04/15/18 3:00pm
Many seniors choose to live alone on Shelter Island. (Stock photo).

Many seniors choose to live alone on Shelter Island. (Stock photo).

There was a culture here on this Island that goes way back to the beginning of the last century and the end of the one before that. It still exists to a certain extent — second homeowners who love the Island and all it has to offer for their families in the summer months. (more…)

01/26/18 3:00pm
STOCK PHOTO | Tai Chi originated in China as a martial art, but it is now a popular physical activity for senior citizens around the world.

STOCK PHOTO  Tai Chi originated in China as a martial art, but it is now a popular physical activity for senior citizens around the world.

Tai Chi classes are coming to the Senior Activity Center in March. Classes will meet twice weekly for one hour and will go on for eight weeks.

Senior Center Director Laurie Fanelli tells me that classes are going to be taught by a certified instructor from the Suffolk County Department of Health Services, free of charge. (more…)

11/04/17 3:00pm
COURTESY PHOTO | From left: Laurie Fanelli, Claire Freese, Susan Baron, Alison Binder, Virginia Springsteen, Giovanna Ketcham, Robert Springsteen and Jeanne Compton visited Blossom Hollow Ranch last week.

COURTESY PHOTO | From left: Laurie Fanelli, Claire Freese, Susan Baron, Alison Binder, Virginia Springsteen, Giovanna Ketcham, Robert Springsteen and Jeanne Compton visited Blossom Hollow Ranch last week.

I  just heard from Senior Center Director Laurie Fanelli that she’s considering instituting a walking program for older folk. She’s envisioning a “walk and talk” along Louis’ beach on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 11 a.m. to noon.

“This would be for seniors who enjoy companionship, like walking and want to reduce their chances of developing health problems,” Laurie explained, adding that the walks may possibly improve walkers’ memories. And everyone is welcome, even those with walkers, she said. (more…)

07/22/17 3:00pm
BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO | The hot days of summer are upon us. Seniors can stay cool during the hottest hours by visiting the Senior Center.

BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO | The hot days of summer are upon us. Senior Citizens can stay cool during the hottest hours by visiting the Shelter Island Senior Center.

I was speaking with Senior Center Director Laurie Fanelli the other day and she urged me to remind seniors that as the weather becomes hot and humid, staying cool is necessary for good health.

The Senior Center on Route 114 below the Medical Center is a great cooling center during the oppressively hot weather. There is also the opportunity for socialization, nutrition and recreation for folks whose homes are not up to top notch cooling standards. The center is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. And when a heat emergency occurs, extended hours are announced. (more…)

12/03/16 3:00pm
COURTESY PHOTO

COURTESY PHOTO

I hope that everyone had a great Thanksgiving. I certainly did — cooking my turkey here and then bringing it to my 95-year-old mother’s house in Northport. Other guests showed up and we had a wonderful time.

This was one of the few times I cooked a bird that had been frozen. I always thought fresh killed was better.

No one seemed to taste a difference. (more…)