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Sexuality and Aging

dstricoff April 15th, 2013, 7:56 AM
Debbie Stricoff, Dir., Adult Day Care Services
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An important component of the VNSNY CHOICE Adult Day Center is offering health education to our seniors. We want to provide our members with information to help them live safe and healthy lives at home, as long as possible.

Last week, we had a terrific speaker from the Jamaica Service Program for Older Adults (JSPOA) present on Sexuality and Aging. The speaker, who’s an RN and a senior herself, helped our members get comfortable with the topic while educating them. She spoke about living a healthy, sexually active life regardless of…

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Girl Scouts & Seniors Learn Life Lessons

dstricoff March 12th, 2013, 6:24 AM
Debbie Stricoff, Dir., Adult Day Care Services
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The Girl Scouts Troop 1986 from Westchester has been coming to the VNSNY CHOICE Adult Day Center to lead and participate in intergenerational activities for many years. We’ve literally watched the girls grow up. Over the years, they’ve become so comfortable and developed a true appreciation for seniors. For our seniors, their creativity and energy has been an inspiration and comfort. Sadly, this year will be Troop 1986’s last year with us. We’re hoping Victoria’s younger brother in the Cub Scouts and younger sister in the Daisies continue intergenerational activities for many years to come. Here…

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Seniors and Art Therapy

dstricoff February 27th, 2013, 3:30 PM
Debbie Stricoff, Dir., Adult Day Care Services
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Art therapy has such a positive effect on our seniors and we see the benefits every day. It gives many a way to express themselves and for others, it unleashes new talents. Some of our seniors have never had the time or opportunity; while others may have been intimidated to try. At the VNSNY CHOICE Adult Day Center (www.vnsnychoice.org), the seniors feel comfortable trying something new–and the results have been amazing.      

Our Activities Coordinator is an art therapist and through her encouragement and creativity, art has flourished at the Center. Our seniors create beautiful artwork…

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Storm Preparation: Tips from Seniors

dstricoff February 12th, 2013, 1:36 PM
Debbie Stricoff, Dir., Adult Day Care Services
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Last Friday, everyone was on alert for the impending snow storm. We weren’t sure how many seniors would attend the Day Center, but we opened for those who wanted to come. We had early dismissal to get everyone home safely before the storm arrived, even though they didn’t want to stop activities!

I was simply amazed at how many seniors showed up on Friday! 

Ms. N. told me that, although her daughter wanted her to stay home, she said, “I’m going to the Center – it’s my second home and I’m not missing…

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Volunteers: A Key Part of Adult Day Services

dstricoff February 7th, 2013, 11:28 AM
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The VNSNY CHOICE Adult Day Center is lucky to have a fantastic group of volunteers that help us serve our members! Volunteers come to us from all walks of life, ages (12 – 80 years old) and cultural backgrounds. They have a wide variety of talents and skills to share with our members, including pet therapy, art, music and computers. Most importantly, they bring companionship and compassion to support our members.     

I recently read a quote from President Woodrow Wilson that moved me and really described our volunteers: “You are not here to…

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Cooking and Seniors

dstricoff January 28th, 2013, 12:40 PM
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The Girl Scouts Troop 1986 is working hard on their 2013 intergenerational project at the VNSNY CHOICE Adult Day Center. The goal of this year’s initiative is to create nutrition-related in home activity kits for an underserved community in Westchester. Some bags will go to VNSNY CHOICE Westchester and others may go to a Meals on Wheels Program in Mt. Vernon.    

A few months ago, Troop 1986 Heart of the Hudson, came to the Center to introduce the project. The Girl Scouts gave a cooking demonstration and led a discussion group…

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Computer Classes for Seniors

dstricoff January 25th, 2013, 12:44 PM
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At the VNSNY CHOICE Adult Day Center in Woodside, Queens, we’re excited that we have begun offering computer classes to VNSNY CHOICE members! Our Activities Coordinator, Michele, has been working hard to recruit and train volunteers and staff to lead this new effort.  

Members are learning about the internet and how to find music, Skype, news, fashion and videos. They are practicing how to use a mouse by playing simple match games and solitaire. On the tablets, they’re playing word games, match games, Family Feud, The Price Is Right and tuning into radio…

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Dementia and the Flu

dstricoff January 18th, 2013, 7:08 AM
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As you’ve heard by now, the flu has spread across the country.  If you know someone who has dementia, you should be aware that identifying and treating the flu in a timely manner can be challenging. The person may not be able to express when he or she is starting to feel sick. Watching for behavioral changes becomes especially important as this may be the first indication that the person is not feeling well. Once you identify symptoms of the flu, getting your loved one to the doctor as quickly as possible is important…

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Helping After Hurricane Sandy

dstricoff January 8th, 2013, 4:19 PM
Debbie Stricoff, Dir., Adult Day Care Services
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So many in our area were affected by Hurricane Sandy.  Our seniors at the Day Center were grateful that they didn’t suffer any significant damage, and they wanted to help those who were affected by the super storm.  Finding a way to help was the challenge, since most of them don’t have extra income or food to donate and their mobility is limited, affecting their ability to volunteer.   

VNSNY serves many areas affected by the storm. Michele, our Activity Coordinator, worked with the VNSNY Volunteer Department to connect with VNSNY programs serving people in…

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Member Wisdom: Love Myself, Love Others

dstricoff January 2nd, 2013, 11:41 AM
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2012 was a great year for the VNSNY CHOICE Adult Day Center! Filled with activities, laughter, love and compassion, our members and staff once again demonstrated what a special haven our center has become.   

What do our members hope for in 2013?  Here are some of their thoughts…

  • Stay healthy with the help of VNSNY CHOICE!
  • Eat the right foods
  • Laugh more
  • Exercise
  • Walk in the light
  • Make new friends
  • Be honest
  • Live peacefully among everyone
  • Love myself so I can love others
  • Loving everyone helped me make it to 92 years old – I’ll keep doing what I’m doing!

On behalf of our…

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