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'Should I Stay or Go?': Gramatan Village to Address Question for Seniors Thursday, November 9 PDF Print Email


By Julie Dalton, Executive Director, Gramatan Village

Nov. 8, 2017:  Should I stay or should I go? That is the downsizing question many senior homeowners and caregivers are asking! There’s no one-size-fits-all answer, but there is a right answer for everyone. 

  1. Are you a homeowner or a caregiver wondering if it’s time to downsize?

  2. Is it time to move to independent or assisted living or to move closer to a family member? 

  3. How can you stay in your home longer? 

  4. What should you take and how to divest the rest? 

  5. Are you facing any number of issues cluttering your home and mind?  

If you are looking for answers to any of these questions, please join us for a program and reception sponsored by Gramatan Village on Thursday, November 9, from 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm in the Yeager Room of the Bronxville Public Library.

This event will help attendees find their answers and know how to act on that decision.  This interactive program will be a shared experience leading to individual conclusions.

The program will be presented by Allison Jaffe, a licensed real estate agent and certified seniors real estate specialist with 13 years of experience in the Gramatan Village service area. Allison also works with caregivers who often assist their loved ones with downsizing and estate executors who may be seniors themselves. “Most people enjoy aging at home until they don’t.  Then moving is more about a life change than a change of address,” said Allison Jaffe.

All members of the community are welcome to attend and a reception will follow the program.

For reservations, please call Gramatan Village at 914-337-1338 or email  CLOAKING .

Bronxville’s Salute to Seniors Day: Saturday, September 30, 2017 PDF Print Email


By Julie Dalton, Executive Director, Gramatan Village

Sep. 20, 2017:  Bronxville will hold its fifth annual Salute to Seniors Day on Saturday, September 30. This day-long celebration for our older neighbors is co-sponsored by the Senior Citizens Council, Gramatan Village, NewYork-Presbyterian/Lawrence Hospital, and the Bronxville Rotary Club.

All are encouraged to join this special day. It's a great way to learn about community resources and services that support older residents and is especially valuable for those who may be new to the area or concerned about an aging parent or friend.

A number of community organizations will have informational tables along Pondfield Road from 10:30 am to noon. Three popular restaurants, Underhills Crossing, Fogarty's, and Park 143 Bistro & Fish, will offer "silver plate lunch specials."

The public is invited to the opening reception of the third Annual Speeders 55+ Art Show at 2:00 pm in the Yeager Room of the Bronxville Public Library. This is the third year that the Bronxville Adult School, Bronxville Public Library, Bronxville Senior Citizens, and Gramatan Village will have presented this art show as part of the Salute to Seniors festivities. Local artists over the age of 55 will be showcasing works in a variety of media. All are welcome to attend and enjoy light refreshments.

Salute to Seniors marks the end of Active Aging Week, the annual observance promoted by the International Council on Active Aging®. The weeklong campaign calls attention to and wholeheartedly celebrates the positivity of aging today. It showcases the capabilities of older adults as fully participating members of society and spotlights the role models that lead the way. This year's theme is "Ignite Your Passion."

From September 24 to September 29, Gramatan Village and the Bronxville and Tuckahoe Senior Citizens will offer programs open to the public that promote healthy lifestyles.  

For more information about Salute to Seniors, email  CLOAKING  or visit the sponsoring organizations online. 

Pictured here (L to R):  Mary Turino, Bill Turino, and Marian Moore.

Photo courtesy Gramatan Village

Gramatan Village to Host 'Viewing Party' for Simulcast Lecture by Renowned Public Health Researcher Monday, February 13 PDF Print Email


By Julie Dalton, Executive Director, Gramatan Village 

Feb. 8, 2017:  Gramatan Village will host a "viewing party" at the Bronxville Library in its Yeager Room on Monday, February 13, to see a simulcast from Boston of a speech by Dr. Atul Gawande, a renowned surgeon and public health researcher. A reception will follow.

The speech, which begins at 5:00 pm, is in celebration of the 15th anniversary of the founding of Beacon Hill Village and the subsequent Village Movement that its innovative model inspired, including the founding of Bronxville's Gramatan Village. 

Dr. Gawande's presentation, titled "Being Mortal's Villages: The Value of Community and Choice as We Grow Older," will be moderated by Robin Young, host of NPR's Here & Now, and feature a discussion on aging, living life with purpose, and how we can transform the possibilities for the later chapters in everyone's lives.

Community and choice are concepts long honored across the United States. They are also among the life-altering concepts in Dr. Gawande's seminal book Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End and the underlying principles of Beacon Hill Village, whose founders were determined to remain in their own homes as they aged. 

To accomplish this goal, the founders created a "virtual village," which opened in Boston's Beacon Hill in January of 2002 and enabled people over 50 years of age the option of choosing how and where they live as they grow older. The concepts behind Beacon Hill Village have spread across the country, thus creating a "Village Movement," and have attracted the interest of many countries around the world.  

One of the great issues worldwide today is how to support and care for aging populations. By 2030, twenty percent of our nation's population will be over 65, an estimated 83 million people. The numbers are even larger in many countries around the world. The Village concept and Dr. Gawande's profound understanding of the importance of community and choice offer valuable insights and solutions for this challenging phenomenon. 

The Village Movement is a burgeoning worldwide movement that champions an alternative approach for adults as they grow older. Villages are unique in that they supply counseling and some services to older adults, empowering them to make wise, safe, and vibrant choices about how they wish to live.

For more information about or reservations for this event, please call Gramatan Village at 914-337-1338 or send an email to  CLOAKING .  All are welcome, but reservations are strongly recommended. 

Pictured here:  Dr. Atul Gawande.

Photo courtesy Julie Dalton, Executive Director, Gramatan Village 

Senior Citizens Council Continues Tradition of Thanksgiving Day Baskets PDF Print Email


By J. Murrer

Nov. 23, 2016:  The Senior Citizens Council of Bronxville and Tuckahoe (SCC) has been preparing Thanksgiving baskets (20 in all) for families in need in the Tuckahoe area for over 15 years.

This wonderful tradition started when Audrey Sullivan, the SCC chairman at the time, suggested that the council give turkeys to the Tuckahoe CAP (Community Action Program) to distribute to families on Thanksgiving. The council used a meeting room at the Tuckahoe location for its monthly meetings and thought it would be a nice gesture to help with CAP's food-distribution program for low-income families.

After several years of donating turkeys, the council decided to add the rest of the Thanksgiving feast and started making up baskets with everything a family would need for the holiday meal. Each council member donates to the project, along with others who have heard about the project over the years. 


Lorraine Mohan and Bumpty McGrath oversee the project and have it down to a science. A group of about ten council members meets at Costco the week before Thanksgiving, and within an hour they gather all the food and load it up to take to the CAP center.

An assembly line is started upstairs and the baskets are finished and ready by noon. Every family gets a 20-pound turkey, vegetables, stuffing, cranberry sauce, rolls, pie, and whipped cream, and the baskets are all packed with love.


Council member Veronica Darcy said, "There is a group of us that have been doing this for years, and we always look forward to the shopping and assembling the baskets; it's one of our traditions on the council."

The Senior Citizens Council of Bronxville and Tuckahoe is made up of members from both Tuckahoe and Bronxville who oversee the community centers for older adults in both villages.

Pictured here (from top down): (L to R) Co-chair Bumpty McGrath, Don Brown from CAP, and co-chair Lorraine Mohan; food for baskets; SSC members assemble Thanksgiving baskets.

Photos by J. Murrer

Gramatan Village Hosts Two Events to Support Local Businesses PDF Print Email

By Joan C. Toffolon, Member, Board of Directors, Gramatan Village

Oct. 26, 2016:  In an effort to support local businesses, Gramatan Village recently hosted two events reflecting its mission to provide services and programs for members of the community so they can lead active, independent, and vibrant lives while living at home in the neighborhood they love.

The first event was held at Bronxville Wine and Spirits on September 15, where Gramatan Village members and friends were treated to an evening of wine-tasting. The theme of the evening was “Old World Meets New World,” and the tasting included various wines selected by the owner of the shop, who has a long history in the wine and spirits community.

After the tasting, the owner conducted a quiz for participants based on the remarks he had made about each wine, and those who answered correctly received a bottle of free wine, providing an unexpected element of fun to the evening.

Next was a “Fabulous Over 50” makeup demonstration presented by Hourglass Cosmetics at Bluemercury on October 13. Hourglass makeup artists Lisa and Wendy performed makeovers on the attendees, demonstrating how to accentuate eyebrows and lips with the latest fall shades. There was also a skin care demonstration in which participants learned the importance of keeping skin hydrated so their makeup always looks fresh and natural. 

Bluemercury manager Thomas provided a fun evening for all, and attendees were served champagne and a variety of delicious cheese-and-cracker selections from Dobbs & Bishop, another local business. All participants receive gift certificates and walked away feeling rejuvenated and beautiful!

"Both events provided enjoyable evenings for members of the community and enabled us to show our continuing support of local businesses," said Kerry Walsh, president of Gramatan Village. "As our friends and colleagues at the Bronxville Chamber of Commerce often remind us, shopping locally supports our wonderful community--making our community home.”

Gramatan Village is a membership organization that engages community residents who want to remain in the home and neighborhood they love. It provides a network of volunteers, community partnerships, and peer connections that enable members to stay independent and fully engaged in the community. Gramatan Village is recognized as a leader in the National Village Movement.     

For more information on Gramatan Village, join us at our upcoming open house on Wednesday, November 2, from 10:00 am to noon at 85 Pondfield Road to learn about the benefits of membership and volunteer opportunities.

For a calendar of events or to receive our e-newsletter, contact us at 914-337-1338 or  CLOAKING  or visit the website at

Pictured Here: Top photo: Kerry Walsh, Gramatan Village president, Peter Thorp, Gramatan Village board member; second photo:  Maureen Abrams, Gramatan Village member, and Lisa, Hourglass Cosmetics Makeup Artist.

Photos courtesy Gramatan Village

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