have to choose happiness and fight for it. Our physical limitations and medical conditions limit what we can’t do, but we focus on what we can do. Embrace your new reality and don’t look back. All of us have scars, seen and unseen. They make us who we are. But it’s what you do with them that counts.

Pictured here:  Sherry Saturno.

Photo courtesy Gramatan Village

Editor's note: As a public service, MyhometownBronxville publishes articles from local institutions, officeholders, and individuals. MyhometownBronxville does not fact-check statements therein, and any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect the thinking of its staff.

 
Gramatan Village Events in September PDF Print Email

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By Sherry Saturno, Executive Director, Gramatan Village

Sep. 4, 2019:  Gramatan Village, a non-profit organization that supports adults ages 55 and up who want to age in the home and neighborhood that they love, will be part of many great events in September.  Below is a list:

September 11, 2019 at 2:00pm:  Gramatan Village is participating in the National Day of Service with Volunteer New York at the Westchester County Community Center in White Plains on Wednesday, September 11th at 2:00pm.  This is an annual community-wide day of service dedicated to honoring the memories of those lost on September 11, 2001 through volunteer service.  Please join local volunteers of all ages who are giving their time to help others and turn a day of tragedy into a national day of doing good. Gramatan Village and its volunteers will be creating gift bags for seniors in need. For more information or to volunteer, please contact Gramatan Village at (914) 337-1338.

September 13, 2019 from 10:30am – 12:30pm:  Gramatan Village invites the entire community to enjoy a light breakfast while shopping the new Fall 2019 Women’s and Men’s Fashion Collections at J.McLaughlin at 75 Pondfield Road in Bronxville and features classic, timeless style for everyone. Please join us for this fun event.  15% of the sales will benefit Gramatan Village.

September 15, 2019 from 12:00pm-3:00pm:  Gramatan Village is participating in New York-Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital’s Be Well Bash which will take place on the front lawn of the Bronxville School. This free wellness and injury-prevention event is intended to provide resources and support for the entire community. Gramatan Village will be available to discuss services for seniors and healthy, active aging. For more information, please contact Gramatan Village at (914) 337-1338.

September 18, 2019 from 10:00am - 2:00pm: Gramatan Village will participate in the Seventh Annual Livable Communities Celebrate Aging Fair at the Mount Pleasant Community Center  at 125 Lozza Drive, Valhalla, on Wednesday, September 18th from 10:00am-2:00pm. Please join us for discussion, interactive learning, and fun with inspired thinkers in the field of aging services. Gramatan Village’s Executive Director Sherry Saturno will be available to answer questions about becoming a Gramatan Village member and membership benefits. This event is sponsored by the Westchester County Government, with free admission  and parking. A continental breakfast and lunch will be provided. To RSVP, please contact CLOAKING or call 914-813-6263.

September 25, 2019 from 10:00am – 1:30pm:  The last week of September is Active Aging Week. It is a weeklong campaign that celebrates vibrant and empowered aging. In honor of Active Aging Week, Gramatan Village is hosting an Empowered Women Leaders speaker series on Wednesday, September 25th from 10:00am-1:30pm featuring speakers Bronxville Mayor Mary Marvin and Concordia College Presidential Scholar Christina Staudt. Please join us for a lively and interactive discussion about community, leadership, and living your best life at any age.  A light lunch will be provided. RSVP to Gramatan Village at (914) 337-1338.

 

 

Photo courtesy Gramatan Village

 

Editor's note: As a public service, MyhometownBronxville publishes articles from local institutions, officeholders, and individuals. MyhometownBronxville does not fact-check statements therein, and any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect the thinking of its staff.


 

 

 

 
Gramatan Village Celebrates Friendships at Underhills Crossing PDF Print Email

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By Sherry Saturno, Executive Director, Gramatan Village

Jul. 24, 2019:  Gramatan Village members participated in a festive celebration of summer and friendship at a brunch at Underhills Crossing restaurant on Saturday, July 13. 

Village members were joined by volunteers Leana Walsh, Ann Marie Mazzucco, and Sue Brownie, board member Susan Salerno, and Executive Director Sherry Saturno to welcome midsummer and socialize.

New members mingled with founding members as they chatted and laughed together. Executive Director Sherry Saturno stated, “We are so grateful to Underhills Crossing for providing such a wonderful venue for our members. Everyone enjoyed a beautiful afternoon spent with good friends and delicious food.”

Gramatan Village is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that supports adults ages 55 and up who want to age in the home and neighborhood that they love.

Photo courtesy Gramatan Village

Editor's note: As a public service, MyhometownBronxville publishes articles from local institutions, officeholders, and individuals. MyhometownBronxville does not fact-check statements therein, and any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect the thinking of its staff.




 
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