Welcome to the Retiree Division
Welcome to the Retiree Division section of Local 1180's new website. More than just a drop-in center, the Retiree Division provides retirees of CWA Local 1180 with a venue to pursue their social, intellectual, and educational interests throughout their retirement. Through thoughtful and creative planning, the staff of the Retiree Division prepares a monthly calendar representing a compilation of some of the greatest activities in the area at any given moment. Broadway shows, trips, speakers, lunches, and interactive workshops allow retirees to socialize with peers, have fun, and learn a little along the way.
We can only begin to tell you about how glad our retirees are to have a one-stop-shopping experience that offers so many ways to keep busy, engaged, and active. We hope that you make the decision to join in on some of the fun. Read the monthly calendar to see what events are coming up, and then call to reserve your space. Remember that we are providing programs for more than 4,000 retirees in the New York City area, so space may be limited.
We have a special welcome gift for all 'newbie' retirees. Or, if you are an existing retiree, stop by the office just to say hello. We can't wait to greet you all.
Growing up! The changes are wonderful, exciting, and expected when we go from childhood to adulthood. We all love to watch and experience it ourselves. But when we go from adulthood to …well, I call it ‘super-adulthood’, we are less excited. Changes in our eyes, joints, strength, and metabolism, to name a few, come with the territory when you get to enjoy a long life. It is all a part of growing up; it is aging; and it is all completely normal.
Let’s look at the changes your eyes go through. From the moment your eyes first blinked open just a few minutes after you were born, they captured the light, the dark, and the colors. They saw sights near and far with all of the details that could be captured. Regardless of whether you had perfect vision your entire life or have worn glasses, between the ages of 40 and 50, your ability to focus begins to change. The condition is called Presbyopia. To solve this, you can get reading glasses, progressive lenses, multifocal contact lenses m—or you can grow a longer arm to compensate. Some of us, however, will experience more serious, age-related eye conditions including glaucoma, macular degeneration, cataracts, or diabetic retinopathy, all of which are more serious, but still very common.
So now what? Shake your fists at the heavens with a mad face? Complain? Well, that won’t fix anything. My suggestion is to make an appointment with your doctor to be sure there is nothing more troublesome going on, and then take steps to be your best self. This starts with good nutrition with our eyes in mind.
Try to weave a few of these foods into your weekly diet:
Tuna/Salmon – Filled with good omega-3 fatty acids. A 2016 study on fish consumption and age-related macular degeneration found that people who ate the most fish had the lowest risk of the sight-stealing disease.
Blueberries, Blackberries, Red grapes – Rich in a potent antioxidant called anthocyanins that easily crosses the blood-retina barrier to provide extra vision protection.
Dark Leafy Greens (spinach, kale, collards) – Packed with antioxidants, lutein, and zeaxanthin, they are stored in the eye’s macula, which helps shield the eye from damaging light. These antioxidants also appear to help maintain rich blood flow to your eyes.
Eggs – Yolks are filled with the same powerful eye-protecting antioxidants, lutein, and zeaxanthin as dark, leafy greens. In fact, one study found that eating just one egg a day for five weeks in-creased lutein levels by 26% and zeaxanthin levels by 3 %. Egg yolks are also a rich source of vitamin D, which may also help protect against macular degeneration.
Hot Tea – People who drink hot tea every day were found to be 74% less likely to develop glaucoma than those who didn’t according to a study of more than 1,600 adults.
Citrus (oranges, strawberries) – Vitamin C should really be called Vitamin See. Like other anti-oxidants, it helps prevent free-radical damage and may reduce the risk of cataracts and macular degeneration. It also helps build collagen, which provides structure for your cornea.
Nuts & Seeds (sunflower seeds, hazelnuts, almonds, peanut butter) – A study of nearly 600 men and women age 65 and older found that people who ate a healthy diet providing at least 8 milligrams of vitamin E a day had significantly lower rates of cataracts and cataract surgery than those who ate lesser amounts.
Carrots – You never see a rabbit wearing glasses for two reasons. #1: Carrots contain carotenoid that your body converts to vitamin A, which is essential for good vision, and #2: Rabbits don’t have access to the Local 1180 supplemental benefit plan with eyeglass and vision benefits. 😊
Be sure to see your doctor before starting or changing any health-related plan and come to one of the many benefit workshops offered in the Retiree Division. Wishing you a happy and healthy March 2019.
Meet the Retiree Division Staff
Local 1180 Retiree Division History
In 1996, the Board of Trustees voted unanimously to offer a new benefit to retirees that would assist them in transitioning from a worker to a retiree. The age wave was producing a new group of retirees that had shown a greater interest in remaining active. The Retiree Division was born that year and began offering recreational programming, workshops, educational classes all within a new center housed 97 Hudson Street, on the lower level of the building occupied by Local 1180. The Division continues to reach out to retired members and provide an opportunity that promotes their physical and emotional well-being as they remain active educationally, culturally, and socially. The Retiree Division engages retirees in activities that support a long and healthy retirement with dignity and respect.
Retiree Division Contact Information
CWA Local 1180 Retiree Division
97 Hudson Street | New York, NY 10013
CWA Local 1180 Retiree Division
6 Harrison Street, New York, NY 10013