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South Salem resident Christine Schopen, president of
the Westchester Cycle Club, out on a ride in Stormville.

PHOTO: HUDVALLEY PHOTO

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BY JODI WEINBERGER

Not all businesses have su ered during the pan- “We have been busier this year than we were last,” No experience is necessary, and basic instruction of
demic. Coyne said. “ ere are, of course, many possible factors, what to expect and how to maneuver is o ered at the

While some companies have had to overhaul but I think it’s safe to say we are one business that the start of every tour. Weather can impact how strenuous a

the way they work to continue operating, businesses ca- virus has helped.” trip may be.

tering to outdoor enthusiasts only had to tweak their pro- While kayaking is a family-friendly activity, the com- Private tours o er exibility to choose the location and

cedures to continue serving patrons. pany’s minimum age to participate is 9. Storm King Ad- pace of the tour, and Coyne can meet most special requests.

One company that’s seen a boost in business is Storm venture Tours draws many seniors, as well, but empha- For many, spending time outdoors has been a safe and

King Adventure Tours, which provides safe outdoor ac- sizes that a tour consists of two to three hours of physical socially distant way to connect with friends and family.

tivities for both people and the environment. activity. “I do believe interest in the outdoors has gone up.

“We have adapted well,” said Colin Coyne, owner of Tours visit Bannerman’s Island, Cornwall Bay and While the virus has been a major shake up, at best, and for

the company. “Kayaking is already a social distanced ac- Moodna Marsh, which is ideal for bird watching, and many, much worse, I do believe that a positive outcome of

tivity, so our transition to the current CDC guidelines has sunset and full-moon tours. it all is that people are getting into the outdoors, slowing

been a reasonable endeavor.” “Our region truly is ideal for kayaking,” Coyne said. down and stopping to smell the roses,” Coyne said.

To their safety procedures they’ve added the cleaning “We have mountains that lead right up to the water, mak- Getting outside and enjoying nature can also serve as

of all equipment after every use, requiring tour-goers on ing for an ideal backdrop as you paddle. We also have a way to practice gratitude for the space in which we’re

the shore to wear face masks, and asking participants to great access to tidal marshes and, of course, most nights currently con ned.

be mindful of one another’s space. we are lucky enough to enjoy a colorful sunset. To top it “ e increase in interest in being on the water is a re-

e company guides group and private tours for people o , as the Hudson is an estuary in our region, we are often minder to us just how fortunate we are to live in a place as

of all ages on the Hudson River, providing all the gear, able to ride the current in both directions, allowing for scenic as the Hudson Valley and that paddling it is even

technical expertise and local knowledge required. additional exploring.” sweeter yet,” Coyne said.


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out on Long Island Sound—at e Maritime Aquar- Unlike most public aquariums, e Maritime Aquarium’s
ium at Norwalk located o Interstate 95 in Fair eld focus is primarily on one body of water, one whose marine life
County, Conn. and well-being is highly relevant to residents of the tristate
area: Long Island Sound. Aquarium guests learn how the
“We know that lots of folks—by choice or by Sound pulses with marine life as they get close to 9-foot
government restriction—are doing staycations sharks, playful harbor seals, pulsing jelly sh and massive sea
this summer,” said marketing director Tina Tison. turtles. In all, more than 6,000 creatures are on exhibit.

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Li ing spirits
through song

Musician who played the nursing
home circuit adapts to new normal

BY JODI WEINBERGER

Many live musical events were canceled this year in re- and taught myself [to play] guitar to the music of the Lee Perry Gross
sponse to social distancing guidelines while at the same Beatles and the British Invasion. I eventually learned
time,facilities caring for the elderly were locking their doors “ e Great American Songbook”and the music of the I was also booked regularly during this time by Hospital Au-
to visitors to stop the spread of coronavirus. ‘20s ‘30s and ‘40s, including big band music. diences Inc. to perform concerts for patients in state hospitals.

Right at the intersection of the two is musician Lee I performed as a singer-songwriter in co eehouses My most memorable experience was the day I was sent
Perry Gross, who’s made a career of performing for those around New York City in my 20s and 30s while at- to Manhattan Psychiatric Center on Wards Island to play
55 and over in hospitals, retirement facilities, and reha- tending S.U.N.Y. Bu alo. I went on to get my gradu- for their forensic psych unit. David Berkowitz (“Son of
bilitation and nursing facilities in addition to parties, cor- ate degree at Pratt University in art therapy. I was selected Sam”) was incarcerated in that unit.
porate events and weddings through his company, Lee while in graduate school by the NYC Department of Cultural
Perry Gross Music Inc. A airs and the Brooklyn Arts Council to perform for public When I arrived, the building appeared to be under
events sponsored by the city. construction.I was instructed to enter a temporary entrance.
Halston Media talked with Gross to learn how he’s continu-
ing to bring music to the masses, lifting spirits through song. Working as an art therapist gave me experience with special
populations including at-risk adolescents, those with severe men-
Tell us a bit about yourself. tal illness and the physically disabled and the elderly. For example,
I was born in New York City and grew up in the Bronx.I at- I ran a woodworking program for schizophrenic young adults.
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As I’m standing bewildered at the door, Since I work with such diverse popula- have little family contact. Before COV- concerts. e warmer weather has allowed

which is locked, with my guitar, ampli er tions, I enjoy learning new material. e ID-19, music provided a way for this popu- for concerts. I’m concerned that as the

and microphone stand, a construction work- sheer frequency of bookings that I am hired lation to socialize and to share an activity to- weather gets cooler, the residents will again

er exits the building, allowing me to enter. I to perform requires continually learning new gether. Again, music is a universal language be isolated from peers and family.

walk into a large marble-clad lobby and im- material to keep things fresh and interesting. and brought people together. Residents were What are some challenges you’ve faced

mediately realize that I’m not at the right is work has enabled me to learn over 1,000 able to socialize with their peers. I miss the during the pandemic in regard to being a

entrance to the building, which was under songs in at least seven di erent languages to quality of being able to share my music with performer?

construction. I realized that the door locked service the diverse ethnic and cultural back- larger audiences in a concert format. My company Lee Perry Gross Music Inc.

from the outside and the building was empty. grounds of my audiences. I personally love Has your relationship to music changed has provided over 200 live music concerts ev-

I have a “Twilight Zone” moment. I’m playing music that gets people up to dance. throughout the pandemic? ery month at senior facilities and social service

locked in a facility for the criminally insane. How has the coronavirus changed the My relationship to music throughout this organizations for the last 35 years. To meet

My rst thought is to nd an open window way you perform? pandemic has become more personal. Previ- the demand for live music at these venues,

and shout for help. It’s now 5 p.m. and there I have set up a teleconferencing platform ously I played mostly party music with back- we engage about 80 musicians to play at se-

are people walking to the parking lot 50 through Zoom whereby recreation sta at facili- ground tracks I’d written to approximate the nior facilities and social service organizations

yards away. I can’t see their faces but I shout, ties can bring an iPad to their residents for indi- sound of a full band. I played popular songs throughout the New York area. Not only is

“Help! I’m locked in here! I’m a musician! vidualized music, which is very personal to each that are crowd-pleasers. Now, I have cen- there a nancial challenge for me, but also for

Get me out of here!” individual and allows room-to-room visits. I can tered more on music that is more intimate, the musicians that I employ who rely on this

“Sure,of course,”they must’ve been think- also directly interact with the resident by taking personal and special to me, but also connects daytime work.Before the coronavirus,we were

ing. Realizing the futility of that tactic, I requests for their favorite music and chatting a with my audience. It’s a new repertoire for averaging 50 shows per week. Since audiences

found an open window, lowered down my bit about their lives and the music. is has been me and one that my audience is really loving. are unable to congregate for concerts, the pan-

gear and climbed out. very rewarding in that the performance has an Many more facilities are requesting out- demic has dropped my work by about 90 per-

What do you enjoy about these types of gigs? intimacy that is di erent than the large audience door concerts! is has been such a pleasure cent. My company also provides live music for

What I love about these gigs is how music concerts. Some facilities are able to telecast the since I am aware that these individuals have outdoor concerts in parks and events such as

brings a powerful dimension to individuals concerts throughout the building and everyone not even been able to leave their rooms or weddings and family parties. is aspect of my

who are isolated. It touches people with a uni- can see the concert on their own television. apartments for months. Now they can even business has been hardest hit by the pandemic.

versal language that brings joy to their lives.I’ve What does music provide for the elderly and visit with family and enjoy music outdoors.

witnessed people who are unable to speak, yet what do you miss about in-person performances? Some facilities are not sta ed due to the To nd out more about Lee Perry Gross, visit

can tap their feet to the music and even dance. Many seniors are isolated and often may pandemic to provide one-to-one Zoom http://www.lpgmusic.com/

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Retired Somers teachers write young adult novel

Gail Simpson and Jan Antonucci Somers residents Gail Simpson and Jan Antonucci recently published a young
adult novel, “ e Power of Sticks in a Bundle- e Secret of Nadia’s Stone.”
Both writers are educators and members of the Somers Land Trust and
combined their love of the environment with their experiences working with kids to
create a story about coping in times of crisis.

Set in the time of COVID-19, the story’s main character, 11-year-old Violet, is sent
to live in safety in the Reynolds House on Somers’own Angle Fly Preserve, as her moth-
er works as an emergency room physician. Exploring the trails with her caretaker and
teacher, Ms. LaVoy,Violet learns about animals, birds, plants and trees, but also about the

need to preserve and nurture our fragile environment.
Adding to the intrigue of the story is an element of
time travel, as a magic stone transports Violet to a dif-
ferent era and she develops a friendship with a girl liv-
ing in the time. is imaginative journey leads Violet
to appreciate the value of kindness and caring for one
another—that we are all connected by our humanity,
and that, by working together, we are all “sticks in a
bundle” that can’t be broken.

is book is the perfect read-aloud and conversa-
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all who wish to address the times that we are living
in today with kids. e authors hope that their words
will inspire many young adults to further understand
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Cycling
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BY JODI WEINBERGER

W ith indoor gyms and spaces weekends and collecting dues of $30 per trips, big multilevel rides and evening events.
closed for much of the rst half household per year. Riders are encouraged Schopen, who’s also a member of the
of 2020, interest in outdoor ac- to join group outings based on their speed
Lewisboro Bike/Pedestrian Committee,

tivities such as bicycling and hiking has surged and acclimation to di erent kinds of trails. rides between 150 and 200 miles a week in

as people looked at di erent ways to stay t. Even though bicycling is a socially distant all seasons. She also keeps active by walking

South Salem resident Christine Schopen activity, the pandemic has impacted some of her dogs, hiking, snowshoeing in the winter

is president of the Westchester Cycle Club, the club’s activities. and lifting weights and doing yoga at the

which draws members from all over the “We canceled rides for a few months,” gym when open.

Hudson Valley and New York City to ride in Schopen said. “Our club is very social; not Riding on trails has become a favorite for

what Schopen calls a “spectacularly beautiful seeing your friends or having events has her and many other cyclists in recent years.

area of the world.” been very tough. Some people chose to keep “I ride the dirt roads at least twice a week,”

“I love riding in Northern Westchester,” riding in small groups, others did not.” Schopen said. “Hardpack and gravel riding

Schopen said. “We have everything from To keep everyone safe, group rides are has become very popular in the past few

well-maintained roads, good visibility and limited to eight people including the ride years. e newly paved North-South county

hardpack/gravel roads.” leaders. Only members of the club are able trail is a great places for families to drive and

Schopen, who’s in her 60s, said the club is to ride and must sign up online with no the Bronx River Parkway is closed on Sun-

also extremely popular among those 55 and drop-ins or guests allowed. Everyone must day for Bicycle Sunday.”

over—with some members in their 80s— have a mask and wear one if social distanc- Along with a social bene t to the Westches-

because cycling is easy on the joints. ing can’t be maintained. e club also limited ter Bicycle Club, there’s also a safety element.

She starting riding eight years ago after the length of rides for the rst few months “(As a group) we are more visible,” Scho-

she lost her job and then began volunteering to avoid rest stops and told members to carry pen said. “We get to see beautiful areas you

to lead rides before working her way up to hand sanitizer. A newsletter for the group, didn’t even know existed. You meet really

the presidency of the nonpro t. called “Plain Spoke’n” updates members bi- great people that share the same interest.”

e cycling club caters to all levels of bi- weekly on the rules and upcoming rides. To learn more or become a member, visit

cyclist with group rides during the week and Before the pandemic, the club held group westchestercycleclub.org.

Safety tips from the Westchester Cycle Club

What to Wear: Bright colors, layers in all but hot weather, such as bars, trail mix or other food your body digests easily
fabrics that wick (no co on), fi ed clothing that doesn’t flap (a ride is a poor time to try new foods).
or get caught in the wheels or chain. No jeans. Glasses for eye
protection. Sunscreen. And, of course, always wear a helmet. What to Eat: Always eat a moderate breakfast at least two to
Bike Preparation: Pump your tires the night before each ride. three hours before the ride starts. A nice balance for breakfast
In the morning, check to ensure the tires are still firm. If the tire would likely include some protein, carbs and fats. For a short
is so , you have a slow leak and you can change the tube before
the ride. Periodically, either clean and lube your chain yourself ride, no breakfast and pocket food alone might get you by.
On a longer ride, breakfast and pocket food is needed; again,
or bring it to a shop. Check other working parts, such as the
brakes and brake pads. Inspect your tires for cuts or shards. easily digested food is always best. On the ride, eat before
Tools and Equipment for Rides: Always bring a spare tube you’re hungry and drink before you’re thirsty.
of the correct size and tire levers and a pump or cartridge;
two filled water bo les or hydration backpack; pocket food, What to Bring: Identification, health information
(conditions and medications), insurance card, emergency

contact information, cellphone and some money. Carry
these things on your body.


NT TO HALSTON MEDIA – AUGUST 20, 2020 PAGE 11

South Salem resident Christine Schopen (center), president of the Westchester Cycle Club,
with fellow club members Judy Behrens and Steve Levine

PHOTOS: HUDVALLEY PHOTO


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Computer-savvy
seniors help with
COVID-19 research

Club defies stereotypes

BY ABBY LUBY

Believe it or not, there was life before computers. editing, mobile devices, upgrade and repair, Windows, Hicks was ultimately lauded for introducing computers
And if you recall those high-tech pre-dawn days, macOS and the web show. e club’s monthly general to his middle school students.
you might be a member today of one of the many meetings are open to nonmembers. Dues are $50 a year. It In 1979, Hicks founded Orienteering Unlimited Inc.,
popular home computer clubs. publishes a monthly newsletter and hosts a comprehensive a navigating sport held in state parks and nature centers

e Westchester PC Users Group, founded in 1981, is website (wpcug.org). Until the coronavirus pandemic, in- in which participants use maps and compasses to navigate

one such group.Today its 170 members are mostly retirees person meetings were held in White Plains; more recently, unfamiliar terrain. “ e maps are created with special soft-

ages 50-plus with some in their 90s. WPCUG is the go-to meetings and workshops are held on line. ware and we show how to use it,” explained Hicks. “I’ve

group for those who want to be computer savvy and keep Ed Hicks joined WPCUG in 1985. e 85-year-old is a done presentations at WPCUG for maps and map mak-

abreast of the latest programs and newest devices. longtime resident of Somers and has lived in Westchester ing. You can do orienteering with preschool children as

“People are attracted to our group because they are getting since 1959 and Somers since 1975. He was a science teach- well as with 80- to 90-year-olds. It’s good outdoor exercise,

the technical support they need,”said Dr.Pierre Darmon,pres- er at the Blue Mountain Middle School in Cortlandt and a mental challenge and loads of fun.”

ident of WPCUG for the last three years and a member for his fascination with computers started over 50 years ago. Hicks said he highly values the computer club.

seven before that. “We have about 15 workshops every month “I remember in the late 1970s dragging boxes of comput- “I think people in the Westchester PC Users Group

on many di erent topics and beginner courses twice a month.” ers to my school,”Hicks recalled.“ e principal laughed at have been and are very helpful to each other; they are very

Workshop topics include digital photography, photo me and said, ‘You’re wasting your money.’” supportive and very friendly.”


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Like Hicks, Darmon was drawn to the club because he minutes) on their home computers and when not in use or Did you
wanted to share his technical know-how with adults eager are idle, the program will use the processor to run simulations. know?
to learn. He is a retiree who holds a PhD in mechanical and
aerospace sciences and worked in the IT industry for 35 years “What they are doing is taking a whole bunch of comput- It can be easy to forget to apply sunscreen when a
and held numerous positions at IBM.Today, he is a computer ers and using their processors,”said Hicks, who is on the club’s sunny summer day beckons you to get outside and
consultant for education and small businesses. folding program committee. “It’s like there’s one super com- enjoy the great outdoors. But forgetting to apply
puter working on the simulations. I thought this was a great sunscreen before spending time in the sun is a poten-
“ e vast majority in the group are retirees and a small per- way for everybody to contribute, even in a small way. Some- tially deadly mistake. According to the World Health
centage are working as consultants,” Darmon said, noting the how we have to defeat this COVID.” Organization, one in every three cancers diagnosed is
membership is divided equally among men and women.“ e a skin cancer. In addition, the Skin Cancer Foundation
stereotype that portrays seniors as knowing nothing about Darmon said there were originally two members taking notes that one in ve Americans will develop skin can-
computers could not be further from the truth. ey did not part in the program. cer by the age of 70. e discomfort of a sunburn might
grow up with computers, but they do want to be educated.” seem relatively harmless, but the relationship between
“Now we have a dozen,”he said.“Hopefully we can expand sunburns and cancer risk is signi cant. e SCF notes
For the rst time in the club’s history, members are taking on that and help scientists tap into unused computing power that having ve or more sunburns doubles your risk
part in a national research project seeking a cure for the vi- to do massive calculations and help nd a cure for the coro- for melanoma, a type of skin cancer that often and
rus that causes COVID-19. e project is being run by the navirus.” quickly spreads to nearby lymph nodes. Perhaps that’s
nonpro t organization [email protected] Consortium, which one reason why the American Cancer Society reports
studies the molecular structures of human protein and seeks Members can check in at the [email protected] website to see that the number of new invasive melanoma cases diag-
a cure for related diseases. Researchers are based at Stanford how many computer hours they’ve donated. nosed annually increased by 47 percent between 2010
University and Washington University in St. Louis. and 2020. Avoiding sunburn by applying and reapply-
As for the club’s own online operations,Darmon said,“We’ve ing a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a minimum sun
Under a microscope, the human proteins look like ribbons seen success using the Zoom platform for meetings and work- protection factor (SPF) of 30 should be a priority for
dotted with balls that naturally combine in what is called shops. ere’s been a tremendous boom in attendance, espe- anyone spending time outdoors.
“folding.”But sometimes they “mis-fold,”activating malignant cially because people are not willing to drive at night. at in
cells such as cancer cells. Scientists run a vast number of simu- itself tells us we have to continue doing our workshops using is article is provided by Metro Creative Connection.
lations to understand protein architecture and sequencing, es- Zoom even if we go back to meeting face to face.”
sential to design cures for mis-folding. Promising simulations
are then subject to later-stage experiments. Darmon sees a hybrid situation developing in which some
members participate online while others are actually in the
Helping to run innumerable simulations, WPCUG mem- room.
bers will be downloading special software (it takes under 30
“If we make sure everyone feels included, I think it’s going
to be an improvement for the club,” he said. “It’s like a silver
lining in a dark cloud.”

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tal jelly sh, pinecone sh, ashlight sh and a scorpion. from the public cruises, the vessel is available for rent
for private celebrations, company meetings and other
Dr. Dave Hudson, the aquarium’s research scientist, limited gatherings.
said discovering the broad diversity of animals that live
just o our shores will inspire guests to alter behaviors “In this time when people especially are feeling sepa-
to protect Long Island Sound. rated and detached, a visit to e Maritime Aquarium
can be a safe destination for New Yorkers to get out and
“Millions of people in the tristate area live in the wa- celebrate marine animals and reconnect with the marine
tershed—or drainage basin—of the Sound, and thus environment right here in our backyard,” Tison said.
they a ect the health of the Sound through their every-
day actions,” Hudson said. “How we recycle, fertilize our Complete your Norwalk visit by shopping at the
lawns, wash our cars and clean up after our dogs are just nation’s newest mall, the SoNo Collection, which is a
some of the ways we individually and collectively impact short stroll up the Norwalk River from the aquarium.
the Sound and the animals that live in it.” Anchored by Bloomingdale’s and Nordstrom, the mall
bills itself as “a spectacular shopping, dining, art, and en-
e health of e Maritime Aquarium’s guests, sta tertainment destination.” Enjoy lunch or dinner either
and volunteers is a special focus this summer, of course. in establishments in the mall or from a celebrated se-
In response to the coronavirus, the aquarium is selling lection of restaurants near the aquarium in lively South
tickets only online in advance for timed-ticket entry, to Norwalk.
allow for social distancing through reduced capacity. Ad-
ditionally, masks are required for all guests over age 2, and For more information, visit maritimeaquarium.org.
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Mental and
physical wellness

Maintaining health in the COVID-19 era

BY SEAN WATERS, PHYSICAL THERAPIST

The COVID-19 pandemic has o from these outlets. We nd ourselves con-
changed the way we live,the way we ned to the house with limited access to the
work and play. It remains to be seen tness and well-being activities to which we
how many of the adjustments the pandemic
has caused us to make will become perma- have become accustomed. e con nement
nent and which will cease once we put the may have led to unwanted weight gain and
perhaps feelings of isolation.If we are proactive
virus behind us. Although the conditions and creative, we can nd ways to heal ourselves
for doing so have changed, it is physically and psychologically while we await
important that we all, young and the nal resolution for the pandemic.
old, maintain an appropriate
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our bodies and our minds. great way to engage in physical activity. A brisk
Many of us enjoyed the free- walk at least three times a week at your local
park, or on local streets, for about 30 minutes,
dom to move around as we pleased, has a signi cant impact on your physical and
which provided an organic opportu- psychological well being. If you own a bike
nity for exercise. Gym memberships and can nd a place to ride safely for about the
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repeat it, bring along your headphones and listen to an au- Michael Sweeney, PT Natalia Glen, PT 4. Exhale through pursed lips for 6 seconds.
diobook, podcast, or favorite playlist, but be sure to keep the 5. Repeat this process 7 more times with closed eyes.
volume low enough to hear what is happening around you. yourself to put all of your screens away at least an hour, pref- ink 4, 5, 6 (Inhale for 4, hold for 5, exhale for 6).
erably two, before bed. is begins to set the tone for sleep, As you perform this exercise, focus solely on how the
What cannot be understated here are the bene cial ef- which, for many of us, has also been challenging during this breath feels coming into your body and then leaving your
fects of just being active and outside; nature’s e ects on our unprecedented time. body,blocking everything else out of your mind for that brief
psychological well being are well-documented. two minutes. How do you feel? You have just performed a
An important component of an overall approach to main- form of meditation. Meditation is like hitting a reset but-
Sitting around the house for months on end and binging taining a proper perspective during this crisis is to provide for ton. It has been proven to reduce stress, elevate mood, and
on Net ix will certainly cause muscles and joints to become our mental well being. e activities mentioned above have temporarily lower blood pressure among many other posi-
adaptively shortened and atrophied. Consider taking fteen positive e ects on our physical and,by extension,mental well tive e ects. ere are many free apps to assist you in explor-
minutes three times per week to focus on gently stretching being, but there are some activities that can be pursued that ing various breathing techniques. ere is a recently released
the muscle groups that act at our core. ese groups include have a direct and immediate impact on our mental well be- book titled,“Breath,”by James Nestor that is very helpful.
the hamstrings, thighs, glutes (bum), and abdominals. ey ing. Over time, the cumulative e ects of these activities will Take some time and nd the techniques that work best for
become reliably tight with age and, coupled with months of enhance your mental health and your physical condition. you and consider making them a permanent part of your life.
con nement, can become a problem for us if not addressed. Some of these activities are well known, and some may
Try this simple mindful meditation: be new to you. ere has never been a better time to open
ere are a number of good, free videos that can be used on 1. Sit up nice and straight in your chair. yourself up to new approaches to physical and mental health.
sites like verywell t.com that are simple and make for easy 2. Inhale for four seconds through your nose. Just like some of the changes or innovations made necessary
compliance. Remember,it’s more about consistency and less 3. Hold that inhale for ve seconds. by the virus, some of these activities may become permanent
about rigor. additions to your life,while others may cease once we put the
virus behind us. Use this as an opportunity to consider the
Pick three or four of the exercises and perform them as old and the new. ere may never be a better time to let go of
instructed at least three times per week. Variety is key here. your natural reluctance to try something new and embrace
the natural curiosity we also possess.
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Vacation canceled? Grab a cocktail

Summer is synonymous with many things. Vacations, warm weather and al fresco dining are part and parcel of many
people’s summertime routines. Though many of these outings are on hold, you can at least enjoy a cold beverage on a
warm summer evening with these recipes. These refreshing cocktails use summer flavors that will make you feel like

you’re floating on a yacht in Tahiti even if your summer travel plans were canceled because of the pandemic.

Blueberry Crush Summer Cantaloupe

Adapted from Susan Elia MacNeal’s book “Infused: Adapted from Andrew Schloss’s book “Homemade Liqueurs and Infused Spirits”
100+ Recipes for Infused Liqueurs and Cocktails”
• 1 fi h (3 1/4 cups) 80-100 proof vodka •
• 4 or 5 ice cubes • 2 blackberries • • 4 cups cantaloupe chunks • 1 cup simple syrup •
• 2 blueberries • 2 raspberries • 3 ounces
• Finely grated zest of 2 lemons •
Blueberry Vodka • Dash of lime juice •
• 1 cup cracked ice • 1/2 cup sparkling water Muddle the vodka, cantaloupe and lemon zest with
a wooden spoon in a half-gallon jar. Stir to moisten
or club soda (optional) • everything. Seal the jar and put it in a cool, dark cabinet
until the liquid smells and tastes strongly of melon, four
Place the ice cubes in a chilled old-fashioned to seven days. Strain the mixture with a mesh
glass. Place the berries in a small bowl and strainer into a clean quart jar. Do
not push on the solids to extract
crush with a fork. Add to a shaker with more liquid. Stir in the simple
the vodka, lime juice and cracked syrup. Seal and store in a cool, dark
ice. Shake for 10 to 15 cabinet. Use within one year.
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Significant Changes
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BY BRIAN L. MILLER, ESQ.,
LITTMAN KROOKS LLP

In April 2020, New York State quietly made iar parties as caregivers with their salaries paid by action when it comes to estate and asset protection
signi cant changes to New York’s Medicaid rules, the program. e Personal Care Services Program planning. Often clients are able to preserve signi -
making it more di cult for New Yorkers to obtain allows Medicaid recipients to receive personal care cantly more of their assets when planning ahead of
Medicaid bene ts for long-term care at home. New services via home-care agencies who contract with time, rather than waiting until the need for Medic-
York’s Community Medicaid is the program which the local department of social service. E ective Oc- aid bene ts arises.
provides care for clients at home, as opposed to a tober 1, 2020 the following changes are to take place
nursing home. to the CDPAP and PCS services: If you have already created your estate and asset
protection plans with the focus on receiving Com-
e changes to New York State’s Community • To be eligible for CDPAP or PCS you will need munity Medicaid, now is the time to revisit, review
Medicaid program include the following: to require assistance with three (3) Activities of Daily and possibly revise your plans to ensure that they
Living (ADLs). ADLs include, but are not limited still achieve your wishes and desires.
• 30 month Look-back for Community Medicaid. to: personal hygiene, dressing, eating, maintaining
Community Medicaid receives the greatest change continence, and transferring/mobility. Fortunately, If you or a loved one needs to apply for Com-
under the new laws. Applicants seeking Communi- there is an exception for individuals who have been munity Medicaid, needs to prepare estate and asset
ty Medicaid bene ts will have to provide nancial diagnosed with dementia or Alzheimer’s, in which protection plans, or think it may be time to update
statements for the past 30 months (2 ½ years) when case they only need supervision of two (2) ADLs. your current plans, please do not hesitate to contact
applying for such bene ts. Any funds transferred Littman Krooks LLP.
from the applicant and/or their spouse without fair • e plan of treatment will need to be prescribed
consideration during the look-back period will cre- by a quali ed independent physician selected or ap- Brian L. Miller is an attorney with Littman Krooks LLP
ate a period during which Medicaid will not pay for proved by the Department of Health, and not the assisting clients with various aspects of Elder Law, Es-
your care at home. Medicaid recipient’s treating physician. tate Planning, Estate Administration, Estate Litigation,
Medicaid Planning & Applications, and Guardianships.
e implementation of the 30 month lookback e above Medicaid changes start to take e ect He is a member of the Elder Law and Special Needs Sec-
period has been postponed to January 1, 2021, but on October 1, 2020, and represent some of the most tion and Trusts and Estates Law Section of the New York
will be phased in over the 30 months following Oc- signi cant changes to the Medicaid program in State Bar Association, and the Trusts & Estates Section
tober 1, 2020. As such, Community Medicaid ap- many years. If you need help or assistance and you and Elder Law Committees of the Westchester County
plications led on after January 1st will be subject to want to remain home it is imperative that you ap- Bar Association. Brian is also Vice President of the Es-
a lookback at all nancial transactions made on or ply for Community Medicaid as soon as possible, to tate Planning Council
after October 1, 2020. avoid delays in processing and assure the availability of Putnam County and
of caregivers. a Member of the West-
• Changes to CDPAP and PCS. chester County Senior
Medicaid’s Consumer Directed Personal Assis- If you have not created your estate and asset pro- Law Day Committee.
tance Program (CDPAP) allows Medicaid recipi- tection plans, now is the time to do so. Proactive
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