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PESID Brooklyn Spring Fling is taking place on April 10, 2012. PESID, People Empowering Seniors Independence & Dignity is a networking resource group. It is designed to bring together both retired folks and professionals who serve the senior community. This allows seniors to meet people who work in the senior community in an open environment, where they can freely gather information. I founded the group just over two years ago. Membership to PESID is currently free. You can sign up at

The Brooklyn PESID meeting is usually held on the 2nd Tuesday of the month.

The NYC PESID meeting is usually the 2nd Wednesday of the month.

Nassau PESID is currently in the planning stage and will be announced very shortly.

Many PESID meetings are sponsored in some capacity, allowing for appetizers, etc.

PESID was established because I felt there was a void in bringing seniors and professionals serving seniors together in the same environment.

Remember membership to PESID is free.  If you do not live or work in an area where PESID meetings are held, please do not let that stop you from joining PESID.  As people join PESID and indicate their geographic area, it establishes how much interest in PESID there is for that area.  This information will allow me to figure out if a PESID meeting is ready to be established in your area.

It’s easy to join, just go to

Be well

Annette Fisher, CSA

Certified Senior Advisor

PESID Founder

PESID is an organization I founded in March of 2010.  We are about to celebrate the 2nd Anniversary of PESID.  Membership to PESID is free.  You just go online to Once you sign up you will receive an email so you can verify your email address.  Click the link and it should take you to PESID.  If you do not see the PESID website just type in your browser menu bar  Now you will need to join the PESID group by clicking join us.  Once you join PESID you will need to also register for a PESID event if you want to attend.

Many PESID events are free.

I hope you check out PESID as the purpose is to make resources available to seniors and their families, in a relaxed setting.

From time to time you will find educational programs provided at PESID meetings.

The main reason for PESID members to join is because they truly want to empower seniors.

Be well

Annette Fisher, CSA

Certified Senior Advisor

PESID Founder

105 Senior Centers in NYC are being threatened with closing, due to the proposed title xx cuts.

What can you do to try to stop the senior centers from closing? Last night the PESID, People Empowering Senior Independence, group met. We had representatives at the meeting from Council Member Domenic M. Recchia Jr. Office, along with representatives from Assembly Member Peter Abbate Jr. and Assembly Member Alec Brook-Krasny. All of these elected officials had there thoughts represented, and wish to let us know they want to help and they do not favor the title xx, cuts forcing 105 Senior Centers to Close.

1. Send out the letter attached and please make sure to fill in all the spaces.

letter to elected officials no to title xx cuts no to closing 105 NYC senior centers


2. Look at the attached lists for senior centers that are closing. These list are broken down, according to either a Senator, Assembly Member, or Council Member who’s district has a center that is closing.

List by NYS Senate

Check this link to see who your representative is for each senior center.

List by NYS Assembly

Check this link to see who your representative is for each senior center.

List by NYC Council Members

3. Send the letter to each Elected Official for your area or any additional letters you feel you would like your voice heard in. Just make sure to send the letters to the Elected Officials in your area, as well.

list of addresses for elected officials with senior centers closing in their district

I would love it if someone has a  list of Council Members with addresses they could send me.


4. Everyone who is concerned should also send the letter to Governor Cuomo.

You may also contact the Governor’s office by phone (518) 474-8390 or mail:

The Honorable Andrew M. Cuomo
Governor of New York State
NYS State Capitol Building
Albany, NY 12224

On April 1, the new budget will go into effect.  Millions of dollars in funds will be cut from Title 20 of the NY budget.  Title 20 monies are partially used to fund NY Senior Centers.  According to Senator Golden, these monies have been allocated as part of the budget for decades.  He also said “if these funds are cut it will be extremely difficult to get them back.”

These funds that are scheduled to be cut on April 1, 2011 will potentially cause 105 NY Seniors Centers to Close.

Check the list for the Senior Center in your neighborhood that might potentially close.

The PESID, People Empowering Seniors Independence & Dignity, group will be meeting tomorrow in Bay Ridge Brooklyn.  I’m the Founder of the PESID group, and we are urging folks to come out and discuss these cuts that will certainly be catastrophic.  Senior Centers are a vital resource for many of our seniors.  Senior Centers provide meals, counseling, socialization and so much more.  These cuts will effect more than 10,000 seniors in our city.

If you would like to join us tomorrow and let your voice be heard just RSVP at this link.  If you are not a member you will need to sign up for your free membership and then RSVP.  PESID, People Empowering Senior Independence & Dignity.


You can also find additional info regarding the potential closing of 105 senior centers at this specific links,

DFTA, Department for the aging

Brooklyn Eagle

105 Senior Centers Slated To Close

See the pdfs attached with the list of centers and the elected official for that district.  There are 3 lists, Senators, Council Members, Assembly Members, indicating the elected officials for each of the centers.




More than 100 senior centers in NY state are scheduled to close.  Our budget deficit is so large that drastic cuts need to be made.  These cuts will especially impact those who had a well balance meal at the senior centers.  NY Senior Centers also provide a place for folks to congregate and socialize.    So many programs will be in danger.  What about the social workers located at these senior centers.  Not only will the Social Workers be out of a job, seniors will not have them as a resource.  Senior centers provide access to many needs based programs available throughout our state.  Without the Senior Centers and their staff many of our Seniors would not even no where to begin to get help.

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Budget cuts
This past Thursday I attended a conference called
by Assembly Member Nicole Malliotakis, and Senator Marty Golden, at the Bay Ridge
Community Center, regarding cut backs that could end up going into effect on April 1, 2011.
Also in attendence was Bobby Sackman, Director of Public Policy for the
Council of Senior Centers and Services.  The budget cuts
proposed by Govenor Andrew Cuomo would move 25 million dollars in funds, in title 20 of NY
State Budget from Senior Centers to Child Welfare.  Thus pitting Children against
Seniors.  The result if these NY State budget cuts go into effect, would mean the closing
of 110 Senior Centers State wide and of those 33 % would be in the NYC area.  This is
an outrage.  These monies have been allocated to title 20 for nearly 30 years. 
These are not a part of the budget listed as an entitlement and therefore they are not
guaranteed.  According to Senator Golden "if we loose these funds it would be
highly unlikely for us to ever gain them back."  This is extremely critical to the
quality of life our seniors have.  The senior population is about to explode over the next
couple of decades.  We should be adding senior centers and programs, not shutting
them down.

Executive Director JoAnn Mason of the Senior Center, said last year they wrote 300 of the
17,000 letters received to stop the senior center cuts.  Executive Director Mason now
pledges 600 letters from the member of the Center.  How many letters will you pledge to
make happen?????????

Please take action and send letters immediately to your elected officials, saying no to the title
20 cuts for senior centers.  Please post a link to this info and spread the word before it is
too late.

Thank you

Annette Fisher

Certified Senior Advisor

Golden Maturity, Inc.

Hospital Infections may be declining with some infections while a large increase is occuring
with others.  Just a few months back I was having a conversation with a couple of
colleagues.  We were discussing a new infection that is rapidly spreading, called
Clostridium difficile aka C-diff.  It is passed through wounds, intravenous lines, and other
means.  If you are taking antibiots and you come in contact with it you may be more
suseptable since the antibiots kill good and bad bacteria at the same time.  Thanks to
colleages, Caryn Isaacs, Patient Advocate, and Ann Hanna, I was made aware of this.
After ending up in the hospital myself this weekend I was horrified to find out that the women
sharing the room with me had C-diff.  I immediately asked for a discharge since I could
continue the medications at home.  They were allowing this patient to walk the
halls.  C-diff is spread by touching things, thus leaving bacteria that others can pick
up.  When I quickly left my room to let them know I wanted to be discharged, I had turned
to notice a sign outside my shared room that read, caution etc.  point being something in
my room was contagious and I was told I was not.  Once you get what you need in the
hospital get out as fast as you can.  I actually had nurses and assistants that were not
changing their gloves between patients, and who were not sanitizing their hands between glove
changes.  It was a breeding ground for germs.  OK some are saying maybe
I’m getting paranoid, however if you don’t control your own destiny to some degree you
may loose control.  I also do not think patients should wait in a doctors office to be
seen.  I bring my own pen for sign in and let them know my tel # so they can let me know
when to come in from my car, parked in the area.  I also carry hand sanitizer with
me.  Think about how many people go to the doctor because they are sick.  I
certainly do not need anything I do not already have.  Touch nothing.  When using
the rest room remember to turn the water on and off with paper towels.  Use a paper
towel to open the door, if hand use is at all necessary.  This is seriously deadly
stuff.  I hope this will keep you out of germs way.  I’m still trying to get the
real low down on whether people with C-diff can be admitted to nursing homes and or assisted
living vacilities.  It seems to me they would need a seperate building or everyone will end
up infected.

The Bay Ridge Center walk-a-thon to help raise funds for
the Bay Ridge Center took place on Saturday September 25, 2010. The Bay
Ridge Center is a place where seniors meet. Joan Mason the Director of the Center was
pleased to see the support. Some of the funds raised will go to support the Meals on
Wheels program at the center. Meals on Wheels is a program, where meals are sent to seniors
in their homes. The center is also located in a NNORC, Neighborhood Naturally Occuring
Retirement Community. There are many activities that take place at the center.
From games, to dance, and lunch too. The Bay Ridge Center the place for you if you are a
senior. Need help accessing services? A social worker at the center can help
you with available programs. Some of our local political figures were there to start off
the fund raising. In attendance were New York State Assembly member Jenelle
Hyer-Spencer, Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz,
State Senator Marty Golden, NYC Council Member, Vincent
Gentile. Some local businesses were there as well, Donna McClellan and staff from Connors and
Sullivan, myself, Annette Fisher with TLC reverse programs, a service of Fort Funding Corp, and
founder of, Professionals Empowering Senior’s Independance and dignity, Mary
Kae Higgins, Realtor at Coldwell Banker, along Patricia and Peter Killen. There
were many others there as well, and I’m sure the seniors at the center appreciate the
support from their community. We were gathered outside the center to either take part in
the walk or to cheer others on. Starting off the walk was a marching band.


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I recently attended a wonderful event, cosponsored by Sunrise
Senior Living
, Nancy Waldman, Director of Community Relations Sunrise Senior Living of
Mill Basin and SUN-
, Senior Umbrella Network of Brooklyn, Chaired by Miss Vicki Ellner. We enjoyed the
company of friends, colleagues, Sunrise residents, while being serenaded by a violinist, and
greeted by Miss Rita Cosby.  All of this took place in the lovely Sunrise Senior Living
residence.  Wow, what a wonderful place to retire in. Of the many facilities I have visited, I
can honestly say this one is top notch.  At this assisted living residence you feel like you
are on vacation.  The residence is situated on the waters edge in Mill Basin, Brooklyn, the
dining room is immaculate and looks better dressed than a fine restaurant.

Journalist Rita
Cosby was all too happy to share her new book with us, 
Quiet Hero Secrets from My Father's Past
.  The book shares the experience
hidden behind the glaze in her father's eyes.

Many of us have members in our own
families, who have never shared the extremely painful things they have experienced in their
lives.  Don't let time fade away before getting the chance to thank our family
members and friends for the freedom we have.  As Rita says "Freedom is not

Ten percent of Rita's book proceeds go to Operation
Enduring Care. Click here to learn more about the program to help injured

Seniors and Influenza/Pneumococcal Clinic Outreach Program of New York City. 
Joyce Soden, Coordinator, Sea Gate Influenza Outreach Program, mentioned to me that people
contact their medical providers for shots.  If you do not have coverage you can call 311 or
visit to identify clinic locations
where flu vaccines are available.  You might also try to contact  your local senior

Be well

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