New York Foundation for Eldercare Honors Three at Recognition Dinner to Fund Shingles Vaccination Program

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Education and Vaccination Combat Painful Disease Affecting One in Three and Seniors Are Especially Vulnerable

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The two-part program features education sessions to raise awareness of shingles among elderly New Yorkers, followed by vaccination for those who sign up. NYFE's support of this program enables seniors to receive shingles vaccinations free of charge.

Expanding on the recent success of its shingles vaccination program for seniors, the New York Foundation for Eldercare (NYFE) will hold a fundraising recognition dinner to honor outstanding advocates for care of seniors on Wednesday, October 29, at 6:00 pm at The 3 West Club in New York City. The event is emceed by Pat Battle, Emmy award-winning co-anchor for NBC-TV's Weekend Today in New York and senior New Jersey correspondent.

Dinner honorees are Eva-Maria Tausig, Board Member and Treasurer of the New York Foundation for Eldercare; Lorayne C. Fiorillo, a Managing Director at Wells Fargo, where she is the investment manager of the NYFE portfolio; and Ashley A. Romano, a National Director of Patient Experience and Research Development at CareRite Centers, LLC, which operates skilled nursing facilities. Caryn Resnick, Deputy Commissioner of the New York City Department for the Aging, will speak at the event.

The event focuses on a shingles vaccination program for seniors, which NYFE launched at naturally occurring retirement communities in The Bronx, Brooklyn and Harlem, working with the Visiting Nurse Service of New York and the City of New York's Department for the Aging. The two-part program features education sessions to raise awareness of shingles among elderly New Yorkers, followed by vaccination for those who sign up. NYFE's support of this program enables seniors to receive shingles vaccinations free of charge.

Shingles is a viral infection that may affect as many as one in three people and one million people annually in the U.S. It is caused by the chickenpox virus (varicella zoster) and causes a painful rash that may take up to four weeks to clear up. People with weakened immune systems, such as seniors, may suffer even more severe cases.

Funds raised at the NYFE recognition dinner will support the expansion of the shingles program to additional locations in all five boroughs.

"The New York Foundation for Eldercare is delighted to recognize the financial leadership and guidance of Eva-Maria Tausig and Lorayne C. Fiorillo. Their thoughtful investment strategy has enabled NYFE's endowment to grow, making it possible to launch innovative programs such as the shingles initiative, which we now want to expand to reach even more seniors. In addition, we are very excited to recognize Ashley Romano for her innovative approach to attentive care to residents of nursing homes and their family members," said Michael F. Tietz, President of the Foundation.

The event is co-chaired by Gary Kennedy, MD and Marc Benhuri, DMD, and will feature an art auction (both live and silent) of works by more than a dozen internationally recognized artists, including Maurice Utrillo, donated by Weinstein Gallery of San Francisco.

In addition, there will be a musical performance by members of Concerts in Motion, a NYFE grantee, whose ensembles of professional musicians and talented youth perform uplifting live music concerts at no charge for people in nursing homes, hospitals, naturally occurring retirement communities, senior residences, Veterans Administration hospitals and other such venues, and for homebound seniors.

For reservations, please contact Tanya Figelman at tfigelman(at)nyfe(dot)org or 718-261-3039 or visit the NYFE website at http://www.nyfe.org.

About The New York Foundation for Eldercare
Dedicated to helping seniors enjoy healthier, safer, more productive and dignified lives, The New York Foundation for Eldercare (NYFE) supports the elderly population and Holocaust survivors in the New York metropolitan area, especially those residing in nursing homes or other long-term care institutions. NYFE also directly funds a variety of other programs that provide targeted services, bringing caring and dignity to older New Yorkers since 1966. For more information, please visit http://www.nyfe.org.

About the Honorees
Eva-Maria Tausig is a long-time member of the board of the New York Foundation for Eldercare and serves as its current treasurer.

Lorayne C. Fiorillo is a Managing Director at Wells Fargo, where she has been the investment manager of the NYFE portfolio since 2006.

Ashley A. Romano is a National Director of Patient Experience and Research Development at CareRite Centers, LLC, where she created a national team of professionals that offers personalized care to patients and their families.

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