Posts Tagged ‘senior citizens’

Congratulations, Donna Corrado!

Tuesday, February 25th, 2014

By Alice Kenny

Photo Credit: Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens

Photo Credit: Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens

Mayor Bill de Blasio just tapped this former head of Catholic Charities Neighborhood Services in Brooklyn and Queens  to lead New York City’s Department of Aging.

Ms. Corrado kicked off her career with Catholic Charities as an older adult program director before working her way up to chief operating officer.

As a 22-year member of the Catholic Charities community, she brings to her new position our legacy of rebuilding lives, always with compassion and dignity.

Ms. Corrado said her focus would be making the city a better place for the aging where almost a quarter of senior citizens live at or below the poverty line – even with social security benefits.

“This is unacceptable,” she said.  “Our seniors deserve not only respect, but the care and support of our city agencies.”

Watch this video of her appointment now.




Heat Wave Hits New York City

Thursday, July 18th, 2013

By Alice Kenny

During the afternoon hours, temperatures could actually exceed the 100-degree mark at some point between Thursday and Saturday, reports Michael Walsh in today’s Daily News, and the next few days are not expected to be much better.

AccuWeather forecasts that temperatures in the city could reach 97 degrees Thursday, 94 degrees Friday and 92 degrees Saturday. But during the afternoon hours, when the sun is at its highest, the temperature could actually exceed the 100-degree mark.

Everyone is encouraged to drink plenty of fluids and wear light-colored, lightweight clothes. Senior citizens and people with respiratory difficulties are advised to avoid strenuous activities and seek cooler environments. Pets or children should not be left unattended in a car at any point.

“Make sure you drink lots of fluids. You can get dehydrated quickly, even if you’re not exercising,” said Tod Bania, an emergency medical doctor at St. Luke’s & Roosevelt Hospitals.

Bania encourages people who typically exercise outside to take a few days off. If they absolutely must exercise outdoors, he suggests doing it early in the morning or late in the evening.

Catholic Charities cooling centers at 120 Anderson Avenue in Staten Island along with cooling centers through New York City will remain open through Sunday, 7/21, due to continued high temperatures and heat indices.

For cooling center locations & hours  or for more information on avoiding heat illness, please visit or call 311. For the latest weather information, visit

Cardinal Visits RSHM Life Center; Brightens Christmas for Children in Need.

Thursday, December 20th, 2012

By Alice Kenny

Timothy Michael Cardinal Dolan brightened the Christmas season for children, senior citizens,  women religious, board members and staff during his visit on December 19 to the RSHM Life Center in Sleepy Hollow, NY on December 19.

He stopped by the afterschool classrooms of students grades kindergarten through fifth grade, distributing gifts to nearly 100 children.

The RSHM Life Center, a Catholic Charities affiliate, was established in 1995 to respond to the needs of the immigrant population of Sleepy Hollow and Tarrytown in Westchester County.  The Center offers educational programs and social services to enable and empower low-income immigrants to acquire the skills and access the resources they need to improve their life situations.

Learn more about the RSHM Life Center.

Share the Christmas spirit with your neighbors in need.