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Getting to an age when you want to start thinking about your retirement options can be quite daunting. It is something we all know is there somewhere in the distant future but tends to be a difficult conversation to begin to have with yourself.

You might be wondering where the years have gone and how you are facing this time in your life. This is why it is so important to make sure that you are going to be getting the right care at the right sort of facility. 

There are plenty of great places out there, and all you need to do to start seriously considering options for yourself or for a loved one is to make the step of going online and choosing to visit website. Frontier Management have some great options for senior living, which would be a good place to start your research.

When looking at options for different care home facilities, the main two options of care that you will see coming up again and again are:

  • Assisted living
  • Independent living

Whether you are familiar with these terms or not, the following article will go over what they mean and how you can decide which option is best for you. 

Assisted Living Facility

Assisted living refers to the level of care that some senior citizens may need. It means a higher level of care and more staff around to help with this care. It’s the best option for those senior citizens who do require a little or a lot more help than others.

In an assisted living facility, you will be sure to have more attention to your needs. It’s a great option for those people who have illnesses and medication and disability requirements. Assisted living facility is a facility for adults who cannot fully look after themselves. 

The basic skills that some people will need more help with than others include.

  • Dressing
  • Eating
  • Bathing
  • Using the toilet or bathroom

Assisted living isn’t just about medical help someone may need but also what more general help that they may need with day-to-day tasks we take for granted to be able to do. 

Independent Living Facility

The main reason senior citizens go into independent living facilities is to take that next step into retirement while still maintaining a high level of independence. Joining an independent living facility is the best option for people who want to be surrounded by people their own age. These facilities will offer activities, the chance to meet new people and try new things; it is never too late to meet someone special and go out of your comfort zone and do new things. 

These independent living facilities provide an opportunity for senior citizens to have a new start and really enjoy their later years. Even though these types of living facilities aren’t assisted, they will most likely still have staff available around the clock in case you need help with something. 

What’s Right for Me?

When deciding which option of living facility is for you, it can be a difficult choice. It is highly recommended that you speak to different retirement homes, your doctor, and your family and friends. Involve people in this conversation so you can be sure you feel confident and happy with your decision. 

How to Know What is the Right Place for You?

One great step is to start looking at what’s next for you at this time in your life or start looking for a loved one by visiting relevant websites. Have a scroll through some websites and start to get a feel of what these different retirement homes are have to offer.

You might be surprised at what it is you like about certain places; maybe the location is different from what you thought you wanted, maybe they have some activities on offer that you hadn’t previously considered. Whatever it is that draws you into a particular place, feel free to look about and really get a feel of the places.

Whilst you are online having a look at different retirement homes, you should also look at the reviews available, look at what people have to say about it, and see how popular they are. It can also be a great idea to look and see if there are any social media accounts as these can give a great updated feel for the place.

Visit, Visit, Visit

Visiting different places is the next step you should take. It’s good to take your time as this is such a big step and it’s important you know as much as possible about each place. When you are visiting it is a good idea to ask lots of questions. Writing a list of questions done ahead of time Is a great way to make sure you don’t forget anything.

Some good ideas for questions to ask include: 

  • What are the room options available? 
  • What activities are provided? 
  • What activities or entertainment happen on a regular basis? Be sure to check if there are things going on that you enjoy doing and will like to participate in.
  • What are their reviews? 
  • Are residents happy here? 
  • What sort of security is in place? You want to make sure the facility has all safety requirements in place.
  • What sort of routine do you have in place? 
  • How flexible are you with your resident’s routine? Moving into a retirement facility can be such a big adjustment, and it can be reassuring to know that you can still stick to your usual schedule.
  • Are there specific times for guests to come? Make sure your friends and family know when they can come and see you at what times.
  • How many staff are there at any time? You want to make sure you know the retirement home you are looking at has all the staff they need to help with all of their residents.

When visiting different retirement homes, it’s a great idea to speak not only to the staff but also to the current residents. After all, no-one will know the place better than the customers that are currently living there. 


When you do make the move into a retirement facility, it’s good to make sure you are bringing lots of personal items with you to make sure you feel at home.


The Mayor of Times Square Meets One of the World’s Oldest Holocaust Survivors



I arrived to a packed lecture room at a Library in South Florida.   This lecture caught my eye weeks prior and I made sure to have it in my calendar.  After all, how many more times will I get a chance to hear a 99 year old survivor tell his remarkable story of inconceivable hell, survival and ultimately impressive success?   What I heard in the room that day was hard to fathom it wasn’t part of a Spielberg movie with some creative liberty thrown in to embellish an already unbelievable true story.  This was the real deal.  A vivid description of hell on earth.  What I couldn’t understand is how did this survivor go on to create a vibrant family and a very successful business career and not be bitter every day of his life?   Equally remarkable is how someone his age could tell a story from 85 years ago as if it happened yesterday and with energy and charisma of someone half his age.  He spoke for 45 minutes without a break.  Little did anyone in the audience know that, just prior to arriving at the Library, he fell and injured himself, making his perseverance in even making it to the Library even more heroic.  This is no ordinary man.   I approached the stage after the lecture, patiently awaited my turn to speak with him and asked if I could interview him for my podcast.  I am pretty sure he knew little to nothing of what a podcast was, but he agreed as you are about to learn why telling his story over and over is his divine mission.

Eli Marcus and Sam Ron

Sam Ron bears personal witness to the greatest atrocity in human history. He is one of the only remaining Holocaust Survivors his age who survived four concentration camps…and a Death March.  He turns 99 in July.  His story is remarkable…and he himself is equally as remarkable.

Here’s what you will learn when listening to this World Exclusive interview on The Motivation Show podcast:

-Where did Sam grow up and what was life like before the Germans invaded his country

-How life changed once the Germans invaded and how long did the changes take

-Why and when did Sam and his family decide to go into hiding and where did he hide

-How did Sam end up in the Krakow Ghetto, how was it different than the infamous Warsaw Ghetto, and what took place in the Ghetto

-When did Sam first realize that the Germans were not just transporting Jews to what they disguised as labor camps, but were actually killing them.

-How many times was Sam transported in cattle cars and what was that like

-Which concentration camps was Sam in & what were they like

-What was life like in the concentration camps and why did they move Sam around to different camps

-What is a Death March, why and how did that happen and how did Sam survive it

-What lessons should listeners take away from Sam’s experience

-What does Never Again mean to Sam and why is it so important for him to share this and other Holocaust lessons

You can listen to this interview on any podcast listening app or use this Spotify link:    WARNING:  This interview is GUARANTEED to move you to tears!!!

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Events In April Bring Easter, Spring and Flowers Galore.



Photograph: Eugene Gologursky/Getty Images for Macy’s, Inc.

Join the Judy Garland and Fred Astaire tradition with the Easter Bonnet Parade on Fifth Avenue. There is also the Orchid Show at the New York Botanical Garden or right at home the flower show at Macy’s. On select Fridays every month, you can enjoy Free Admission to the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum between 5 pm and 9 pm.

Until 4/9: Macy’s Flower ShowThe show includes beautiful, bright floral arrangements, special events including live music, and kids’ activities.

until 4/23: This is The Orchid Show‘s 20th year. Reconnect with nature while experiencing the picture-perfect beauty of the orchids. On select nights, adults can experience the exhibition through Orchid Nights, with music, cash bars, and food available for purchase.

4/1-30: Sakura Matsuri Cherry Blossom Festival. The festival, hosted by the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, celebrates Japanese culture and the arrival of spring. It features a variety of cultural performances and activities, as well as a small flea market, tea ceremonies, and crafts. The highlight is the magnificent display of cherry blossom trees, with over 200 trees in full bloom. Visitors can admire the pink and white blooms and enjoy a traditional Japanese atmosphere. Tickets are usually around $40 for adults, though seniors and students get a reduced rate of $35.

4/7-16th: The New York International Auto ShowThe first new york Auto Show took place in 1900, for over 120 years now they have been sharing what’s new and interesting in the auto industry.

4/9: The Easter Parade starts near St. Patrick’s Cathedral at 10am. The tradition dates back to the 1870s, where elaborate bonnets and fashion galore is full frontal.

4/9: “Georgia O’Keeffe: To See Takes Time,” comes to MoMA.

4/15: The Tartan Day Parade is an NYC tradition that offers attendees a unique way to celebrate and honor Scottish culture. For the 25th year, there will be bagpipes, dancers, and even Scottish dogs marching in the parade. Attendance is free and open to the public. In addition to the parade, expect a whole week of Scottish-themed events and festivities.

4/15: Pillow Fight in the Park at Washington Square Park.

4/15: The New York Restoration Project is giving out 3,500 free trees to New Yorkers across all five boroughs. To get one of the 3,500 free trees that will be given away, register in advance on this website, where you’ll also get to browse through the current list of distribution dates, times and locations.

4/15 and 29: f the likes of udon, yakitori, ramen, and taiyaki make your mouth water, then mark your calendar for Japan Fes in Chelsea. The event will be held from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM and is considered a paradise for Japanese foodies and cultural enthusiasts.

4/16: Holi in The City demands food, music, dance, and fun while embracing people and organizations from all ethnic and religious backgrounds.

4/22: Earth Day celebrated in NYC with a festive, family-friendly outdoor fair in Union Square. There will be dozens of exhibitors, interactive displays, a green-vehicle show, family activities, music, and entertainment. 12-6pm.

4/27: Attend The Queen’s Ball: A Bridgerton Experience

4/27- 30: Antiquarian Book Fair now in its 63rd year, this festival for book collectors at Park Avenue Armory for a full weekend of first editions, maps, manuscripts and other treasures from literary epochs past from nearly 200 exhibitors.


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Celebrity Chef Sal Scognamillo, George Pettignano Bring Patsy’s Italian Restaurant To Life



Patsy’s Italian Restaurant has been known for years as the restaurant made famous by Frank Sinatra, and his family still enjoys dining here whenever they are in town. George Clooney’s aunt, cabaret singer and actress Rosemary Clooney, was once quoted, “Patsy’s is still the best Italian restaurant in town. I make a pasta pilgrimage there every time I return.”

Other long-time high profile patrons who consider Patsy’s Italian Restaurant their Manhattan dining room include, Tony Bennett, Michael Bublé, George Clooney, Sean “Puff Daddy” Combs, Tony Danza, Jennifer Lopez, Liza Minnelli, Al Pacino, Rihanna, Martha Stewart, Ben Stiller, Oprah Winfrey, and many others.

Celebrity Chef Sal Scognamillo

We all had the pleasure to join Celebrity Chef Sal Scognamillo for a very special Private Lunch on March 18th hosted City Guide and Eli Marcus.

Eli Marcus,George Pettignano

Chef Sal shared some of his riveting stories about celebrities, sports stars and others famous guests. Ha also told us a few one-of-a-kind frank Sinatra stories about Frank’s exclusive table near we were seated.

Popular entertainer George Pettignano, a cousin of Bobby Rydell, sang classic tunes from the 40’s to 70’s ranging from Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, The Beatles, Elvis & more!  George, as a former Hollywood stunt man, shared some of his classic stories

Eli Marcus

Everyone enjoyed a great meal and then danced the afternoon away!

Eli Marcus, Celebrity Chef Sal Scognamillo, Errol Rappaport

Errol Rappaport, Celebrity Chef Sal Scognamillo,Eli Marcus

Steve Garrin, wife, George Pettignano

Colin O’Leary Celebrity Chef Sal Scognamillo,Rena Sylvester, Eli Marcus

Colin O’Leary,Rena SylvesterErrol Rappaport

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