Maggie Kuhn Award presented to Gray Panthers NYC


Gray Panthers NYC was honored and thrilled to be a recipient of the 2016 Maggie Kuhn Award, presented annually since 1995 by PSS.  The award was accepted by Jack Kupferman and Joan Davis on May 5, 2016 at The Harvard Club.  The eponymous Maggie Kuhn was the founder of Gray Panthers in the early 1970s, a revolutionary movement of young and old in action. Gray Panthers NYC’s Action and Advocacy Against Ageism continues to stand and fight for a society more just and humane for people of all ages. [GP NYC award starts around 12:00 into the video.]

Read Joan Davis’ remarks here ...

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Joan Davis, distinguished long-time Gray Panther member and activist.

Joan Davis, distinguished long-time Gray Panther member and activist, recently appeared on NY1 to alert the public on dangerous robo-calls. The crooks running such scams are usually outside the US, and difficult to find and prosecute. Some schemes are particularly targeted to deceive older people. Beware any phone number you don’t recognize — even if it’s your own number, a tactic known as Caller ID Spoofing. See Joan’s story here, with good tips on how to avoid being scammed. Watch interview here 

Gray Panthers has recently received a very generous gift from an anonymous donor. We are touched and inspired by such deep belief in our vision of a more just and humane society. Thank you.

Gray Panthers Letter Sparks State Audit of Nursing Home Violations

Jack Kupferman, President, Gray Panthers, NYC Network, said “Our in-depth letter of concern to State Comptroller DiNapoli’s office last year urged careful scrutiny of several aspects of State Department of Health inspection and enforcement of nursing homes. We are relieved that a leader in New York State government is finally listening. It is decades overdue, and indeed, this should just be the first step toward systemically preventing abuse and neglect of vulnerable nursing home residents.”


Feb. 22, 2016.  Jack Kupferman, President, Gray Panthers NYC with Laurie Kash of Last Stop Advocacy Project of Rochester and State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli at press conference in Albany on the audit of state nursing home violations and fines.

Photo Credit: Office of the State Comptroller

The Gray Panthers has played an integral role in educating and informing the depth of this problem, and the organization’s letter to the Comptroller’s Office initiated the audit.  As a result, a serious number of inadequacies in the policing, reporting, fining and tracking of ongoing nursing home care violations have been exposed.

Gray Panthers thanks Laurie Kash of Last Stop Advocacy Project of Rochester and the Kash family for their advocacy over the course of years, which has been instrumental in addressing this issue of Nursing Home enforcement.  We would like to acknowledge their central role in this effort.”

Read the Press Release 
View Photos of the Press Conference …
Reform at nursing homes key, by Laurie Kash

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Community Board 7 Meeting

(Photo Konstantin Sergeyev)

"Testifying for assurance of pedestrian safety for seniors on the Upper West Side, Gray Panthers NYC (represented by Jack Kupferman, above) made a short, powerful intervention in support of the now-adopted plan for thoroughfare redesign of Amsterdam Avenue.

Advocating For Long-Term Public Transport 

Gray Panthers advocates for improvements and innovation in transportation safety, convenience, and affordability for older pedestrians as well as those using subways, trains, buses, and car services. It is especially critical in Queens where options are more limited and subway elevators are scarce.

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Change the Way you Think About Age!

Madeline Scotto - 101, Ida Keeling - 100, Lilian Pollak - 100 and Maude Pettus- 101 are sharing their stories, their views on ageing and their plans for the future in an inspiring video!

You think you know what it means to be 100 years old? Centenarians have busy, fulfilling lives and they set future goals for themselves. Meet some unforgettable centenarians who are proof that older persons are vital resources—not burdens. Inspired by the work of the legendary Gray Panthers and the NGO Committee on Ageing, and produced by the office of the UN Focal Point on Ageing at the United Nations, this video will be the highlight of your day.

Read More Here: Ella Mae Colbert, 100

and Here: Ida Keeling, 101

Spotlight: Edith Cresmer, Medicare Rights Volunteer


Edith Cresmer has been a volunteer with the Medicare Rights Center for more than 10 years, helping our team field countless calls to our Helpline from people struggling to understand and access their health care benefits. Not only has she assisted hundreds of older adults and people with disabilities during her tenure with us, she is also a donor. 

Recently, Medicare sat down with Edith for a Q&A, and here is what we learned.


Gray Panthers Steering Committee Meeting

The Gray Panthers Steering Committee will be held on Thursday, July 7, 6:30 - 8:00 PM. at the office of Transportation Alternatives in Manhattan.  RSVP requested.

For the latest information on meetings, click here.

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