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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


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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Ken Dychtwald

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 Response to Derek Chauvin Trial Verdict

Guilty. Guilty. Guilty.

The verdict was the right one for Derek Chauvin, the man who murdered George Floyd. The verdict showed that it is possible for a police officer to be held accountable for the killing of a person of color. Yet, these verdicts do not represent justice. Justice would be if George Floyd weren't killed by police in the first place. Justice would also be if Daunte Wright, Adam Toledo, Breonna Taylor, Eric Garner, Philando Castile, Michael Brown, Sean Bell, and countless others weren't killed by police. Justice would be if racism in all its forms ceased to exist. Gray Panthers stands in solidarity with those who continue to advocate for Black lives, because Black Lives Matter.

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.

Gray Panthers reacts to Attorney General's report on nursing homes handling of COVID-19 pandemic.

Gray Panthers is deeply disturbed with the findings in Attorney General Letitia James' report on how nursing homes handled the COVID-19 pandemic. We had hoped that the reforms resulting from the nursing home audit we helped trigger in 2018 would prevent a situation similar from what Attorney General James reported, but they did not. Clearly, nursing homes in New York State are in desperate need of further reforms.

NYC COVID-19 Vaccine Finder

For those who are over 75 years of age, and/or belong to other vaccination categories (such as health care workers, teachers, first responders), here is the link from the City of New York to determine whether you may be eligible for an appointment to be vaccinated agains COVID 19. 

We're all eager to get vaccinated.

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The Forgotten History of the Radical ‘Elders of the Tribe’

By Susan J. Douglas
Dr. Douglas is the author of “In Our Prime: How Older Women Are Reinventing the Road Ahead.”

Sept. 8, 2020

By the mid-1970s, she was a national celebrity. She had speaking engagements all over the country; she traveled 100,000 miles annually, giving at least 200 talks a year. She was all over the TV: “The Phil Donahue Show,” the “Today” show and “The Tonight Show” with Johnny Carson, multiple times. Media monikers for her included “ball of fire,” “dynamo” and the now-problematic “feisty.” In 1978, the World Almanac named her one of the 25 most influential women in the United States. Shortly before she died in 1995, ABC News profiled her as its “Person of the Week.”

She was Maggie Kuhn, the woman who, 50 years ago, founded the Gray Panthers, a movement to encourage activism — sometimes radical activism — among the country’s older people. Today, both Kuhn and her movement have been all but forgotten. But their mission is worth remembering, commemorating and perhaps even resurrecting, especially in the present moment.

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Senior Strong in NYC

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Welcome to a community where older New Yorkers and those who love them can find trusted resources to help you through this challenging time. Get the information and support you need right here, from governmental services available in your area to online games you can play with your family!  We hope you find value and comfort in these pages. We will continually update our selection of resources as situations evolve and in accordance with your feedback. We salute your resilience and are honored to contribute to your health during these very challenging days – we are stronger together, and we believe in a #SeniorStrongNYC.

With Love,
Jack Kupferman, President, Gray Panthers NYC
Dan Schneider, Executive Director,
Florence Belsky Charitable Foundation


This is a PSA brought to you by The Florence Belsky Charitable Foundation and The Gray Panthers NY. 

Seeking resources for NY Seniors during COVID-19?



Gray Panthers & Florence Belsky Charitable Foundation proudly present a carefully curated set of resources for NYC seniors and volunteer opportunities for those who love them during this COVID-19 crisis. Seniors in NYC, we want you to be living and thriving in these challenging days. Those who want to help, we want you to be contributing to the wellbeing of our older friends through your preferred activity. 

Jack Kupferman, President, Gray Panthers NYC
Dan Schneider, Executive Director, Florence Belsky Charitable
Foundation (“Flobel”) Joint Response to the coronavirus crisis in New York and elsewhere.

Please see the new COVID-19 menu, at the top of the page.

!! Gray Panthers is a signatory to this important letter to the World Health Organization.  We demand that the concerns of older persons must be addressed in health care delivery and prevention during this global pandemic. 

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If you are interested in doing more, please let us know.  We could use your help.

!! The Gray Panthers is partnering with the Florence Belsky Foundation to create, populate, and disseminate a resource page for older persons in New York City during the coronavirus crisis. This page will include resources for comfort, anxiety reduction, love, spiritual resources, scams, government information, and more. By providing these resources, Gray Panthers hopes to play its part in getting people, and particularly older persons, through this crisis.

We hope you will join us in putting together this resource page. If you are interested in helping us work on this resource page, please contact us.

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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