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Good Neighbors of Park Slope

Welcome to Good Neighbors of Park Slope

Good Neighbors of Park Slope

OUR PURPOSE

Good Neighbors of Park Slope (GNPS) is an all volunteer, non-profit, aging-in-place organization, open to residents of Park Slope and surrounding areas who are age 50 and over. Our goal is to create a network of members to make life in our neighborhood easier and more fulfilling, while maintaining our autonomy and quality of life in our homes.

Members: Be sure to log in with your username and password to have access to 'member only' features of our website.

What's Happening?
For more information and to register go to:


Upcoming Events
Upcoming Events

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To post activities on our Calendar, contact
Activities Coordinator
or fill out this
Activity Form
Only Members of GNPS can post an activity
on our calendar



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E-Blast and IMPORTANT GNPS INFO 
IMPORTANT GNPS INFO AND E-BLASTS

For the safety of all our members, unvaccinated members are welcome to enjoy our Zoom meetings, but are asked to refrain from attending any in-person meetups until fully vaccinated.Please always carry your proof of vaccination.

  E-Blast 5-8-22



A group of members has prepared information to help other groups start an organization like ours, which gives history of the organization. It is 
available here: 
Starting an Aging-in-Place Organization.




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UPCOMING GUEST SPEAKERS, PRESENTATIONS, AND WORKSHOPS
UPCOMING GUEST SPEAKERS, PRESENTATIONS, AND WORKSHOPS

(This section may include new activities not included in last e-blast and activities with 

available registration slots)




Friday, June 3
New Group!
In-Person Pinochle - 6/3/2022

In Person Late Breakfast 6/6/2022
In-Person Canasta - 6/7/2022


In-Person Scrabble Club - 6/15/2022


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IMPORTANT COMMUNITY INFORMATION
IMPORTANT COMMUNITY INFORMATION

Thursday, May 26
Community Forum on the Future of the North Slope 

SJPCA Community Forum May 26 2022SJPCA media release May 27 2022

Tuesday, May 31
10am - 2pm
Get help with any metro card related issues.
Metro Card Van May 31 2022

Saturday June 11 and Tuesday  June 21
Park Slope Singers June 2022



IF YOU ARE STAYING HOME TO STAY SAFE...
HERE ARE SOME IDEAS OF THINGS TO DO!


Covid Activities - 2022


 

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7TH AVENUE SENIOR CENTER (PSCSA) PROGRAMS OPEN TO GNPS MEMBERS
7TH AVENUE SENIOR CENTER (PSCSA) PROGRAMS OPEN TO GNPS MEMBERS
Park Slope Center for Successful Aging 
invites Good Neighbors of Park Slope
to participate in ALL activities!

See what is available on a recent PSCSA schedule:

PSCSA Schedule

For the most up-to-date information
become a member of PSCSA and receive their weekly schedule.

MANY ACTIVITIES ARE ON ZOOM.
For IN-PERSON activities at PSCSA, MASKS must be worn.
Attendees are encouraged, but not required, to be vaccinated.

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NEW WEBSITE FEATURE: MEET OUR MEMBER!

Meet Deborah Maltby
(by Ruth Gastel)



(For previous member profiles: Meet Our Members)  



 
😁Check bottom of this page for joke of the day 😄




Proposed Changes To Medicare
Will Have Far-Reaching Effects

Medicare card

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced a plan to move all fee-for-service (traditional) Medicare beneficiaries from a non-profit public program to a profit-making private system.


This new Medicare system has the ability to:

.. automatically change an individual’s insurance, without their knowledge or consent

.. restrict access to providers and require prior authorization for tests and procedures

.. incentivize investors and private insurance companies to reduce services to seniors in order to make a profit

Come to an important Zoom meeting to hear about the current plans CMS has to eliminate traditional Medicare and the effect these changes will have on our coverage and healthcare.

There will be a Question & Answer period and information provided about where to learn more and what actions we can take to preserve traditional Medicare.

DATE: Wednesday, 5/25/22

TIME: 4:00-5:30PM

SPEAKER: Len Rodberg, PhD - Professor Emeritus of Urban Studies, Queens College/CUNY; Research Director, Physicians for a National Health Program - NY Metro Chapter; Board member, Campaign for New York Health


REGISTER HERE

For more information see:

ProtectMedicare.net

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services/Strategic Direction

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SPRING CELEBRATION
Wednesday, June 8th, 5-7:30 PM
Our first large in-person event in 2 years will be held in the 
outdoor garden of the Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture
53 Prospect Park West (between 1-2 Streets)

Live 
music!
Hors d'oeuvres!
Wine!
GREAT CONVERSATION

REGISTER: SPRING CELEBRATION 2022!!! 

3rd Round

8 More Free At Home Covid Tests

You can now order the 3rd round of free test kits

that will be mailed to you.

Click here to order:Home Test Kits

Freeze your rent


The NYC Rent Guidelines Board is contemplating rent increases up to 9%. Now would be a good time to freeze your rent at the current level, if you qualify.

To be eligible for the rent freeze you must:

  • Live in a rent-regulated apartment.
  • Have your name on the lease.
  • Be at least 62 years old.
  • Have a household income of $50,000 or less. (Income is calculated after deducting Federal, State, and City Taxes. There is no asset test. So you can have any amount of money in the bank.)
  • Pay at least 1/3 of your household income on rent.


CLICK HERE TO APPLY

If you have any questions, please contact Lynne Ornstein at goodneighborsofparkslope@gmail.com

A hardy group of Good Neighbors bird enthusiasts enjoyed Linda E wing’s birding expertise.


A hardy group of Good Neighbors bird enthusiasts enjoyed Linda E wing’s birding expertise.

For a list of charities from our members

of how you can help the people of Ukraine

click to download this page

Ukraine Charities March 2022



link to starting your own

MEET OUR MEMBER

Deborah Maltby

 

 

When GNPS President Joyce Jed asked members, in the middle of the worst part of the pandemic, whether anyone would like to lead a new interest group on Zoom, Deborah Maltby immediately responded. Her great love, she said, was 19th century British (and American) literature, and she would like to start a 19th century literature discussion group. 

 

Deborah started her career in journalism and public relations. She returned to academia in her 40s to take an M.A. in English and then a Ph.D, and later joined the faculty of the University of Missouri, St Louis where she still teaches part-time.

 

“I don’t mind not being physically on campus,” she says. “Working keeps me in touch with what’s going on and teaching remotely is something I was doing even before the pandemic,” she explained. “I took a course offered by the university to faculty who wanted to learn online teaching. And now I’m teaching an advanced writing course.”   

 

Deborah’s Good Neighbors group is as fascinated by 19th century literature and the social history of the time as she is. 

It’s not hard to see how 19th century writers would appeal to mature students. The subjects they deal with are still current and their works have stood the test of time –only the best survive. Older students are more likely to see life’s experiences in a different way from when they were young. Now stories about love, marriage, family intrigue and clashes between the social classes have a deeper meaning for them and the frustrations and struggles of women in a male dominated society to achieve a measure of self-fulfillment still resonate with women.   

 

“With my Good Neighbors group, I try to think of myself as a facilitator, not a teacher, and to be ready for where the conversation might go. These are really smart people talking about what they’re interested in – what women’s lives were like two hundred years ago, for example. And I like to come up with resources for them to explore.” 

 

As to what drew her to 19th century British literature, she explained that she was interested in the culture of the time, the history, particularly the social history. And now, with the Good Neighbors group, she says, she’s reading some books that she has never read before and rereading others she has read many times but now with new insights. 

 

Some of the novels the group reads are quite long. “I try to be sensitive to what’s doable,“ she says. “People in the Good Neighbors group have demands on their time that limit what they can read in a month. So sometimes we need to divide the book up into sections. For the next two months, for example, we will be reading the Bostonians by Henry James in two sections.“  

 

“Some of my favorite writers from the 19th century include Thomas Hardy and Wilkie Collins,” Deborah says. “I have read most of their works but when I open one of their novels again, and see how they set up the characters and the plot and how they write, I am smitten all over again.” 






 


If you would like to join in our activities and have access to all our information, consider becoming a member -- click on our Membership page for more information.


If you are having any difficulty using this site please call us at 917-947-9121
 
 
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