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

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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

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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. 

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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.

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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 www.gramatanvillage.org.

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


 
Salute to Seniors Day: October 1, 2016 PDF Print Email

By Julie Dalton, Executive Director, Gramatan Village

Sep. 21, 2016:  Bronxville will hold its fourth annual Salute to Seniors day on Saturday, October 1. This day-long celebration of 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 for our older friends and relatives. 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, will offer "silver plate lunch specials."

At 2:00 pm, the public is invited to the opening reception of the Speeders 55+ Art Show in the Yeager Room of the Bronxville Public Library. This is the second year that the Bronxville Adult School, Bronxville Public Library, Bronxville Senior Citizens, and Gramatan Village will present 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 and a free raffle!

Salute to Seniors marks the end of International Active Aging Week. Held each year during the last week of September, International Active Aging Week helps spread the International Council on Active Aging® message that adults ages 50 and older are fully participating members of society, while promoting the benefits of leading an active, healthier lifestyle. 

From September 25 to October 1, 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 .

Pictured here:  Bronxville seniors Mary Turino, Bill Turino Thorp, and Marian Moore.  

Photo courtesy Julie Dalton, Executive Director, Gramatan Village

 
Tracey Lewis Joins Gramatan Village Board of Directors PDF Print Email


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


Sep. 14, 2016:  Tracey Lewis, vice president of operations at NewYork-Presbyterian/Lawrence Hospital, was elected to the board of directors of Gramatan Village at its June meeting. 

"We are very pleased to welcome Tracey to our board," said Kerry Walsh, president of the board. "She brings extensive experience in health care services to our organization and is committed to our mission of providing programs and services for adults 60+ so they can lead active, independent, and vibrant lives in the community they love."

In her current role as vice president of operations at NYP/Lawrence Hospital, Tracey provides strategic leadership, direction, and oversight to key clinical services across the hospital, including medical imaging, laboratory, rehabilitation, cardiac catheterization, cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation, cancer center operations, sleep center, and the bloodless medicine program.

Prior to holding this leadership role, she held various positions at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital in New York City and, while there, she served as director of clinical services, administrator on duty at Columbia University Medical Center, director of finance & compliance, ambulatory care & support services, and black belt in the department of performance excellence.

Before joining NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital in 2006, Tracey served as director, productivity and quality, patient financial services at Tenet HealthSystem and held consulting positions in health and life sciences at Capgemini Ernst & Young and in the biomedical, pharmaceutical, and healthcare practice at Arthur Andersen, LLP.

Tracey earned a master's degree in public health/health policy and management at Emory University School of Public Health and a BA in sociology and psychology at Emory University.

Retiring board members include Suzanne BloomerDavid Fuller, and Ruth Shearer. "We acknowledge and thank these talented individuals for their dedicated years of service and their significant contributions to Gramatan Village," said Kerry Walsh.

Gramatan Village is a membership organization that engages community residents who want to remain in the home and neighborhood they love. We support aging-in-community with 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.

Pictured here: Tracey Lewis.

Photo courtesy Gramatan Village

 
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