Office for the Aging


New York City Honorees(Page 1)

Ms. Barbara Johnson was born and raised in New York City. Her father is from Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. She has a brother and sister who live in Delaware.

Barbara Johnson Pic

Ms. Johnson has been involved with volunteering and civic engagement for a very long time. Her contributions with the John F. Kennedy Center; in dance, drama, and singing is extensive. At Columbia University she gave dance class instructions. She is a senior volunteer in the Stay Well Exercise Program at the New York Public Library, where she teaches twice a week. Ms. Johnson also participated in the ongoing workshop at the New York City Department for the Aging (DFTA), called "the step ladder to health." Ms. Johnson believes that the importance of daily activities in older adults' lives is very crucial for good practical health. Her motto has always been that the body is made to move, and that if you don't it will rust.

Barbara hoped that by volunteering she would have the pleasure of seeing seniors being aware that they can move in their own skin. Ms. Johnson wants the barrier of immobility to be removed.

Ms. Johnson has been volunteering for 17 years. And her greatest reward from volunteering? "Movement! Seniors actually engaging in the practice of body movement. Observing the delight on seniors faces when they realize they have the ability to move," she said.

Gladys Joyner has lived in New York for over 70 years. She has raised four children and has been a mentor and second mother to many. She is a retired Federal Government employee. She is also the grandmother to six and a great-grandmother to eight.

Gladys Joyner Pic

Not only does Gladys volunteer as a foster grandparent, she also is a member of the auxiliary board for Queens Hospital Center. She also works with the Board of Elections. Gladys has been part of the Queens Borough Chorus in the past and she has always enjoyed giving time to help the Youth in her community.

Gladys has been volunteering for Queens Hospital Center for twelve years. She was hoping to get the satisfaction of giving love and attention to those who needed it.

And when you ask her what the greatest reward is, she replies, "Seeing the smile on the children's faces when she walks in the door. She loves when the children ask her why she has to leave when her day is over." Gladys has seen many children grow up and they have come back to see her, and this makes it all worth her time.