Seniors Take a Stand to End Violence Against Women by Participating in Worldwide Awareness Event on Valentine’s Day
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Residents and team members of Woodland Pond at New Paltz participate in One Billion Rising, a worldwide, mass action event in which people dance to raise awareness for violence against women. (This photo was taken at last year’s dance)
Residents and team members of Woodland Pond at New Paltz participate in One Billion Rising, a worldwide, mass action event in which people dance to raise awareness for violence against women. (This photo was taken at last year’s dance)

On Valentine’s Day, residents and team members of Woodland Pond at New Paltz will take part in “One Billion Rising,” a worldwide, mass action event intended to mobilize people to end violence against women. Men, women and children of all ages will dance and play drums to raise awareness about an injustice that impacts more than one billion women and young girls around the world. Since one in three women is a victim of physical or sexual abuse in her lifetime, that means that with a world population of seven billion, one billion women are affected. The Woodland Pond community is extending an invitation to the public to come watch or join them dance on Saturday, February 14th at 1:30 p.m. in the main lobby. Warm-up will begin at 11:15 a.m. Leading up to the big event, the senior living community will host dance classes on the first two Tuesdays in February from noon to 12:30 p.m. These classes are open to the public as well.


“When we heard about One Billion Rising we knew that this was a campaign our residents would support with passion,” said Sarah Hull, resident services director at Woodland Pond. “We participated for the first time last year and are looking forward to taking part in this year’s event. Many of our residents, both male and female, are retired lawyers, doctors and scientists who grew up during a revolutionary period in our country, a time in which being an activist was admirable and quite the norm. Violence against women is a worldwide issue, and by participating in this awareness campaign, we can help create a radical shift in consciousness with braver, bolder and more creative actions that can bring about positive change. We are eager to make a difference this Valentine’s Day.”


One Billion Rising says that dancing is defiant, joyous, contagious and liberating, which is why they are asking people to dance and drum to help raise awareness of the innumerable crimes against women. This campaign was launched on Valentine’s Day of 2012, and the first call to action was held the following year as people came together to express their outrage and anger at the injustices women suffer. As part of the One Billion Rising movement, last year people from more than 200 participating countries came together to “Rise, Release and Dance” outside courthouses, police stations, government offices, school administration buildings, workplaces, sites of environmental injustice, military courts, embassies, places of worship, homes and public gathering places where women deserve to feel safe but too often do not. People who choose to participate in One Billion Rising are demanding an end to the violence and crimes against women.


“We can bring awareness to injustice through peaceful actions,” said Michelle Gramoglia, executive director at Woodland Pond. “It is inspiring to see our residents and team members coming together for such a great purpose. Dancing is a free-spirited activity that connects us to other people, music and our surroundings in a unique way. Seeing seniors in their 70s, 80s and 90s come together for a truly purposeful cause that is affecting all generations is empowering.”




Woodland Pond at New Paltz is located in New Paltz, New York, and is a not-for-profit, upscale, continuing care retirement community (CCRC), tailored exclusively for those 62 and over. Nestled beneath the shoulder of the breathtaking Shawangunk Ridge, the community opened in 2009 and is the only CCRC in the Mid-Hudson Valley area.  Woodland Pond offers an 83-acre campus that includes a professionally-staffed Health Center and a Community Center with an art studio, fitness center, heated indoor swimming pool, salon, market basket, billiard room, library, woodworking shop, game room, computer lab and more.


As a true CCRC, Woodland Pond at New Paltz offers independent living with a choice of a private residence (24 cottages and 177 apartments), services, and amenities. Many of the apartment styles and all of the cottages are now either fully reserved and/or occupied.  Under Woodland Pond’s Life Care program, residents are provided privileged admission to the assisted living, memory care, and skilled nursing center. Life Care functions similar to a long-term care policy wrapped in a healthy and fulfilling resort lifestyle – so that residents can enjoy this chapter of their lives in an inspiring and supportive environment free from worrying about future escalating long-term care expenses.


Woodland Pond caters to a diverse group of accomplished individuals with a variety of interests and a zest for life. The community is operated by HealthAlliance of the Hudson Valley, an integrated health care system committed to providing quality and compassionate medical care for patients, their families and the Hudson Valley community. For more details, please visit:


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