Healthy aging celebrated at the 11th SEA event on September 7

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Members of the Survivors entertained at the Shoreline Eldercare Alliance (SEA) 11th Annual Healthy Aging Celebration at Woodwinds in Branford on Sept. 7. Photo courtesy of SEA

Shoreline Eldercare Alliance (SEA) held its 11th “Celebration of Healthy Aging” on September 7 at Woodwinds in Branford. Pictures SEA

Shoreline Eldercare Alliance (SEA) held its 11th “Celebration of Healthy Aging” on September 7 at Woodwinds in Branford. Pictures SEA

Shoreline Eldercare Alliance (SEA) held its 11th “Celebration of Healthy Aging” on September 7 at Woodwinds in Branford. SEA Pictures

Press release, Shoreline Eldercare Alliance

Shoreline Eldercare Alliance (SEA) held its 11th “Celebration of Healthy Aging” on September 7 at Woodwinds in Branford. SEA Pictures

Shoreline Eldercare Alliance (SEA) held its 11th “Celebration of Healthy Aging” on September 7 at Woodwinds in Branford. Pictures SEA

Shoreline Eldercare Alliance (SEA) held its 11th “Celebration of Healthy Aging” on September 7 at Woodwinds in Branford. The event brought together 350 people aged 55 to 101.

Attendees experienced an exhibitor wellness tent with services for the elderly. Entertainment included the fantastic big band The Survivors. The keynote speaker for the event was Dr. Lisa Sanders, Yale Medical School physician and award-winning columnist for The New York Times. Comedian Dr. Joyce Saltman, Professor Emeritus of Southern CT University, shared the value of humor in adult learning and aging well. Guests experienced therapies such as Tai Chi and Reike and art therapy. Attendees also enjoyed hors d’oeuvres and lunch by Woodwinds.

Bernadette DiGiulian, founder of SEA and president of the program, presented the first “Bernadette DiGiulian, Embrace Life-Healthy Aging Award”. This prize will be awarded annually to a person aged 80-100+ who embraces life; physically, intellectually, socially and spiritually.

Sylvia Rifkin, 101, a resident of The Towers at Tower Lane, senior citizens community, received the 2022 award. Sylvia was married to the late Jerome Rifkin and has two sons, four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. She worked for the VA Hospital, she was secretary to a Yale psychiatrist and then a psychologist who dedicated his book to her for her outstanding service and dedication. She was the business manager of the Yale Child Study Center until her retirement. After her retirement, she volunteered at the Jewish Home for the Aged, the Jewish Community Center and Dr. Bernie Siegel’s workshops for the terminally ill. She also took up tap dancing and joined a band, The Blossom Tappers, who had been together for 20 years. Sylvia and her band danced at SEA’s first Healthy Aging Celebration. Sylvia moved to The Towers in 2009 and continues to be actively involved in many activities including running the reception desk and playing many challenging card games. Sylvia embraces everyday life.

About SEA

Shoreline Eldercare Alliance, or SEA, is a group of ethical business owners and representatives of area organizations who provide older adults and community members with information, resource referrals, education and professional services. quality.

At SEA, our members strive to raise awareness of issues important to seniors, families and community members.

The Alliance is a seniors’ advocacy group and a compass to help people navigate both the turbulent waters of aging and the maze of healthcare services.

SEA offers many services, including home sales and improvements, financial planning, day-to-day money management, long-term care and palliative care, geriatric care management, and nursing services. home.

For a complete list of SEA services and to learn more about SEA, visit sea-ct.org

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