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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
2024 Activity Form

Only Members of GNPS can post an activity
on our calendar

To request funds for your activity/event
Activity Funding Request Form

To watch recordings of Zoom presentations
Recordings of Zoom Presentations




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


For the safety of all members, please be fully vaccinated and take a Covid test if you are not feeling well. 

 

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CURRENT E-BLAST


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MEMBER CHECK-IN INFORMATION
Good Neighbors of Park Slope is offering to connect you with another member who also wants a regular check in. 
GNPS will make the initial connection, and after that it will be a mutual relationship between members 
who call/text/email one another on a regular basis, with no further GNPS responsibility.
Please fill out this survey and we will get back to you as soon as we can.

Member Check In 2024



❤️Words of Appreciation from Our Members❤️

Are  you grateful to be a member of GNPS?  We hope so! Click GNPS Appreciations to see the
many notes of thanks that were submitted for our Annual Meeting in October.
If you would like, please send your note of appreciation to linda.gnps@gmail.com
and it will be added to this list! 




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 PRESENTATIONS, NEW EVENTS, GAMES & COMMITTEE MTGS
UPCOMING PRESENTATIONS, NEW EVENTS, GAMES & COMMITTEE MTGS

(This section may include events that may not have been included in last e-blast and activities with 

available registration slots)



Presentations & Special Events
  
Trivia Contest - 2/29/2024
Stronger Memory Program 3/4/2024
Your Health: Keeping Your Kidneys in Check - 3/14/2024
Jokes! Jokes! Jokes! - 3/16/2024


Monthly Meetings and Activities Open To All Members
   

Activities Committee Mtg - 3/7/2024
Monthly Meeting of the Climate Change Interest Group - 3/12/2024
Learning about GNPS and its website - 3/13/2024
Advocacy Committee Meeting - 3/20/2024
 
 
GAMES GAMES GAMES

In-Person Pinochle - 3/8/2024
In-Person Scrabble Club - 3/14/2024
In-Person Canasta - 3/19/2024
Every Tuesday Evening: Texas Holdem Online
Every Wednesday: In Person Bridge for Experienced Players
Every Friday: Weekly Balance Class









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IMPORTANT COMMUNITY INFORMATION
IMPORTANT COMMUNITY INFORMATION

  March 7, 2024

Meet with NYC Department of Buildings about:

General zoning and DOB questions

Resolving open DOB and OATH violations

Resolving Stop Work Orders

Questions on Permits

Questions on Construction Projects in the Neigh­borhood

 

Meet with NYC Department of Finance about:

Lowering Your Property Taxes

Benefit Programs for Home, Condo, and Co-op Owners, Including Eligibility and How to Apply

Your Annual Notice of Property value (NOPV)

How to Submit Questions to the Department of Finance


Carroll host DOB and DOF One on One appts March 7 2024



OMNI is now available for reduced fare customers!

Learn More Here



  Park Slope Library Events

Park Slope Library Calendar
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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.

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SPECIAL WEBSITE FEATURE: MEET OUR MEMBER!

Meet Susan Louer
(by Ruth Gastel)



(For previous member profiles: Meet Our Members)  



 
😁To access the joke of the day at the bottom of this page
you must be logged into the website as a member😄






Each in-person group of Good Neighbors of Park Slope 

should feel free to set its own policy regarding Covid precautions,

with regard to vaccination policy, prior testing and masking.

If you are feeling sick, please cancel your registration or let
the event contact know that you are not attending.

As of Jan 11, 2024
More  Free Covid Tests Available

Free Covid Tests are available at local libraries and through the USPS

https://special.usps.com/testkits
GNPSTrivia29Feb2024

Another fun, challenging night of Trivia on Zoom on 29 February. Thanks again to Mike from Trivia Throwdown for running such a lively game.
We do this a couple of times a year.  If you want to be included next year, please make sure your name is added to the Trivia  - Interest Group on the GNPS website to receive an email invitation.






January 31
Brooklyn Museum tour 
Porcelains in the Mist

3 generations of Japanese Potters.

Thank you Ellen Goldman for this wonderful tour!
Thank you Carole De Beer for the photos!

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Eco

GNPS member Sarah Safford has written the book and lyrics for EcoDisaster in the Hundred Acre Wood. A play reading will be formed at the Central Branch of theBrooklyn Public Library on March 9th at 3PM.

All are invited.

MEET OUR MEMBER

Susan Louer

 


Susan Louer is interested in brain health. “We run, we take exercise classes, we count the steps we take each day: we know how to keep our bodies well-oiled to help prevent physical decline,” she says. “But what are we doing about brain health? In particular, how can we slow the loss of short-term memory?


Susan has been following research into brain health for many years. “Now, interest in this field is growing by leaps and bounds, in part because of the huge medical and social cost of dementia,” Susan says. “We all worry that this is going to affect us personally in some way.”


Susan’s career has been spent mostly teaching the deaf . “Unfortunately, there were many deaf education job openings at schools in the 1970s. A significant number of babies born to immigrant women back then had hearing problems,” she said. (Most people in the U.S. and western countries are vaccinated at an early age against mumps, whooping cough and rubella, also known as German measles. If a woman has not been vaccinated and is exposed to rubella for the first time early in her pregnancy, her baby may be born with significant defects, including deafness.) Nowadays, the deaf are somewhat less dependent on sign language because they can use computers and cell phones to communicate, Susan explained.


Before the pandemic, Susan was teaching memory-related classes to retired members of the United Federation of Teachers, using a lot of hand-out materials. “But the classes were difficult to adapt to Zoom,” she said.


Then, through the Village-to-Village Network, the parent organization of Good Neighbors which sponsors an annual conference, she heard about a new program, Stronger Memory, designed to help keep people’s minds sharp as they age. It was developed by Goodwin Living, a continuing care community in the Washington, D.C. and Maryland areas. Through reading aloud, writing from prompts by hand in cursive and doing some simple math problems, the program stimulates the part of the brain, the prefrontal cortex, that helps retrieve short term memories. Susan volunteered to train as a facilitator for the program. 


“I’m both a coach and a cheerleader,” she says. “I meet with the people who sign up, listen to their problems and encourage them to continue. As with any exercise program, no matter how simple, people drop out, have problems fitting it into their weekly routines, wonder whether they’re making progress or when they’ll see results.” It’s a lifetime commitment, but you don’t have to work on it every day, or devote endless time to it, Susan notes. “After people become comfortable with it, they begin to notice some improvement in their memory and their focus.”

And, like a physical exercise regimen, when they get to the end of the math, they simply start the exercises all over again. The next 12-week program starts in March.


One of Susan’s many other interests is genealogy. Through intensive research, she has discovered that her ancestors on her father’s side came to this country in the 1600s, that one member in Connecticut was accused of being a witch but was finally acquitted, and that she is distantly related to Oliver Cromwell, the English politician who spearheaded the drive to execute King Charles l in 1649. She’s also a fan of British and international mystery shows.

Susan is married to Jules Trachten, also a Good Neighbor, who leads the Shakespeare study group. They have 5 children and 12 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild, enough to keep anyone’s short term memory stimulated. 

 

link to starting your own

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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