September 2020
Valuing the Contributions of Older Adults
August 21st and Every Day

In an article entltled "How We Rely On Older Adults Especially During the Coronvirus Crisis", Professor Sally Chivers, who teaches about aging in the media at Canada's Trent University, asks whether ageist language has affected how older adults have been portrayed during the COVID-19 pandemic. She points out that older adults have much to offer society in these difficult times. Many have come out of retirement to serve as essential workers, use their skills and expertise to teach Zoom classes and create masks, and reach out to support neighbors.
"Pandemic messaging fails to show nuances of aging," says Chivers. "Negative stories about nursing homes ...take attention away from older adults who are living at home and making do, and public health warnings to check on older adults ignore what they can offer society at large." Treating older adults as a homogeneous, needy demographic "ignores how we collectively and individually possess considerable expertise. It misses our potential to offer at least mutual support for younger people..." who have had their social lives disrupted, have suffered job and health insurance loss or are more likely to be essential services workers. Indeed, PBS reports that studies are already showing that older adults may experience less pandemic-related stress than younger people.
Read full article here.
Your Vote Counts - Vote Early
Click on the image to get answers to your questions about voting from the NYC Board of Elections -- find your polling place, early voting information, applying for a mail-in ballot and more.
YOU Can Affect the Issues that Concern YOU by Voting

Top issues for older adults include Medicare, Social Security, prescription drugs costs, the economy, caregiving, and protecting residents and staff in nursing homes and long-term care facilities. Be sure you're registered to vote on November 3rd!

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Dedicated to Service
Serving Food-Insecure Older New Yorkers
PSS/WSF Grandparent Family Apartment residents thank Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. for teaming up with Fresh Direct to hand-deliver 200 much-needed pantry boxes to kinship families at GFA. PSS thanks him for being a friend and supporter over the years. Borough President Diaz is pictured above personally handing out the items to each resident.
Keeping Older Adults Engaged and Connected

PSS Life! University Zoom classes like this Wooden Birdhouse Workshop sponsored by Senior Whole Health keep Center members' creative energy flowing. We've a wealth of similar classes for you -- you don't need to be a Center member. Check out our many workshops and online events that can help you get through these challenging times. Adopt a new hobby, exercise online, learn useful information. It's all right here!
Senior Services Will Start to Feel the Pain of City's Budget Cut

The City's 2021 budget for aging services left out $15 million in previously promised money when the City Council passed the $88.2 billion spending plan on June 30, and advocates are just now getting a look at what the reduced funds will mean.
Benefits Check List for Professionals
Who Work with Older Adults
Click here for this easy-to-use 12-page document listing the major health and income programs potentially available to older adults in New York and defining the benefits provided, eligibility criteria, and income and resource limits. Updated in July 2020, it now includes resources addressing the COVID-19 pandemic. The checklist also identifies the government agencies that process applications and provides contact information. Produced by the Sadin Institute on Law and Public Policy, the checklist is updated annually.
National Grandparents Day
Virtual Celebration
September 9th

PSS Kinship CaregiversYouth and Young Adult Services and the Grandparent Family Apartments invite you to join us and Doris Williams, tireless NYC advocate for Grandparents Day as well as the 2020 recipient of the PSS Maggie Kuhn award, to honor local grandparents and learn more about this special day. All grandparents and grandchildren are welcome to submit a selfie of their families that will be shared during the program. Featuring a special performance by Helen Flowers, Deputy Director Grandparent Resource Center, DFTA. Please send your selfies to

Wednesday, September 9 - 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
COVID-19 and Preventing Falls program
Find out how to prevent falls during COVID-19. Most falls can be prevented by making simple changes to one’s environment. Learn home safety tips and practical suggestions for falls prevention.
Monday, August 24 - 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Online Meeting

How to Help Someone with Memory Loss
Learn about the 100+ causes of memory loss! In addition, gain insight as to the best ways to help a loved one with memory loss and tangible ways to improve their quality of life. Roy Capps MPS, CDS, is the Caregiver Educator Specialist for CARE NYC, part of Sunnyside Community Services, a community-based agency in Queens that provides a variety of programs for individuals of all ages in NYC.
Wednesday, August 26 - 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Online Meeting

Administrando sus finanzas en Estos tiempos inciertos: Más acciones simples
Tómese el tiempo para unirse a este importante seminario web para conocer cómo preservar sus ahorros, administrar las deudas durante una crisis y si debe tocar o no sus cuentas de inversión. Ana Gonzalez Ribeiro ofrecerá recursos en línea y artículos útiles además de consejos prácticos. ¡No te lo puedes perder!
Miércoles 26 de agosto - 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM
Webinar / en línea

Queens Virtual Caregiver Resource Expo
Caring for someone with Alzheimer’s or dementia during the pandemic has brought up new questions and issues for caregivers. Cynthia Perthuis, CSA, Senior Care Authority, will address the New Paradigm for Caregivers and Ronald Fatoullah, Esq., will explain Understanding Medicare and Medicaid in today’s new normal.
Thursday, August 27 - 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Financial Readiness
Learn how to make smart investment decisions and protect your money from scams in this briefing by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. SEC representatives will be available to answer questions.
Topics will include:
• Understanding investing and investment products
• Tips on avoiding Affinity Fraud
• Spotting the red flags of investment scams
Tuesday, September 1 - 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Online Meeting

Managing Your Investment Portfolio Amid Uncertainty
The stock market dropped 34% on March 23, 2020. Have you checked on your investment portfolio? Many retirees cover their living expenses with income from investment portfolios in addition to Social Security, pensions and annuities. Anthea Perkinson, CFP will review the four common approaches to retirement income planning and the characteristics of specific types of investments often used, including stocks, bonds, REITs, ETFs and CEFs. There are five actions you could take to improve the durability of your investment portfolio.
Tuesday, September 1 - 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM

Pooled Income Trust with LifeTrust
Learn what a pooled income trust is, how it works to protect your assets when you apply for Medicaid, the benefits, and how to join one.
Wednesday, September 2 - 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Online Meeting

Living Longer, Living Smarter (Health) – AARP
Living Longer, Living Smarter is all about planning and preparation for your future. Decide what you want, create a plan to get there, and share it with those who need to know.
Wednesday, September 9 - 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Online Meeting

Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (CDSMP)
The Chronic Disease Self-Management Program workshops meet for 2.5 hours, once a week, for six weeks. It gives people the tools, techniques and confidence to manage their condition better on a daily basis.
Tuesdays, September 15, 22, 29, October 6, 13, 20
9:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Online Meeting

Social Security: Understanding Your Benefits – AARP
This session explains the basics of Social Security including retirement, survivors, and disability benefits. Learn about your options as to when to claim your retirement benefits and the implications of working while collecting benefits.
Wednesday, September 16 - 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Online Meeting

Money Made Simple
Attend any or all of a four-session series of financial education workshops geared to those in or nearing retirement, hosted by PSS Circle of Care and facilitated by Anthea Perkinson. Anthea is a past president of the Financial Planning Association of New York and a former Co-Director of the chapter’s Pro Bono Committee, which is dedicated to providing financial literacy education to underserved populations in New York City. The Money Made Simple program is now in residence at PSSLife! University.
Thursdays, September 17 & 24, October 1 & October 8 - 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Spanish Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (S-CDSMP)
The Spanish Speaking Chronic Disease Self-Management Program workshops meets for 2.5 hours, once a week, for six weeks. It gives people the tools, techniques and confidence to manage their condition better on a daily basis.
Wednesdays, September 23, 30, October 7, 14, 21, 28
9:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Online Meeting

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Last Chance to be Counted
Census Ends September 30

Medicare. SNAP/food stamps, support for firefighters and families in need -- the Census affects YOU and your community -- every day. Your voice is more important than ever!
On August 11, census takers began visiting homes that haven't yet responded to the 2020 Census.  
You can still respond online or by phone. If you do, a census taker is less likely to have to visit your home to collect your response.
Online: This is the easiest way to respond and only takes about 10 minutes.
By Phone: The 2020 Census can be completed by phone in 12 different languages. Visit this link for a complete list of Phone Numbers
  • English:   844-330-2020
  • Spanish:  844-468-2020
  • TDD (Telephone Display Device):   844-467-2020
Door-to-Door "Nonresponse Follow-up”
If Census takers do come to your door, they will wear masks and follow local public health guidelines. If someone visits your home this year to collect information for the 2020 Census, check to make sure they have a valid ID badge with their photograph, a U.S. Department of Commerce watermark, and an expiration date. Census workers may also carry Census Bureau bags and other equipment with the Census Bureau logo. 
Be Counted!
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Thank you to the Robin Hood Foundation and New York Community Trust for funding that helps support our COVID-19 efforts.