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May 2015



The Newsletter of TTN - NYC's

Caring Collaborative


 Appears quarterly in place of ourTop NYC Chapter Newsletter
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 A Message from Our NYC Chapter ChairEileenNote

Hello TTNers,


How much are we at TTN and the Caring Collaborative looking forward to

I can hear a resounding cheer as we know sun and warm breezes are  just weeks away. Even though the weather has been difficult, our Neighborhood Groups continue to meet, our Caring Collaborative events are still held and the CC escort service continues to function. Be glad you belong to a good support network of helpful people who are there for you.


Kind Regards,

Eileen Kobrin,  

A Message from the
Caring Collaborative Co-ChairsCCCo-Chairs

Nancy Gold  

CC Co-Chair


Cherry blossoms, daffodils and tulips....all the signs of spring when the world is telling you that the weather has gotten better. We urge you to take a healthy walk around your neighborhood. Take a longer walk around a new neighborhood with a new friend.


Barbara Stahura

 CC Co-Chair 

We of the CC say embrace the change and make each day a good one. Read below for some timely information, and find out what the Neighborhood Groups are saying, including our new Downtown 2 Group. 


Many thanks to the Caring Times editorial team, especially feature authors Susan Freeman and Sally Olds.



Nancy Gold  

Barbara Stahura 

Tai Chi -- Free in Central Park TaiChi

Elizabeth Hansen, a Caring Collaborative member and Certified Tai Chi instructor, will be practicing Tai Chi in Central Park's Conservatory Garden each Thursday in May from noon to 1PM. All are welcome to join Elizabeth for this free activity amidst the beauty of spring flowers. Meet at the Left Pergola in the Central, Palladian, garden at Fifth Avenue and 104th Street. Please arrive no later than 12:30. Rain? Class is cancelled.

More information, email:           

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Counting Sheep?CountingSheep

by Susan Freeman


A good night's sleep is a wonderful restorative part of life but many of us now have trouble falling asleep. We may wake up in the middle of the night and can't get back to sleep. Indeed, many of us walk around tired because we've had a restless, fitful night of sleep.


Many positive changes occur after retirement, especially giving ourselves more freedom since we don't have to live on a schedule as we did when working. But this freedom and looser timing can lead to sleep issues.


On March 19th, at a Caring Collaborative co-sponsored Third Thursday event, Christina DiNapoli, DNP, FNP-BC, a Clinical Nurse Practitioner at The Weill Cornell Medical College Center for Sleep Medicine, presented practical information about sleep issues as well as some easy to implement sleep tips. Read More

HealthTipHealth Maintenance Tip - How To Fall

by Phyllis Edelson


Spring is finally here. The weather is fine, freezing temperatures and black ice are history. But a word of caution and advice for those of us still skittish about uneven sidewalks and crosswalks full of potholes.      

As we stroll around the city, these and other obstacles may feed into balance issues and our fear of falling.

When walking outdoors keep your hands out of your may need them to break a fall. It's better to break your wrists than to suffer greater injuries - which could happen without using them.

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Planning Ahead To Avoid  MedicalExpenses

Surprise Medical Expenses

by Sally Olds  


Everything changes - nothing remains the same." This Buddhist saying certainly applies to the state of health care - and its attendant expenses. Changes in insurance coverage, for example, often come as a nasty surprise to people who are not ready for them. At this point the Boy Scout motto "Be Prepared" should influence your plans for medical care. While we're lucky to live in New York City with its many choices of doctors and facilities, you need to do your research and act on it to plan your medical care with regard to your budget Read More

The Caring Collaborative

Wants To Hear From YOU HosptialGuide

by Barbara Stahura, MS, FACHE        

  • Have You Been a Hospital Patient Recently?
  •  Are You a Healthcare Professional?



In 2011, a team of Caring Collaborative Members produced WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW WHEN YOU GO TO THE HOSPITAL ...Before...During...After.


This reference manual provides much valuable and still-current information, but based on recent discussions with CC members, I believe it should to be expanded.

My plan is to gather suggestions for updates and      additions from readers of the Caring Times and reach out to the NYC Chapter's authors, editors and healthcare professionals to help make the 2015 edition as useful and complete as possible.


Caring Collaborative NYC logoTopics to be added will include: Observation Status, Urgent Care Centers, Second Opinions, Hospitalists, Out of Network Care, and Patient Portals for accessing Electronic Medical Records (EMR). Please click here to review:



If you have any ideas for revisions, or would like to be part of the editorial team, please contact me at

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 Advance Research about Healthy AgingCAC
TTN members and friends age 65+ are invited to participate in research at the Columbia Aging Center/Columbia University School of Public Health.

The session will take less than an hour and you will receive a $10 bill as compensation for your participation. It's a great time of the year to visit the Cloisters or the Hispanic Society- both close to the CUPH. For details on how to schedule an appointment Read More  
 Neighborhood Group NotesNG_Notes
Click the links below to read more about topics discussed at Caring Collaborative Neighborhood Group Meetings.

These lively, relevant and confidential discussions focus on practical ways to manage health.


Midtown East Side Group

Best Advice You've Ever Gotten, Life Stories - Read More


Upper West Side 1 Group

Self-Image 1 & 2 - Read More


Upper West Side 2 Group

Five Things I Can't Live Without, Goals for 2015 & Friendship - Read More


Upper West Side 3 Group

Keeping Current on News and Trends, Resources for a Healthy Mind, Body and Spirit & Exercise: The Best Options as We Age. What Do You Do? - Read More


Upper West Side Afternoon Group      

Meaningful Photos and Memory Snapshot- Read More


Downtown 2 Group

Positive Aging - Read More


Downtown 3 Group

New Year's Resolutions & What is Your Individual Creativity and How Do You Express It- Read More


Queens Group

All About Stress  - Read More


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Volunteer Opportunity


Volunteer Committee Activity with Habitat for Humanity NYC

May 21st 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM


We'll roll up our sleeves and get to work with Habitat for Humanity's Brush with Kindness Program. Paint, landscape or do minor fix-up work and help to revitalize an essential community space such as a playground, senior center or park.  Register Here 



Part Time Job Opportunity

Medicare Health Insurance Sales (New York City)


Seeking a few TTN members interested in paid work that combines the satisfaction of being a helping professional with the significant income potential of sales.  This work is selling Medicare health insurance products (AARP Medicare Advantage, AARP Medicare RX Plans and AARP Medicare Supplement Plans). This is a unique opportunity to be mentored by an experienced sales professional (and TTN member) in NYC who will provide guidance, training and support on an ongoing basis. Read More (TTN Username & Password Required)



Special Events


Special Tour of The Kips Bay Decorator Show House with designer and TTN member Gail Green! 

June 9th - 11:00am


Get a first look at the newest trends in interior design, on a specially curated tour given by one of the Kips Bay designers and TTN member, Gail Green of Gail Green Interiors. Gail will give you the inside scoop on the Show House while taking you throughout the exhibition. Join her at 11:00 am on June 9. The $35 fee benefits the Kips Bay Boys and Girls Club. When you register at the Kips Bay Show House site, add TTN after your name. PLEASE let Gail know you are coming!  Email her at       Read More 


Summer Wine Tasting

June 9th - 6:30PM

Join us for a fun, educational and interactive summer wine tasting led by Culinary Institute of America graduate Caitlin Abruzzo. Taste four wines -- one sparkling, two white and one rosť -- and learn how to describe your preferences. AND, our wines will be paired with delicious hors d'oeuvres perfect for summer entertaining. You'll leave with a handout covering highlights and wine descriptions from the evening. What a great way to start the summer! Register Here 



TTN-NYC Bulletin Board


The NYC Chapter Bulletin Board is a feature you can use to connect with other TTN-NYC members.


On our Chapter Bulletin Board, you can: 

  • Find companions for travel, theater, dinner, a walk around the park
  • Buy or sell a couch, or your whole house.  Or give them away!
  • Get volunteers for a special project
  • Find partners for games
  • Share your favorite books, or movies

It's all possible through the NYC Bulletin Board.

(TTN Username & Password Required)


Once logged in choose the NYC Chapter from the list. Then you will find all the information you need to post or follow an entry.  Note: Be sure you are at the NY Chapter Bulletin Board, not the National Bulletin Board. Visit often!




Connect with other NY-TTN members to share interests and expertise. Join the INREACH matrix to share/sell yours. Click here to start the process.  

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Caring Collaborative Contacts 
Caring Collaborative Co-Chairs
Barbara Stahura              
Caring Times Co-Editors
Phyllis Edelson & Susan Freeman

Caring Collaborative Coordinator
Shawndra Card-Grant  

To contact The Caring Collaborative please email the coordinator at: