(Mount Vernon, NY) – On Tuesday, May 4, 2021, Wartburg Senior Living Community hosted a Kickoff to May is Older American’s Month and announced the newly re-imagined Salute to Seniors. Over 60 leaders from government, community organizations and service providers joined together to celebrate older Americans in our community. Wartburg is a presenting sponsor for the Salute to Seniors. The first of which will be held on their campus in Mount Vernon.
Older Americans Month was established in 1963 and since that time, the month-long acknowledgment of contributions from our senior citizens has become a Westchester County tradition. The COVID-19 pandemic forced the in-person Salute to Seniors event to be cancelled, but the celebration is back for 2021. DSPS, the Department of Parks, Recreation and Conservation and the Westchester County Public-Private Partnership have hosted Salute to Seniors for many years.
“It was great to see County Executive Latimer and the other visitors to the campus. We are now looking forward to hosting Southern Westchester’s Salute to Seniors later in the month. My thanks to Commissioner Mae R. Carpenter and her staff for making this happen.” Said David J. Gentner, President & CEO.
Salute to Seniors has been reimagined into four smaller, safer, outdoor events in northern, central and southern Westchester. The information and business expos will feature music as well as information on programs, services and products targeted at the senior community and their caregivers. Event schedules and times are listed below.
Westchester County Executive George Latimer said: “Westchester County’s senior citizens are an important part of our communities, and they deserve to be recognized for the accomplishments they’ve made over the years. We created events like the Salute to Seniors many years ago to bring people together and create access to the programs and services seniors need to feel healthy and safe. I am thrilled that the annual Salute to Seniors event is making a triumphant return in 2021, and I look forward to joining with Westchester County’s seniors again in person for more fun and informative programs.
DSPS Commissioner Mae R. Carpenter said: “This year’s theme, Communities of Strength, is especially important. Throughout this past year, our community has had to come together like never before to continue to communicate to and support our Senior Citizens. Now, we are stronger than ever.”
About Salute to Seniors:
The event will be held at each of the following locations from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Parking and admission are free of charge, but ADVANCED RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED. To RSVP call 914-513-5208. Space is limited and safety protocols will be in place to allow our Seniors and their caregivers to participate in a safe, socially distanced way. One (1) boxed lunch will be provided to each Senior who registers. A maximum of 200 reservations will be accepted per location.
As in the past, sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities are available. Sponsorship provides for inclusion at all the Salute to Seniors locations as well as several print and social media promotions. Exhibitors can choose to showcase at one or all the locations which allows for a more strategic information-sharing opportunity. All participating organizations will be listed in the Salute to Seniors Directory which will be distributed to every attendee.
The Westchester County Department of Public Works and Transportation will be providing free rides all day for seniors attending a Salute to Seniors event, on all Bee-Line fixed route buses. Free all-day transportation is not limited to the events listed below:
Wednesday, May 19 – Southern Westchester, Mount Vernon
Wartburg Senior Living, One Wartburg Place, Mount Vernon, NY
Wednesday, May 26 – Central Westchester
Ridge Road Park, 287 Ridge Road, Hartsdale, NY
Wednesday, June 2 – Northern Westchester
Croton Point Park, 1 Croton Point Avenue, Croton-on-Hudson, NY
Wednesday, June 9 – Southern Westchester, Yonkers
Tibbetts Brook Park, 355 Midland Avenue, Yonkers, NY
This event is subject to change or cancellation due to the ongoing pandemic. Social distancing and masks are mandatory.
Wartburg, located in Westchester County, NY, offers integrated, comprehensive senior residential and healthcare services. Unlike conventional retirement communities, Wartburg provides a wide range of services to both residents living on their beautiful 34-acre campus and people in their own homes. From independent, assisted living and award-winning nursing home care to inpatient/outpatient rehabilitation, home care and adult day care services, their continuing care approach has earned them a trusted reputation. Wartburg also provides caregiver support at every stage with an array of options to find the level of care that considers the whole family. Wartburg was named one of the “Best Nursing Homes in New York State” by U.S. News & World Report for the 9th consecutive year in 2019.
Contact: Rose Cappa Rotunno
Pictured L to R:
Hugh J. Greechan, Jr., P.E. Commissioner Westchester County Department of Public Works and Transportation
Andre Early, Deputy Commissioner of the Westchester County Department of Parks, Recreation and Conservation
David J. Gentner, Ed.D., President & CEO of Wartburg
Mae Carpenter, Commissioner of Westchester County’s Department of Senior Programs and Services
George Latimer, County Executive of Westchester County, New York
Judy Fink, Executive Director, Westchester Jewish Community Services and President of the Westchester Public Private Partnership for Aging Services Board
Ken Jenkins, Deputy County Executive of Westchester County, New York