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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.




New York, NY with oil prices going up and up, you have to wonder what it will cost to heat your home.

We have programs in place to helps folks in the city.  HEAP home energy assistance is available, however it is not much when you look at the thousands it usually costs to heat a home.

I had a friend send me an email regarding a place called Bakken Shale located in the United States, where there we have a abundance of oil.  This was initially reported back in 2006.  I just don’t understand why our oil prices are going up when this abundance exists.  Here is a link to the info Bakken Shale.  What do you think?

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I received a letter today from the JASA organization. This is a fantastic organization. As a matter of fact I just recently, Fall 2010, graduated from their IFSA, Institute For Senior Action, training class. The great part about that is it puts me on a list of people who are notified when good and bad things are coming down the pike for seniors. Lately I feel like I’m bring you a lot of info that seems discouraging. What’s important here is these cuts have not taken place yet. So here is a copy of that letter with some links to the various organizations involved. We must contact our elected officials in writing and let them know we strongly disagree with these cuts to senior services.  These cuts will only have a very negative affect on seniors.  You should also call AARP and find out just what this all means to you.

O.K. here is the letter I received.

AARP’s EPIC toll-free number is now operational and anyone concerned about the future of EPIC is encouraged to use it. It will connect people to their state legislators.

The number is 1-800-700-6469.
200,000 Older New Yorkers will Lose EPIC Coverage Under Cuomo Budget

New York StateWide Senior Action Council urges seniors, their families and caregivers and the 300,000 older New Yorkers who are enrollees in the EPIC program (Elderly Pharmaceutical Insurance Coverage) to call their state legislators in their district offices this week while they are not in session in Albany to protest Governor Cuomo’s phasing out of the program. The EPIC program started in 1987 but for lower income seniors has served as a supplement to the Medicare Part D program since that program began in 2006. Governor Cuomo’s budget eliminates EPIC coverage except for drugs not paid in the Medicare donut hole. An estimated 200,000 of the 300,000 EPIC enrollees do not reach the Medicare donut hole or coverage gap which begins when a senior has spent $2840 in annual drug costs. Under Cuomo’s plan, they would not longer receive any support from EPIC.

EPIC has been paying the Medicare deductible and premium costs for lower income New Yorkers as well as subsidizing the co-payments. The elimination of that support will cost enrollees as much as $1000 per year or more, despite the Governor’s pledge to not support new taxes or fees.

EPIC was passed in December 1986 and signed into law by Governor Mario M. Cuomo.

We should be celebrating the 25th anniversary of the passage of EPIC this year, not joining the Governor Andrew Cuomo in preparing for its demise.

If you need phone numbers for your legislators’ district office or for more information contact Maria Alvarez, Executive Director, at or respond to this StateWide e-news email address.

Mary Clark

Citizen Action of NY

HCAN/SSS NYS Coordinator


607-232-2084 (cell)

Visit JASA on the Web

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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.

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Medicare and our healthcare system are going through changes.

The baby boomers have arrived. Who ever thought when I'm 65 would come so
soon.  Welcome to seniorville.  If they are already enrolled in Medicare, starting in
2011 they will be entitled to a free annual physical, as well as other preventive services.

Annual enrollment for Medicare for those already enrolled is from November
15th through December 31.  Give yourself or your loved one plenty of time to
review the new Medicare changes.  You can go to to keep up with what is
happening.  The new handbook is not listed on their site yet, however it
will be sent out soon with a list of Evidence of Coverage listing their current
plan coverage and what it costs and the Annual Notice of Change which lists
changes to the plan for the coming year, beginning January 1, 2011. Seniors really need to pay
attention to this as the ability to change plans when ever they please is not an option.

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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