6,000 Seniors Join In Age In Action 2003
Queens Borough President Helen Marshall, Public Advocate Betsy Gotbaum, city Department for the Aging Commissioner Edwin Méndez–Santiago and other City Officials greeted more than 6,000 seniors at Age in Action 2003. Age in Action 2003 a free festival of music, art, entertainment and information that celebrated the accomplishments of older New Yorkers, held for the first time in Flushing Meadows–Corona Park. Participants enjoyed professional and amateur live entertainment, arts and crafts projects, an original art work exhibit, demonstration workshops and information services. Seniors also participated in a dance contest with categories in waltz, cha-cha, meringue and freestyle.
"The purpose of Age in Action 2003 is to promote positive views of aging, to celebrate the accomplishments of New York City’s seniors and to have fun." Méndez–Santiago said.
Also, in tribute to Older Americans Month, outstanding caregiving senior citizens were honored for their wisdom, skills and experience in providing love, devotion and care for an older spouse, relative or grandchild during Age in Action’s Opening Ceremonies.
Age in Action 2003 was co-presented by the New York City Department for the Aging and the Aging in New York Fund, Inc.