SAGE and its affiliates offer dozens of programs every month throughout the country. Our monthly “Quick Chats” with SAGE participants offer a first-person perspective on these programs and a little more insight into the remarkable folks who make up our community. This month we spoke with Shelley Teitelbaum, a 75-year-old New York City native who has been a SAGE participant for two and a half years.
Thanks for taking the time to do this, Shelley. Where are you from originally?
I’m a native New Yorker; I’ve lived in the village since 1963.
And what do you do?
I’m a retired attorney; I had a general civil practice. When I retired I was looking for ways to fill my time, so I started coming to SAGE for the Conscious Creative Aging group, a monthly book club, and dinner. I also teach French at another senior center near Washington Square. SAGE is important to me as a lesbian, because it provides services. But it’s also important that it provides a good meal and a chance to hang out—to have book clubs, listen to music, things like that.
What’s your favorite aspect of SAGE?
I especially love my creative aging group—being with eleven other gay and lesbian men and women—because they’re fearless! We share hopes, joys, fears, and learn from one another what it’s like to age. We didn’t learn about that in school, you know. We start each meeting with a meditation, then share our responses to readings and share thoughts on selected topics. We work on how to deal with aging gracefully and consciously.
That sounds beautiful! Thanks for taking the time to talk with me today.
It’s been a pleasure!
--Posted by Kira Garcia