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Plants as therapy? Gardening as a way to work out emotional and physical problems? Horticultural therapy is more than just going to the garden and planting flowers. Horticultural therapy is the connection between people and plants. It is akin to the reasons art and music therapy are employed to aid people. Learn more here about Barbara Denson, our horticultural therapist.

Ming Chin celebrated his 100th birthday with his friends at the Riverdale Senior Services a couple weeks ago. But the man who refused to retire almost had that life cut short 17 years ago.

Chin was 83 when two airliners crashed into the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001, and was just about to step into one of the tower buildings for work when he saw the first plane.

“Class Is In Session. Please Knock,” was the message on the back of a gray door at Riverdale Senior Services. Inside, scripts of plays were
sprawled across a table. The theatrical voices of six older women ebbed and flowed across the room. The women make up the local Arts Studio Drama Club that meets weeklyto do read-throughs of favorite plays.

On September 24th through 28th, RSS will be a host site for Active Aging Week. Besides the regular roster of RSS classes, trips and group activities, each day will focus on a theme related to wellness. This is all part of the 16th consecutive Active Aging Week®, an annual event in the last week of September in which hundreds of thousands of adults aged 50 and older participate in a multitude of activities in an atmosphere of fun, friendship, adventure, and positive perceptions of aging.

Irving Ladimer, a beloved member of RSS died on July 3rd. Read about his amazing life in this article from the Riverdale Press by clicking the link above.

The Board of Directors of RSS is pleased to announce the appointment of Julie Dalton as Executive Director. RSS is a nonprofit focused on programs and services to help older adults in the Bronx. “We are exceptionally pleased that Julie Dalton has taken on this leadership role,” said Board President, Rhea Dornbush, Ph.D. She is a seasoned professional dedicated to services for older adults She is a strong communicator, an effective manager, experienced in New York City and New York State contracting, and a thought leader in supporting older adults to remain in their community. As RSS enters its 45th year of service we know that Julie will be an effective voice for RSS in the community. “For the next twenty years, an average of 10,000 people each day will reach 65. People are now often retired for thirty years or more, and RSS, with its focus on every aspect of wellness, offers so many options for staying healthy, developing and exploring new interests, friendships and ways to share skills,” says Dalton. “I am excited to work with an exceptional team to help the organization meet these challenges. I am committed to empowering our members and their families to live their best possible lives. The Center for Ageless Living is the place to be! “

Riverdale Senior Services announced it is now doing business as RSS. Long known to its members as RSS, Riverdale Senior Services now adopts this "nickname" as its official name. Riverdale Senior Services will continue to be used as a descriptor going forward. RSS is also introducing a tagline - The Center for Ageless Living - as well as a new website and website address (url) -

As most of you know Julia Schwartz-Leeper has left RSS to take on an exciting new role as Foundation Director for Visiting Nurse Services of Westchester. Julia made enormous contributions to RSS for which we are extremely grateful. The Board of Directors is actively recruiting for a new Executive Director. While that search is going on RSS has hired an Interim Executive Director. Today we'd like to introduce you to Sandra Bowie.

As most of you may already be aware, I am transitioning out of RSS at the end of this month. Over the past 12 years I have had the honor to work with so many incredible staff, board members, volunteers, participants, supporters, colleagues and community partners. With your support, together we have accomplished a great deal. RSS has grown and evolved into a true community where people come together to share talents, experiences and friendships.