Gray Panthers was honored to be a member of the Leadership Committee for the January 20, 2018 Women’s March in NYC.  Once again, this year’s Women’s March marks an important and visible reflection of the power of women of all ages, and their allies.  As marchers, Gray Panthers is proud to have been among the first contingents of the parade.  We were represented by more than 40 members – a substantial presence.  More than 200,000 women, along with their allies, marched down Central Park West and Sixth Avenue to demonstrate that their voices must be heard; that active participation in the political process and following their passions is critical in today’s world.  We are here to show that the veil of invisibility must be lifted, so that the gifts and talents of older women (and their allies) can continue to make positive contributions.  

Here are a few comments from Gray Panthers marchers.

Lee:              Buoyed by all the spirit and voices of women around me, determined to March with canes, in wheel chairs, rickety and wobbly but MARCHING. Saw Yoko Ono being buoyed by her friends on each side. She was determined, like all of us, to show up. Not beautiful, not lithe and young but WOMEN who care about quality of life for all. So we get old with a little help from our friends.  Thank you Gray Panthers for holding a space for us. Otherwise I couldn't participate.

Nydia:            The weather was made to order and it was another remarkable New York City day of solidarity among people of all ages. A display of caring enough to demand what is most important in life: the opportunity to live and work together for a common goal of justice and peace with empathy. 

Sally:              My fellow marchers who went with the Gray Panthers and I really appreciated the work you did connecting with the Disability Caucus. Getting into the march was hassle-free and it was wonderful being so close to the inspiring, moving speakers!

Barbara:        I was heartened by the number of people under forty who were marching.   They're necessary if our work will continue to live on. 

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September 20, 2016

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In Lisbon, Portugal, from September 20-22, 2017, Gray Panthers (represented by Jack Kupferman and Frances Zainoeddin) joined hundreds of Ministers, providers and advocates from Europe and North America for the review of the UN global framework for older persons - MIPAA.

At this high level Ministerial Conference, the need to address the quickly growing population of older persons is well understood and is a priority for all these nations.  Gray Panthers worked towards educating global leaders, including ministers and top level managerial teams on the linkages between the Sustainable Development Goals and the human rights initiative for older persons.  

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In an enlightening panel discussion, Frances provided a rationale and deeper understanding of the importance of the SDGs as they relate to older persons.  Jack’s meetings with the World Health Organization, younger advocates seeking intergenerational partnerships, and innumerable like-minded organizations from across Europe, Canada and the US, may be a spark to further positive change.  

Underscoring the significance of this conference, the President of Portugal addressed the delegates.  The Mayor of Lisbon hosted a special dinner for all attendees. 

The link below might provide you with some insight on the conference and outcomes.  Gray Panthers is proud to have attended and to have made worthwhile contributions.


Gray Panthers has been on the forefront of many important issues as it confronts ageism locally, nationally and globally.


Proudly, Gray Panthers just co-sponsored an important forum on the ground-breaking initiative addressing Basic Literacy for Older Persons in Nepal.  Held at Columbia University’s Earth Institute, we heard from Dr. Helen Abadzi (world respected practitioner of adult education and cognitive concerns); Jack Kupferman (prime administrator for the Virginia Hazzard Legacy Fund and Gray Panthers NYC President), and Krishna Gautam (Executive Director of the always hardworking and innovative NGO – Ageing Nepal).

Our work confronting ageist attitudes and limitations span the globe.  Here, Gray Panthers is one of the prime administrators of the Virginia Hazzard Legacy Fund.


One of the most successful projects of the Fund is the current project addressing the important, but unrecognized, need for persons of all ages to be able to read and write.  In the West, we presume that almost everyone is literate.  Elsewhere, that is not the case.  Our partner in Nepal, Ageing Nepal, has taken the small impact grant provided by the Virginia Hazzard Fund, and has moved mountains.  Numerous older women are learning basic alphabet, words and numbers in Nepali.  With the direction of our mentor, Dr. Helen Abadzi, the first-ever textbook specifically designed for older learners has been developed.  Government education officials in Nepal are taking note of this imitative, with the potential of expansion.  Already, a second location for learners has been established.  And more.

Gray Panthers is justifiably proud.  We confront ageism – locally, nationally and globally. 

Can you please help us move forward?


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On September 9, 2017, Gray Panthers will march in the Labor Day Parade, organized by the Central Labor Council.  We want a strong Gray Panthers contingent—will you join us? Please RSVP as a “Yes!” to and we’ll send you further details. Let’s show our support for the beauty of the United States of America, standing against ageism and hatred, and proudly asserting our visibility. Read More Here...

Follow groundbreaking Ashton Applewhite, an active member of Gray Panthers and catch her explosive debut on TED! She is a clarion voice for all of us who fight ageism.

Beyond Slogans - Good Practice to Count Us All In

At this year's High Level Political Forum overseeing the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals, Gray Panthers organized the first parallel event of the week-and-a-half forum.  'Beyond Slogans - Good Practice to Count Us In', focused on the critical importance of accurate and reliable data, disaggregated by age, disability and gender.  Without good data, there will not be good policy.  This lack of data involving older persons is one of the important reasons that the concerns of older persons are so often overlooked - nationally and globally.  Our globally diverse and impressive roster of speakers outlined the problem, and identified the beginning efforts to address the data gaps.  Many thanks to our global guru Sylvia Beales, to the Gray Panthers interns who developed this policy brief, to our roster of speakers, to all who attended.  Despite numerous challenges, our event was the first event of this year's HLPF.  We hope that it spurs governments, advocates, statistical offices, and others to work toward more detailed and comprehensive data collection efforts.  Onward.

NEW!  View photos of side event here ...

View and download Policy Brief here ...

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Please listen to this important webinar, 'Creating a Culture of Care: Corporate Responses to Rising Eldercare Demands' by the U.S. Department of Labor Women’s Bureau, featuring speakers from ReACT Coalition and the Gray Panthers.

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Gray Panthers is co-sponsoring a High Level Political Forum on ensuring that the concerns of older persons, women and the disabled are properly accounted for in data collection efforts at the global and country level.  Lack of accurate data means that workable solutions can't be created or measured.  Throughout the years, there has been a paucity of data on older persons.  We want to be part of the solution to change that.  As part of this year's review of implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals at the UN, Gray Panthers is a prime sponsor of this event.  It's interesting to note that among the numerous side events at the HLPF, so far this event appears to be the only one with a focus on older persons.  

We invite you to attend.  RSVP required to   please include your name, phone and affiliation. 

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PROUDLY, Gray Panthers is marching to support Medicare For All at this year's Pride March.  We're supporting the lead of Physicians for a National Health Program, and will be marching with them.  We're bringing the Gray Panthers banner, and want to have a good sized contingent.  Can you come and march with us?  Please let us know.  917 535 0457


Join our coalition of Healthcare for All activists & supporters as we march with the resistance contingent leading off this year's Pride March!


All are welcome to join!

WHEN: Sunday, June 25 - 9:45am - 1:30pm

RSVP to let us know you're coming.


We will be meeting at our assigned staging area on 41st Street between Park Ave. and Madison Ave. The section opens at 8:30AM, check-in time is 10AM, and we ask you to be there by 9:45AM. NOTE: If you have not joined our group by 10:15AM, you will not be allowed to enter the staging area to march with us!

We are group #16, registered as Physicians for a National Health Program, so look for the Physicians for a National Health Program banner (pictured here) and rainbow umbrellas.

What to bring: You are encouraged to bring your own rainbow or brightly colored umbrella and/or your own signs about single payer healthcare, Medicare for All, or the New York Health Act (you are welcome to use our same slogan). We may have extra signs available: Please email if you are bringing a rainbow umbrella & would like to use one of our signs!

The march will be televised, so come ready to represent! We encourage physicians to wear your white coats. Our group will be carrying rainbow umbrellas with signs saying "The NY Health Act Covers Everybody!" and we'd love to have you join in the fun.

Help spread the word! Use the hashtags  #ProudlyResisting #PassNYHealth#Medicare4All  And get in the fight for Healthcare as a Human Right!


There will be a support vehicle in the resistance segment with a first aid kit and water, should you need it during the march. There will be bathroom facilities in the staging areas and you can bring food & water, but no large backpacks. The March takes about 1 – 1.5 hours. The march route can be found here.

Questions? Contact Katie by phone or text at 330-618-6379.

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Gray Panthers joined a couple hundred enthusiastic supporters of NY Single-Payer Health Care at a rally outside Senator Marty Golden's office in Bay Ridge on Wednesday, May 31, 2017.   Sen. Golden was conspicuously absent as 'Fight Back Bay Ridge' delivered over 1,500 signatures from constituents asking the Senator to support single-payer health care and the US State Sentate Bill S4840. 

Speakers from Physicians for a National Health Program, local organizations, activist groups, and other New Yorkers described benefits of the NY Health Act, and explained dangers of the proposed American Health Care Act, including denied benefits and gaps in coverage.  One young woman described a close friend who is foregoing treatment for a potentially curable condition because of cost. 


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New to the Gray Panthers?  Our history, events, accomplishments, and how you can participate in critically important Gray Panthers activities. Take a look, work with us today! Learn More Here…



Gray Panthers NYC deems the current threat to Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid to be a matter of urgency. We commit to initiating and/or supporting whatever actions necessary to defend against the diminution or elimination of essential services designed to keep older persons living with independence and out of poverty. Gray Panthers is further committed to improving existing benefits so future generations and all who are aging may be similarly assured.
You are invited to our March 16, 2017 meeting. Learn more and join the fight to protect our rights.

Gray Panthers’ Great Year

Read the Gray Panthers NYC’s Year-end Appeal here…
Our founder, Maggie Kuhn, would have been thrilled at the scope of Gray Panthers NYC’s activities and influence this past year!  Thank you for those of you who have joined us over the last year at gatherings and events. 

Our enthusiastic cadre of volunteers and interns needs your generous contribution to exceed a fundraising goal of $9000 to cover our annual basic expenses. Please support Gray Panthers today with a generous donation: and by becoming a member:

Gray Panthers NYC Network Release Statement on 2016 Elections.  The Gray Panthers envision a world where the old and the young have much to contribute to make our society more just and humane, and in which each reinforces the other in goals, strategy, and action. The Gray Panthers NYC Network will not back down from the challenge of making our society more just and humane, regardless of who is President. We will continue to advocate for the fair treatment of all people, no matter what. 

Read statement here... 


Exciting news.  Ashton Applewhite, has been named Influencer of the Year in the field of aging. .   Let’s applaud her accomplishment.

PolicyBrief-Making Caregiving Work-Solutions to Help Employees Manage Eldercare Responsibilities

Gray Panthers' Policy Brief on Caregiving

Proudly, Gray Panthers provides you with a policy brief as part of our collaboration with the US Department of Labor, Women’s Bureau.  Entitled: “Making Caregiving Work: Solutions to Help

Employees Manage Eldercare Responsibilities”, our efforts focus on one of the underappreciated aspects of caregiving – Older workers providing care for family members (Think Sandwich Generation and beyond).

Gray Panther intern, Chanel Martinez and DOL intern Maitreyi Anantharaman crafted this worthwhile effort.  Please review and distribute widely.

Read this important Policy Brief

On July 21st, Gray Panthers NYC co-hosted a roundtable discussion with the United States Department of Labor, Women’s Bureau.  

Focused on the unique and often ignored needs of older caregivers, “Caregivers in the Workplace: Barriers and Solutions to Helping Older Women Achieve Greater Economic Security” Roundtable illuminated what caregivers need and demand from their employers in the light of New York’s new paid family leave policy.  The policy will be enacted in 2018 and will be the strongest in the nation.  It will provide eligible employees with 12 weeks of paid leave when caring for a new child, family member with a serious illness, or for a family dealing with a recent military departure.  These people are labeled as caregivers.


We were delighted that participants from various businesses, including some of the region’s largest employers like CBS Corporation and Bank of America Merrill Lynch, understood the significance of our effort.  Equally important were the voices of advocacy organizations like ReACT Coalition and National Alliance for Caregiving who sat around the table and spoke to the concerns of caregivers, elders, and employees.   We begged the question, “what can employers do to make their workplace more inclusive to older caregivers?”  The US Department of Labor, Women’s Bureau and Gray Panthers NYC see paid family leave as a pressing issue because more and more, older people are remaining in the workforce, as an essential part of the workforce, while also tending to their aging loved ones.  We call for a system that will financially support older workers who need to care for an aging parent or relative.


During the discussion, participants shared fascinating recommendations and insights.  We definitely learned what employees/caregivers need from their employers.  And more importantly, we figured out ways employers can meet those needs!

With the information that we have gathered from this roundtable, along with other research completed, we will be publishing a policy brief that summarizes how employers can make their work environment a more inclusive place for those that care for loved ones.  Stay tuned for this brief—to be published in the next two weeks!

Gray Panthers “Legal Services Directory for Older People in New York City”

Gray Panthers “Legal Services Directory for Older People in New York City”

Gray Panthers NYC is thrilled to introduce an important new guide, “Legal Services Directory for Older People in New York City”, a comprehensive set of listings to help New Yorkers locate the critical legal advice and services they need. Please let us know what you think!

We encourage your feedback and comments so we may continue to update and improve this invaluable resource. 

Click here to Download your copy

Thursday, July 7th at 7:00PM at Book Culture Bookstore, 450 Columbus Avenue, Ashton Applewhite will be reading from and signing copies of her new book “This Chair Rocks: A Manifesto Against Ageism”.

Lively, funny and deeply researched, This Chair Rocks traces the author’s journey from apprehensive boomer to pro-aging radical and in the process debunks myth after myth about late life.

View flyer here...

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.]

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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 
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Reform at nursing homes key, by Laurie Kash

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Community Board 7 Meeting

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"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.

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Do you want to get involved? Work with us at Gray Panthers, Age and Youth in Action toward a world closer to our ideals. 917 535 0457.                 

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