Back to School Time…..
I love this time of year! Its crisp, clear days with a feeling of new beginnings. As usual, things are jumping here at Stein Senior Center. We have our new student interns from Hunter College School of Social Work. Kate and Tugba come with energy and talents. Kate is starting a “Memoirs through Storytelling” group. She has taught writing and looks forward to developing this skill in our members. We have set Fridays at 10:30 to 11:30 am in the Lecture Room for the group. Try it, you’ll like it!
Tugba is skilled in Arts and Crafts and wants to share her knowledge. We have set the 2nd and 4th Mondays of the month from 10:00 to 11:00 am in the Lecture Room. We hope you will support our students and have fun at the same time. They have also posted a flyer called, “Let’s Talk” offering counseling to anyone who would like to chat one-to-one. Speak to Helen if you are interested.
Having graduated from Hunter School of Social Work myself, I feel it is important for students to get experience in all kinds of agencies serving all ages and populations. We are lucky to have a collaboration with graduate schools like Hunter, Fordham, Adelphi and other institutions and I’m happy to “pay it forward” and share what I’ve learned after 40 years in the field (OMG).
In this same vein, we have some terrific interns in food service and maintenance from ICD and FEDCAP vocational programs. Lucina, Yvonne in the kitchen and Mark in maintenance. Lionel is here on Fridays to help with Reception and Computer learning. We thank them all for their valuable help. So many students have come through Stein over the years and it has always been a memorable learning experience for them, and for us.
I don’t want to forget our Nurses from City Tech and Hunter/Bellevue. They help us in so many ways, informing, monitoring blood pressures, even helping to serve lunch. NYC Tech nurses are planning and putting together our annual Health Fair. This year, the fair will be held on November 30th from 10am to 1pm. We will have many vendors from a wide range of health institutions give talks, non-invasive tests and handouts. We have invited our elected officials and the Commissioner of the Dept. for the Aging, Donna Corrado.
Our long-time Play-Reading group has disbanded for the time being, but I have been meeting with 2 individuals who would like to start up the group. They are also actors/playwrights who run a theatre company. We would like to identify the best day and time for this group that was meeting on alternate Wednesdays from 10 to 11:30. Of course, our schedule is very busy and room availability is limited. Let me know if you would like to join the group.
I want to especially thank Helen and Renee who have jumped into the fray and are doing two jobs: Office Manager and covering day to day operations in the center. I have had many compliments to their patience and organization of the dining room. Our dining room service is still a work in progress, trying to make the service faster and easier for you. Angel, who oversees Maintenance in the center, will get back to keeping the center clean with Mark’s help.
Please treat our workers and volunteers with respect as they are trying to get you served as quickly as possible. Aaron covers the front door security and much more. He helps with room set up and any other tasks needed. Dora, our bookkeeper also helps with computer problems, serving lunches and translation as needed.
Our Chair Yoga teacher Jyothi Larson has also started a Bone Health class which meets on Thursday afternoons after Chair Yoga. Zumba is going great guns, Feldenkrais is also continuing by popular request. Meditation and Strength Training are active and well-attended.
I would like to mention our Knitting class taught by Sandy. They are working on a project to knit and donate accessories to agencies serving victims of domestic violence. They choose a worthy cause each year and make beautiful and needed items to help those dealing with serious problems.
We have wonderful Volunteers who help us every day. Our front desk reception is handled expertly by volunteers. Our Book Club sale is volunteer led, Culture in the City theatre tickets are gathered and disbursed by volunteers, haircuts, clothing repair, watch repair and nails are all done by volunteers, escort and shopping are also volunteer based.
We rarely write about our early to mid-stage Social Adult Day Program (SPA) for those with cognitive problems. It has been in existence since 2009 and has gained a city-wide reputation for innovative programs. It serves close to 20 individuals and their caregivers in a fun, stimulating and supportive program that provides the socialization and resources needed to deal with the debilitating disease of Alzheimer’s and related dementias. I thank Sandy Daniels for her dedication and hard work. She has help from Stacey, Mary, Beulah, Barbara, Karen, Jason and others who co-lead different activities. Alan and Beulah lead the Wednesday session with music, dance and crafts as well.
As you can see, there are many programs and people involved with running a successful center and we thank our Senior Advisory Council for their input and the Board of Directors for their oversight. I want to commend Ruth, our Community Liaison for registering new members and updating our 2,000+ membership. Ruth informs and orients new members as to programs and activities here. We all want Stein Senior Center to be here for the larger community for many years to come. Of course, there are many other programs like our HIICAP, Legal Clinic, Denise, our Diet/Nutrition guru, Public Health Solutions Medicaid applications, Shakespeare, Opera, Art Appreciation, beading, bridge, floor yoga, trips, parties, live performances, etc.
Our “Tree of Life” wall is a testament to the memory of loved ones and benefits the center and activities through fundraising. Please see the page in the newsletter that gives information about different options available. Stay tuned for our Holiday Fair in early December and the holiday dinner given by the 13th Police Precinct each year. Thanks for your support of Stein.
Jane Barry, Executive Director
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