Great Neck Plaza Celebrates Older Americans Month


Presenting a variety show by Ms. New York Senior America
and The Seasoned Steppers

The Seasoned Steppers (Photo from the Village of Great Neck Plaza)

The Village of Great Neck Plaza will celebrate Older Americans Month, which is observed during the current month of May, by presenting a variety show by Ms. New York Senior America and the Seasoned Steppers on Sunday, May 21 at 3 p.m. in Firefighters Park on Grace Avenue in Great Neck Plaza.

According to the Administration for Community Living of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, “Every May, the Administration for Community Living leads the nation’s observance of Older Americans Month (OAM). The 2023 theme is Aging Unbound, which offers an opportunity to explore diverse aging experiences and discuss how communities can combat stereotypes. Join us in promoting flexible thinking about aging—and how we all benefit when older adults remain engaged, independent and included.”


(Photo from the Administration for
Community Living website)

The White House released “A Proclamation on Older Americans Month, 2023” stating, “On this 60th anniversary of Older Americans Month, we honor our nation’s senior citizens, whose lifetimes of hard work, devotion to family, and commitment to community have laid the foundation for the country we are today. We have a rock-solid responsibility to ensure our nation’s seniors can age with dignity and financial security. Older Americans are the pillars of our community, and we owe it to them to value their wisdom, celebrate their contributions, and champion their well-being.”

During May, the Administration for Community Living has suggested communities across America participate in story telling, group projects, and community events. Sharing stories helps build a sense of community and connect one another. Whether a group of friends or neighborhood organization, stories are a great way to learn about your peers. Group projects can be organized by the community to contribute individual work to combine and create a final masterpiece.

Great Neck Plaza is excited to take part in community events and organize the variety show to bring people together for a night of fun.

Ms. New York Senior America promotes a positive image of aging. According to their website, “[Ms.] New York Senior America invites women of 60 plus years to join together in the celebration of the Age of Elegance. The purpose of Senior America is to engage in programs and activities that dispel the myths of aging by enhancing the lives of senior Americans.”

Senior America performs showcases with lively dance sets and sing classic songs for senior living homes, birthday festivities and religious organization celebrations.
Each year Ms. New York Senior America hosts a pageant to select a woman 60 years or older who will best represent the State of New York. The pagent seeks a woman who exepmlifies the qualities of the modern senior woman. There is an array of talent including singers, dancers, musicians and comediennes. The pagent inspires confidence in other elders and the younger generations, proving that no matter your age talent, spirit, fun and grace doesn’t stop.

The Seasoned Steppers variety show
performance, 2019 (Photo from
Ms. Senior New York America website)

In announcing the May 21 program, Great Neck Plaza Mayor Ted Rosen stated, “The Seasoned Steppers are a precision line of dazzling dancers who perform with additional singers and dancers from Ms. New York Senior America. They are all aged 60 years and older—some of whom are even in their 80s.”

With glittering outfits and a spirited performance Ms. New York Senior America and The Seasoned Steppers are bringing a joyful show to Great Neck Plaza to celebrate Older Americans Month.

“They are beautiful, talented and energetic and will put on a show that will change the way you think about aging,” said Mayor Rosen. “Their enthusiasm and sense of fun will radiate out to the audience. Their musical selections will have you singing and dancing with them. It will be great fun for all. “

Members of the public are invited to attend the May 21 performance at 6 p.m. at Firefighters Park. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own seats.

—Submitted by Great Neck Plaza with additional reporting by Julie Prisco

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