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January 2016 Newsletter

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Thoughts From the Executive Director

Dear Friends,

A very Happy and Healthy 2016 to all of you! My best Christmas present came from my 7 year old grandson, a wooden sign that reads “Don’t grow up….it’s a trap.” It holds a place of honor in my kitchen as a reminder that we should let the inner child in all of us come out to play once in awhile. A surprising myth that seniors are an unhappy bunch is busted by findings in several research papers and articles that I have pieced together for your reading enjoyment in this newsletter.

Although we have enjoyed a mild winter thus far and many of us actually hosted barbeques on Christmas day, I’m sure that some of you received winter coats as presents. Why not give your “old or gently used” winter coats and scarves to RSVP? We are collaborating with SMM Advertising, our office building neighbors, to donate the jackets to the area’s local homeless shelters and St. James soup kitchen in Setauket. Our coat drive will be on until February 12, 2016; and although we may be wearing our spring duds for the rest of this winter, please remember our less fortunate neighbors.

RSVP looks forward to working with you this year, and if you have a friend or neighbor who would like to make a difference, send them over to us! We’ll be happy to find them just the right spot.

The very best to you and your family in the coming year,

Pegi

Pegi Orsino
Executive Director

January is National Glaucoma Awareness Month. Glaucoma is called the “sneak thief of sight” since there are no symptoms, and once vision is lost, it is permanent!

Cold temperatures put an extra strain on your heart. Heavy exertion, such as snow shoveling, clearing debris or pushing a vehicle, increase your risk of a heart attack. There is no cure for glaucoma – yet! However, medication or surgery can slow or prevent further vision loss. The appropriate treatment depends upon the type of glaucoma among other factors. Early detection is vital to stopping the progress of the disease. The best way to protect your sight from glaucoma is to get a comprehensive eye examination. Then, if you have glaucoma, treatment can begin immediately.


“One kind word can warm three winter months.” Japanese Proverb

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RSVP Annual Coat Drive

January is also the month we honor the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King. In the spirit of Dr. King, we are once again asking our volunteers and friends to donate gently used winter coats to our annual drive. These cold months are especially difficult for individuals and families who do not have the resources to purchase warm clothing each year. So please drop off your coats, scarves, hats and gloves at our Smithtown office. For more information, please call Betty at 631-979-9490, ext. 12.

“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, what are you doing for others?” Martin Luther King, Jr.