Growing and aging


To The Editor:
How wonderful it was to read in last week’s paper that the New York Council for the Humanities was offering in our area a “Growing and Aging” discussion series on subjects related to growing older and as it relates to quality of one’s life.

Hopefully, the program will add to the extensive and outstanding work that I have been privileged to be part of that the Margaretville Hospital Auxiliary Wellness Committee, all volunteers, has been doing for over 15 years under the leadership of Wellness Committee founder Donna Sanford and current chairman, John Riedl, retired superintendent of Margaretville Central School. Their work has followed the Auxiliary Wellness Committee’s mission statement, that was worked on for over a year in 2000 by many including Adele Siegel, Peter Molnar and Larry Roadman, that says, “the Hospital Auxiliary Wellness Committee will develop and support programs that enhance the physical, mental, emotional, social and spiritual well being of our community.”

For myself, being in my 90s, I want a cultural transformation shift recognizing that old age is a vital and vibrant part of the life cycle filled with possibilities. I want to be a part of changing the culture: there’s not enough respect for old people.

Thank you Catskill Mountain News for keeping me informed as you have been doing so well for 50 years. Thanks again for being there for me.

H. Terry Cohen,
Margaretville Hospital
Auxiliary Wellness