Lifetime Arts Presents

Lifetime Arts project, Creative Aging in NY State Libraries: A Regional Model with National Applicability is putting on the following two events that are public readings by older adult participants who took part in sequential writing workshops.

2 Bruce Avenue, Harrison, NY 10528

The Power of Memoir: Bringing Stories from Your Life to the World

Students learned the craft of memoir writing, exploring both prose and poetry forms. Participants were encouraged to explore his or her past experiences and creatively express them through their writing. The teaching artist led interactive lectures and writing exercises in a supportive and collegial environment.

Culminating Event: Saturday, July 20th, 2013 10:00am – 12:00pm

121 Larchmont Avenue, Larchmont, NY 10538

Memoir Monologue Workshop; Creating Your Own Story

With models that come from classical mythology, the lessons in this course involved the active use of memory as a tool for memoir writing. Participants learned creative elements to encourage and enhance their own story or myth while finding their individual voice through the writing process.

Culminating Event: Saturday, July 27th, 2013, 2:00pm – 4:00pm

Westchester named a Best Intergenerational Community by MetLife & Generations United!

MetLife Foundation Best Intergenerational Communities
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MetLife Foundation & Generations United Announce 2013 Best Intergenerational Communities

They’re places that folks of all ages proudly call home because they recognize the benefits of intergenerational programs, practice, policies and services. Please join us in applauding the recipients of the 2013 MetLife Foundation/Generations United Best Intergenerational Communities Award: Dunedin, Fla; Montgomery County, Md.; Itta Bena, Miss.; and Westchester County, NY.


Awards ceremony will take place in Washington, DC on March 21.

Westchester County, NY – MetLife Foundation and Generations United proudly announced today . Westchester County, NY has been selected to receive one of four MetLife Foundation/Generations United America’s Best Intergenerational Communities Awards. The awards are designed to heighten awareness of the importance intergenerational solidarity plays in building strong, supportive communities.

“We congratulate Westchester County, NY for earning this designation. It takes a great deal of effort and forward thinking to create a community where members of every generation want to live,” notes Donna Butts, executive director of Generations United. Westchester County, NY has worked to ensure its residents enjoy a vibrant, meaningful place to live, are treated with respect and caring, and have ample opportunity to work together for the betterment of all.”

“MetLife Foundation understands the value of programs that encourage generations to work together for the benefit of the entire community,” explained Dennis White, president and chief executive officer, MetLife Foundation. “Communities that care for and engage all members – regardless of age – deepen bonds between the generations and set an important example for other communities to follow. We applaud the four communities selected to receive the 2013 Best Intergenerational Communities Award.”

The other award recipients are the communities of: Florida; Montgomery County, Maryland; and Itta Bena, Mississippi; Two other communities were named finalists: Chanute, Kansas and Proctor, Minnesota.

A blue-ribbon panel of judges selected the winning entries from among a host of applicants from across the country. Robert Blancato, former executive director of the White House Conference on Aging and a partner in Matz, Blancato & Associates, served as a judge in the selection process. Blancato, who is also a strategic advisor for Generations United noted, “It is said you can live anywhere, but that does not make it a livable community. These awards signify that a critical component of a livable community is one that fosters an environment where generations live and work together. ”

Fellow judge Pam Smith, Director of Aging & Independence Services for the County of San Diego, added, “The MetLife Foundation/Generations United awards go to four remarkable and robust localities who demonstrate every day that intergenerational collaboration helps sustain and extend the quality of community life.” San Diego County was a recipient of one of the inaugural MetLife Foundation/Generations United Best Intergenerational Communities Awards last year.

Presentation of this year’s awards will take place March 21 at the Cannon House Building, Room 122 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. The Best Intergenerational Communities awards program was made possible with a grant from MetLife Foundation.

About the MetLife Foundation: MetLife Foundation was established in 1976 to continue MetLife’s longstanding tradition of corporate contributions and community involvement. The Foundation is committed to building a secure future for individuals and communities worldwide. Through programs focusing on empowering older adults, preparing young people and building livable communities, MetLife Foundation increases access and opportunities for people of all ages. Since it was established, MetLife Foundation has provided more than $530 million in grants to nonprofit organizations addressing issues that have a positive impact in their communities. For more information visit
About Generations United: Formed in 1986, Generations United is the national membership organization focused solely on improving the lives of children, youth, and older people through intergenerational strategies, programs, and public policies. Generations United serves as a resource for educating policymakers and the public about the economic, social, and personal imperatives of intergenerational cooperation. For more information, visit

Educational and Networking Meeting

To grantees and other colleagues:
On behalf of the board and staff of the Helen Andrus Benedict Foundation, I invite you to the November educational and networking meeting of the Helen Andrus Benedict Foundation. The meeting is scheduled on Tuesday, November 6th from 9am to 12noon at the Hudson River Museum in Yonkers. A buffet continental breakfast will be served.

There is no fee for the meeting, but to help with our planning, please RSVP no later than Friday, October 26th.

Harry (Rick) Moody, Ph.D is our keynoter, and I think you will find him a provocative and inspiring speaker. He will talk with us about changes in the meaning of life as we grow older, about aging and spirituality, and leaving a legacy. Also, Dr. Moody will tell us about AARP’s new initiative, Life Reimagined, a tool to help mid-life and older people figure out what’s next and to imagine what’s possible in terms of exploring careers, starting a business, volunteering, and learning.

Dr. Moody started his career as a school teacher in Harlem where he also taught ESL (English as a Second Language) and high school equivalency courses. He is a graduate of Yale and earned a PhD in philosophy from Columbia University. Currently he is Director of Academic Affairs for AARP in Washington, DC, as well as a Senior Associate with the International Longevity Center-USA and Senior Fellow of Civic Ventures. Dr. Moody served as National Program Director of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation initiative, Faith in Action, and was Executive Director of the Brookdale Center on Aging at Hunter College in New York City. He is known nationally for his work in older adult education, and recently stepped down as Chair of the Board of Elderhostel. He is author of many books and articles, among them, The Five Stages of the Soul, which has been published in seven languages.

In addition, we are inviting several of your colleagues to respond to his presentation from their Westchester perspectives. These include Eridania Camacho of The Gateway Center and G2E at Westchester Community College in Valhalla, Rose Hines of WorkSearch, Margaret Jessup, a GrandPower Advocate, and Alisa Kesten of the Volunteer Center and RSVP.

Want to learn about some ways you, and the mid-life and older people with whom you work, might approach the later chapters of life? Come join us on the 6th! We look forward to welcoming you to the meeting.


P.S. November 6th was the only date Dr. Moody could be our speaker on a pro bono basis. He will be in meetings in New York City that week, he lives in Colorado, and he works one week a month in Washington DC. As you know, and we are painfully aware, November 6th is Election Day. Please be sure to vote before or after the meeting!