Muriel Beach, far right, is honored at the CRDC's Annual Brunch with the Esther Smith Award. Judy Richheimer, CRDC Executive Vice President, and Donathan Salkaln, Executive Committee Member, share with her, a special moment on May 7, 2016 at El Cid restaurant. 

Muriel Beach's Acceptance Speech in Being Honored with CRDC's Esther Smith Award

"Thank you for this honor but there are many who are as deserving or more so then I am. For example, each time I hear of an arrest for a violation of Leanda Law I remember that this law was a result of a Chelsea father whose daughter died in an car accident caused by a person under the influence, But he could not have achieved this without the guiding hand and much work by our own Miguel Acevedo. This is a case of an activist actually saving lives.

Another case is the night of the destruction of Occupy Wall Street by the NYPD and that night in the middle of the night Esther Smith's own daughter Karen went down there to assist those those who might be in danger. Her own act was one of bravery as it was a dangerous place for anyone to be. An apple does not fall far from the tree.

Yes we have many examples of why I feel so many out there are deserving of this award. Chelsea has produced more then its share of activists over the years. To go back in history a bit there are those of us who opposed Westway. I remember going to demonstrations where we were physically threatened by angry union workers who wanted the work this project would provide, but we were intent on saving the Chelsea-Greenwich Village neighborhood. Often activists take positions which are not universally popular.

But that is yesterday. What of today. For decades we have sent progressive members to the House of Representatives - Jerry Nadler, Ted Weiss, Bella Abzug, our beloved Dick Gottfried to the State Assembly, now Brad Hoylman replacing Tom Duane to the NY State Senate and Corey Johnson following Chris Quinn to the NY City Council. But they need a strong active group supporting them.

 

We live in a dangerous frightening time in this country. We see the rise of racism and anti-LBGT rights, attacks on our fundamental safety net of social programs, Medicare, Medicaid, Obama Care, Food stamps now called SNAP, and, yes, social security. This country needs advocates, activists more then ever, Let Esther Smith inspire each of you to become activists and fight for the values we hold dear.

Again, I thank you—"

Muriel Beach

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In light of Muriel Beach's most recent fall, CRDC considered chipping in for a restored Sherman Tank. She would live in it, saving a ton on rent. And thanks to OPEC's flood of cheap gas, it's economical for short trips to the grocery and her heart specialist. The plated armor would protect her from further walker accidents. Muriel could even drive the tank to the United Nations and NY State-Wide Senior Action Council committee meetings. And we could all hop on board, hitching a ride to her latest battle grounds.

The Impact of the Longevity Revolution

BY MURIEL BEACH

"The longevity revolution forces us to abandon existing notions of old age and retirement. These social constructs are simply quite unsustainable in the face of an additional 30 years of life," said Dr. Alexandre Kalache, President of the International Longevity Center-Brazil, in his book, Active Ageing: A Policy Framework in Response to the Longevity Revolution.

Due to the longevity revolution, seniors will soon approach 30% of the total population. This demographic shift has changed the complexity of the senior population and therefore requires new programs, new responses, and new utilization of this healthy and active segment of the population. The old stereotypes of this age group do not apply to the seniors in 2016. With many more years of physical and mental vitality, the old standards are no longer applicable.

There is a need to expand and optimize opportunities for this healthy senior population, enabling it to engage in cultural, civic, social, and volunteer activities. Yes, there will be a small segment of this population that will need medical and other forms of assistance from government agencies. And yes, seniors are one of the most vulnerable groups at a time of natural disaster, but the majority can engage in active aging activities. Avenues that facilitate these pursuits should be provided by the government.

It is important to expand all programs which encourage the aging to live in their existing homes, such as food delivery, shopping, and even home care. Not only is this the best solution for seniors, but it also represents the most important cost savings to the government. People forced into nursing homes soon exhaust all their personal finances and fall into Medicaid. Preventing or delaying nursing home admission is one of the greatest cost savings the government can undertake.

These are the facts but what do they mean to us? How do they impact our current situation? In what way should our state governments be re-aligned to provide such needed services to this expanding senior population? These are the questions I will answer in my next report.

 

 

These are the facts but what do they mean to us? How do they impact our current situation? In what way should our state governments be re-aligned to provide such needed services to this expanding senior population? These are the questions I will answer in my next report.

These are the facts but what do they mean to us? How do they impact our current situation? In what way should our state governments be re-aligned to provide such needed services to this expanding senior population? These are the questions I will answer in my next report.

 

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