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Kittay House Tenants Share Life Lessons in The Bronx Journal
“The spoon that stirs the pot makes things happen.”
That advice from Kittay House Senior Apartment tenant, Edna Nelkin,M2020-615 is included in “Bronx Seniors Share Secrets to a Good Life” in the May 7 issue of the Bronx Journal.
The feature is the creation of a dozen journalism students from Lehman College who recently visited Kittay House to interview tenants and record elements of their lives.
In video and written form, the students captured the essence of the lives of the Kittay tenants. “I was wowed,” says Arlene Richman, Director of Kittay House.
“The students took photos and captured the quotes that reflected the thoughtful recollections of our tenants and conveyed their accomplishments and rich lives.”
Not only is this indicative of the talents of these students, Arlene notes that the project is so compelling because it reflects how well the students and seniors
“The students and Kittay tenants really related to one another and that shows in the quality of the work.”
Kittay tenants had some sage advice for the Lehman students. Bill Regan, 64, who lives at Kittay House with his beloved poodle and advises, “don’t let things bother you too much.”
Dr. Laura Singer likens aging to a gift of extra time, and alerts the students that people are still growing and changing even at 95.
Sol Levine, 92, proffers some excellent relationship advice in his recounting of courting his underage neighbor and how she became his wife of 60 years.
The stories and videos assembled by the students are a testimony to a world gone by – and to the young reporter’s skills.
Kittay tenant and retired journalist, Betty Ruth Caplan, 83, offered words of advice for aspiring journalists.
“Just remember, you can make your own future,” she says. “Anything that captures your attention, write about it.”
Both the Lehman College journalism department and Kittay House were so pleased with this project that they plan to do it again next year – with one twist; next year Kittay tenants will interview the students as well.