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Transformation Tuesdays - Nursing Home Workforce: Change in the Public Interest

Transformational Tuesday: January 18, 2022

"More than 4,700 COVID-19 cases and 700 COVID-19 related deaths might have been prevented in the United States over just a two month period had more nursing home staff been vaccinated."

-The Boston Globe

We will be discussing this and more at the next Transformation Tuesday Webinar, Nursing Home Workforce: Change in the Public Interest, on January 18th at 2pm ET.

Please RSVP here

Gray Panthers Annual Report 2021

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Gray Panthers NYC has just released our Annual Report covering the important work we’ve accomplished over this past year. Included are a Letter From the President, the Honoring Nursing Home Lives initiative and its subsequent Transformation Tuesdays series and our work at the United Nations. Read the New York GP Highlights of 2021 here (PDF 1.9MB)

Thank you for your commitment to Nursing Home Transformation this year 


We hope you will continue to join us for Transformation Tuesdays in 2022. 

You can view the December Webinar: Healing Hearts - Moving Forward from COVID-19 Loss & Honoring Nursing Home Lives here. We encourage you to share this video with your friends and family. 

Transformation Tuesdays - Nursing Home Policy Reform and the Path Forward


 Thank you for your commitment to Nursing Home Transformation.

 You can view the recording of November's webinar and Panelist Cynthia Rudder, PhD's presentation "The Future of Nursing Home Care" by clicking the links below. We encourage you to share these with your friends and family.

View the November Webinar Transformation Tuesday, Nursing Home Policy Reform: The Path Forward

View the PowerPoint presentation

Thank you to Gray Panthers NYC President, Jack Kupferman, and community organizer, Vicki Ellner, for their efforts in producing the November webinar.

Transformation Tuesdays - Spirituality in Nursing Homes

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The next Transformation Tuesday is on October 12 at 2pm ET. This month we will be exploring Spirituality in Nursing Homes.

Save the date: October 12, 2021

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Gray Panthers NYC is sponsoring a series of educational events.  This month we will be exploring Spirituality in Nursing Homes. Please join us October 12, 2021 02:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Gray Panthers is hosting a session parallel to the UN General Assembly!

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During the UN General Assembly, there will be virtual Global People's Assembly highlighting inequalities and injustices during the Coronavirus pandemic and beyond, while planning changes to address these injustices. One of the sessions in this Global People's Assembly is hosted by Gray Panthers!

The session, titled "Age and Youth - Together for a Change; Dignity and Rights in the time of Covid", will take place on Wednesday, September 22nd at noon. The session will explore the human rights of older persons and combatting ageism and discrimination through intergenerational advocacy. It promises to take the Gray Panthers message of "Age and Youth in Action" to the global level, both during and beyond the current pandemic.

The event is free, but registration is required. On the registration form, make sure to check off that you are registering for the event titled "Older Persons" (the times are listed in Greenwich Mean Time, which is why the event is listed as happening between 16:00 and 17:00 on the 22nd).

If you have any issues registering, please email Jack Kupferman at

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TRANSFORMATION TUESDAYS: Diversity and Inclusion in Nursing Home Advocacy

Transformation Tuesdays: Diversity and Inclusion in Nursing Home Advocacy'; September 14, 2021 02:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Gray Panthers NYC is sponsoring a series of educational events.  'Diversity and Inclusion in Nursing Home Advocacy' is the next in the series, where established experts will weigh in on the subject.  Please join us Tuesday, September 14 at 2PM Eastern time.

Topic: Diversity and Inclusion in Nursing Home AdvocacyTime: September 14, 2021 02:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Brainstorming with Ken Dychtwald

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Gray Panthers NYC is excited to partner with the American Society on Aging to bring you an impactful program.  Beginning next Wednesday, June 23, and airing weekly through September 8, this web series features interviews with diverse legendary pathfinders who have spent decades in the field of aging, health, and social services.  Each interview will be conducted by Ken Dychtwald, PhD, to capture the wisdom and character of gerontology’s pioneers to inform, inspire, and guide current professionals in the fields of aging and related services for years to come.  The series is kicking off with Paul Nathanson, JD, a national leader in legal services and elder justice.  You can register and watch all 12 episodes and earn a digital badge from ASA and USC’s Leonard Davis School of Gerontology with the following link (Learn More and Register).

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A National Day of Remembrance

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GRAY PANTHERS NYC has started a Go Fund Me campaign in support of the need for nursing home transformation. Click here to be a part of the change.

A virtual event, Honoring Nursing Home Lives, was held on Thursday May 20, 2021, during Older Americans Month. Please watch the event video, below.

As a National Day of Remembrance, the event was presented by the Gray Panthers NYC.

182,000 deaths of nursing home residents and staff has been determined and is still increasing. This opportunity for the nation to grieve raised awareness of the need for nursing home transformation. 

From grief can come change.

Remembering Lives Well LIved

The COVID-19 pandemic has revealed the structural, operational and other failures which
now clearly require the reimagining of long term care systems.

"This issue affects everybody – young and old, urban and rural, every member of society."

--Jack Kupferman, President of Gray Panthers NYC

Gray Panthers' Statement

For the past year, too many people have held on to the falsehood that people of Asian descent are the cause of the virus. This falsehood has led to a wave of anti-Asian hate.

However, this hate against people of Asian descent does not exist in a bubble. From Chinese exclusion laws in the early 20th century to Japanese internment camps in the United States during World War II, the United States has a history of treating people of Asian descent as less-than. What we're seeing now is only the latest example of a pattern of prejudice against people of Asian descent in this country.

That pattern must be broken, and it must be broken now. End Asian hate. Anything less than that will endanger the lives of Asians in our country.

Gray Panthers stands in solidarity with people of Asian descent. We are angry with the rise in anti-Asian hate, and grieve that this prejudice endangers lives. No hate should be tolerated. Not now. Not ever.

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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