10 Smoothie Recipes Sure to Beat the NYC Heat

Fruit smoothies can be an easy way to nourish your body with essential nutrients. The best way to know the exact ingredients in your smoothie is to make them yourself. All you need is a blender, fruit and a base, such as water, milk or yogurt. Making your own smoothies can help prevent fruit from going to waste, while providing benefits that will keep you on the right track towards good health.

Check out these 10 hand-picked recipes that we’ve gathered for you to beat that NYC sun:dreamstime_m_59225596

1. Breakfast Fruit Smoothie

2. Kiwi Mango Lassi Smoothie

3. Mango Apricot Strawberry Smoothie

4. Banana Smoothie

5. Fat-Free Strawberry-Yogurt Smoothie

6. Spinach Mango Smoothie

7. Chocolate Peanut Butter Blast Smoothie

8. Blueberry Smoothie

9. Fruit Smoothie Twister

10. Tropical Smoothie


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The ‘NY for Seniors Magazine’ Summer Issue is Here!

As Summer continues to heat up, the New York for Seniors Magazine Summer Edition launches to tackle hot button topics that shape the lives of New York’s senior population.


Here’s a preview of what you can find in this issue:

  • Congressman Ed Towns Hosts the Wellness and Resource Series in partnership with AlphaCare
  • Events Calendar for Brooklyn, Queens, Bronx. and Manhattan
  • JASA Celebrates Seniors
  • Parents’ Day Event Celebrates the Chinese Community
  • Bronx “Sip And Chat” Event Encourages Open Conversation About Elder Abuse
  • AlphaCare’s Wellness And Resource Initiative Aims To Keep Seniors Active
  • A Senior’s Guide To Beginners’ Yoga
  • 8 Best Summer Fruits and Veggies

To read the magazine online, go to:

Hard copies are available at Senior Centers throughout NYC. To request magazines be sent to your local Senior Center, fill out this form.


Top 8 Summer Fruits and Vegetables

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Parents’ Day Celebrates the Mothers and Fathers of the Chinese Community

On one of the warmest days of the year to date, Manhattan’s Chinatown was the scene of an authentic program of Chinese culture and tradition, on May 19th.  The venue was the spacious, air-conditioned 300-seat auditorium of the Chinese Community Center at the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association (CCBA), an organization founded in 1883 to serve and protect the interests of the Chinese people in the New York metropolitan area. The event was Parents’ Day: a combined springtime tribute to both mothers and fathers, celebrating the elders in the tight-knit community.

After a check presentation by CCBA board members to benefit a local Chinese school and recognition of the participants, a full cultural program was the highlight of the afternoon’s events, and included a myriad of colorful performances by senior community center members. Variety-show style, each act took to the stage accompanied by live or recorded music, engaging the audience with traditional numbers that they all seemed to know, as they sang and clapped along!

Conceived and presented by AlphaCare, in partnership with Lin Sing Association, another one of the oldest Chinese American organizations in existence, the well-attended inaugural event also featured a Wellness & Resource Fair, targeted at the senior guests.

Liz Ho, Community Outreach Manager for AlphaCare, was elated at the overwhelming interest and turnout for the day’s program. “It is an honor to link with an important community fixture like Lin Sing Association, especially for an occasion like Parents’ Day,” she said. “While paying respect to seniors and hard-working immigrant families, AlphaCare was also able to invite many of our hospital and home care agency partners that serve the Asian community.  Together, we present a strong network of resources that support healthy living.”

Over a dozen resource partners were in attendance, including Mannings Pharmacy, New York Presbyterian Hospital-Lower Manhattan, Xincon Home Health Care Services, NYC Commission on Human Rights, Fu Generation Foundation, and Asian Americans for Equality (AAE). Guests visited each table to speak to reps about available services, and collected information and free swag, like tote bags, key chains, and more.

Premier Home Health Care Services, one of the larger partner agencies, has a full staff dedicated to outreach in the Asian communities in New York.  A long time AlphaCare partner, Premier is active in the five boroughs, and in addition to accepting all insurances and Medicaid, their staff is fluent in Mandarin, Cantonese, even Korean. Malily Li, a Premier rep, expressed her gratitude for the event: “This has been a really good experience for me; it’s good to not only meet potential clients, but it’s nice to talk to reps from the other agencies that provide similar services. And I was impressed by the entertainment. I’m looking forward to the next one!”

New York for Seniors Magazine Now Available in Digital 3D

By popular demand, the New York for Seniors Magazine is now available in a digital 3D version!

Currently, the New York for Seniors Magazine is distributed to senior centers, assisted living facilities, churches, and government offices throughout New York City.

For those interested in reading the magazine, but are not located within the distribution network, the new digital 3D feature provides a simple and effective solution.

Benefits of the new Digital 3D Version include:

  • Ability to click on web links in the Magazine
  • Share with family, friends, and colleagues
  • Read on a smart phone, tablet, or laptop
  • Download the entire magazine for offline reading

About New York for Seniors:

Created to keep NYC’s senior citizens updated and knowledgeable on key resources, health options, healthy living tips and lifestyle activities, that impact their lives, ‘New York for Seniors’ is a movement that galvanizes the community toward improving the quality of life for our NYC senior population.

For more information about the New York for Seniors initiative or if you have any questions regarding the new digital 3D version, send an email to

Special thanks to AlphaCare for their continued support of New York City’s senior population.

AlphaCare’s ‘Wellness and Resource’ Initiative Is Keeping Seniors Active In East New York

On Thursday, June 22nd, AlphaCare continued their Wellness and Resource Series of events with a Diabetes Awareness Health Fair for senior citizens at the Brooklyn Sports Club in East New York, Brooklyn. Joining forces with Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams, the purpose of the event was to bring various community resource partners onto one platform in order to increase the awareness of the services available to Seniors throughout Brooklyn. Some of the community partners that AlphaCare collaborated with were Access-A-Ride, Brookdale Hospital, Clear Caption, Department of the Aging, SNAP-Met Council, NYPD Community Affairs, New York for Seniors, New York Life, EPIC, and many others. From 10am to 3pm, the seniors in attendance enjoyed healthy refreshments, cooking demonstrations, Zumba, prize giveaways, live entertainment by the Dancers of BRC, and got a chance to play AlphaCare’s new Wheel of Health game.

“We love arranging these events for seniors in all areas of Brooklyn because it’s important that they are well informed about the right resources.  Not all seniors are digital savvy due to the generation that we live in at this current time,” said Cindy Lai, Director of Communications and Marketing. “We are promoting a healthier lifestyle for seniors so they can live longer for their families but they must remember everything they do affects them as a whole. ”

“I really had a good time at the fair; it was fantastic”, said fellow attendee Michele Brown. “I would like to call myself the dancing machine and the DJ was playing the jams. I had a good time for a great cause”.

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