Few terms are thrown about as carelessly in pop culture as “diva” is. However, when you are talking about female singers who have stage presence in every way imaginable, such as Lady Gaga, Bette Midler and Aretha Franklin do, then it’s entirely appropriate to apply it. As happenstance would have it, all three have new albums out.
One program has been helping seniors stay on top of their monthly bills. And, by changing over to the city Department for the Aging next year, it aims to aid even more.
In the Bill Payer Program, which the Council of Senior Centers and Services has been offering since 2007, trained volunteers help low-income seniors and those with disabilities pay bills on time.
At the 32nd annual legislative forum of the Queens Interagency Council on Aging, held Oct. 24 at Queens Borough Hall, it became clear that while strides are slowly being made toward an improved quality of life for seniors, much work remains to be done.
Perhaps the biggest coup since the last QICA forum was an increase in eligibility for SCRIE, the Senior Citizen Rent Increase Exemption. Through the efforts of state and city lawmakers, the income level was raised from $29,000 to $50,000 per household.
Say what you will about television, it has long been the way that baby boomers have learned about their world as well as their main source for escapism even now in this digital age. Surprisingly, the publishing industry has not released as many books about TV as one would expect, but that is starting to change as evidenced by some new releases that have hit the shelves of book stores.
For many seniors, everyday tasks that were simple years earlier can prove difficult or even impossible as they get older, leaving children or other younger relatives to devote large chunks of time to caring for their elders.
Instead of contemplating a move to an assisted living facility to ease the burden of accomplishing increasingly difficult daily tasks or assisting one’s aging family member, there are a variety of home care agencies available to seniors, allowing them to age in place.
For seniors who are anticipating the beginning of this year’s enrollment period for Medicare Advantage on Oct. 15, the quest for a plan before the window closes on Dec. 7 may feel overwhelming.
Medicare, a government-run social insurance program, is available to those aged 65 or older and to younger people with certain disabilities. Understanding exactly how it all works can be a bewildering task.
Many Queens seniors may think they protected themselves long ago by creating such important documents as a healthcare proxy, last will and testament, power of attorney and other important papers.
But often, these were done at a different stage of life to protect a spouse, children or personal health. Children grow up, marital circumstances change and even our own wishes concerning medical treatment are likely to change over time.
There are a lot of misconceptions about El Paso, Texas. This summer there were plenty of news reports about refugees from Central America overwhelming Texas border towns. President Obama even met with Texas Gov. Rick Perry about it in June. What wasn’t said was that the problems were contained to basically Brownsville and McAllen, Texas, which are nearly 800 miles from El Paso.
There is also the mistaken notion that El Paso, being a border town, is seedy and dangerous. The 2008 Academy Award-nominated film “No Country For old Men” certainly played up that myth even though it wasn’t filmed there. The reality is that El Paso is quite modern and is considered to be one of the safest cities in the United States.
It’s rare that civic officials are thrilled to have their city portrayed as a headquarters for a narcotics manufacturing operation, even a fictitious one, but Albuquerque tourism executives were grateful that the recently concluded popular AMC series, “Breaking Bad,” was filmed in New Mexico’s largest city. There are even bus tours that will take you to locales where the series was shot similar to the “Sex & The City” and “Sopranos” tours here in New York.
A lot of baby boomers became aware of Albuquerque in 1978 when a trio of its residents, Ben Abruzzo, Maxie Anderson, and Larry Newman, made the first successful transatlantic hot air balloon flight, which started in Maine and ended in Northern France. Today Albuquerque is the unquestioned world capi
tal of ballooning and companies such as Rainbow Ryder will take you up for an hour’s journey. If you want to learn about the history of this unique form of flight, you should visit the Anderson-Abruzzo Internal Balloon Museum, which is located a stone’s throw from Albuquerque’s most famous attraction, the Sandia Tram, which is a cable car that climbs 2.7 miles along the Sandia Mountains and leaves you off at an observation deck, which is over 10,000 feet above sea level. Once at the summit you can hike or even ski if it’s winter.
On Friday, June 27, Chapin Home for the Aging in Jamaica inducted into their “Century Club” 14 residents: Thirteen are 100 plus and one almost there at 99. These residents, families and friends were treated to an afternoon of celebration receiving proclamations hand-delivered by NY state Sen. Tony Avella who gave a spirited speech on what the celebrants have meant to our city and state.
Avella made his way around the crowded room making sure to greet each celebrant with a handshake and kind word. Also sharing words of support and celebration were Assemblyman David Weprin who also arranged for certification for each of the centennial celebrants and Councilman Rory Lancman. Although unable to attend, City Councilman Paul Vallone made sure to send certificates from his office.
The Queens Interagency Council on Aging, or QICA, a senior advocacy group founded in 1971, held its annual town hall meeting at Queens Borough Hall on June 18, spreading news of improved benefits for those who qualify and eliciting concerns that participants would like to see covered in next year’s programs, beginning in the fall.
Many of the estimated 100 seniors in attendance seemed most excited to learn of the new income requirement for the Senior Citizen Rent Increase Exemption, or SCRIE.
Although it doesn’t receive the public and media attention that the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame does (though that has waned considerably in recent years), the Songwriters Hall of Fame, which is located in a wing in the Grammy Museum in downtown Los Angeles, actually predates its Rock Hall cousin’s inductions by 17 years, as it has been honoring artists since 1969. The 45th induction ceremonies took place last month at the Marriott Marquis in Times Square.
2014 represents the 50th anniversary of the figurative British Invasion of the American pop charts that was led of course by The Beatles. Sir Paul McCartney and the late John Lennon and George Harrison have long been enshrined in the Songwriters Hall of Fame.
In an effort to lend a helping hand to the increasing senior population, state Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr. (D-Howard Beach) hosted a 50-plus job fair at the Queens Community House in Kew Gardens from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on May 30, an event that organizers estimated drew over 600 applicants during the first two hours alone.
For baby boomers and their parents, Westerns were an entertainment staple. Gary Cooper became a film icon playing the good guy sheriff who said little but always defeated the villains. Roy Rogers and Gene Autry delighted both kids and adults with their short films, and even their respective horses, Trigger and Champion, were household names. Two of the longest running television shows of all-time were “Bonanza” and “Gunsmoke.”
The philandering husband has long been a staple of TV soap operas and probably every other show that has ever been broadcast on cable’s Lifetime Network.
Film studios have generally shied away from making spousal cheating a central focus of a film because it has been done so frequently on television. A notable exception was 1996’s witty comedy “The First Wives Club,” which starred Diane Keaton, Goldie Hawn, and Bette Midler as the exes of successful men seeking revenge on their former husbands for ditching them for younger women.
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The Federal Trade Commission has moved to close down what it calls a multi-million dollar telemarketing fraud that targeted U.S. seniors across the nation, scamming tens of thousands of consumers.
With three decades or so standing in between their careers, and very different styles of music as their focus, Gloria Estefan and Doris Day wouldn’t seem to have all that much in common. But two new albums of standards just may lead you to think they do.
If you’re considering an independent living situation in Queens for yourself or a loved senior citizen, local experts say there are plenty of options that can be narrowed down by first sorting out the facts and then considering the feeling you get about a residence.
“There’s a perfect community for every resident,” in Queens, according to Erika Ribaudo, a senior living advisor with A Place for Mom, a free advisory service for seniors and their families that is funded by senior communities and residences. Ribaudo is based in Forest Hills and is one of the counselors whom Queens families might speak with if they call the service. “The personality of each place is going to be very different,” she said.
Ruth Goldberg is about to turn 99. For the past seven years she has been living at Atria Kew Gardens, an assisted living facility in a historic residential neighborhood near Forest Park.
According to her daughter, Judith Mermelstein of Hillcrest, the facility was chosen, over a period of several months, “by process of elimination. There were four I had considered. One was very chilly. Another was a former hospital and I realized that the dining room had been the morgue. The third has a lot of Chinese and Russian residents and my mother doesn’t speak Chinese or Russian.”
Choosing a nursing home for oneself or for a relative can be one of life’s most overwhelming tasks — right up there with picking a college or buying a house. In the selection process, there are certain obvious factors to consider, but perhaps even more important are some of the frequently overlooked details.
Most experts in the field agree on the basic steps involved in finding a nursing home that is suitable for an individual’s particular needs.
Art Garfunkel “The Singer” (Columbia/Legacy)
A favorite, and justifiable, pastime among many pop music aficionados is to grouse about who has not yet been enshrined in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. You’ll frequently hear such worthy names as Chicago, the Moody Blues, Heart, Kiss and Hall & Oates on that list. What is truly a crime is that you rarely hear anyone lament why Johnny Rivers, who placed 17 singles on Billboard’s Top 40 charts and sold over 30 million records in his career, has not yet received rock music’s ultimate honor.
“Johnny Rivers is a talented guy,” admitted Rolling Stone publisher Jann Wenner, the person most responsible for determining who makes it through the hallowed doors of the Cleveland shrine, when I spoke to him at a media event for the ill-fated Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Annex in SoHo a few years ago.