Stuart B. Almer, Michael Letter, and Beatrice Halperin premiering the 2018 Calendar

Two U.S. Army veterans–one of whom liberated the first concentration camp discovered at the close of WWII, a Holocaust survivor, a former VP of the New York Mets wearing his 1986 World Series ring, two centenarians, and eight additional seniors, ages 75 to 105, each took their turn arriving on a celebrity red carpet at the reveal party for the 2018 “L’dor V’dor: From Generation to Generation” Gurwin Calendar, celebrating the lives and wisdom of Gurwin’s seniors.

Rather than depicting adorable pets, hunky firemen, or dreamy vacation spots, the annual Gurwin calendar showcases residents displaying the beauty of age and their wisdom. Each resident was chosen for his or her unique personal story and active involvement in daily life at Gurwin. The calendar was photographed over a two-day period earlier this year, in a professional celebrity-style photo shoot that included hair and makeup. This is the sixth annual calendar from Gurwin’s assisted-living community featuring its residents.

“Gurwin’s unique calendar honors the wonderful residents of our assisted-living community,” said Stuart B. Almer, president and CEO of the Gurwin family of healthcare services. “The sage advice from the ‘Greatest Generation’ contained in its pages is made all the more meaningful because of their rich life experiences.”

The celebration included many members of the calendar models’ families. Among them was Beatrice Halperin, 101, who was joined by three generations of her family for a unique four-generation family photo. Her advice: “Just Dance!”

“We are so thrilled to recognize the vitality and vibrancy of our seniors, who inspire us on a daily basis,” said Staci Rosenberg-Simons, director of community relations at Gurwin’s assisted-living facility. “The portraits are stunning and their words of advice resonate with all who read them.”

As part of the program, the calendar models were each called to the podium, where their advice was dispensed to attendees before a backdrop of their calendar page which was displayed publicly for the first time. Rounding out the event was the presentation of a “Behind the Scenes: The Making of the Gurwin Calendar” video, starring the calendar guys and gals. The video is viewable at or

Gurwin Jewish—Fay J. Lindner Residences is a 201-bed assisted living community in Commack, NY. It is part of the Gurwin Family of Healthcare Services, which includes the Gurwin Jewish Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, a 5-star, 460-bed nursing care facility offering skilled nursing care, short-term rehabilitation, respiratory and ventilator-dependent care, on-site dialysis, memory care, and palliative and hospice care. The nursing center also includes both medical and social adult day care programs, two home care programs, and a proposed independent-living community, Fountaingate Gardens. Follow Gurwin on Facebook ( and Twitter (@GurwinJewish).


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