Posts Tagged ‘Active Aging Week’

New Website Offers Free Resources to Older Adults and Families

October 8th, 2012 No comments

Boxwood AllianceThe Boxwood Alliance ( offers a free aging in place resource for older adults and their families in Northern Westchester and Putnam Counties.  The idea for both the website and the not for profit organization emerged from a group of professionals in the area who work with older adults, including an elder law attorney, a long term care insurance planner, a geriatric care manager, a nurse executive, and others.  They had met in a geriatric coalition and decided to put their combined resources and information together in one place.  Catherine Wynkoop of Pound Ridge helped to get the process started and is now the board chairman.

“We chose the name ‘Boxwood’ because the plant is resilient and widespread in the region,” Wynkoop said.  “Bedford’s Dick Farrell, a Boxwood co-founder, came up with the name as a symbol of longevity and something connected to this area.”

Vice-chairman J Donna Sullivan of Somers stated that the goal was to have a single resource for individuals and families who are often overwhelmed when they realize they need help. “Too often we have families coming to us in ‘crisis’ mode.  We are building this website to be a useful resource for planning and a place to go for reliable information about options.”

To gain access to all the features of the site, including up to date feeds from national news carriers like the New York Times New Old Age Blog and Medicare Rights, users are invited to become a member.  Membership is free.  In addition, members are able to post comments and ask questions on the Community Forum page.  On the Community Connections page, they can share recommendations and rate their experiences with local businesses and vendors.

This fall, the Boxwood Alliance is coordinating Active Aging Week across upper Westchester and Putnam Counties during the week of September 23- 29. “We are reaching out to all the older adult programs and services across the region to join in celebrating the wealth of choices for remaining actively engaged,” said Wynkoop.  The Boxwood Alliance will feature these local events on its website and will promote them across the region.  Agencies and organization that wish to be included can reach the organization by email or by calling 914-764-3014

Mark your calendar for Active Aging Week 9/23-29/12

September 23rd, 2012 No comments

Across the nation, people ages 50 years and older will experience the theme, “Be active your way” during Active Aging Week, the annual health promotion event of the International Council on Active Aging (ICAA) between September 23-29, 2012.
The Boxwood Alliance will join the national campaign by promoting events hosted by a wide variety of older adult programs and services across upper Westchester and lower Putnam Counties.  With community support, the Boxwood Alliance is a collaborative, free aging in place resource in the region for older adults and their families.

“These events are opportunities for promoting the wealth of programming available for older adults in our community.  Unfortunately, many residents do not know the extent of quality programming available through local town recreation departments, libraries, local businesses, healthcare providers and others,” says Catherine Wynkoop, BoxwoodAlliance Chairman.

According to the World Health Organization, “active aging” means optimizing opportunities for health, participation and security in order to enhance quality of life as people grow older.

“The images of aging are changing,” observes Colin Milner, CEO of ICAA, “and today it is known that staying physically and mentally active leads to better overall health, improves mood and brain health, and encourages older adults to contribute to society, their communities and their families. That’s why the special events of Active Aging Week open the doors to new, fun and educational activities.”

Go to  for a growing list of Active Aging Week activities. Check back over the next several weeks to see the list grow.

Calling all Seniors

September 20th, 2012 No comments

Next week is chock full of opportunities to explore ‘Creative Aging’…

Celebrating Active Aging Week 9/23-29/12

Free events for older adults, their families and friends
We invite you to join us in celebrating the wonderful selection of free lectures, trips and special events (bolded) planned for older adults, their families and friends across upper Westchester and Putnam Counties, particularly during Active Aging Week.

See also, as this list is growing.

Sunday 9/23
2-5 PM, Special Concert at the Mahopac Public Library (668 Route 6): The John Arrucci Sextet performing original compositions tinged with Jazz, Classical and World Music influences. Free admission. For more information, call 845-628-2009 or email

3-4 PM, Garden Lecture at the Ruth Keeler Library: Gardens Filled With Life – Designing with Northeast Flora. The North Salem Open Land Foundation and the Library present this talk by author and landscape architect, Carolyn Summers. She will speak about the ways in which indigenous (native) plants form the basis of the food web that supports a healthy, biodiverse landscape. 276 Titicus Road, North Salem, New York 10560, (914) 669 – 5161.

Monday 9/24
1-2 PM, Wii Bowling exercise demonstration for Active Aging Week at the Fox Center, 198 Carpenter Avenue, Mount Kisco. Call 666-8766 to register.

6-7 PM, Mind-Body Wellness Workshop at the Somers Library, 80 Primrose Street, Somers, NY 10589. Register online at or call 914-232-5717.

Tuesday 9/25
10-11:30 AM, A Refreshing Walk Around Armstrong Preserve in recognition of Active Aging Week. The Pound Ridge Land Conservancy’s Land Steward will take guests safely through a forested nature preserve. Distance is approximately 1 mile. This walk is not strenuous. Address of Armstrong Preserve: 1361 Old Post Road, Pound Ridge, NY10576. Participants should meet at the top of the driveway.  More information is available here