Older Peace Corps Volunteer (Aired on June 15 and 16, 2019)

RadioRotary interviews Kathy Sanderson, who decided at age 61 to join the
Peace Corps after she became a widow “and the children left and the dog died.”
After preliminary training, Ms. Sanderson was stationed on the island of Vanua
Lava, among the larger of the 82 islands that make up the nation of Vanuatu in
the South Pacific, a 3-hour airplane trip west of Australia. Having been a
mathematics teacher in the United State, Ms. Sanderson’s assignment was to
teach arithmetic and algebra to about 200 middle-school students. Vanuatu is
part of the British Commonwealth, so classes were in English, although students
also spoke a form of pidgin English among themselves. Although she loved her
students, the actual school was not in very good shape and there were also local
hazards, such as centipedes and spiders. Because electricity was on and off, she
became used to rising at dawn and going to bed at sunset. A fascinating program
that may make you want to sign up for the Peace Corps, whatever your age.

Learn more:
Peace Corps Opportunities: https://www.peacecorps.gov/
Vanuatu: http://thecommonwealth.org/our-member-countries/vanuatu
Life on Vanua Lava where Kathy Taught: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M6fxuecfr38

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June 28, 2019 · Posted in Aging, Education, International Programs, Travel, Volunteers  

Elder Care and Abuse (Aired on May 25 and 26, 2019)

Dana Pavelock, Vice President for Provider Relations at Evercare in Newburgh, NY, and Brian Jones of the Dutchess County Office for the Aging visit RadioRotary to discuss issues related to  abuse of senior citizen, known as “elder abuse.” Evercare is a not-for-profit provider of health services for the aging. The Dutchess Office for the Aging provides many services to older citizen, ranging from recreation to long-term care services. Both organization are concerned with the physical, psychological, and financial abuse of the elderly along with just plain neglect. Some 2.5 million older Americans suffer abuse, two-thirds of the time in their own homes. It is suggested that you report any signs of bruises on your older neighbors or if you hear yelling or screaming. In addition to physical or psychological harm, older persons are frequently the target of financial scams.

Learn more:
Evercare: https://www.evercare.org/
Dutchess Country Office for the Aging: https://www.dutchessny.gov/Departments/Aging/Office-for-the-Aging.htm
Community Health Care Association of New York State (CHCANYS): http://www.chcanys.org/
Adult Protective Services (Dutchess County): https://www.dutchessny.gov/Departments/Community-Family-Services/Adult-Protective-Services.htm
Coalition on Elder Abuse in Dutchess County: https://dutchessmediation.org/index.php/coalition-on-elder-abuse-in-dutchess-county

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June 2, 2019 · Posted in Aging, Domestic Violence, Hudson Valley, Law, Quality of Life  

New City Rotary Club and Jawonio Inc. (Aired on March 3rd and 4th, 2018)

New City Rotary and Jawonio (Aired on March 3 & 4, 2018)
In this program, devoted to the close relationship between a Rotary Club and an important local resource, RadioRotary interviews New City Rotarians Madelon Burger, Robert Pitkofsky, and Jill Warner (executive director and CEO of Jawonio) along with Jerry Staller, director of educational and clinical services at Jawonio, which supplies lifespan services for persons with special needs primarily to Rockland County. Jawonio is a Native American word that means “independence,” representing the goal to help children and adults with special needs reach their full potential and helping them become as independent as possible. It is a unique residence and school resource that helps persons from as young as 2-months old to as old as 99 years. New City Rotary has been closely involved with Jawonio for over fifty years. As the facilities, started as a camp in 1947, have age, it has come time for new buildings, including new cabins for a summer program. New City Rotary is helping not only with funding this new construction, but also is working with Jawonio to create the Nature Path for outdoor activities. Listen to this pair of double interviews to learn more about this fascinating partnership.
Learn more:
Jawonio
New City Rotary
Jawonio Nature Path
Special Education in the Schools

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Rhinebeck Rotary Club talks about Senior Assistance (Aired on December 23 and December 24th 2017)


Rhinebeck Rotarians Mike Frazier and Mike Mazzarella tell RadioRotary producer Kathy Kruger about the program Rhinebeck Rotary has instituted to help senior citizens age in place. Many older Americans prefer to stay in their existing homes instead of moving into assisted-living communities or nursing homes. Sometimes the physical infirmities of aging mean that homes need to be modified for safer living; in other instances, simple tasks such as mounting storm windows in the fall have become too difficult for an aging homeowner. In Rhinebeck, NY, the Rhinebeck Community Committee on Aging recognized this problem and committee members who were also Rotarians asked their club to help. Today Rhinebeck Rotarians who are skilled in carpentry, plumbing, and electrical work volunteer to solve these problems for senior citizens at no cost for materials or labor. Grab bars are installed in bathrooms and railings on stairs as needed. Plumbing and electrical problems are solved. Necessary tasks such as cleaning gutters are handled as well. Seniors in need only need to contact Mike Frazier at Rhinebeck Rotary to get the help scheduled.

Learn More:
Rhinebeck Rotary
Aging in Place
Other Programs for Home Improvement

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January 4, 2018 · Posted in Aging, Health, Hudson Valley, Quality of Life, Rotary Club Projects  

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