Senior Citizens

Silver Seniors Vie For Gold

Saturday, October 3rd, 2015

The 2016 Brooklyn Senior Olympics kicked off with events ranging from swimming to shot put to ping-pong bouts.

State Senator Jesse Hamilton (D –Brooklyn) and St. John’s Seniors Organization President Joyce Bolden turned out to support the 40 seniors, who engaged in fierce competition at St. John’s Recreation Center in Crown Heights.

Bolden recently returned from winning her own gold medal in the Empire State Senior Olympic Games in Cortland, N.Y., and was inspired to start a similar event in Brooklyn. She and Hamilton huddled over the idea, and the Silver Kings and Queens Olympics were born.

A series of preliminary competitions will held at recreation centers each month leading up to the main, culminating event, set for May 11-13 in Brooklyn.

Mark of a Devoted Child

Friday, June 19th, 2015

Mike Arotsky, aka Mike Tattoo, is covered in ink and loves his motorcycles. In past lives, he was a body builder and a TV actor. Now, at age 55, Arotsky spends his days in a cramped apartment in Howard Beach, Queens, spoon-feeding baby food to his ailing, 89-year-old invalid mother.

She suffers from Guillain-Barré syndrome, a rare disorder in which the immune system attacks the nerves and eventually paralyzes the body. Arotsky doesn’t trust anyone else to look after his mother and can’t stand the idea of sending her to a nursing home.

His devotion means personal sacrifices: Friendships and romantic relationships have taken a backseat to the daily cycle of feeding, cleaning – and watching old TV shows together.

“Unfortunately, American society is all about ‘me,’” Arotsky said. “How can you forget your original family?”

Caring for Caregivers

Saturday, September 13th, 2014

As America’s population ages, an increasing number of families are caring for loved ones with dementia.

In a bid to ease the burden on caregivers, the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America hosts its Five Boroughs Concepts in Care Conference in New York annually. The event offers financial advice for families struggling to help loved ones with dementia, and aims to provide stress relief and tips for caregivers.

Keeping the caregivers healthy, experts say, is key to ensuring successful care for patients.



Wednesday, June 4th, 2014

Seniors Walk For Health

Saturday, October 27th, 2012