Vitality in Aging 2013 Winners
Albert Battistelli  

Albert Battistelli

Albert Battistelli is 72 years old, and he is a perfect example of what aging vitally is all about. Albert is still physically active, he goes on fishing trips, kayaking outings, swims, and takes tropical vacations when he can with his lovely wife Dorothy. Thankfully, Albert has had little health problems, which allows him to do all these fun things.

     
     
Antonio Colletti  

Antonio Colletti

At age 76 my grandpa is in good shape, I only say that because I believe with every there is always room for improvement. He takes his daily walks at 7 am in the morning in his Nike jumpsuit every morning of the 7 day week. He eats healthy and takes additional multi vitamins to enhance his health.

     
     
Ramilda Cruz  

Ramilda Cruz

Ramilda is73 years young and doesn't look or feel a day past 50! Although she's had some health problems in the past like having two strokes, she's in great spirits! Her skin literally has no wrinkles and when asked what her secret is, she says "collagen baby".

     
     
Peter Ferentinos  

Peter Ferentinos

Peter Ferentinos, my grandfather, is 75 years old and has accomplished more in his life than most people combined. He started out with almost nothing living in Brooklyn with little money. He was able to build an empire through education and owning his own businesses.

     
     
Alejandro Gamba  

Alejandro Gamba

My uncle Alejandro Gamba is 60 years old, celebrating his 61st birthday next month. But if you ever met my uncle, you would think that he's at least 10 years younger! He enjoys regular outings with friends and family and takes yearly trips to Colombia to visits his family.

     
     
Aubrey Hackett  

Aubrey Hackett

My great-uncle Aubrey turned eighty-eight this year. If anyone were to ask him, he'd say that he feels like a sixteen year old and everyone who knows him agrees! I am nominating my great-uncle for the "Aging with Vitality" contest because, in my opinion, he is a perfect example of a role model that anyone should fashion their life after.

     
     
Shanaz Haq  

Shanaz Haq

Shanaz Haq is committed to make the most of her life regardless of her age. Although she recently had a knee replacement, she tries to maintain her health in every way possible. Shanaz lives an active lifestyle, she is always on the go.

     
     
   

Yakov Khizkiyayev

The candidate that I chose to be nominated is my father, who is 66 and he is always active throughout the day. Always trying to keep himself busy with work and helping out his brother with his house and diligently keeping an eye out for our safety and the safety of everyone around him.

     
     
Celine Marquez  

Celine Marquez

My candidate is my mother. She is however not over the age of 65, but she is all for healthy living. She is the one person I've always looked up to and the one who always showed me the healthy ways to go about my life. She is a registered nurse and is 100% dedicated to what she does.

     
     
Joan Morrison and Jane Chapman  

Joan Morrison and Jane Chapman

My grandma Joan (left) and her best friend Jane (right) and have best friends since they were in grammar school. After being best friends for the past 75 years or so, these two beautiful women live just a few doors away from each other. Not a day goes by where they don't go for a walk to keep active.

     
     
Helen Nelson  

Helen Nelson

Helen is an active and strong woman who eats healthy and strives to be a better person every day. She takes walks in the park and eats fruit and vegetables daily.

     
     
Claire O'Rourke  

Claire O'Rourke

Claire O'Rourke is a very active 68 year woman. She regularly exercises and participates in many walks with her Weight Watchers group. She tries her best to live the healthiest life that not only she can live, but also everyone around her.

     
     
   

Georgine Podhorszky

Georgine is an active member of her community at the age of 65. Georgine is a retired real estate and immigration law attorney, who after 25 years of working with clients spends her time volunteering for the New York Animal League. A passionate animal lover, she spends most of her time trying to locate homes for displaced animals, while caring for her own three older children.

     
     
John Rezac  

John Rezac

I am nominating my grandfather who was a very kind, loving and giving man. He would always listen to your troubles. He was not prejudice nor judgmental. He came from poverty. He had three brothers and three sisters.

     
     
Agnes Rock  

Agnes Rock

I would like to nominate my grandmother in the Vitality for Aging contest. Agnes Rock is living proof that you can be young at 86. Whether it is cooking in her kitchen, cleaning her house, maintaining her garden, or swimming in her pool daily, she is always active. She has shown me what it is to be an independent woman.

     
     
Panagiotis Roumbos  

Panagiotis Roumbos

The person I would like to nominate for the Vitality in Aging Contest is my amazing grandfather, Panagiotis Roumbos. At the young age of 73, my grandfather is extremely active and who is not allowing his cancer to get the best of him. Panagiotis Roumbos, just like every elderly person, has faced a lot of hardships throughout his life.

     
     
Frank Russo  

Frank Russo

Frank is still very active with the local police department where he goes down and helps maintain the police vehicles all just out of the kindness from his heart. He walks nightly with my grandmother who also watches his diet extensively. I'm willing to say my grandfather acts more youthful than I do 90 percent of the time.

     
     
Aurora Sanchez  

Aurora Sanchez

She has always stayed active ever since I can remember. She worked for all her life until recently she retired in 2011. Even though she doesn't work anymore she's still active around her house and often visits my house. She likes to cook, clean, babysit her great niece who is 7 years old and that can be a handful sometimes.

     
     
Cesar Santamaria  

Cesar Santamaria

Peter is a father of three, loving grandfather, WWII vet, and NY sports fan. He loves to read, learn, and talk politics and sports. He still has a crusher of a handshake.

     
     
Bakshish Singh  

Bakshish Singh

My grandfather, Bakshish Singh, has recently turned 73 years old, and despite his medical conditions he tries his best to maintain a healthy life style. My grandfather was an active police officer back in Rajasthan, India, but about ten years ago he experienced his very first heart attack, which led him to retire from his job.

     
     
Wally Tomaszewski  

Wally Tomaszewski

Wally Tomaszewski at age 72 continues to serve with no hesitation. Wally began his service to our country immediately following his high school graduation. He is a man that has dedicated his life to serve and protect our people, and still continues to do so with great pride, and a huge heart.

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