I was born and raised in Sheepshead Bay, a corner of Brooklyn near the water. Summers were spent at Brighton Beach, with blankets and folding chairs, hot knishes & cold soda. Although in reality it was more like cold knishes and hot soda, we indulged and we didn’t mind the sand that found its way into our mouths, or that the warm foamy soda was spilling out of our lips. Brooklyn was a small town back then. I took my Barbie doll in the shiny, fake black patent leather case and walked to my friend’s apartments or to the candy store that was a few blocks away. I was little, 6 - 7 years old. It was safe. I especially remember catching fireflies in the summer. We’d put them in glass jars until their lights faded away and they lay lifeless.
I graduated from Brooklyn College as an early childhood educator. I taught 2nd grade for a while and then settled into a 23-year career as an executive recruiter for actuaries. I lived in New York until 1985 when I departed for a nine month adventure traveling to 18 countries on my own. I returned to the U.S. in October 1986 and relocated to Florida where I married and had two sons who are the joy of my heart.
I continued recruiting until 1999, sold the business and spent time raising my kids. In 2007 I reentered the workforce, again recruiting, only this time in the green sector. My specialty was Water Resources. I was building a book of business until everything crashed in 2009. From there, I had a variety of jobs until one day in 2013, I was out of ideas and so I surrendered. It was a powerful moment in which I let go of the idea that I knew what was best for me. That information lived somewhere else. I paid attention to the signs. It took just under two weeks… six seniors I know called and said, “I heard you teach the computer. Can you please help me?” I had not advertised that. And so Savvy Senior Services was born.
In the beginning I focused on teaching computer skills to seniors. Soon after I learned about the Blue Zones and my mission took on the idea of teaching seniors about nutrition, the importance of always growing and learning and how critical it is to life a life of meaning and purpose. Learning about the Blue Zones activated something in me and I feverishly began researching nutrition, aging, longevity, maintaining cognitive strength and the field of conscious aging.
Aging well is not a one-size-fits-all recipe. Each of us is unique and each of us has our own particular needs regarding what we eat, how we think and how we move. Most of us have a lifetime of bad habits to change and that is a challenge. That's where I come in. As a researcher and motivational coach on the subject of longevity, I am always exploring the latest evidence-based science on what works and what doesn't. I offer reasonable lifestyle alternatives that go a long way towards wellness. And I am there for you. I am your biggest fan, cheering you on to greater health.
The Art of Living Longer Kitchen Coaching is another way for me to help you achieve better health through nutrition. Hippocrates said, "Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food" and these are words I live by. I will help you get rid of all the inflammatory ingredients and foods and replace them with alternatives that support human health as well as show you delicious, health-promoting foods and recipes.
Chaos to Calm Clutter Control is my favorite thing to do. Since I was little, I was always organizing my room. It's kind of my super power. Your mess is my joyful challenge.
Savvy Senior Services is the culmination of my own search for meaning and purpose. Perhaps it’s because my own parents died decades ago and I miss being around them. Perhaps it’s because, from the time I was in my teens, I always loved and have been attracted to my elders. Their wisdom, stories and perspective added color and texture to my world. I always saw their value, always treasured their experience.
I like to say that I don’t work for a living… I get to play and have fun every day. Teaching computers, leading The Art of Living Longer classes and workshops, helping seniors to declutter, and Kitchen Coaching fills me with a sense of purpose. It is my mission to help seniors everywhere find the same fulfillment in their lives.
I hope you will watch for my blogs as I will be writing about how to stay healthy and vibrant for as long as possible through nutrition and cognitive stimulation. Follow Savvy Senior Services on Facebook, YouTube or LinkedIn.
As a group, it’s time that all seniors here be treated with the same respect and care that is doted on them in other countries and societies. Most civilizations revere their elders as a source of wisdom. Let’s claim that for us! We Baby Boomers have never gone quietly into that dark night, we have raised the bar with everything we did. We redefined our generation and so many of us woke up to the need for social justice. That need has not gone away. The need for our energy, our ideas and our wisdom in the world today is enormous. I invite you to join me in my vision to help create an army of senior volunteers who will bring their wisdom and experience to the community and imbue their lives with meaning and purpose.
Seniors can make a difference. Savvy Senior Services is here to help you find your purpose and meaning for this future that is waiting for you to live into.
How can I serve you?
I wish you many reasons to smile today and every day,