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The Lark: Vol 2, Issue 13, November 2022



  • 14TH ANNUAL SENIOR CONFERENCE & EXPO: Join us at the Better Care, Better Aging themed event (Fri, Nov 18)
  • LLC's DIVERSITY, EQUITY AND INCLUSION COMMITTEE CALLS YOUR ATTENTION TO: Shoah Through Muslim Eyes by Mehnaz Afridi (Sun, Nov 6) and Commemoration of Kristallnacht featuring Holocaust Survivor Ruth Oppenheim (Wed, Nov 9)

Join us for the 14th Annual Senior Conference & Expo
Friday, November 18, 2022

Enjoy a full, hot buffet breakfast and a morning of great information!

Better Care, Better Aging is the theme of the 14th Annual Senior Conference and Expo at the Crowne Plaza in Warwick on Friday, November 18, 2022 from 7:45 AM to 12 noon.

The opening session will feature Maria Cimini, Director of Office of Healthy Aging. Learn about her office's vision and plans for programs and services that support older Rhode Islanders.

Two plenary panel discussions will follow:

Policy and Program Initiatives to Support Age-Friendly Healthcare will feature:

  • Dr. Ana Tuya Fulton, Chief Population Health Officer & Executive Chief of Geriatrics & Palliative Care of Care New England
  • Joan Kwiatkowski, CEO of PACE RI
  • Senator Louis DiPalma
  • Representative Lauren Carson

Supports for Aging in Community will feature:

  • Bob Robillard, Director of the RI Senior Center Directors Association
  • Brenda Clement, Director of HousingWorks RI
  • Caroline Gangji, Executive Director, The Village Common of RI
  • Jim Nyberg, Director, Leading Age RI

An Expo of exhibitors from a wide range of senior programs will showcase their programs and services.

Join us to reunite with friends, make new ones and network while we build Better Care, Better Aging for older adults in Rhode Island.

Purchase your tickets today through Eventbrite.

Thanks to our sponsors, we are able to offer affordable conference admission fees. General Admission: $35 and SACRI members and members of Rhode Island's Senior Centers: $25.

If your schedule does not allow you to join us, please consider making a donation to support our important work.



The LLC Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee calls your attention to the following local events presented by the Sandra Bornstein Holocaust Education Center:

Baxt Lecture Series: “Shoah Through Muslim Eyes” by Mehnaz Afridi
Sunday, November 6

Commemoration of Kristallnacht featuring Holocaust Survivor Ruth Oppenheim
Wednesday, November 9



October 22, 2005

Have you ever felt the call
of Auschwitz ---
that black hole in the heart
of the last century?
Does it pull you back
into its despair?

It is an empty place
casting a shabby shadow.
There I meet Primo Levi
one steamy summer day.
He tells me everything
about vanished humanity.

I am stripped naked like him ---
a guilt-ridden survivor.
His words quietly immobilize
then incinerate me in shame.
I am free to float up those stacks
embracing the spirits huddled above.

Paul Marshall Wortman

Paul Wortman is the maternal grandson of a Holocaust family where over 200 relatives perished in Poland. He is named after a Polish rabbi.