Life Is Grand: Some Perks for Growing Older

Enjoying Life as a Staten Island Grandparent

Enjoying Life as a Staten Island Grandparent

If you’ve made it past your 50th birthday, you have some rewards points to cash in. Financial perks are just beginning, so be aware, if not for yourself, perhaps your parents or elder relatives. There are dozens of ways to save money — including some programs that aren’t widely advertised — if you’re not too modest to boast about your age. Read on to discover some of the categories in which you can still enjoy a seniority advantage.

  • Some fast food chain or franchise businesses offer free or discounted menu items to customers who are 55 +; just ask the clerk. Since you look so fabulous, no one is going to offer it to you! Also, if you belong to an organization and are interested in fund raising, ask about their programs where they donate a % of a specific day’s sales to your favorite organization. (Link here for local Staten Island Restaurants)
  • After calling many hair salons seeking a senior discount, I found out that the one my mother and I had been using, Hair Express, has been offering discounts for years at their locations throughout Staten Island. Sundays -Thursday, haircut and blowout $15 or wash and blowout $12 for ages 62+. See? You never know unless you ask!
  • Love to shop?  It may be a senior day. A few retailers in Staten Island are: Banana Republic: 10% off (50+) Dress Barn: 10% off (55+) Hallmark: 10% off one day a week (date varies by location) Kohl’s: 15% off (60+) Modell’s Sporting Goods: 10% off. Rite Aid: 10% off on Tuesdays and Salvation Army Thrift Stores: Up to 50% off (55+)
  • If you are in the traveling mode this year, inquire about senior discounts before booking. American Airlines, American Eagle and American Connection® may offer Senior Fares in some domestic markets for seniors 65 years and older. But, be aware while senior discounts are available through several airlines, these fares do not always offer the best deal. The discount is typically taken off of the full ticket price.
  • Keep fit. Jewish Community Center of Staten Island, http://sijcc.org/senior-adults/ Physical activities taught by certified instructors. JCC offers free programs and transportation for certain programs. Check out their website or call the office, 718-517-7445 for more information. Take note that most JCC social services are free and transportation is available for adults 60+ or disabled. The YMCA, http://www.ymcanyc.org/association/age/older-adults with two locations: offer programs and discounts specially designed for seniors.
  • Bills. Not that they are boasting about it, but some utility companies offer a senior discount and some are based on income. Study your bills to see if you are eligible. Property tax discounts are another perk that varies greatly by location, but considering that the benefit is retroactive in many of the places where it’s available, it’s worth looking into. I mention these discounts for those with parents who are out of state.
  • AARP. For $16 per year, you will receive a magazine, literature, and nonstop access to special offers on everything from local entertainment to worldwide travel. My own parents were AARP cardholders for decades and enjoyed the endless discounts available before the Internet exploded with offers. http://www.aarp.org/
  • U.S. National Parks: $10 lifetime pass; 50% off additional services including camping for folks 62+ Senior Pass. http://www.nps.gov/findapark/passes.htm.
  • Reduced fare MetroCards for customers 65+ or those with a qualifying disability. The base subway or local bus fare is $2.50. Reduced fare is half the base fare, $1.25 or less.
  • Cell phone service. AT&T: Special Senior Nation 200 Plan $29.99/month (65+). Verizon Wireless: Verizon Nationwide 65 Plus Plan $29.99/month (65+). If you need something simple and inexpensive for your parents or grandparents, consider Jitterbug: $10/month cell phone service (50+).
  • Groupon is an easy way to get huge discounts while discovering fun activities to do. Sign up at http:/www.groupon.com/. It’s great fun for gifts, as well.

Although this list is not exclusive or all-inclusive, it does offer a taste of what is available.  As always, be aware that offers may change. Don’t be afraid to ask for the senior discount, this is our time to get a break!

Life is Grand is the place for today’s generation of active, involved grandparents and seniors to get more smiles, have more fun, and create more memories during time they spend with their families.

By Staten Islander Marianna Randazzo, who is an author, educator, as well as a newly minted grandmother.

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  1. Movies Under the Stars: School of Rock

    June 23 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    June 23, 2017  |  7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    Corporal Thompson Park
    Join NYC Parks and the New York City Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment for a free film. Know Before You Go: You should arrive before 7:00 p.m. to get your spot. Feel free to bring a blanket to sit
  2. Gentle Flow Yoga

    June 24 @ 10:00 am - July 22 @ 11:00 am
    June 24, 2017  |  10:00 am - 11:00 am
    Alice Austen House Museum
    Join us on the lawn of Clear Comfort for yoga every other Saturday this summer. Led by Be Yoga & Dance in partnership with Shape Up NYC.
  3. Day at the Races

    June 24 @ 11:00 am - 6:00 pm
    June 24, 2017  |  11:00 am - 6:00 pm
    Monmouth Racetrack
    3rd Annual “Day at the Races,” a Jaimes’s LILAC foundation fundraiser at Monmouth Racetrack in Oceanport, NJ. Saturday- June 24- 11am to 6pm; tickets are $40 adults- $20 children - includes entrance and all you can eat.
  4. Zentangle 101

    June 24 @ 11:00 am
    June 24, 2017  |  11:00 am - 11:00 am
    South Beach Library
  5. Storytime: “The Rainbow Fish”

    June 24 @ 11:00 am
    June 24, 2017  |  11:00 am - 11:00 am
    Barnes & Noble
    This modern classic is celebrating its 25th year in print! With eye-catching foil stamping glittering on every page, it offers instant child appeal. But it is the universal message at the heart of this story about a beautiful fish who
  6. Homework Help

    June 24 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
    June 24, 2017  |  11:00 am - 4:00 pm
    New Dorp Library
    11am-1pm & 2pm-4pm High School volunteers are offering their services to help with reading and math! Reading:Prek -Third grade, Math: prek to eighth grade. First come first served. Sign up lists will start the day of each session when library
  7. Music & Movement

    June 24 @ 11:00 am
    June 24, 2017  |  11:00 am - 11:00 am
    New Dorp Library
  8. FREE Family Fun Day

    June 24 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
    June 24, 2017  |  12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
    Conference House Park
    Rain date June 25. Face painting, costume characters, giveaways, zumba, cotton candy, food, music, popcorn, ice cream, drinks. For more info call Tom Crimmins Realty 718-370-3200.
  9. Food Truck Festival at The Mount

    June 24 @ 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
    June 24, 2017  |  12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
    Mount Loretto
    Join us at Mount Loretto on June 24th and 25th from Noon-8pm each day for our Second Annual Food Truck Festival Presented by ShopRite! If you think last year’s event was big…you ain’t seen nothing yet! This event will feature
  10. Beehive and Honeycomb paintings

    June 24 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
    June 24, 2017  |  1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
    SI Children's Museum
    Arts Vocabulary; create mixed media Beehive and Honeycomb paintings.