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4th Annual Symposium on Positive Aging

By Carol Stillman, PT, DPT

Last Monday, I attended The 4th Annual Symposium on Positive Aging at the Marlene Mayerson JCC. This sold-out event was geared towards older adults from the New York/New Jersey area who are eager to learn how to make positive lifestyle changes for a healthier life.

This exceptional day included an intimate conversation between Letty Cottin Pogrebin and Lynn Povich—journalists, authors, walking partners, and good friends—about creating a meaningful life in one's later years, adjusting to the challenges of aging, and staying relevant in a changing society. These two accomplished women discussed how they maximize time; relate to their partners, grown children, and friends; deal with changes in health, looks, and energy; confront ageism and invisibility; contemplate end-of-life realities; and secure their legacies.Letty Cottin Pogrebin and Carol Stillman

Letty Cottin Pogrebin is a founding editor of Ms. magazine and the author of 11 books, most recently the novel Single Jewish Male Seeking Soul Mate, and the guidebook How to Be a Friend to a Friend Who's Sick. She is also the editorial consultant on Marlo Thomas' record and book, Free To Be You and Me, and a co-founder of the Ms. Foundation for Women.

Lynn Povich is the author of The Good Girls Revolt, the story of the gender-discrimination complaint that she and 46 women brought against Newsweek in 1970 (and which became an Amazon series). She was the first female senior editor at Newsweek, editor-in-chief of Working Woman, and managing editor/East Coast of MSNBC.com. The conversation genuinely engaged me. Letty Pogrebin is 80 years old and has a fantastic mind, spirit, and body. 

 At Sutton Place Physical Therapy, we excel in helping patients of all ages and backgrounds.  From providing Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation for an injury to providing personal training, massage therapy, pilates through our Next Step wellness programs, our goal is to help our clients be stronger and more excited about living. 

The rest of the event’s programming reinforced how essential it is to have something that makes you excited about getting up in the morning.  The Westside JCC offers excellent programs in that vein. To celebrate Positive aging, when a new or existing client schedules their first wellness session (personal training, massage therapy or pilates session) through our Next Step and uses says Positive aging, we will provide at a 10% discount on that service.