September 2017

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In This Issue
Upcoming Events
Save the Date
TTN - NYC Event Policies  
Welcome New Members









 Brody  Luchs


Maryanne McCarthy






Barbara Wasserman  
A Message from Our NYC Chapter ChairEileenNote

Hi Members!
I hope you had an enjoyable summer and are looking forward to an exciting fall with TTN!

I personally identify with Naomi's article below and can't emphasize enough the importance of staying active.  Before I retired, I had a high-stress job, constantly racing deadlines.  I was morbidly obese, with excruciating sciatica.  Upon retiring, I lost 100 pounds over two years, and the more weight I lost, the less pain I felt.  I began working out with a personal trainer, and walked everywhere.

Today, I've maintained my weight for two years, work out three times a week, and walk 2-4 miles a day.   I get off busses 10 blocks before my destination, and walk cross-town instead of taking a bus.  And best of all, I feel the best I've ever been!

Another way to keep moving is to be an active member of TTN.  Attending our October 7th Festival is a way to best kick that off!

So keep moving - it makes a difference!  And don't forget to....

Have a Great Day!
Barbara Alpern
The Exercise Challenge

by  Naomi E. Goodhart

It started with a conversation with my sister the Friday before the 2016 Thanksgiving holiday. She wanted to challenge me to do more exercise, to which I replied, "more than nothing?" I said I'd accept her challenge only if it were based on my goals, since she's so much more physically fit than I am. 

She can hop on a bike and go for a 20-mile ride, no big deal. I've been walking with a cane for over eight years and living with chronic pain 24/7 for longer than that, including neuropathy in my feet (numbness).
I've tried exercising many, many times over the years. It got interrupted, usually because the pain was too much and I couldn't work through it. For a while I did stretching in the morning before I went to work. When the job ended at the beginning of 2015, so did the stretching.

Something felt different this time. Maybe it was my own frustration of letting life get in the way ...    Read More


Illustration by Amy Epstein

Q: What Is Osteoporosis?
A: Bone Disease

Osteoporosis is a disease that thins and weakens the bones to the point that they become fragile and break
easily. Women and men with osteoporosis most often break bones in the hip, spine, and wrist, but any bone can be affected. 

You can't "catch" osteoporosis or give it to someone else.
In the United States, more than 53 million people either already have osteoporosis or are at high risk due to low bone mass, placing them
at risk for more serious bone loss and fractures.  Although osteoporosis can strike at any age, it is most common among older people, especially older women . ..   Read More

Learning to Ask Others for Help help

TTN's Caring Collaborative is all about Help: in-person services such as escorts, shopping, and information exchange, and Neighborhood Group discussions. But , TTNers are an independent bunch, and often resist asking for help. This article addresses some of the reluctance, and we hope will reinforce benefits the Caring Collaborative offers to Members who need help.

By Claire Berman
It's 4:30 on a brisk November afternoon in New York. I've just had my hair done (East Side) and am hoping to hail a cab home (West Side), but every passing taxi is either taken or "off duty." Thinking I might have better luck at a busier intersection, I head toward the corner where, three steps from the curb, I freeze-unable to move backward or forward. (Dammit, it's my Parkinson's acting up.) Anxiety keeps me rooted to the spot as people rush by, eager to make the next light. 

What to do? Summoning all my courage, I waylay a 
Thirty-something woman carrying a heavy canvas tote, and tell her about my Parkinson's, half-expecting her to say,
 "Sorry, I'm really late" (after all, she doesn't know me, do esn't owe me anything), but she doesn't beg off. Instead, she snakes her way through the slow-moving traffic and, finding no available cabs, she flags down an empty limo and tells the driver about what has now become "our" problem. Will he help? She's quite persuasive and I hold my breath 'till he says "Yes." Two strangers this day have taught me an important lesson: It's okay to ask for help. ..   Read More

In Case You Missed itpeace
Caring Collaborative Guide to Peaceful Places In and Around New York

Check out all the tranquility and peace we found in your backyard - 
Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, Bronx and more "Peaceful Places"... Read More

 Neighborhood Group NotesNGs
Neighborhood Groups continue to grow and be one of the most important parts of the Caring Collaborative. At our meetings we share and learn from each other about topics that contribute to our well-being. Read what Neighborhood Groups have been talking about and see if there's a topic that would work well for your group, too. Read More
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 Around TTN  Town TTN_Town

Save the Date
TTN NYC Chapter's FESTIVAL, Saturday, October 7th. Stop in anytime from 3pm to 6pm. Do you like Silent Auctions, Enticing Demonstrations, Food and Wine, Goody Bags, TTN & Sponsor Info Booths, Makeup Demos and More?  Yes?  Then you need to be at our October 7 FESTIVAL! 

TTN Chapter Member Susan Shafer published in NYCity Woman
She is a playwright specializing in short plays about women in history. She's a member of The League of Professional Theatre Women, The American Society of Journalists and Authors, and The Dramatists Guild. Read her article in NYCity Woman on "Wedding Bells.

How Is Your Transition Going?
2017 TTN will host a year-long schedule   of different Talking Circles and Workshops led by professional facilitators and coaches. These courses are  for women exploring new possibilities, or anticipating or experiencing changes. 

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

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