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How to Keep Your Senior Parents Healthy and Active?



It can be hard watching the people we love more than anything in the world, age and get older right before our eyes. It’s horrible to have to feel helpless as they battle illness or have to change their way of life because of the setbacks that old age throws at them. However, the point is, you don’t have to sit back and feel helpless, because there are plenty of options available, from which you will be able to keep your senior parents active and healthy. This way, not only will you be offering them a new lease on life, but you’ll also understand that getting old doesn’t have to mean that life stops and that there are always ways to keep your mind and body healthy, regardless of age.


Low impact sports allow your body to get a decent workout without having to put too much strain on it, and there are some that are just perfect for the elderly. Kayaking is a great option as it also allows them to interact with nature and go outdoors. However, if not, they can still do the same exercise using rowing machine exercise options for seniors which allow them to use the same muscles and do the same movements. There are different machines available with different degrees of difficulty. 

Yoga & Tai Chi

Both yoga and tai chi offer the same premise and are extremely effective for the elderly. This is because they get to utilize all their muscles in a slow but effective way that doesn’t put too much strain or require too much effort. Both provide great stretching exercises paired along with breathing exercises, and the result is much better circulation all over the body and less stress. 


Just because your parents are older, doesn’t mean that they don’t want to get away and travel to see new places! But you just need to ensure that the criteria is more suitable to their conditions and their age. There are a lot of travel agencies that offer packages that are focused on the elderly. There are also short cruises that your parents are bound to love. Travel is something that one should never give up. If you surprise your parents with a trip somewhere either with the rest of the family or together, you’ll see how much of a difference it will make for their psychological well being. With old age, there is a higher risk of depression and this is something that can be easily taken care of if you just keep them feeling young. 

Dance Classes

You’re never too old to dance! It doesn’t matter if your parents can’t move around too much or even if they never knew how to dance. Taking them to dance classes has so many benefits to their health. They get to be active and interact with other people, they get to let loose, laugh and move around a little, while listening to  good music! And music is always good for the soul.  

Arts & Crafts

Keeping your parents preoccupied with sports and just having them move is important because in order to stay healthy they have to stay active. However, they need to be active on a mental level as well. So you might want to consider signing them up for some kind of arts & crafts classes. This way, they’ll be sure to have that portion of the day dedicated to acquiring a new skill, and this does wonders for their self esteem. Pottery, painting or even carpentry are all the options you could look into for your parents.

Daily Walks

When all else fails in life, taking a walk with your parents costs nothing at all, doesn’t require any kind of planning or persuasion, and does wonders for their health. If you make it a point to take a long walk every day, you could even eventually talk them into taking a hike down a nice simple trail. 


Swimming is an excellent low-impact sport because it’s something that anyone in any condition can take on. It doesn’t matter if your parents are fully active or if they’re in a wheelchair, they always have the option to either go swimming or have a support to help them swim if they are unable to move any of their limbs properly. Swimming is therapeutic and also works out all of the muscles in the body in a way that isn’t too stressful to handle.


This is one of the funner options as well, because it keeps your parents both active and healthy at the same time, and doesn’t require too much effort either. You can either do this a couple of times a week or even daily, and it’s a great way for the family to bond as well because you could probably have a picnic after that! 


Golf is a great way for your parents to stay active and to socialize. There are plenty of golf clubs available, and it’s a sport that does not require too much effort either, so you won’t have to risk any kind of injury, and there are always golf carts ready to move them around the golf course. It’s a great form of luxury, socializing and of course, staying fit as well.

For your parents to feel like old age is irrelevant, it’s up to you to give them that boost and open up a world that is available to them and their circumstances. They probably don’t think that they can go to a yoga class that caters to their age, or that they could ever take up dancing or arts and crafts classes. What they need is encouragement and when you participate with them, at least every once in a while, then not only will they understand the value of staying healthy and active, but it will also bring your family closer together. Remind your parents that age is just a number and encourage them to continue socializing, and even to travel, because that will do wonders for their mental well being as well.


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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