We were recently mentioned in a blog post by the Diverse Elders Coalition about the mental and physical effects of loneliness on older adults. The article highlights our volunteer partners, The Harmony Exchange. The photo featured in the piece is a picture of volunteers spending time with seniors at our Roosevelt Island Senior Center. It is so important for older adults to know they are still appreciated and not forgotten. Click here to read about ways you can help local seniors.
We are thrilled about our upcoming tech pilot that aims to fight the loneliness many older adults feel. Thanks to a generous donation from New York Community Trust we are installing Amazon Echo Shows in homebound senior's homes. Click here for David Stone's amazing article about the grant.
According to a recent study by National Poll on Healthy Aging, one third of seniors say they are lonely. Feeling isolated affects memory, mental and physical health. Thanks to a generous donation from New York Community Trust, we are connecting Roosevelt Island homebound seniors with their neighbors, friends, and family.
Our Associate Executive Director and Director/ Curator of the Carter Burden Gallery, Marlena Vaccaro was interviewed by WFUV’s Alexandra Parker. The two spoke about ageism in the arts, and how important our Carter Burden Gallery is to New York City artists ages 60 and up.
Macy’s joined us to celebrate National Senior Citizen’s Day yesterday. We are beyond grateful for their generosity.Yesterdays extra special classes and activities were thoroughly enjoyed by our seniors! Click here to read all about the wonderful volunteers that visited our Covello Senior Center.
We are so happy to announce our recent partnership with New York Community Trust. The group recently gifted us with a grant that will provide 40 Roosevelt Island homebound seniors and individuals with disabilities with virtual connection via Amazon Echo smart screens. The project will help combat isolation by enabling participants to access programs remotely, make video calls, and leverage features that support health & wellness like medication adherence reminders and healthy cooking demos. We are so grateful for this generous and innovative grant! Click here to read more about this fabulous grant in the NYCT newsletter.
As the temperatures have been breaking 90 degrees this July, our seniors have been enjoying air conditioning, nutritious meals, and cool activities. The heatwave brought the press to our Leonard/ Covello Senior Center to spread the word about cooling centers. All of our senior centers have cold air for people to enjoy. Because heatwaves can be a potential health risk to seniors, we have plenty of space for people to cool off and enjoy fun activities.
The heat has been out of control this July. High temperatures are health risks for seniors. Luckily, all of our CBN centers double as cooling centers. Our karaoke machine is blasting the tunes, and the air conditioner is blasting cold air for our seniors to relax and have a good time. We have plenty of space to hold activities for members of the community to have fun and escape the sun for a few hours. Watch the NY1 video below to see our member Joseph Smith and other seniors at our Covello Senior Center beat the heat!
New York Nonprofit Media reported our senior centers double as cooling centers in the summer to help members of the community beat the heat. Click here to read all about the fun activities we offered this weekend to those who were looking to relax and avoid the heatwave.
Our very own, Arnold Nelson was named NY1’s New Yorker of the Week. We are ecstatic for Arnold as he truly deserves this recognition. He always walks the halls of our Leonard Covello Senior Program with a wide smile on his face. Often coming in on his days off to gladly help out, his dedication to our seniors is extraordinary. Thanks, Arnold not only for your continued hard work but for also the joy you bring to others. Click here to watch Arnold’s interview with NY1’s Pat Kiernan.
A special exhibit called Covello@PS109 Making Art Work is currently featured at El Barrio’s Artspace PS109 from Friday June 21, 2019 – Sunday, June 30, 2019. The instillation displays stunning artwork by older East Harlem residents and professional senior artists. City Limits covered our opening ceremony last Friday, June 21. Join us at El Barrio’s Artspace PS109 ( 215 East 99th Street New York, NY 10029) before the exhibit is over on June 30, 2019.
The Patch covered the opening of Covello@PS109 Making Art Work at the El Barrio Art Space. The event featured art by professional senior artists and members of our Carter Burden/Leonard Covello Senior Center. It was such a lovely event with art, friends, and members of our vibrant community.
NY1 News featured a special exhibit featuring stunning artwork by Carter Burden Network older East Harlem residents at East Harlem's cultural center El Barrio’s Artspace PS109. Called Covello@PS109 Making Art Work,the installation runs from Friday June 21, 2019 – Sunday, June 30, 2019.
Fox5 News at 5pm featured the Carter Burden Network on their New York Minute segment. Friday, June 21, 2019 from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. was the opening day of a special exhibit featuring stunning artwork by Carter Burden Network older East Harlem residents at East Harlem's cultural center El Barrio’s Artspace PS109. Called Covello@PS109 Making Art Work, the installation runs from Friday June 21, 2019 – Sunday, June 30, 2019.
The Carter Burden Luncheon and Senior Center had a group of United States Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard service members volunteer as part of Fleet Week. The US Department of Defense shared a photo of a CBN senior enjoying the musical stylings of Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Jonathan Laurent.
The week and weekend leading up to Memorial Day, historically known as Fleet Week honors the members of the United States Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard. This year, members of all three branches visited the Carter Burden Luncheon Club and Senior Program to volunteer with our meal service team. United States Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard service men and women prepared and served lunch to Carter Burden Network seniors.
The June issue of AARP featured the Carter Burden Gallery in Chelsea. Our very own gallery artist, Marilyn Church, was photographed by Jerome Sessini in her studio for the print magazine. The gallery features painters, sculptures, photographers, and mixed media artists all ages 60 and up. The goal is to create a dialogue with the arts community. We believe that older, lesser-known artists must not be overlooked due to age or decreased marketability in the current art scene. This year is the gallery's 10th anniversary, and we are thrilled to showcase and support a vibrant community of re-emerging artists.
NY 1 reports the Carter Burden Luncheon Club & Senior Program was visited by Cafe Boulud’s Executive Chef Aaron Bludorn, Sous Chef Jerrod Zifchak, and Pastry Chef Shaun Velez!. As part of the Carter Burden Network’s Senior Week in celebration of National Older American’s Month, the seniors enjoyed an amazing gourmet meal of Beef Daube Provençal with Polenta, Ratatouille, and an Arugula Salad followed by a dessert of Strawberry Shortcake. Our longtime supporters, Macy’s, had staff come and assist with serving.
Our Associate Executive Director and Gallery Director, Marlena Vaccaro, was recently featured in the Gotham Gigs column of Crain’s New York Business. The article “Time is on Their Side,” highlights the important work Vaccaro does at the Carter Burden Gallery, which features professional artists ages 60 and up. Writer, Catherine Curan describes Vaccaro’s process of installing exhibitions that showcase NYC re-emerging professional artists.
More than 3,400 volunteers – including more than 850 who give their time through corporate social responsibility programs – provided more than 35,000 hours of service in 2018, helping vulnerable older New Yorkers who participate in programs and services at the Carter Burden Network (CBN), a leader in aging services in New York City. On April 11, 2019, CBN honored the contributions of this army of dedicated volunteers at a special event during National Volunteer Week (April 7-13, 2019).
More than 20 senior citizens took to the catwalk today and strutted their stuff at the Carter Burden Network Annual Fashion Show. The event took place at the Carter Burden/Leonard Covello Senior Center in East Harlem.
More than 20 seniors modeled fashions — many of them made by hand — during the Carter Burden Network Annual Fashion Show at the network's Leonard Covello Senior Center on East 109th Street and Second Avenue.
On March 20, 10 older adults graduated from the “Beyond Basics” computer class at the Carter Burden/Lehman Village Senior Program at NYCHA’s Lehman Village development in East Harlem. The class was taught in English and Spanish by Older Adults Technology Services (OATS).
Diez personas en la tercera edad recibieron diploma de graduación en las clases de computación “Mas allá de los básico” que provee Carter Burden/Lehman Village programa para personas envejecientes localizado en el este de Nueva York en los predios de la Autoridad de Vivienda de la Ciudad de Nueva York Lehman Village.
On March 20th, senior students at our Lehman Village Senior Center graduated from the Older Adults Technology Services “Beyond Basics” computer course this week and have mastered how to use e-mail, social media, and online shopping.
On view through March 13, 2019, the show features Vija Doks’ paintings created with chalk, colored pencil, and oil on black ground that showcases the diversity and beauty of animal life and Jeanne Finkelstein Goodman’s colorful, lively drawings from the series “Creatures of the Book.”
This National Nutrition Month we want to highlight the importance of the congregate meal programs that we offer. Please click to see the infographic from the Administration for Community Living to learn how congregate meals can directly impact seniors.
Kindergarteners from St. Ann School made a special Valentine’s Day visit to our Covello center in East Harlem . They chatted with the seniors, passed out handmade Valentine’s Day cards, and read them an adorable, festive poem.