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?”
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.
Saturday, October 27th, 2012
Seniors donned bright blue T-shirts and comfy shoes for the Selfhelp Senior Center’s walk-a-thon in Kissena Park. The event was organized to raise money to expand health and wellness programs like yoga, tai chi and ping pong classes at the group’s five centers throughout Queens.
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