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SeniorVoice SUMMER 2018





A Leader in Breast Cancer Care Dr. Alice Police

On the Courts with Pickleball

Summer Day Trips

Should You Lease or Buy Your Next Car?

NEVER Too Late for Love

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features 12 Hit the Open Road and Head to One of These Summer Breeze Destinations 14 Inspirational Stories About Finding Love Later in Life 24 Dr. Alice Police - Changing the Face of Breast Cancer Care in Westchester columns and departments 11 nutrition: what's the deal with sugar? 17 money matters: lease or buy a car? 19 vital living: better sleep 21 susan parker with music moments 30 health & wellness: osteoporosis 33 insurance: saving big with QLACs 35 legal matters: 7 reasons to review your will 36 medicaid advisor: MLTCs for home care 38 entertainment and community calendar 46 healthy kitchen: lemon grilled shrimp

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publisher's note One of our primary goals here is to keep you plugged in to what's happening in Westchester County regarding your well-being - be it physical, emotional, spiritual, financial and otherwise. That's one of the reasons I'm so proud to bring you this issue and the story of how one woman is changing breast cancer care in our community. Writer Susie Aybar interviewed Dr. Alice Police, who recently moved to Westchester to take over as the Regional Director of Breast Care at Northwell Health. I also met with Dr. Police and couldn't help but think... this is one warm, funny, purpose-driven woman whom so many of us could easily admire for her dedication to saving lives and inspiring hope in her patients. Hanging on her office wall and pictured in the article on page 24 is a quilt made for her by a patient who was five years clear. Sewn in to the center of the quilt is a pink ribbon. One look at this beautiful creation is all you need to feel the love

So, whether it's the story of Dorothy and Ken or Joan and Bob, it's abundantly clear that we are social beings. And the desire to love, to share, to be intimate, in whatever way, is a natural state of being. The beauty is in the courage, resilience and optimism that allows us to create a wonderful new chapter in our lives.

and gratitude that went in to its making. Back in February, while starting work on this issue's article about "finding love later in life," I decided to google that exact phrase. I clicked through on the top-appearing search result to find several stories about people who found love in their 30s - as if that was "later!" For our take on the topic, I talked with people who found love again - truly later in life. And there was so much inspiration to be found.

I cannot possibly do justice in my note here to all the care and diligence that went into this issue so I'll make a simple request. Take this copy home with you if it's not already there, settle in to your comfortable reading spot, and enjoy the issue: the way you might savor a stroll through the park on a warm summer day. As always, wishing us all love and peace,

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Ready for

Pickleball? By Tiffany R. Jansen

IT WAS THE SUMMER OF 1965 ON BAINBRIDGE ISLAND, JUST ACROSS THE BAY FROM SEATTLE. The weather was dreary and wet. Two fathers returned from a day of golfing to find their families plagued by boredom. So they rounded up the crew and headed out to the old badminton court. Unable to find adequate equipment, they decided to improvise, grabbing a wiffle ball and ping-pong paddles. To mix things up even more, they decided to lower the badminton net to 36 inches off the ground. “They wanted to have a sport for everybody to play that was easy, and they kind of just cobbled together the equipment that they had,” explains Geoffrey Jagdfeld, tennis director at Solaris Sports Club in Yorktown Heights - where pickleball has been in play since September of 2017.

photo: USAPA/Gottfried

Often described as a combination of badminton, tennis and ping-pong, pickleball, as it came to be known, may be the fastest growing sport in the country. A million people are expected to start playing the game this year, increasing the number of players in the U.S. by about 50 percent. The rules are similar to other racket sports with a few modifications, some listed here: n The scoring system and rotation are the same as in badminton. n Only underhand serves are allowed. n There's a double bounce rule that extends rallies and eliminates the serve advantage. n A non-volley zone referred to as 'the kitchen' spans seven feet on both sides of the net.

n Games are played up to 11 points. The beauty of pickleball is its versatility. It can be played virtually anywhere. It’s easy to learn, accessible to all ages, can be played as singles or doubles, and can be gentle or fast-paced. Game times are shorter than other racket sports. All of this has fueled the sport’s growing popularity, especially among boomers and seniors. Gail Bell, 70, has been playing pickleball at Club Fit in Jefferson Valley since the club began offering the sport eight years ago. At 75, her older brother is a USA Pickleball Association ambassador. “As you get older, your parts don't hold up as well,” she says. “Being a smaller court,

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you don't have to cover as much territory as you do in tennis.” The equipment is much lighter, which Jagdfeld says could limit the risk of repetitive strain injury. Pickleball is also wheelchair accessible. Bell first learned the game in Florida and has even played while on vacation in Colorado. “No matter where you go, you just google, where is a good to place play pickleball, and you just go,” she says. You can find a place near you by entering your zip code on the official pickleball website “It's a great way to meet [people] and get exercise at the same time,” says Julia Vesei, USA Pickleball Association ambassador for Northern Westchester. “And it's fun. We have a lot of laughs.”

good press FARMERS' MARKETS REOPEN OUTDOORS Hallelujah! It's that time of year when the outdoor farmers' markets are back in operation. And Westchester certainly has an abundance of them. Down to Earth Farmers' Market in New Rochelle (at City Hall) opens June 1; visit on Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. If you have a hankering for North Indian-style chutneys that are vegan and free of allergens and fat, head over to the farmers' markets in Larchmont or Rye (at the Metro North upper lot or the Theodore Fremd Avenue parking lot, respectively) to stock up on product from the Bombay Emerald Chutney Company. TaSH, the market in Tarrytown/Sleepy Hollow, reopens May 26 at Patriots Park. The Chappaqua market is back at the town's train station on Saturdays. You may want to visit their website for some recipe inspiration - like Wontons with Strawberries and Ice Cream - before heading over there (

The Hastings Farmers' Market resumes in the library lot on the first Saturday in June. And the John Jay Homestead Farm Market is open for business; in addition to seasonal and fresh foods, they feature local musical talent and craftsmen. Opening day for the Bronxville Farmers' Market was mid-May; there, you'll find specialty pickles, barbecue, spirits, pies, jams and olive oils, among other items.

CAREGIVER CENTER OPENS AT BURKE REHABILITATION HOSPITAL Seeking to care for the caregiver, in addition to the patient, Burke Rehabilitation Hospital, in White Plains, has opened the Marsal Caregiver Center. Colleen Borrelli, Vice President of Patient Experience, says Burke is expanding its definition of care. "Caring for the caregiver will truly enhance the recovery of our patients; if caregivers are in a good place themselves, their positive attitude and reinforcement can inspire our pa-

tients' commitment to recovery and help them adapt to new physical challenges or limitations." The emotional burden on someone caring for a spouse, parent, child or other loved one going through a life-altering injury or illness can feel overwhelming, and can jeopardize their own health. That's evidenced by a Stanford University survey, finding 40% of caregivers whose loved ones are diagnosed with cognitive disorders will die before the person they care for dies, due to stress-related disorders. Focusing on the well-being of a patient's family has become a reality at Burke, the only hospital in Westchester dedicated solely to adult rehabilitation medicine. Other hospitals within the Montefiore system, including White Plains Hospital, have also established caregiver centers. The center at Burke was made possible by a donation from Bryan Marsal, a former Burke patient, and his wife, Kathleen.

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SUGAR By Daryl F. Moss



In terms of table sugar or sugar which is added to baked, processed and packaged foods, soda, refined carbohydrates and the like, aside from taste, there is no redeeming value. The sugar cane plant, in its original form, does contain many nutrients. The problem is that they are all removed during the refining process. The good stuff ends up in the sludge, which is also known as molasses. Clearly not the same taste and not equally substitutable for sugar, organic black strap molasses (not the other forms of molasses) is good for you. It contains vitamin B6, iron, calcium, potassium, as well as other vital minerals. What about organic sugar and brown sugar? The only difference between organic and conventional sugar is that the organic is grown without pesticides. It is still devoid of nutrients and starts the same negative cascade of conditions described below. Although it looks like a healthier option, brown sugar is really just regular sugar with some molasses mixed in. The nutrient content is only slightly better than regular sugar, as there are just miniscule amounts of the vitamins and minerals found in molasses.


Refined sugar, no matter the form, is just plain bad for you. It is highly inflammatory and highly addictive. As a matter of fact, studies done on both humans

and rats showed that they were more addicted to sugar than cocaine. (To learn more about that, go to https://www.ncbi. We all know what addictive means. What about inflammatory? The definition of inflamed is swollen, puffy, red, sore, painful. Inflammation is a natural part of the healing process - say, from a cut or injury - but that is not what we are referring to in this case. We do not want any parts of our bodies (arteries, brains, organs, etc.) to become inflamed due to our diets. Refined sugar is a huge source of this type of inflammation. How does the inflammation occur? This isn’t the time for a complicated explanation of the chemical processes in our bodies but, suffice it to say, eating too many sugary foods, refined carbohydrates, drinking too much soda, etc. will cause oxidative stress and inflammation. Unabated, this inflammation can lead to an assortment of chronic diseases, including cardiovascular disease, Alzheimer’s disease, insulin resistance, Type 2 diabetes, and obesity.


According to the World Cancer Research Fund, being overweight or obese increases the risk of developing eleven common types of cancer. Why? Because excess body fat induces hormone changes as well as inflammatory states that cause stress

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on the pancreas and other organs. These factors greatly increase our risk of cancer.


Our cells do use sugar in the form of glucose for energy, but we don’t need to eat refined sugar to provide our cells with energy. The good news is that by changing our dietary habits, we can naturally lower our blood sugar levels, counteract the high levels of inflammation, and still have plenty of energy to power our bodies. Eating whole foods rather than refined, cooking more at home so that we control the ingredients in our meals, consuming lots of fresh vegetables and some fruit (with the emphasis on vegetables), using small amounts of other naturally occurring sweeteners (raw local honey, maple syrup, stevia, black strap molasses) instead of sugar, will do wonders for your body and health. And avoid those pastel packets! n n n

Daryl Moss, a Certified Holistic Health Coach, has been helping people feel better since she started coaching almost 10 years ago. She works one on one with most clients: in person, over the phone, or via Skype, as well as doing group programs and cooking workshops. She is also co-creator of the Synergy3 Cleanse and Wellness Program.; 914-468-4604 or (Sources:, National Institutes of Health, World Cancer Research Fund International)

FiveSummer Breeze Destinations

By Maryanne D’Amato

With the summer season upon us, I find myself humming the iconic tune by Seals and Crofts, Summer Breeze. Welcoming the longer days, and all the extra time for both work and play, I can’t think of a better way to kick-start the season than with a day trip to one of these amazing local gems. So let’s hit the open road with some favorite music, feeling that, Summer breeze, makes me feel fine, blowing through the jasmine in my mind...



Famed architect Philip Johnson built his Glass House in 1949 to be used as his personal home. In 1997, this masterpiece of modern architecture was deemed a historic landmark, and the house and grounds were opened for public tours in 2007. In addition to his glass house, visitors are treated to the picturesque property housing several other architectural structures and an impressive art collection. There are several different tours to choose from; advance reservations are highly recommended as tour groups are kept small and they sell out quickly. (New Canaan, CT; The Best Part: Tour groups meet in town across from the train station in New Canaan—so it is easily accessible by various modes of transportation.


photo: Michael Biondo


Whatever the weather, you’ll find this flea and food market up and running every summer weekend from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Considered a Long Island City treasure and a featured source of goods on the HGTV cable show Flea Market Flip, LIC Flea & Food hosts special events like food and wine festivals along with selling flea market finds including handcrafted arts, vintage clothing, jewelry, furniture and international foods. Take in the breathtaking views of the Manhattan skyline while you roam the aisles of vendors all while helping to support local artisans. (Long Island City, NY; The Best Part: After a day of shopping and noshing, find a seat in the shade and enjoy some live music and a cold brew at one of the tables in the Beer Garden located inside the flea market.


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Part tea room, part eclectic shop meant for browsing and finding things you never knew you needed (like a canister of bourbon-smoked sugar), family owned and operated Harney & Sons Tea and Tasting Room is a bit more of a travel commitment, at 90 minutes north of White Plains. But it's a pleasant country drive, straight up Route 22 and, before you know it, you’ll find yourself on Main Street in the cute little town of Millerton, New York. There, you’ll find Harney’s - selling its world-famous blended teas along with all sorts of tea accessories, treats and gifts. Step into the tasting room where you can indulge in a hot steeped sample of any of their blends, then finish with lunch at the cafe’s cozy dining area or patio. (Millerton, NY; The Best Part: Each variety of Harney & Sons tea is available iced: the perfect respite on a hot summer’s day.




Enchanting us with so much more than just beautiful fauna and flora, there is no better time to visit the NYBG than this summer when you can take in the Georgia O’Keeffe: Visions of Hawaii exhibition, which features O’Keeffe’s work from her time spent in Hawaii in 1939. For a celebration of all things Hawaiian, NYBG will also offer various Hawaiian-themed programs including films, poetry walks, music, native plants and flowers from the islands, along with Aloha Nights - featuring artisan demonstrations. Night owls can enjoy an evening of music under the stars with the NYBG Summer Concert Series: An American Tribute (June 22, July 13 and 22), when jazz artists will pay tribute to New Orleans, Martin Luther King, and George Gershwin. Purchase tickets for one of the shows or a package for all three. (Bronx, NY; The Best Part: For those of us who can’t swing a summer vacation to Hawaii, we can immerse ourselves in the culture of the Islands - all while checking out some of Georgia O’Keeffe’s more obscure work.

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Make time either before or after your visit to the New York Botanical Garden for a stop in the “Little Italy” of the Bronx. The shops and restaurants located on and around Arthur Avenue have been supplying New Yorkers with authentic (and delicious) Italian food for generations. Stroll from shop to shop and stock up on favorite delicacies (fresh mozzarella, Italian bread, pastries) to bring home. If you’re pressed for time, just hit the Arthur Avenue Market where you can find a little bit of everything at the different stalls. After you’ve worked up an appetite shopping, choose any one of the amazing eateries along the avenue for a sit-down meal and glass of wine. Mangia! (Bronx, NY; The Best Part: Stroll up to 187th Street and top off your culinary feast with a cappuccino and cannoli at DeLillo Pasticceria. (

Finding Love Again By Susan E. Ross

Dorothy and Ken


orothy was living on the first floor of a two-family home in Brooklyn. Ken was a flight up, living with his family. And even though she was dating (and would eventually marry) another neighborhood boy, Lenny, she made sure to wait for Ken on the stairs in their shared home to give him a kiss before he left for the army. It would be six decades before she and Ken would kiss again. They each married young, raised families, and had gone their separate ways. But Ken had never quite forgotten Dorothy and, upon learning of Lenny's death, he reached out to her. Would she be interested in seeing him?

Dorothy chuckles as she recalls the question her mom posed to her so many years ago in that two-family home: "Why didn't you give that boy upstairs a chance?" Well, now was the time for that second chance, along with that second kiss.

Hebrew Home in Riverdale started G-Date (Grandparent-Date), as part of their mission to acknowledge and promote "sexual expression and intimacy" in later years.

"We are never too old to join the dating game, even if it feels uncomfortable," says Patricia Waldeck, a licensed social worker and certified sex therapist, speaking at a Vital Aging workshop on Love and Relationships, part of the Scarsdale Edgemont Family Counseling Service's Aging in Place program. As naturally social beings, she affirms, "Love is a key ingredient to healthy living."

Kelly Dixon, age 76, agrees: "I'm not looking for a wife, but it would be nice to meet someone. You're never too old for that."

No stranger to loving again, Waldeck also speaks from personal experience. Divorced after 30 years of marriage, she's been remarried for the past 17. No matter our age or relationship status, it is normal to crave understanding and intimacy. That's why the

Anne Weisbrod, Hebrew Home's director of social services who oversees the program, notes that, "Just because you're older, desires and feelings don't go away."

On Hebrew Home's G-Date matchmaking questionnaire, residents are asked what they're looking for in a match, how they like to spend their time, and what's important to them. Based on their answers, they are fixed up on a first date in the residents' cafe, overlooking the Hudson River. According to Weisbrod, family members are also thrilled, knowing their parent has someone to spend time with, to hold hands or share whatever they like. As with Dorothy and Ken, Bob and Joan met at a very young age.

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Perhaps too young. After a short engagement, they broke it off and went on to marry and raise families with other people. Bob married Lynne, a Broadway theater actress and soap opera star, who eventually became a salesperson with Julia B. Fee so she could be nearby for their three sons. After a successful career leading several fashion and design companies, Bob joined Lynn as a real estate agent, becoming one of the first "couple agents." Showing homes as a couple meant they could spend time together. After losing Lynne to ovarian cancer, Bob admits to going into "great despair." But, sometimes, stars do collide. Joan was reading about the passing of a wonderful woman in the New York Times one day, some 18 years ago: a moving

tribute from a husband to his wife that brought tears to her eyes. And then she saw that it was written by Bob. Joan sent a note to him, "I'm so sorry for your great loss." A note that landed in a box of condolence cards and that might have been forgotten if Bob hadn't been looking for a friend's address on the back of another envelope. He called Joan, who suggested they meet for lunch. He had already rebuffed several friends looking to introduce him to other women. He'd spent his life with his soul mate. Why bother? But Joan was different. She was someone he had known well, who had clearly kept him in her heart. Bob knew he was lonely and the companionship appealed to him. So they met for that lunch, then a dinner, and more meals followed. A trip to Europe. Their affection grew.


Says Bob, "I had a wonderful marriage and my relationship with Joan was the icing on the cake." For Dorothy, who was 88 when she reconnected with Ken, their "magical" five-anda-half years together - built on love and commitment - was a gift. And it sounds like it was for Ken as well, who wrote in a love letter to Dorothy: Living with you these years has been Like hitting a homerun with bases loaded, Like getting a three-point shot in basketball to win the game, And getting a hole in one on the golf course. After almost 70 years of marriage to Lenny, a new love came along, unexpected but very real. Says Dorothy, open your heart, "There is life after darkness."

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Should You

Lease or Buy Your Next Car ? By Laura I. Rotter


a small consideration given the costs of repairing and maintaining an aging car.

My bright orange 2004 SUV has seen better days, and I’m tired of its never-ending need for repairs. Time for a new car! But there are decisions to be made. What make? What model? And, importantly, should the next car be leased or bought? Here are some key questions to help guide the decision:

How long do you expect to keep the car?

I’ve always purchased my cars, expecting to drive them for 100,000 miles or until they break down, whichever comes first. I’m rethinking that expectation, however, due to: n RAPID CHANGES IN TECHNOLOGY. The car I’m still driving doesn't have bluetooth technology - but does have a cassette deck! Electric vehicles and parking assistance have recently been introduced, but are not yet standard in most cars. These features and others are expected to be widely available, at lower cost, by 2021 - important information when considering a three-year lease. n LOWER MAINTENANCE COSTS. The standard car manufacturer’s warranty of three years or 36,000 miles is in place for the entire life of a car lease. This is not

n NEW CAR SMELL! It’s nice to upgrade to a new car every few years. Personal preference will dictate how much weight to place on this.

How much will you drive the car? Most of my driving is done locally, as evidenced by the relatively low mileage on my close to 15-year-old car. I do like the flexibility, however, of driving upstate for the weekend without worrying about putting too many miles on the car. I need to consider how much I’ll be driving, since:

n LEASE AGREEMENTS LIMIT the number of miles you drive each year. The limits are relatively low: from 10,000 to 15,000 miles per year, and the penalties of 20 to 25 cents per mile can add up.

What can you afford?

Both the upfront cost and the monthly payments are lower for a car lease than for a car purchase. When you lease, you are paying for the amount of value the car loses, or depreciates, over the life of the lease, rather than the full cost of the car. So it's important to pay attention to the: n RESIDUAL VALUE, which is the car dealer’s estimate of what the car will be worth at the end of the lease. The higher the residual value, the lower the lease

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payments. That said, a higher residual value may make it harder to sell the lease, break the lease before the end of the contract, or purchase the car at lease expiration. n MONEY FACTOR, which is equivalent to the interest rate being charged on the lease. The money factor is often not disclosed, and is affected by your credit score. Multiply the money factor by 2,400 to compare it to average auto loan rates. My decision's been made! I'm going to lease my next car. I anticipate driving locally, upgrading with the next technology cycle, and being able to afford a nicer car than if I were to purchase. As a small business owner, I also like the ability to deduct lease payments from my business income, whereas only the interest expense portion of car loan payments is deductible. So what are you planning to do? n n n

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Better Sleeping Habits By Angela Ciminello

GOOD SLEEP, CONSISTENT EXERCISE, AND HEALTHY EATING HABITS ARE ESSENTIAL TO LIVING LONGER AND HEALTHIER — AND STAVING OFF DISEASE. But for adults over 60, insomnia is a common problem and getting a good night's sleep can be a challenge. And, for anyone who may be suffering from pain or taking medications that affect sleep, a good night’s rest is as likely as Tony Bennett personally serenading you to sleep. Lack of sleep causes irritability, forgetfulness, depression and may increase the chance of nighttime falls.

to increase movement and feel good - and sleep better! Exercise can also be a social activity. Many hospitals, senior centers and even malls have exercise, wellness or walking programs. So get out there and move and mingle!

But don’t stay awake worrying about it. Getting a restful night’s sleep can be easier than you think! Following a regular sleep schedule, avoiding afternoon naps and developing a bedtime routine such as reading or listening to soothing music can go a long way toward feeling refreshed and invigorated the next day. In a world ubiquitous with technology, your devices (iPads, cellphones, television) can make it difficult to fall asleep. So turn them off. Keep your bedroom at a comfortable temperature and avoid eating large meals or drinking caffeine close to bed time. For those with movement disorders such as restless legs or periodic limb movement syndromes, take a warm bath or use relaxation exercises. Free apps such as Headspace and Calm (free on iTunes and Google Play Store) can also help with

relaxation through guided meditation. Making your bedroom safe and only for sleep will also help. Keep a telephone with emergency numbers by your bedside and a lamp within reach should you wake up during the night. Make sure any area rugs are safely out of the way to reduce the chance of falling if you need to get out of bed. Along with good sleep habits, studies show that exercise can help you fall asleep faster and longer. With regular exercise, you'll also improve your strength and balance, increase energy levels, reduce feelings of depression, and prevent or delay diseases such as heart disease, diabetes and osteoporosis. Simple exercise like taking a walk, riding a bike, dancing or gardening is a wonderful way

Good nutrition also plays a part in getting a restful night’s sleep. Eating a variety of foods to get the nutrients you need will improve your sleep, as will cutting down on sugar and refined carbs such as white bread and white rice. Be a food artist! Bright, colorful food is generally the best choice to ensure you are having a balanced meal. This includes lean protein (lean meats, seafood, eggs), fruits and vegetables, whole grains (brown rice, whole wheat pasta), and lowfat dairy. Remember to add foods rich in fiber and low in sodium, and stay hydrated by consuming liquids, preferably water, with limited sugar throughout the day. Sleeping well, eating right and staying active are the cornerstones of vital living. n n n

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Typically known as a sport and pastime dating back thousands of years, bocce was popularized in the United States by Italian immigrants - many of whom considered the game a part of their DNA. Committed to nurturing the sport's growing popularity, Yorkville Sports Association (YSA), an organizer of community and corporate athletic leagues, has announced the addition of bocce to its roster of offerings in Westchester. Most easily described as a first cousin to lawn bowling, bocce can be played with two people or by two teams of two to four people. The game begins with rolling a smaller ball, known as the “pallino” (often referred to as jack, pallina or cue ball) on the court. Players or teams then take turns rolling larger balls on to the court with the goal of getting his or her ball closest to the pallino. Turns can also be used to push the opposing team's ball away from the pallino. Today, players turn to bocce as a socially engaging, entertaining, and competitive activity. Bocce courts are popping up in parks, apartment complexes, schools, backyards, and retirement communities. One reason for its popularity is that it can be played by people of any age or skill level. The standard bocce ball weighs only two pounds and is thrown underhand, making it a great game for just about anyone. "I’m thrilled to see the number of people in the local community who are interested in bocce,” says Al Morales, CEO and founder of YSA. “After all, the sport is fun for people, young and young at heart, and it’s a great way to socialize and partake in some friendly competition.” n n n

For more information about Yorkville Sports Association and their ages 50 plus leagues in bocce, kickball, and softball, contact Al Morales at 914962-8390 ext. 10 or email;


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Music Moments By Susan G. Parker, Esq. As a kid, I remember sleeping with my transistor radio tucked under my pillow. From there, I graduated to records, cassettes, CDs and now the world of downloadable music. With the wonders of technology - and a little help from pretty much any one younger than you, you can learn these skills and their many hidden delights. You can have your favorite music handy on your cell phone, computer or iPad, and organize it into play lists or work with apps like Spotify and Pandora to program and codify the music you’d like to hear. It’s wonderful to know you love every tune on your list: a far cry from suffering through an entire LP just to get to the one track you love. It’s all different now. With Shazam, you can tap the big “S” button on the app and instantly be reminded of the name of a familiar tune, or the title of a new song you’d like to hear again. Gone is the waiting game of hoping a DJ mentions the title. To me, hitting the S button is a miracle of our time.

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Westchester's Bee-Line Bus System Riding is easier than you think!

USING YOUR REDUCED FARE METROCARD: There are three ways you can use your Reduced Fare MetroCard: 1. Show it to your bus driver as your ID and pay your fare with exact change. 2. Add money to your Reduced Fare MetroCard and use it as a debit card. 3. Sign up for the EasyPay automatic refill payment option using your debit or credit card. Please have your Reduced Fare MetroCard out and ready before you board the bus.


What offers safe, reliable and economical transportation in and around Westchester, and is a fully accessible bus service with senior reduced fares and free transfers? If you said the Westchester Bee-Line System, you’re correct! With over 3,300 bus stops and 60 routes, the Bee-Line bus offers passengers the freedom and independence to explore and enjoy many destinations in and around Westchester County. Yet, many older adults are not familiar with how to ride the Bee-Line and overlook the bus as a viable transportation option.

bus. Each bus is also equipped with a wheelchair lift or ramp. The driver will be happy to kneel the bus for you and make it much easier to step on board. If you cannot use stairs, the Bee-Line bus driver can easily deploy a ramp or lift to help you on board. You must ask the driver to use the lift or ramp. If you’re standing, using a wheelchair or in a scooter, the driver will tell you how to use the lift, based on your needs. For your safety, always remember to hold the handrails.

FREE TRANSFERS: Your bus fare includes one free transfer to other Bee-Line buses and to MTA subways and local buses in the Bronx. If paying with coins, ask the driver for your transfer ticket as you board. If you are using a MetroCard, your transfer will register electronically when you dip your card into the fare box.


So, here are some helpful facts you should know about the Bee-Line System:

FULLY ACCESSIBLE SERVICE: Why take a bigger step than you need to? The Bee-Line System offers fully accessible bus service, making it easier for you to board and exit the bus. Every Bee-Line bus can “kneel,” which means that the entrance can be lowered to shorten the distance you have to step to board the

Dollar bills and pennies cannot be used in the fare box. If using coins, please have exact change ready when boarding the bus, as bus drivers are unable to make change.

PAYING YOUR FARE: If you are at least 65 years old, you pay a reduced fare of $1.35 per ride. For easier travel, apply for a Reduced Fare MetroCard that is personalized with your name and photograph.

For individuals who enjoy using a computer, you can visit the Bee-Line online at to accesses bus schedules, maps and general bus information. To get real-time Bee-Line information, visit GOOGLE MAPS online. For more information on accessing Google Maps visit If a phone call is more your style, a dedicated, live Information agent is a phone call away, at 914-813-7777, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. An automated phone system is also available 24 hours per day.



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How to Prevent Golf Injuries By Tom Protopapas

Hitting a ball off a tee with a club might look easy, but as any golfer knows, there’s a lot that can go wrong. During the swing, certain motions are supposed to happen in different areas of the body. If something goes awry during any phase, it can lead to a poor score for your game and, eventually, injury to your body. Sixty-two percent of amateur golfers are injured during any given season, with the most common injuries being low back, elbow, wrist/hand, and shoulder. With more than 26 million golfers in the U.S., that amounts to a lot of lost rounds.

The most important flexibility requirements for all phases of a golf swing are upper back and hip rotation. Being able to properly twist through your upper back and hips while maintaining a strong lower back, or "core,” allows you to harness your power and create consistency in your stroke. If you are too tight in these areas, you have to compensate in other places: low back and shoulder, most commonly. When repeated over the course of a season, this leads to pain. So how do you prevent this? Work on your: n POSTURE Stretch the front and back of your shoulders, do trunk rotations and extensions. n FLEXIBILITY Stretch wrists, obliques, hamstrings, hip flexors, glutes/ piriformis, and calves. n CORE Strengthen your abdominals, low back, and side muscles. n CONDITIONING Make sure your

body can handle what you’re asking of it. Exercise off the golf course with a yoga class or at the gym. And properly WARM UP! Just five to 10 minutes of a warm up is enough to greatly decrease your chance of injury... and add six yards to your drive. (Really!) A short warm up including jumping jacks with light stretching increases blood flow to your ligaments, tendons and muscles, and prepares them for the constant stretching and shortening that happens during a round of golf. By following these tips, you'll be at less risk of injury and pain this golf season. n n n

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Dr. Police, in her Phelps Northwell office in Sleepy Hollow, standing in front of a hand-crafted quilt made for her by a patient.


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WHEN DR. ALICE POLICE WAS GROWING UP IN CALIFORNIA, SHE WANTED TO BE A COWGIRL. It wasn’t until she attended college at Point Loma College in San Diego that she developed an interest in science, which eventually led to medical school at Loma Linda University and then surgical training at the University of Southern California and the University of California, Irvine. Now the Regional Director of Breast Care for Northwell Health in Westchester County, Dr. Police says of her work as a breast surgeon, "You're always a student, and learning is so much fun.” For the past 30 years, Dr. Police has found inspiration and unwavering purpose from the lifelong learning involved in being a surgeon and the relationships she has with her patients. Starting out as a general surgeon in 1986 - before there was such a thing as breast surgeon specialists, she gradually gravitated toward breast surgery as it became a subspecialty, and has been performing only breast surgery since 2005. “I enjoy being able to make patients feel better,” states Dr. Police. “There’s a lot of psychology that goes into breast cancer. Unlike other diseases, it cuts across all facets of life - job, work, intimate relationships, and relationships with children.” The multidisciplinary aspect of breast surgery is also an intellectual challenge. Breast cancer is complex and, in addition to surgery, it requires thinking about medical oncology, radiation oncology, and genetics. Dr. Police, a parent to two grown children, moved here from California in late 2017. “The thing that drove me here is the opportunity to build a program. I have done that twice before [in California]. I will coordinate a multidisciplinary team, mak-

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ing sure the appropriate technologies are here,” says Police. “Being able to do that across two hospitals is a really fun and exciting challenge.” Dr. Police will help implement three new technologies at both The Breast Institute at Northern Westchester Hospital in Mount Kisco and the Northwell Health Cancer Institute at Phelps Hospital in Sleepy Hollow. She has already been using these technologies for several years. The Savi Scout uses radar technology in the case of a lumpectomy (partial removal of a breast). Instead of having an additional procedure the day of surgery to place wires to mark the tumor's location, the Savi Scout can be placed weeks or months ahead of time. It is more precise and can prevent the possibility of a second surgery for a patient. Dr. Police was the first person in the country to put a Savi Scout in a patient post-FDA approval. A MarginProbe is used for lumpectomies also. It is the only way to look at the margins (edges) of the tumor during the breast operation. If the cancer margins are not clear, the issue can be addressed immediately and, again, the patient is less likely to need a second operation. Dr. Police has been using intraoperative radiation therapy (IORT) for over 15 years for early stage breast cancer. Instead of undergoing six weeks of daily radiation therapy after surgery, a patient is treated with a higher dose of radiation to a smaller area for 30 minutes during their surgery. According to Police, the toxicity to the heart and lungs is lower than traditional radiation and IORT has a better cosmetic result for the patient. “I am extremely proud of our increasing use of technology to make a better operation combining the three new technologies. I’m

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New Shingles Vaccine A new and improved shingles vaccine, Shingrix, has been proven to be substantially more effective in preventing shingles than single dose Zostavax. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends Shingrix for healthy adults ages 50 and older. Shingles, caused by the varicella zoster virus, manifests itself as a painful, itchy rash with blisters. The virus lies dormant in people who've had chickenpox and can reactivate as shingles, years later. While anyone who's had chickenpox can get shingles, it's most likely to affect the over 50 population - and the risk increases with age. The old vaccine, Zostavax, is a live virus vaccine that is about 60 percent effective in preventing shingles. According to Dr. Marvin M. Lipman, a physician with Scarsdale Medical Group, the new Shingrix vaccine is not a live virus and results in a protection rate of over 90 percent with two doses. Two shots should be administered at least two months apart. Lipman acknowledges that, "It's too soon to tell how many years the response will last or whether boosters will eventually be needed." And what if you've already had shingles? Dr. Lipman recommends that you still get the new vaccine - but wait at least one year after an acute episode. He goes on to say that, "If you've ever had the shingles one out of three will suffer a bout in his or her lifetime, you don't want a recurrence."

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Ivy Hyman-Ali Bethel Springvale Inn

For the first few days after she welcomes a new resident to Bethel Springvale Inn, an assisted living residence in Croton-on-Hudson, caseworker Ivy Hyman-Ali makes sure all is going well in their new home. She stops by and asks them questions, “Did you sleep well? How’s your appetite? Have you made any friends?” “It gives them an opportunity to share what’s going on in their minds,” states Hyman-Ali. “Just the whole move. It’s all new. It’s a new chapter in their lives. So there is definitely a supportive counseling aspect to my position.”

the different departments in the community. She tailors and coordinates their personal care. She learns if they need assistance, what their normal appetite is like, and whether they can manage their own medications. Her goal is to always try to keep the person as independent as possible. Every six

Hyman-Ali, who holds an associate degree in gerontology, came to Bethel Springvale Inn 11 years ago. “Assisted living is almost like a community within a community,” states Hyman-Ali. “There are resources such as physicians, psychologists, and podiatrists that come into the assisted living residence to help. And our resi-

“The best part of my job is when I have that opportunity to have the one-to-one, when they

months, Hyman-Ali performs a follow up to determine whether they need more or less care. Communication is essential to her job. “My passing in the hallway is

[the residents] share

case management in itself. You see a

parts of history that we

resident that normally speaks to you

may have only seen in textbooks.”

going on,” says Hyman-Ali.

showers, or dressing if they have be social and get involved in activities such as painting and exercise classes.”

speaking -- you have to engage with the resident and figure out what’s

dents get help with personal care, physical limitations. The staff encourages residents to

every day and suddenly they’re not

Hyman-Ali is proud that all her coworkers share the same compassion for their residents. She loves that Bethel Springvale Inn is a very comfortable, home-like setting. She admits

From fixing a resident’s hearing aids to communicating

that, “The best part of my job is when I have that

with a person’s family, Hyman-Ali has many responsi-

opportunity to have the one-to-one, when they [the

bilities. When a new resident is admitted, Hyman-Ali

residents] share parts of history that we may have

introduces them to the staff and helps them navigate

only seen in textbooks.”

For more information on Bethel Springvale Inn, contact Patti Pelican, Community Relations Director Phone: 914-739-4404 Ext. 2204 Fax: 914-739-5011 Bethel Springvale Inn 62 Springvale Rd., Croton on Hudson, NY 10520



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Susanne Bengtsson Maplewood at Darien

When Susanne Bengtsson was a young girl in Denmark, her grandmother cared for her while her parents worked. “My grandparents were a wonderful presence in my early life. So I have always just enjoyed being around seniors,” says Bengtsson. As the executive director of Maplewood, an assisted living residence in Darien, Connecticut, she enjoys time with the residents on a near daily basis.

ease the transition of moving into Maplewood for both residents and their families.

Bengtsson came to the United States in her late 20s and worked for the Danish Consulate. She earned her Masters in Social Work from New York University and began working with residents living with dementia at Maplewood.

“With social work, you learn first and foremost how to be present and how to be mindful of people’s challenges… You can’t always take away those

Bengtsson believes

“My main responsibility as executive director is to make sure that all my residents get the care and support they need and deserve,” states

it is important to provide a physical environment that makes people feel

Bengtsson. Maplewood offers three levels of care: assisted living for seniors who

safe, secure, and purposeful.

need a little support in day-to-day life, a transitional memory care program

challenges but you can listen and offer support,” assures Bengtsson. Bengtsson’s favorite thing to do with residents is called reminiscence therapy. This involves discussing a resident’s past activities and experiences. They can even use virtual reality technology to travel back in time with a resident to a special time or place to tap into their early memories. At Maplewood, Bengtsson’s team uses

for people in the early stages of dementia, and an ad-

habilitation therapy, considered the best form of

vanced memory care program for residents who need a

therapy for those living with dementia and Alzheimer’s.

more structured environment.

Instead of focusing on what a patient may have lost, the

Bengtsson believes it is important to provide a physi-

focus of this therapy is for residents to make the best of what they have.

cal environment that makes people feel safe, secure, and purposeful. She and her staff help residents with

Says Bengtsson, “It’s an honor to just play a small role in

age and dementia-related challenges including reduced

the lives of our seniors. It’s tremendously rewarding to

autonomy, loss of financial independence, and declining

work with our residents and to witness how these thera-

cognitive abilities. Bengtsson and her team work hard to

pies can lead to a high sense of well-being for them.”

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Are You One of the 10 Million? By Caroline DeFilippo, MD this illness according to the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey III. Osteoporosis affects men and women of all races. But white and Asian women — especially women who are post-menopausal — are at highest risk. It is estimated that there is up to a 36% increase in death in the first year after a hip fracture. Despite this frightening statistic, only 23% of women age 67 or older who have an osteoporosis-related fracture are prescribed a medication or a bone density test to evaluate the extent of the illness within six months. So talk to your doctor about symptoms and getting evaluated. OSTEOPOROSIS LITERALLY MEANS POROUS BONE, and is a common disease in older individuals. It is characterized by too little bone formation, excessive bone loss, or a combination of both, leading to bone fragility and an increased risk of fractures of the hip, spine and wrist. Most people do not realize they have it until they either have a fracture or they get a bone mineral density test. People over the age of 70 are more likely to have low bone density. PREVALENCE AND RISK Osteoporosis develops when a large amount of our spongy bone tissue breaks down, leaving bigger spaces. The bone then becomes more porous and brittle. The disease impacts nearly 10 million Americans with four times as many at risk for

BISPHOSPHONATES: AN EFFECTIVE TREATMENT The good news is that there are many treatments that are effective for osteoporosis. Bisphosphonates are a common class of medications that slow the rate at which the body breaks down bone and can decrease your risk of fracture by up to 70% in some cases. The rare side effects associated with these medications include osteonecrosis of the jaw (a bone disease that causes pain, swelling or infection in the jaw) and atypical fractures. However, for every 100,000 women taking a bisphosphonate, fewer than three will have osteonecrosis of the jaw, and one will have an atypical femur fracture. The good news is that 2,000 will have avoided an osteoporotic fracture. Compared with many other


common diseases, we are fortunate that we have good therapies to reduce the risk of osteoporotic fractures by 70% at the spine and 40 to 50% at the hip. If bisphosphonates are not the best medication for you, there are other options. It is essential to discuss this with your doctor. PREVENTION There are several things you can do to protect your bones and lower your risk of developing osteoporosis. These include eating a diet rich in calcium, getting regular exercise, avoiding alcohol and quitting smoking. Making sure your body has enough vitamin D is also important. Dietary supplements can be used as an additional source of calcium and vitamin D if you are not getting enough in your diet. Additionally, it is important to exercise. Combine strength training with weight-bearing and balance exercises. Strength training helps strengthen muscles and bones in your arms and upper spine; and weight-bearing exercises — such as walking, jogging, running, stair climbing, skipping rope — affect mainly the bones in your legs, hips and lower spine. Balance exercises such as tai chi can reduce your risk of falling, especially as you get older. Be strong and be healthy! n n n

Caroline DeFilippo, MD, MPH, is Assistant Medical Director and a practicing internist at CareMount Medical. She sees patients in Mount Kisco. Board Certified in Internal Medicine, she graduated from Harvard University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Environmental Studies and Public Policy. She received her Doctor of Medicine and Master of Public Health from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. www.

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Puppy Love

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Savannah, the newest member of Edgehill in Stamford, has been welcomed in by the community's residents and staff. The three-month-old Chesapeake Bay retriever puppy was rescued from a high-kill shelter in Mississippi and adopted from the SPCA of Westchester County. She can officially call Edgehill her “fur-ever” home and will live and work alongside residents and staff to help everyone enjoy full and active lives.

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“Not only were we able to rescue Savannah, but she will be providing added value to our residents – unconditional love, affection and companionship,” said Christopher Barstein, Executive Director of Edgehill. Research has found that being with a pet can reduce cholesterol, blood pressure and stress as well as battle depression. Animals also have the ability to help memory care patients; studies have shown those with memory loss are able to access memories from long ago after interacting with pets on a regular basis. The health benefits and gratification of caring for a dog make a pet-friendly retirement community the perfect home for a rescued pup.

“I had dogs my whole life. I miss them. Having Savannah at Edgehill makes me feel good – I love having a dog around! Savannah gives Edgehill that extra added touch,” says resident Robert Alden. summer 2018

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The Search for Meaning By Hans Hallundbaek

DECADES AGO, HARD PARTYING, SLEEPING till noon, and rock 'n' roll might have scored high on your list of life’s priorities.

DOROT Westchester offers many ways to get involved... weekly, monthly, or on special occasions. For more information about volunteering, including visiting, Intergenerational Chess, and Package Deliveries, please contact our DOROT Westchester Director: Cippi Harte 914-573-8906

Volunteers Needed Making a Difference... One Ride at a Time!

RideConnect provides free volunteer transportation to older adults age 60+ in Westchester County. These rides enable clients to remain active and continue to lead fulfilling lives. Please consider giving the gift of mobility and independence! For more information on volunteering or to request a ride, contact us at (914) 242-7433.

Today, we may still enjoy the rock 'n' roll but now we're wearing ear plugs because, well, that music really is loud - just like our parents insisted back in the day. What many of us have in common now is an appreciation and zest for life. We may also be driven by a passion for change. The question remains, what will our generation do next to find “meaning” in our lives. Early retirement may be out of the question. We're either still playing catch-up on some market dips or we cannot imagine just playing golf and gardening. Perhaps, we simply love what we do and don't want to give it up. We are doers and well-experienced in turning the “the worst of times into the best of times,” and want to continue to do exactly that. For many of us, there is a magical side-effect of growing older: an imperceptible shift in our personal pronouns from “me” to “we.” We begin to care more for our community, the environment, politics, etc. In this process, our egos mellow, and we find deep understanding in caring for others and finding satisfaction in the authenticity of service. There are a myriad of places to take your evolving impulse for involvement or service. First, you need to ask your-


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self what issue really makes your heart sing, and where can your talents and experience make a difference. Should you get involved in local politics, environmental issues, libraries or schools? What skills do you have that might make you an ideal mentor? Have you had a particular experience you'd like to further explore? How about volunteering with a nonprofit organization, either on its board or with its direct service activity? The internet can guide you quickly to the area of your interest and then, just as quickly, to the relevant organizations located nearby. As we explore new avenues to assess our talents and life skills, is a return to school possibly for a second (or third) career direction - something worth considering? Maybe it's just to add more knowledge to our tool chest. This can be a natural and exciting next step. This time of life may offer a chance to explore sacred scriptures and to return to familiar rituals or to experiment with new places of worship and alternative ways of seeking spiritual direction. Whatever you do to find different meaning in this “afternoon” of life, hopefully it will bring you closer to the wisdom of Walt Whitman, ”When I give, I give to myself.” n n n

Hans Hallundbaek D-Min. is a Presbyterian minister, member of the Spiritual Directors International (SDI), and NGO representative to the United Nations for the International Prison Chaplains Association (IPCA.) Hans can be reached at

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Saving Big with QLACs By Nancy Gould

WHILE OUR GIRLS NIGHT OUT BOOK CLUB USUALLY FOCUSES on the selection at hand during our monthly gatherings, it's not entirely unusual to find the discussion veering off course. At our last get-together, the cost of financing an extra long life took center stage in our conversation. Isabel was eager to inform the group they can choose not to take all of their REQUIRED MINIMUM DISTRIBUTIONS (RMDs) from their retirement plans when they are 70½ years old. A 2014 regulation from the U.S. Treasury Department allows individuals to defer the distribution of part of their qualified assets beyond age 70½ through the purchase of a QUALIFYING LONGEVITY ANNUITY CONTRACT or QLAC (pronounced cue-lack). A QLAC is purchased with funds from your existing IRA or 401K account(s) and set up as an insurance company annuity: designed to pay you a stream of monthly income later in your retirement. QLAC payments begin at age 85 or earlier, as designated by the annuitant. With traditional IRAs and qualified plans, individuals typically must begin taking RMDs no later than April 1st of the calendar year after they turn 70½. A QLAC is one of the only qualified investment options that offers the opportunity to defer a portion of RMDs and the taxes associated with those distributions. Sylvia wanted to know how much she could defer. Isabel explained she could

reallocate 25% of her qualified IRA acis used to purchase guaranteed future incount, up to a maximum of $130,000. come. If the annuitant passes away during The money she would have paid in taxes the deferral period, the total premium that is earning interest in the annuity along was paid goes to the named beneficiaries. with the money she deferred. The insurn n n ance company can tell Sylvia exactly how Nancy Gould, CLU is a certified long term care much income she will receive in the future specialist. She helps her clients find ways to given her investment. Plus, the annuity pay for their long term health care needs. She is not subject to stock market or interest is licensed in NY, CT, NJ, GA, NC, TN, AL. rate risk. And with this guaranteed income Contact Nancy at 914 242 3250, nancy.gould@ stream for her later retirement years,, Sylvia believes she would be less concerned about running out of money. Ask Yourself this Question... Angela had been quiet during the discussion. She had already begun to take withdrawals from her IRA soon after she retired at age 68. After listening to Isabel and Sylvia, she realized that if her late husband, Sam, had a QLAC when he retired, she would have a substantial account to help as a backup for her later retirement years. A QLAC can be set up beginning at age 62. And it's still not too late for Sylvia - she can invest in one until the age of 82.

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the seasoned palate

The Kitchen at Barnes & Noble

Culinary entrepreneur Lidia Bastianich made a guest appearance at Barnes & Noble in Eastchester recently. Several hundred turned out to listen to her discuss her cookbooks and field questions about her stellar career. She managed to rouse the crowd. It was nice to see her again. I am a fan - having always considered her cooking style to be "vivacious and lush." Felidia, her renowned restaurant in Manhattan, is where I celebrated my 60th!

Prior to the talk, my companion and I decided to have an early dinner at the new Barnes & Noble Kitchen on the premises: a new concept the bookseller is testing. Every time I visit the store, usually in the afternoon, I notice how active the restaurant and coffee bar have become. The house no reservations policy worried me a bit, especially with Lidia on the premises, but the manager led us to a good table where we were able to watch the evening unfold.

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by carrots and multi-color broccoli for dipping. The crackly Lavash toast that came along with it was just delicious! We craved more. Our mains: brick-cooked chicken on the bone served with a potato puree with tarragon and watercress: tender and very flavorful. And plancha-cooked salmon served on a bed of whole grain tabbouleh salad with basil dressing. The salmon filet was cooked impeccably, the salad a fine balance. We were impressed, better than we anticipated for this type of in-store operation. We will return. n n n

We ordered a tasty well-oiled and herbed Hummus Platter with za’tar, surrounded

Morris Gut is a restaurant marketing consultant and former restaurant trade magazine editor. He has been tracking and writing about the food and dining scene in greater Westchester for 30 years. He may be reached at 914-235-6591 or

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legal matters

7 Reasons to

Review Your Will

By Michael Giannasca and Brian Miller


moved, especially across state lines, it is vital you review your will to ensure your wishes and desires are carried out in your new home state.

relationships, preferences, circumstances and even assets change over time. It is therefore recommended that you review your will every three to five years to make sure it still reflects your wishes and desires.

6. Charitable Giving. Perhaps a certain charitable organization has helped you along the way, and you want to leave property to benefit it upon your death. An update to your will can effectuate this charitable giving.

Consider several reasons why you should review your will: 1. Change in Family Dynamics and Relationships. The scenarios surrounding your family dynamics are endless, so it's recommended you review your will following significant changes in your family and personal life. Death of a spouse, marriage, divorce or new family members are very good reasons to update your will. One or more of the beneficiaries (or even executors, trustees or proposed guardians) named in your current will may have passed away. Maybe a relative or child has since reached a certain age and you'd like to name them as executor. 2. Change in Beneficiary’s Status. If one or more of the beneficiaries named in your will are experiencing problems, you may want to update it. Maybe you anticipate a beneficiary will need government benefits; an update to your will can provide for the beneficiary via a Supplemental Needs Trust, so as to not negatively affect their benefits. Perhaps one of your heirs is in an unhappy marriage or having financial problems. This may warrant their inheritance be placed in a trust instead of an outright disposition. These and similar scenarios should be given due consideration.

3. Change in Assets. If you have experienced a significant increase or decrease in assets (including businesses, art, jewelry or maybe newly acquired wealth), you should review your will and estate plan. Maybe you sold a house which was specifically described and bequeathed in your will, and need to update your will to bequest a new house that you purchased. 4. Changes in Laws. Federal and state laws are in constant flux. Case in point, the federal estate tax exclusion amount increased to $11.18 million in 2018, while New York’s estate tax exclusion remained at $5.25 million. If your will was drafted years ago, it could have language which contemplated a significantly smaller federal or state estate tax exclusion amount. Similarly, Medicaid rules have changed over the years, and your bequests can very well have a negative effect on one or more of your beneficiaries. 5. You Moved. Different states have different rules when it comes to the way property and taxes are treated upon one’s death. If you have

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7. Cannot Locate Original Will. In New York, there is a presumption that if the you are in possession of your original will and it cannot be located upon your death, that it was revoked. This presumption is rebuttable, but not without significant challenges. If your drafting attorney kept your original will, you should check to see that he/she is still alive and/ or practicing law. Locating an original will that was maintained by a deceased or retired attorney can often be time consuming and not always fruitful. Once you locate your will, it doesn’t hurt to review it and make sure that it still effectively addresses your current wishes, desires, assets, tax plans, family and personal relationships. n n n

Michael Giannasca and Brian Miller are attorneys with the law firm of Giannasca & Shook, PLLC. The Elder Law & Estate Planning Group of the firm handles all aspects of Elder Law including wills & probate, trusts & estates, Medicaid planning, guardianships, estate administration and litigation, and asset protection. Locations at 1 Barker Avenue, Suite 325, White Plains, NY 10601; 914-872-6000; and at 2649 South Road/U.S. Route 9, Suite 106, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601; 845-293-6300;

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Medicaid and Home Care By Colin Sandler

HOW DOES MEDICAID DETERMINE HOW MUCH CARE YOU WILL GET? Looking back at the time period from 2000 to 2010, the cost of home care services in New York had spiraled out of control. Most Medicaid home care was paid fee for service, which meant each service (a nurse, an aide, transportation, day care) received by a home care patient was paid individually. The more services approved, the more money providers billed to the State. In addition, each county was responsible for managing its

cases and, therefore, for assessing the need for the service. As a result, these need for service assessments were not consistently measured across the counties. As a cost saving measure, Governor Cuomo set up the Medicaid Redesign Team to try and save money. One result of this “redesign” was something called Managed LongTerm Care (a.k.a. MLTC) which debuted in New York City in 2012. The goal was to streamline the delivery of longterm home care services. Over

Need help paying for home care? Know your options • Protect your assets and income

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lcsw, ccm Senior Care Counselor and Medicaid Specialist


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the course of the next year or so, the program was expanded throughout NY State. The MLTC plans are essentially insurance plans that are paid a monthly premium, capitation, by NY Medicaid to approve and provide home care (and other services) to people who need care due to a long-term illness or disability. The MLTC plans are required to use a Universal Assessment System tool designed by the state. The MLTC plans take over the job the local county offices used to do; they decide how many hours you may receive, and they arrange for the care by a network of providers that the plan contracts with. They typically cover the following care and services: personal care; adult day care; personal emergency response system; home-delivered meals; home modifications; medical equipment (wheelchairs, incontinent supplies, prostheses, orthotics); physical, speech, and occupational therapy outside the home; hearing aids; eyeglasses; and dental and non-emergency medical transportation to doctors' offices and clinics. The first step in getting enrolled in an MLTC Plan is having NY Medicaid Choice (a.k.a. Conflict Fee Evaluation and Enrollment Center – CFEEC) do an in-home assessment. This is a two- to three-hour assessment, but it is not a determination of services you will receive. It is just to have the State confirm you meet


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the qualifiers to be in an MLTC plan. Once this is done, then you can have your MLTC assessment, also two to three hours. This assessment will determine your needs and recommend hours of care and services. This is a critical assessment; if you do not present your needs appropriately, you may not get the hours of care you need. And the process of enrolling can take two to six weeks or more! Critical to your Medicaid process is picking the right MLTC plan for your needs. This can simply be the plan that gives you the best hours of care. Or, it can be the plan that has a contract with your adult day care or the home care agency you currently use. There are so many factors that go into choosing the plan that meets your needs. Understanding this process and navigating it successfully is critical to your plan to stay at home. Getting guidance from a Medicaid specialist can make a real difference in meeting your care needs. n n n

Colin Sandler, LCSW, CCM, is owner of Medicaid Solutions, 2127 Crompond Rd, Cortlandt Manor, NY. She has been providing advice on aging to seniors and their families for over 20 years. Email her at Colin@Medicaidsolutions. com or call 914-924-2566; www. To find more articles by Colin on this topic, go to and enter "medicaid" into the search box on the right hand side of the page.

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Preventing Hearing Loss By Denis Murnane

HEARING LOSS IS ONE OF THE MOST PREVALENT HEALTH ISSUES IN AMERICA TODAY, affecting approximately 20% of the population. The complications of untreated hearing loss include impaired memory, reduced job performance, and diminished psychological health, among others. Prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of hearing loss are critical to maintaining a healthy lifestyle. England’s National Health Service has identified five effective ways to prevent hearing loss without compromising your style of life: 1) First and foremost, avoid loud noises. Generally speaking, noises greater than 85 decibels (the equivalent of busy city traffic) can be harmful. 2) Take notice of the volume of music. Music playing above 60% volume on most wireless device headphones can result in hearing loss. You should also limit the amount of time you use earphones or headphones. And take a break for a few minutes every hour. 3) Be careful at loud events and activities. Sports games and concerts almost always exceed the previously mentioned 85 decibel threshold at one point or another. Move away from the loudspeakers - a set of reusable musicians earplugs can be instrumental in preventing inner ear damage. 4) Take precautions in your workplace. If you work in an abnormally loud work environment, take steps to lower the daily noise level to help prevent long-term hearing loss. 5) Consider getting regular hearing checks, perhaps annually. The sooner hearing loss is detected, the earlier something can be done to address it. In addition to environmental factors, as indicated above, hearing loss can also be a result of genetic factors as well as cer-

tain medical conditions. According to the American Diabetes Association, a recent study found that people with diabetes are twice as likely to have hearing loss. Additionally, certain types of medical treatments such as ototoxic medications, which include forms of chemotherapy as well as medicines to treat heart disease and infections, have been found to cause hearing loss over the long term. Huge strides have been made in the past few years in the treatment and technology available to those with hearing loss. The advent of Completely in the Canal (CIC) and Invisible in the Canal (IIC) hearing aids have addressed the stigma of hearing care, while making hearing aids more

comfortable and customizable. A balance between preventative measures and testing can limit an individual’s likelihood of hearing loss, and treatment can be a costeffective option that improves quality of life. Early diagnosis is imperative to living a happier, healthier life, and can prevent many of the more serious effects of longterm hearing loss. n n n

Denis Murnane BC-HIS, MBA is owner of Community Hearing Services, with offices in Carmel, Mt. Kisco, Poughkeepsie and Yonkers. He has been in practice for over 35 years and has helped thousands of people hear better. Call him at 914-361-1999 or email him:;


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The program is designed to help people understand the tax consequences of estate and various asset protecting planning techniques. A discussion of estate, gift and income tax laws will be discussed as they relate to both estate and Medicaid qualification planning strategies. Phelps Hospital Auditorium, 701 N. Broadway, Sleepy Hollow; 914366-3937 or email ewoods3@ to register. JUNE 6: 9AM-3PM LIVING LONGER, STAYING STRONGER

Key note speaker, workshops for meditation, sexual heath, family caregiving. Mercy College Rotunda, 555 Broadway, Dobbs Ferry; register 914-374-4075 or


Missy believes that “health doesn’t happen in the doctor’s office, it happens in our kitchen.”Learn how to make life-changing choices with food that helps prevent illness and keep you out of the doctor’s office. Even better, gain tips for eating to improve energy and vitality, naturally reduce addictions and cravings.Tastings included! Mind/Body Studio, New Building, JCC on the Hudson; 371 S. Broadway, Tarrytown; 914.366.7898; JUNE 5-10 WINE & FOOD FESTIVAL

With 7 events over 7 days, the 2018 Wine & Food Festival is a celebration of gourmet food, wines, beer, spirits, mouth-watering burgers, and award-winning chefs. Mingle with Westchester’s top chefs, sommeliers, and specialty food purveyors, and attend exclusive dinners, tastings, and demos. Various ticketed events and locations including main location at Kensico Dam Plaza. Check website for tickets, etc:


With Dr. Christopher Warden, we will go through a daily stretching routine for improved flexibility and better health. What are the benefits? What areas should you be targeting? Will also discuss proper posture when you sit, stand, and lie down to put less stress on your spine and nervous system.John C. Hart Memorial Library, 1130 East Main St., Shrub Oak; 914-245-5262; JUNE 10: 8AM-4PM HASTINGS FLEA MARKET

Celebrating its fifth year of bringing a monthly outdoor market to the River Towns. Join us for a fun-filled day of shopping, live music, food and crafts, featuring dozens of local artisans, collectors, and artists who make one-of-a-kind items. Hastings-on-Hudson train station parking lot (GPS: 131 Southside Ave, Hastingson-Hudson;hastingsflea@;

Museum of the City of NY at 103rd, Jewish Museum at 92nd, Cooper-Hewitt National Museum of Design at 91st, National Academy Museum and School of Fine Arts at 89th, the Guggenheim at 88th, the Metropolitan Museum of Art from 82nd to 86th Streets, Goethe House German Cultural Center at 82nd St.;

quisite costume design. This pop-infused performing arts experience combines the magnetism of Hollywood’s Golden Age with a sleek twenty-first-century sensibility, capturing the timeless American spirit in a series of lively, sparkling vignettes. White Plains Performing Arts Center, 11 City Place, 3rd flr, White Plains. 914-328-1600;



Led by Patrick Raftery, tour will feature people at the center of controversies, scandals and mysteries including an author who was murdered, a psychologist whose famous experiments tested the boundaries of authority, and a violinist whose escapades scandalized Europe. Tour starts at Kensico Cemetery adm bldg: 273 Lakeview Ave., Valhalla. Res. with Maureen: 888-Kensico ext. 228 JUNE 14: 8:30AM THE BREAKFAST CLUB

Free breakfasts with presentation by guest speaker and light exercise program. Covers music therapy, cardiology. Phelps Hospital, 701 N. Broadway, Sleepy Hollow, Cafeteria, G Level. 914366-3937 or email ewoods3@ to register.

The festival features diverse music, dance, storytelling as well as a juried Handcrafters’ Village, the Green Living Expo, the Working Waterfront with small boat exhibits and rides, the Artisanal Food & Farm Market, environmental education displays and exhibits, and the Circle of Song where audience participation is the focus. Wheelchair accessible; stage programming staffed with American Sign Language interpreters. Croton Point Park, Croton on Hudson;


Back by popular demand!!! Broadway Baritone, James Michael will perform his widely and critically acclaimed production bringing the sound of Broadway to the JCC. Performance by World-Class Baritone James Michael. JCC of Mid-Westchester, 999 Wilmot Rd., Scarsdale; 914-472-3300;


Fifth Avenue in NYC, from 82nd St. to 105th, is closed to traffic, with free access to the museums, street entertainers, live bands. Participating museums: El Museo del Barrio at 104th,


Record-breaking winner of six Tony Awards, Audra McDonald returns to Caramoor bringing her unparalleled talents to the Opening Night of our Summer Season. Celebrate the American Songbook as brought to life by the inspiring force of a Broadway legend. Caramoor, 149 Girdle Ridge Rd., Katonah; 914-232-1252; JUNE 16: 8PM COCKTAIL HOUR

The Show reinvents the glamour and excitement of classic entertainment with an original mix of charismatic choreography, intoxicating music and ex-


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Ever since his triumphant Chopin 2nd in 2011, we’ve been anxious to bring back Orion Weiss. At the time, he had just married acclaimed Mozart interpreter, Anna Polonsky, making them a pianistic power couple. Join the artists and members of the orchestra for a fun-filled Father's Day celebration right after the concert. Performing Arts Center, Purchase College; 914682-3707;


Treat your special guy to an evening of free outdoor music. Featuring a Dobbie Brothers tribute. Turnure Park between Lake and Main Sts., White Plains.

strations, interactive family activities, tantalizing foods and gourmet specialties and more! 6636 Route 9, Rhinebeck, NY; 845-331-7900; JUNE 23: ALL DAY AMERICAN ROOTS FESTIVAL


A fun filled evening of entertainment, food, rides and fireworks. Featuring Army West Point's Benny Havens band. White Plains High School.


Stephen Stills is one of rock music’s most enduring figures with a career now spanning six decades and Judy Collins has inspired audiences with sublime vocals, boldly vulnerable songwriting, personal life triumphs, and a firm commitment to social activism. Ridgefield Playhouse, Ridgefield, CT. 203-438-5795; JUNE 19: 10AM-3PM SAXON WOODS POOL PARTY AND BARBECUE

With free mini golf. Admission and parking also free. Rain date is June 20. Open to all Westchester residents ages 60 and over. Saxon Woods Park, 1800 Mamaroneck Avenue, White Plains. 914-813-6400;

Special outdoor yoga event featuring movement, meditation and mindfulness. With local vendors, sponsors and a marketplace. Court Street, White Plains;


Meet a unique mix of 200 emerging and seasoned artists whose extraordinary skill and vision help make this a most anticipated yearly event. Enjoy hands-on craft demon-

Shopping, live music, food and crafts, featuring dozens of local artisans, collectors, and artists who make one-of-a-kind items. Hastings-on-Hudson train station parking lot (GPS: 131 Southside Ave, Hastings-onHudson;hastingsflea@gmail. com; JULY 11: 1-2PM RIVERFRONT BOOK CLUB

Acclaimed singer-songwriter Aimee Mann (performs in evening), named one of the top10 living songwriters by NPR Music, headlines the American Roots Music Festival, now in its 8th year. Rising star multiinstrumentalist Valerie June brings her unique blend of Appalachian tradition, gospel, and blues. Many other artists round out this day-long celebration of folk, country, bluegrass, gospel, blues, and intriguing folk fusion performances held throughout Caramoor’s lawns and gardens. Caramoor, Katonah; 914-2321252; JUNE 30: 10:30-11:30AM SOCIAL SECURITY PLANNING



Free educational workshop for single, married, divorced, widowed ages 60-70 by retirement specialist Paul Petrone. Lewisboro Library, 15 Main St., South Salem; Reg: 914-875-9004 or JULY 1: 2PM GENE KELLY- THE LEGACY

Did you know the legendary dancer directed the film Hello Dolly! His wife and biographer Patricia Ward Kelly presents an intimate portrait of him in this unique one-woman performance. What a great opportunity to hear first person about a Hollywood legend. Paramount Hudson Valley, Peekskill; 914-739-0039; summer 2018



Join John Jay Homestead and the Rotary Club of Bedford-Armonk in a celebration of America’s founding with a spirited reading of The Declaration of Independence, live music, food, crafts, games, house tours, and plenty of other activities. Free admission to the grounds; fees apply for food and drink, and some fair activities.John Jay Homestead, Katonah; 914-2325651;

Join librarian Jody Maier for a book discussion each month at 1 pm in Room 2B. Call 914337-1500 ext. 461 for current book title or check the library's monthly Happenings brochure. Riverfront Library, Yonkers. 914-337-1500 ext. 461;


Celebrate the 4th paying tribute to Leonard Bernstein alongside other grand symphonic works with the esteemed Westchester Symphonic Winds and two stellar alumni from Caramoor’s Schwab Vocal Rising Stars. Then, stick around for a proper ending to the evening with Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture, and of course — fireworks! Caramoor, Katonah; 914-2321252; JULY 6-8 HUDSON VALLEY HOT AIR BALLOON FESTIVAL

Hayrides, food trucks, a tap tent, corn hole, vendors, live music from great bands, Majestic Moon Glow, tether rides, and rides in the hot-air balloons for sale. New location: Dutchess County Fairgrounds 6550 Spring Brook Ave, Rhinebeck, NY; dcrcoc. org/balloonfestival


Alexander Hamilton, John Jay’s fellow New Yorker and close ally in the Federalist cause, famously died on July 12, 1804, following a duel with Aaron Burr. Take a docent-led tour of John Jay’s Bedford House highlighting Jay’s connection to this deadly cultural practice and his relationship with Hamilton. Regular admission fees apply.John Jay Homestead, Katonah; 914-2325651;


Free breakfasts with presentation by guest speaker and light exercise program. Covers music therapy, cardiology. Phelps Hospital, 701 N. Broadway, Sleepy Hollow, Cafeteria, G Level. 914366-3937 or email ewoods3@ to register..

calendar (continued from prior page) JULY 21: 10:30-11:30AM SOLVING THE RETIREMENT PUZZLE

Free educational workshop for people approaching, entering and recently retired by retirement specialist Paul Petrone. Rye Free Reading Room, 1061 Boston Post Rd., Rye; register at 914-231-3161 or JULY 13: 7PM THE SECRET GARDENER

Become entangled in the storytelling of The Secret Gardener (La finta giardiniera) as performers and audience members meet in Caramoor’s Sunken Garden. Written by an 18-year-old Mozart, this is a story of love, madness, and redemption that unfolds in the lush grounds of a beautiful garden. Disguises and mistaken identities abound in Mozart’s charming tale of a triple love triangle! Enjoy a summer evening outdoors with this lighthearted comic opera, performed in English. Seating is extremely limited for this unique performance, so be sure to book well in advance! Caramoor, Katonah; 914-2321252; JULY 14: 11AM-5PM CAR & MOTORCYCLE SHOW


Now in its fourth year in collaboration with Jazz at Lincoln Center, Caramoor’s annual Jazz Festival is back with exceptional talent and music for you to enjoy throughout the stunning gardens and historical venues within Caramoor. Join us for a full day of jazz, interactive activities for the kids, and evening headliner fivetime Grammy winner, Dianne Reeves. Caramoor, Katonah; 914-232-1252;

Westchester Broadway Theatre, Elmsford; 914-592-2268; AUGUST 7: 1PM HOW TO STEAL A MILLION

This elegant 1966 romantic comedy features a sparkling Audrey Hepburn who decides to rob a Paris museum to protect her wealthy father (who is an art forger), and Peter O’Toole as the burglar she hires for the job. Don’t miss the classic double-take from French comic actor Moustache. Jacob Burns Film Center, 364 Manville Rd., Pleasantville; 914773-7663; AUGUST 11 THE SIXTIES SHOW

Take a trip back in time with this show, a cross-generational crowd pleaser. The band is known for re-creating spot on, note for note recreations of the hits, B-sides and deep album cuts from the greatest songs of the 1960’s. All of the music is performed live, with no samples, backing tracks or pre-recorded music of any kind. Westchester Broadway Theatre, Elmsford; 914-5922268; AUGUST 12: 8AM-4PM HASTINGS FLEA MARKET


A collection of some of the coolest cars and motorcycles in Westchester. Wartburg, 1 Wartburg Pl., Mt. Vernon; 914-5135308; JULY 20: 8PM GLENN MILLER ORCHESTRA

Today, the 18 member ensemble continues to play many of the original Miller arrangements both from the civilian band and the AAFB libraries, like 'Moonlight Serenade,' 'Little Brown Jug' and 'Chattanooga Choo Choo.' Additionally, it also plays some more modern selections. Emelin Theatre, 153 Library Lane, Mamaroneck. 914-698-0098;

Three-time Grammy-winning vocal group Chanticleer makes their Caramoor debut in our stunning Spanish Courtyard. Celebrating their 40th Anniversary, they will perform works by Palestrina, Lassus, Gibbons, Byrd, Steven Stucky, Chen Yi, Matthew Aucoin, Ellington, Rodgers & Hart, Berlin, and other classics from their extensive and varied repertoire. Caramoor, Katonah; 914-2321252;

Join in for a fun-filled day of shopping, live music, food and crafts, featuring dozens of local artisans, collectors, and artists who make one-of-a-kind items. Hastings-on-Hudson train station parking lot (GPS: 131 Southside Ave, Hastings-onHudson;hastingsflea@gmail. com;

The 52nd Annual Moon Viewing Concert, Dinner and Tea Demonstrations. Live traditional Japanese music in the garden. Hammond Museum & Japanese Stroll Garden, 28 Deveau Rd., North Salem. Event coordinator to RSVP: 914-5525258; AUGUST 25 THE HITS OF BILLY JOEL & ELTON JOHN

Jeff Scott has been performing the music of Elton John for over a decade. His show features costume changes, superb and skillful piano playing and the distinctive and powerful vocals we have come to know and love. Jeff Brewer is a world-class Billy Joel tribute artist. His vocal abilities and flair for entertainment make for a very enjoyable evening. Westchester Broadway Theatre, Elmsford; 914-5922268;


From The Armonk Players, this award-winning rock musical centers on a mother struggling with bipoloar disorder and the effects her illness has on her family. It has been called one of the best musicals of the 21st century. Whippoorwill Theater, 19 Whippoorwill Road East, Armonk;;



Sing, dance & celebrate the music of your life to songs like My Girl, I Heard It Through The Grapevine, Dancin’ In The Street, Stop, In The Name Of Love, Ain’t Nothin’ Like The Real Thing, Ain’t No Mountain High Enough, How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You) & Uptight – nearly 30 non-stop hits in all!


The unforgettable harmonies and classic sound of The Beach Boys will bring Good Vibrations back to The Ridgefield Playhouse after their sold-out performances in 2015 and 2017! Ridgefield Playhouse, 203-438-5795;


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Video installation by artist Ellen Kozak and composer Scott D. Miller. Drawing from the formal traditions of gestural abstraction and the dazzling potential of video art, Kozak’s piece is an immersive meditation on the relationship between music and imagery, as well as the relationship between artist and nature. Hudson River Museum, 511 Warburton Ave., Yonkers. 914963-4550;


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The story of Deloris Van Cartier, a disco diva whose life takes a surprising turn when she witnesses a murder. Under protective custody she is hidden in the one place she won’t be found – a Convent! Disguised as a nun and under the suspicious watch of Mother Superior, Deloris helps her fellow sisters find their voices as she unexpectedly rediscovers her own. Featuring original music by Tony and 8-time Oscar winner Alan Menken, dazzling dance routines and songs inspired by Motown Westchester Broadway Theatre, Elmsford; 914-592-2268; JUNE 2-SEPTEMBER 2 NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC PHOTO ARK

Led by photographer Joel Sartore, this is a multiyear effort to document every species living in wildlife sanctuaries, inspire action through education, and help save wildlife by supporting on-the-ground conservation efforts. With ingenuity and wit, National Geographic photographer Joel Sartore has captured portraits of more than 6,000 creatures in 40 countries to date. Bruce Museum, Greenwich, CT; 203-869-0376; JUNE 7-SEPTEMBER 3 HUDSON VALLEY SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL

the Hudson River views, enjoy a picnic dinner, participate in a pre-show discussion. Performances take place at historic Boscobel House and Gardens, 1601 Route 9D, Garrison, NY; 845-265-9575;



JUNE 5 & 19; JULY 3 & 17; AND AUG 7 & 21: 11AM-4PM FARMERS MARKET

20 vendors participate, selling seasonal fresh fruits, vegetables, herbs, artisan baked goods, local grass-fed beef, selected crafts and gifts, and other items. EBT/SNAP customers are welcome and some farmers accept FMNP checks. NY-Presbyterian Hudson Valley Hospital, 1980 Crompond Rd., Cortlandt Manor; 914-7379000;

Tour highlights the history of the estate from 1862, through each of its three owners, emphasizing its world famous heyday in the Untermyer years, its dramatic decline after 1940, and the remarkable restoration efforts that have been ongoing from 2011 to present day. With an emphasis on Samuel Untermyer and his wife and their place in early 20th century history as well as discussion of the remarkable architecture of the gardens. GARDENS TOUR also offered on other dates. And late June start date to WORLD FEST SUMMER CONCERTS:

JUNE 9, 16, 23 & 30; JULY 7 & 21; AUGUST 4 & 18: 6:30-10:30PM ALOHA NIGHTS

Enjoy an after-hours viewing of Georgia O’Keeffe: Visions of Hawai‘i in the Conservatory and Art Gallery (exhibition thru Oct. 28). Then take in the seasonal beauty of the Garden on festive summer evenings as live music sets the mood for traditional artisan demonstrations of kapa– and lei-making as well as block printing. NY Botanical Garden, Bronx. 718817-8700; JUNE 14-JULY 1 THE DOG IN THE DRESSING ROOM

free outdoor concerts Saturday eves at 7:30 starting late June. Picnic and walk around the gardens before dusk. The gardens are on the Hudson River on 43 acres and include The Temple of Love with five waterfalls; The Walled Garden - Persian Garden; and The Vista - with two ancient Roman columns, 2000 years old. 945 North Broadway, Yonkers. Go to website or call for all dates, times and details of tours. 914613-4502; JUNE 22, JULY 13 & 27 SUMMER CONCERT SERIES

Featuring The Taming of the Shrew and Richard II by William Shakespear; The Heart of Robin Hood, by David Farr; and Rip Van Winkle by Seth Bockley - adapted from the story by Washington Irving; and The Sea-Maid's Music. Most performances begin at 7:30 but arrive early to enjoy

A charming backstage romance... A delicious new comedy by Deborah Savadge. Schoolhouse Theater, 3 Owen Rd., North Salem; 914-2778477;

casing today’s dynamic jazz talent. Bring your blankets and low-back chairs and enjoy the best seat in the house on the scenic Conservatory Lawn. NY Botanical Garden, Bronx. 718817-8700;

This year’s series pays tribute to a great American city, a great American humanitarian, and a great American composer. With the glass-domed Conservatory as the backdrop, this innovative series developed in collaboration with Catskill Jazz Factory and Absolutely Live Entertainment presents three themed evenings show-


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Winner of three 2011 Tony Awards and considered one of the greatest tap dancing musicals of all time. A brassy nightclub singer, a starryeyed stowaway and Public Enemy No. 13 are booked on a transatlantic luxury liner bound for romance and laughter. Cole Porter’s first-class score includes some of musical theater’s most memorable standards, including "I Get a Kick Out of You," "You're the Top," "It's De-Lovely," “Friendship,” “All Through The Night,” and many more! Westchester Broadway Theatre, Elmsford; 914-592-2268; JULY 10-28 A FLEA IN HER EAR

Raymonde has everything a turn-of-the-century Parisian housewife could want — everything, that is, except for a husband who lavishes her with attention in bed. Doubting his fidelity, she gets a “flea in her ear,” sending all involved on a wild ride of accusations, mistaken identities, and riotous confusions! Westport Country Playhouse, Westport, CT; 203227-4177;


Conditions at the Sleep-Tite Pajama Factory are anything but peaceful as sparks fly between new superintendent, Sid Sorokin, and Babe Williams, leader of the union grievance committee. Their stormy relationship comes to a head when the workers strike for a 7 ½ cent pay increase, setting off not only a conflict between management and labor, but a battle of the sexes as well. Brewster Theater Co., 28 Gleneida Ave., Carmel;




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calendar (continued from prior page) TUESDAYS: 10-11:30AM KNITTING/CROCHETING


A rollicking romp through Elizabethan England complete with 16th Century games, rides, arts, crafts, food, music and dance. August 19-20: Marketplace Master Craftsman; August 26-27: Celtic Weekend. Route 17A, Tuxedo Park, NY; 845-351-5171; AUGUST 14-SEPTEMBER 1 THE UNDERSTUDY

Audiences mob the theater when a Hollywood action star takes the Broadway stage in a recently discovered play by Franz Kafka. But what if he can’t go on? Enter Harry, the understudy, a journeyman actor who has the chops but not the résumé.Gets hilarious from there. Westport Country Playhouse, Westport, CT; 203-2274177; AUGUST 21-26: 10AM-10PM DUTCHESS COUNTY FAIR

Learn the basics of knitting and/ or crocheting! Or resume knitting and/or crocheting by reviewing the fundamentals! All levels welcome. Bring your own materials. Light refreshments served. Yonkers Public Library - Riverfront branch. One Larkin Center, Yonkers; 914-375-7968;


Window shop as you get and stay in shape with indoor walks. Special guest speaker first Friday each month at 9am (Food Court, Level 4). Adm. and parking free for members of mall walk program. Sign up at horse fountain near Crate & Barrel, Level 2, Tues and Fri mornings during program. Westchester Mall, White Plains. Info: 914-231-4645.



Enjoy an afternoon of art viewing and socializing. Led by an expert docent, participants stroll through the galleries, learn about the exhibition on view, then mingle with other like-minded art enthusiasts over coffee and treats. Free with adm. Katonah Museum of Art, 134 Jay Street - Route 22, Katonah; 914-2329555; SATURDAYS: 9AM-1PM JOHN JAY FARM MARKET

Purchase locally produced, healthy food and support local, sustainable agriculture. This weekly market also offers musical entertainment, featured community organizations, demonstrations and workshops. Saturdays June thru October. John Jay Homestead, Katonah; 914-232-5651;



The second largest county fair in New York State is the showplace for agriculture in Dutchess County. Events include: Rhinebeck Antique Car Show & Swap Meet, Barn Star’s Antiques at Rhinebeck, Country Living Fair, Good Guys Rod & Custom Car Show, Rhinebeck Crafts Festival, AMCA National Antique Motorcycle Meet & Antique Machinery Show, Hudson Valley Wine & Food Festival, and the NYS Sheep & Wool Festival. Century Museum Village, 300 crafts, food, shopping vendors and entertainment. Fairgrounds GPS: 6636 Route 9, Rhinebeck, NY; 845-8764000;

Always wanted to play bridge? Here is your chance! These classes are for both beginners and players with some experience. Bridge maven Walter Heitner will help you navigate your way around the gameSomers Library Conference Room, Route 139 & Reis Park; 914-232-5717;

Bring your binoculars and walk the Garden grounds with a bird expert. You’ll search for our feathered friends and learn more about bird-friendly habitats, passage birds, and those that make a permanent home at the Garden. NY Botanical Garden, Bronx. 718-817-8700;


Want to start writing your biography? Learn how to put your thoughts and memories down on paper. Instructor is author and poet Catherine Wald. Reg. is required. Call or email Ossining Library, 53 Croton Ave, 2nd flr conference room; 914-941-2416 ext. 327;

their Full Farm Adult Walking Tour, Hands-on Taste, Meet the Bees. Stone Barns Center, 630 Bedford Rd., Tarrytown (for GPS); 914-366-6200;


Visitors are invited to self guide and explore the farm at their own pace. Check out


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The exhibition explores the impacts of the changing climate in ways that incorporate scientific, cultural, and aesthetic perspectives. Storm King Art Center, 1 Museum Rd., New Windsor, NY; YEAR ROUND VARIOUS LOCATIONS/TIMES DEMYSTIFYING MEDICARE COVERAGE WORKSHOPS

Reviews Medicare coverage, including supplemental and drug plans, Medicare Advantage and cost-saving programs. Workshops run in single sessions at the N. Salem, Harrison, Sleepy Hollow, West Harrison, Pleasantville, Pound Ridge, Irvington, Valhalla, Montrose, Yonkers, South Salem, Eastchester, Shrub Oak, Ossining, Scarsdale, and Pelham libraries, Cortlandt Town Hall and Croton Rec. To find the date and time near you, see calendar at or contact Westchester Seniors Out Speaking at 914-231-3236 or WSOS is a project of the Westchester Library System. MONTHLY CLASSES CHEF PETER X. KELLY TEACHING KITCHEN

Cooking classes held monthly. Some feature disease-prevention curricula like eating for heart health or recipes for a gluten-free diet, and are cohosted by physicians from the NY-Presbyterian Medical Group Hudson Valley and Chef Emilie Berner. These classes are free while others cost $15. Dempsey House Teaching Kitchen, 1992 Crompond Rd., Cortlandt Manor. 914-7343780;


Provides peer support and education about the challenges and unique issues facing "well" spouses. Burke Rehabilitation Hospital, Billings Bldg #4/ Room 202; 785 Mamaroneck Ave., White Plains. 914-9494936; community-calendar JUNE 4: 7-9PM OSTEOPOROSIS AWARENESS

Provides support to individuals suffering from osteoporosis as well as information to those interested in learning ways to decrease their risk of their disease. Burke Rehabilitation Hospital, Billings Bldg #4/ Rosedale Room, 785 Mamaroneck Ave., White Plains. 914725-5229 or susanisworking@; BEFORE HEADING OUT TO AN EVENT LISTED ON ANY CALENDAR PAGE, PLEASE CONFIRM THE DATE AND TIME AS SOME EVENTS ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE AND THE OCCASIONAL ERROR MAY OCCUR. JUNE 6 & AUGUST 1: 2PM MIND GAMES FOR FUN

Group games and puzzles using memory skills, visual recall, focus and speed. Board Room/ C Level at Phelps campus, 701 N. Broadway, Sleepy Hollow; 914366-3937 or email ewoods3@ to register. JUNE 12 & 26, JULY 10 & 24; AUG 14 & 28: 12 NOON HOLISTIC PAIN SUPPORT PROGRAM

For people suffering from chronic pain, providing comprehensive pain management services including exercise, psychological support and complementary medicine practices. Phelps campus, N. Broadway, Sleepy Hollow, Family Medicine Residency Conference Room; 914-3663937 or email ewoods3@ to register.

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Classical / Jazz / Opera / Roots / World / Gardens / Kids & Families / Group Discounts Full Calendar & Tickets: 914.232.1252

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Encourages caregivers to maintain their own personal, physical and emotional health as well as optimally care for the person with dementia. In addition, they may provide a needed break from care giving responsibilities. Burke Rehabilitation Hospital, Billings Bldg 4/ Room 204; 785 Mamaroneck Ave., White Plains. Registration required: 914-2536860 or JUNE 14, JULY 12 & AUGUST 9: 10:45AM OSTEOPOROSIS SUPPORT

For people with osteoporosis, providing education on nutrition, exercise, and activites of daily living.Phelps campus, N. Broadway, Sleepy Hollow, Board Room/ C level; 914366-3937 or email ewoods3@ to register. JUNE 15, JULY 13 & AUGUST 10: 10AM ALZHEIMER'S SUPPORT GRP

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go it alone. Phelps campus, N. Broadway, 755 Building, Room 545, Sleepy Hollow; 914-3663937 or email ewoods3@ to register. JUNE 19, JULY 17 & AUGUST 21: 10AM SENIOR STEPS HEALTH SCREENINGS

Free Health Screenings for seniors. June 19: hearing screeing; July 17: blood pressure screening; Aug 21: hand screening. Appt. required. Phelps Hospital, N. Broadway, 755 Building, Pulmonary Lab, Sleepy Hollow; 914-366-3937 or email for more information and to register.


Information, speakers, a supportive environment and a chance to meet others experiencing similar life changes post stroke. Participants will learn ways to help problem solve, cope, and understand more about stroke and recovery issues, including lifestyle changes that reduce the risk of stroke and promote a healthy life. Burke Rehabilitation Hospital, Outpatient Bldg #8/2nd Floor Conference Room; 785 Mamaroneck Ave., White Plains. 914-9077482; community-calendar

Burke Clinical Trials for Alzheimer's Patients

Burke Rehabilitation Hospital is currently recruiting participants for the Triad Research Study, which is evaluating a medication to see if it may reduce symptoms of agitation due to Alzheimer's disease. Agitation, expressed as aggression - both physical and verbal - can make caring for your loved one intimidating and stressful. To qualify for the study, patients

must be between 50 to 90 years old; have a caregiver able to attend all study visits; and have moderate to severe agitation due to Alzheimer's. Study-related medical exams and assessments are at no cost. Attendance at eight clinic visits over 16 weeks is a requirement for participation. To learn more about this clinical trial, contact Burke at 914-597-2476.

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Lem n Grilled Shrimp Original recipe from Lisa Keys, The Good Grief Cook

INGREDIENTS: 3 Tbspn white wine plus additional for soaking skewers 1 Tbspn plus 1 tsp extra-virgin olive oil 1 Tbspn fresh lemon juice 1 tsp honey 4 garlic cloves, grated 2 Tbspn chopped parsley plus additional for garnish 1 pound extra-large shrimp, shelled and deveined (about 20 shrimp) sea salt freshly ground black pepper Âź tsp Aleppo pepper, plus additional for garnish 1-2 Tbspn melted unsalted butter (optional) 4 slices of lemon

DIRECTIONS: Light a grill. Soak 4 to 6 wooden skewers in white wine for 30 minutes. In a bowl, mix the 3 Tbspn of wine, 1 Tbspn of oil, lemon juice, honey, garlic and parsley. Season the shrimp with sea salt and pepper and add to the bowl, tossing to coat with marinade. Let stand for 15 minutes. Then, thread the shrimp onto the skewers. Brush shrimp with half the melted butter (or skip the butter altogether, if desired); sprinkle with Aleppo pepper. Grill the shrimp on a lightly greased grill rack, over moderate heat, basting with remaining butter and turning, until just cooked through - about five to seven minutes. When done, set on a serving platter. Meanwhile, brush lemon slices with remaining teaspoon of oil. Sprinkle with some salt and pepper and place them on the grill for about two minutes per side. Place on the serving platter with the shrimp. Garnish the shrimp and lemon with fresh parsley and a sprinkle of Aleppo pepper, if desired. Serves 4.

Lisa Keys is a multi-award-winning cook, a Food Network Chopped champ and blogger of www.GoodGriefCook. com. When Lisa is not blogging, cooking or competing, she can be found in her garden tending to the fresh ingredients she uses in her recipes.


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