METROFOCUS: MAY 7, 2019

A new Alzheimer’s Association report shows a significant disconnect between seniors and their doctors when it comes to assessing whether they have become victims of this disease. We have the details on their findings. Also, legendary British actress Glenda Jackson is currently starring in “King Lear” on Broadway. Join us for an intimate conversation with the Academy and Tony Award-winning former member of the British Parliament. And, Women Creating Change is a group helping others in underserved communities. Learn what they’re up to, and how you can join their ranks.

Aired on May 7, 2019.

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> TONIGHT ON 'METROFOCUS,' A NEW ALZHEIMER'S ASSOCIATION REPORT SHOWS A SIGNIFICANT DISCONNECT BETWEEN SENIORS AND THEIR DOCTORS WHEN IT COMES TO ASSESSING WHETHER THEY HAVE BECOME VICTIMS OF THIS MEMORY AND LIFE-ROBBING DISEASE.

THE STARTLING FINDINGS JUST AHEAD.

> AFTER 100 YEARS, WOMEN CREATING CHANGE MAY HAVE A NEW NAME, BUT IT CONTINUES MOVING FORWARD WITH THE SAME BOLD MISSION.

TO HELP WOMEN IN ALL UNDERSERVED COMMUNITIES.

FIND OUT WHAT THEY'RE UP TO AND HOW YOU CAN JOIN THEIR RANKS.

> GLENDA JACKSON.

THIS INCOMPARABLE AWARD WINNING FORMER MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT.

THOSE STORIES AND MORE AS 'METROFOCUS' STARTS RIGHT NOW.

THIS IS 'METROFOCUS' WITH RAFAEL PI ROMAN, JENNA FLANAGAN.

MADE POSSIBLE BY -- BERNARD AND IRENE SCHWARTZ, ROSALYN P. WALTER, BARBARA HOPE ZUCKERBERG AND BY --

HERE IS A STAGGERING FIGURE FOR YOU.

OVER 5 MILLION AMERICANS ARE LIVING WITH ALZHEIMER'S.

OVER 400,000 OF THEM ARE NEW YORKERS.

THE DISEASE WHICH ROBS SO MANY OF THEIR MEMORIES AND CREATES A HUGE BURDEN ON THEIR CARETAKERS IS REACHING PANDEMIC PROPORTIONS.

ON A MISSION TO ELIMINATE THE DISEASE THROUGH RESEARCH AND SUPPORT FOR THOSE AFFECTED IS THE ALZHEIMER'S ASSOCIATION.

THE ORGANIZATION HAS RELEASED A STARTLING FACT, ONLY HALF OF ALL SENIORS ARE ACTUALLY ASSESSED FOR THINKING AND MEMORY ISSUES.

THE QUESTION THEN BECOMES WHY?

HERE ARE SOME DETAILS AND THOUGHTS ON ALL OF THIS.

DR. ANA THE DIRECTOR OF PROGRAM FOR THE ALZHEIMER'S ASSOCIATION NEW YORK CITY CHAPTER.

NICE TO HAVE YOU HERE WITH US.

THANK YOU FOR HAVING US TODAY.

LET ME START THEN WITH SOME OF THE RESULTS OF THE STUDY AND SOME OF THE THINGS YOU'RE FINDING OUT THERE THAT MAY WELL BE SURPRISING.

START OFF WITH THE NOTION THAT SAYS, MEDICARE.

AS PART OF YOUR YEARLY HEALTH ASSESSMENT, THERE'S SUPPOSED TO BE SOME COGNITIVE TESTING DONE.

YET, AS I MENTIONED IN THE INTRODUCTION, IT'S NOT DONE AT ALL CLOSE TO WHAT YOU WOULD EXPECT IT TO BE.

WHY IS THAT?

SO WHAT WE FOUND FROM THE STUDY IS THAT THERE WAS A MISSED OPPORTUNITY.

ON THE ONE HAND, WE HAD PATIENTS WHO THOUGHT IT WAS VERY IMPORTANT TO BE ABLE TO TALK TO THEIR DOCTOR.

WE ALSO HAD DOCTORS WHO FOUND IT WAS IMPORTANT, BUT PATIENTS WERE WAITING FOR THEIR DOCTOR TO BRING IT UP AND PHYSICIANS WERE WAITING FOR THE PATIENTS TO BRING UP THE MEMORY CONCERN.

SO CLEARLY, THERE'S A MISSED OPPORTUNITY.

WE WANT TO BRING AWARENESS TO THIS, MAKE SURE THAT SENIORS KNOW THEY SHOULD BE TALKING TO THEIR DOCTOR.

IF THEY DON'T KNOW WHAT SYMPTOMS TO BE LOOKING FOR, WE ENCOURAGE THEM TO CALL OUR 24/7 HELP LINE WHERE THEY CAN GET INFORMATION, BE CONNECTED TO WORKSHOPS ON THE 10 WARNING SIGNS OF ALZHEIMER'S AND HOW TO TALK TO THEIR DOCTOR.

LET ME COME BACK TO THE ONE THING YOU SAID.

LET'S START WITH THE SENIORS.

THEN WE'LL TALK ABOUT THE DOCTORS.

THEY SHOULD BE GETTING SOME TESTING FOR IT BUT WHAT ARE SOME OF THE REASONS WHY THEY DON'T SAY, DOCTOR, ASK ME SOME QUESTIONS HERE?

WE FOUND IN OUR STUDY THAT ABOUT A THIRD OF SENIORS REPORTED FEAR OF FINDING OUT.

THERE WERE ABOUT 20% OF SENIORS WE SURVEYED THAT DIDN'T THINK THERE WERE TREATMENTS AVAILABLE, SO SAID, WHY BOTHER.

WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT PEOPLE KNOW THERE ARE TREATMENTS AVAILABLE, THAT IT'S OKAY TO BE A LITTLE NERVOUS TO GET A COGNITIVE ASSESSMENT BUT IT'S A ROUTINE ASSESSMENT THAT CAN HAPPEN AT THE DOCTOR'S VISIT.

SO IT'S STILL VERY IMPORTANT TO BRING UP WITH THEIR DOCTOR BECAUSE THERE ARE THINGS THAT CAN BE DONE AND MANAGE PEOPLE'S ANXIETY, FEARS, AS WELL AS LETTING THEM KNOW THAT THERE ARE TREATMENTS AVAILABLE IF SOMETHING WAS DISCOVERED.

FROM THE DOCTOR'S PERSPECTIVE, WHY ARE THEY NOT ON THEIR OWN SAYING SIT DOWN, WE HAVE ANOTHER PART OF THE EXAM TO ENGAGE IN?

DOCTORS WE FOUND ARE WAITING FOR PATIENTS TO BRING UP SYMPTOMS OR CONCERNS.

OTHER DOCTORS MENTION THAT LACK OF TIME WAS AN ISSUE IN TERMS OF THEIR BUSY SCHEDULES.

ALSO, DOCTORS MENTIONED THAT THEY WERE UNSURE WHAT COGNITIVE ASSESSMENTS.

SO THERE ARE CERTAINLY AREAS WHERE WE CAN FURTHER SUPPORT PHYSICIANS AND THAT'S SOMETHING WE DO AT THE ALZHEIMER'S ASSOCIATION FOR PRIMARY CARE PHYSICIANS.

WE HAVE EDUCATION.

WE HAVE OUR COGNITIVE ASSESSMENT TOOL KIT THAT'S AVAILABLE ON OUR WEB SITE TO EDUCATE PHYSICIANS ABOUT WHAT THEY CAN DO IN ROUTINE CHECK-UPS TO ASSESS FOR MEMORY OR THINKING CONCERNS OF THEIR PATIENTS.

WHAT IS THE, ESSENTIALLY, THE COGNITIVE ASSESSMENT THAT SHOULD BE TAKING PLACE IN YOUR DOCTOR'S OFFICE.

THE REALITY IS THESE ARE BRIEF ASSESSMENTS THAT CAN BE DONE IN PRIMARY CARE THAT CAN BE DONE IN FIVE OR TEN MINUTES.

COGNITIVE ASSESSMENTS ARE DIFFERENT BUT THEY CAN OBSERVE IN TERMS OF THINKING TESTS, OR TALKING TO FAMILY, BUT THIS CAN BE BROUGHT UP IN A ROUTINE CHECK-UP.

PEOPLE SHOULD BE BROACHING THIS CONVERSATION.

DOCTORS ARE INCREDIBLY RECEPTIVE, MORE THAN 90% OF DOCTORS SAID THEY WOULD ASSESS PEOPLE IF A FAMILY MEMBER OR THE PATIENT THEMSELVES BROUGHT IT UP.

NOT THAT THEY DON'T WANT TO DO IT.

THEY'RE WAITING TO BE ASKED.

EXACTLY.

LET ME TALK NOW ABOUT SOME OF THE SERVICES AND THE THINGS THAT ARE AVAILABLE FOR PEOPLE.

WHAT CAN BE DONE TO HELP CAREGIVERS?

SO WE HAVE A HOST OF FREE SERVICES AVAILABLE FOR CAREGIVERS.

WE HAVE OUR 24/7 HELP LINE.

SO A CAREGIVER CAN CALL ANY TIME OF THE DAY OR NIGHT AND TALK TO A SOCIAL WORKER OR COUNSELOR WITH EMOTIONAL SUPPORT OR ALSO REFERRALS TO PROGRAMS THAT ARE HAPPENING IN THEIR COMMUNITY.

WE HAVE EDUCATIONAL WORKSHOPS, SUPPORT GROUPS, OTHER THINGS ALL FREE OF CHARGE THAT CAN SUPPORT CAREGIVERS AS THEY'RE EXPERIENCING THESE ISSUES.

WE CAN ALSO, YOU KNOW, SIT DOWN AND STRATEGIZE BECAUSE MANY TIMES, FAMILY MEMBERS ARE SEEING MEMORY ISSUES.

THEY DON'T KNOW HOW TO BRING UP THE CONVERSATION WITH THE PERSON THAT THEY CARE ABOUT.

HOW ABOUT THOSE WHO ARE SUFFERING IN THE THROES OF THIS?

YOU MENTIONED BEFORE, I KNOW A LOT SAY, WHY SHOULD I BOTHER?

I CAN'T GET ANY HELP.

THIS IS NOT GOING TO GET ANY BETTER.

BUT THERE ARE THINGS, STILL, YOU CAN PROVIDE FOR THEM TO HELP THEM IN THEIR DAILY LIVES?

TALK ABOUT THAT.

WELL, FIRST OF ALL, IT'S IMPORTANT TO RECOGNIZE THAT THESE WARNING SIGNS ARE WARNING SIGNS THAT CAN BE CAUSED BY MANY DIFFERENT REASONS.

IT DOESN'T NECESSARILY MEAN IT'S ALZHEIMER'S.

IT'S REALLY IMPORTANT FOR PEOPLE TO RECOGNIZE THAT AND ONLY A DOCTOR WHO CAN MAKE THAT CLINICAL EVALUATION AND DIAGNOSIS AND THAT'S REALLY IMPORTANT BECAUSE THE TREATMENT WILL DEPEND ON WHAT'S ACTUALLY CAUSING THE SYMPTOMS.

I THINK THAT'S AN IMPORTANT POINT.

SO THERE ARE, IN FACT, MANY THINGS WE CAN DO FROM THE CLINICAL PERSPECTIVE IN TERMS OF TREATMENT, BUT ALSO, WAYS THAT WE CAN SUPPORT PEOPLE.

AND LONG-TERM CARE PLANNING IS VERY IMPORTANT.

GETTING THE FAMILY TOGETHER, MAKING SURE THAT WISHES AND VALUES ARE COMMUNICATED TO THE FAMILY, SO MAKING SURE AFFAIRS ARE IN ORDER LIKE A HEALTH CARE PROXY ARE VERY IMPORTANT AS WE THINK ABOUT HOW TO RESPOND.

SO THOSE ARE IMPORTANT THINGS TO DO BOTH ON THE CLINICAL SIDE BUT AS WELL, THE PERSONAL AND CARE PLANNING SIDE.

SO WHERE ARE WE IN TERMS OF THE RESEARCH THAT'S BEING DONE BY THE ASSOCIATION AND ANY PROGRESS IN DEALING WITH THIS INSIDIOUS DISEASE?

I THINK THERE'S A LOT OF PROGRESS THAT WE SEE.

WE ARE ONE OF THE LARGESTSCIENTISTS ALL ACROSS THE UNITED STATES.

WE HAVE A NATIONAL CONFERENCE AND PROMISING DATA COMING OUT.

WHAT WE BELIEVE WILL PROBABLY BE HAPPENING IS THAT IT WON'T BE A SILVER BULLET, BUT RATHER, WE'LL HAVE MULTIPLE WAYS OF SUPPORTING PEOPLE, DIAGNOSING PEOPLE EARLY AS WELL AS TREATING PEOPLE WITH ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE, BUT THERE'S A LOT OF PROMISING RESEARCH.

ONE OF THE AREAS THAT IS INCREDIBLY PROMISING IS IN TERMS OF BLOOD PRESSURE CONTROL AND WE'VE SEEN SOME PRELIMINARY STUDIES THAT TIGHT BLOOD PRESSURE CONTROL CAN ACTUALLY DECREASE THE CHANCES OF MILD COGNITIVE IMPAIRMENT WHICH IS SOMETHING THAT HAPPENS BEFORE ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE.

SO THAT IS INCREDIBLY PROMISING THAT WE WILL HAVE SOMETHING IN THE NEAR FUTURE, IN ADDITION TO THE MEDICATIONS THAT WE ALREADY HAVE TO TREAT ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE.

IN ADDITION TO THE PROGRESS BEING MADE, WE THANK YOU AND ALL THE FOLKS IN YOUR CHAPTER AND THE ALZHEIMER'S ASSOCIATION FOR ALL THE GOOD WORK YOU'RE DOING FOR PEOPLE OUT THERE.

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR JOINING US.

WE'LL TALK WITH YOU AGAIN AS WE CONTINUE THIS BATTLE THAT WE'RE INVOLVED IN.

THANK YOU.

A REMINDER FOR YOU.

MORE INFORMATION ON THE PROGRAMS OFFERED BY THE ALZHEIMER'S ASSOCIATION, YOU CAN VISIT OUR WEB SITE AT METROFOCUS.ORG.

> THEY KILL US FOR THEIR SPORT.

THAT ONE LINE SPOKEN IN SHAKESPEARE'S KING LEAR PERHAPS BEST SUMMARIZED AS THEY WATCH THIS GREAT TRAGEDY UNFOLD.

THERE'S A NEW PRODUCTION OF LEAR NOW PLAYING AT THE COURT THEATER AND ACCORDING TO 'THE WALL STREET JOURNAL,' PARTS OF IT WILL, QUOTE, SEAR THEMSELVES INTO YOUR MEMORY LIKE MENTAL PICTURES OF AN UNIMAGINABLE DISASTER.

GLENDA JACKSON IN KING LEAR.

SHE JOINS US NOW.

MISS JACKSON, WELCOME BACK TO THE PROGRAM.

NICE TO BE HERE.

WHEN I STUDIED LEAR IN COLLEGE, I KNEW THAT THE EXPERTS CONSIDERED IT, OR MOST EXPERTS CONSIDERED IT SHAKESPEARE'S GREATEST TRAGEDY IF NOT GREATEST PLAY BUT I DIDN'T LIKE IT.

WHAT I SAW WAS THIS CHILDISH DESPOT WHO CLEARLY WAS NEVER CONTRADICTED IN HIS OWN LIFE AND WHOSE OWN FOOLISH DECISIONS AND ACTIONS LED TO HIS TRAGIC UNDOING AND THE UNDOING OF THE ONE PERSON PERHAPS THAT HE LOVED MOST IN THE WORLD.

SO I SAID, YOU KNOW, KARMA.

40 YEARS LATER, I AGREE WITH THE EXPERTS BECAUSE WHAT I SEE NOW IS LEAR, LIKE ALL OF US, NOT SEEING THE CONSEQUENCES OF HIS ACTIONS UNTIL IT'S TOO LATE TO AVOID SUFFERING AND DISASTERS AND THAT'S ALWAYS BEEN THE CASE AND ALWAYS WILL BE THE CASE.

AND IT'S A SERIOUS TRUTH TO CONFRONT, IF YOU'VE BEEN AROUND FOR A FEW YEARS AND MADE A FEW TERRIBLE DECISIONS AND ENDURED CONSEQUENCES.

I WONDER IF YOUR VIEW OF LEAR EVOLVED OVER THE YEARS.

AN UNDENIABLE PART OF THE GENIUS OF SHAKESPEARE IS THAT HE REALLY ONLY EVER ASKS THREE QUESTIONS.

WHO ARE WE, WHY ARE WE, WHAT ARE WE?

AND THEN NO ONE HAS TRULY COME UP WITH THE COMPREHENSIVE ANSWERS YET BUT THE THING IS HUMAN NATURE IS IMMUTABLE.

THE CONTEMPORARY TROUPES IN THIS PLAY REFLECTED AS WE LIVE OUR LIVES NOW ARE JUST STAGGERING, ACTUALLY, AND WE DON'T CHANGE.

HOPEFULLY WE CAN WITH KNOWLEDGE AND REASON TO MISQUOTE, MAKE THE HUMAN CONDITION BETTER THAN IT IS FOR ALL HUMAN BEINGS.

BUT OUR OWN INDIVIDUAL HUMAN NATURES DON'T CHANGE, IN THAT, YOU THINK OVER TIME THAT WE LEARN.

WHO WAS IT, THE MADNESS IS MAKING THE SAME MISTAKE TIME AFTER TIME, EXPECTING A BETTER RESULT AND ALWAYS GETTING THE SAME RESULT.

AGAIN, I'M MISQUOTING, BUT THAT'S WHAT WE DO AND WHAT HE DOES, AND HE'S NOT A BAD MAN, HE'S NOT A VICIOUS MAN.

IT'S JUST THAT, AS YOU QUITE RIGHTLY SAID, HE'S BEEN RAISED HIS WHOLE LIFE, NO ONE EVER SAID NO TO HIM.

BUT THAT'S A REFLECTION OF THE WORLD THAT HE INHABITS AND WE ALL INHABIT WORLDS THAT HAVE THEIR OWN IMMUTABLE STRUCTURES, DON'T WE, AND IT DOES, ONE OF THE REALLY INTERESTING THINGS FOR ME WHEN I WAS STILL A MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT, WHICH I USED WHEN SOMEBODY SAID YOU SHOULD DO THIS PLAY, AS WE GET OLDER, THE KIND OF GENDER BARRIERS THAT ARE SO ABSOLUTE FOR US BEGIN TO FRAY, FRACTURE, BEGIN TO BE FOGGY.

I THOUGHT, YEAH, YOU KNOW, WE TEACH BABIES HOW TO BE BOYS AND GIRLS AND THEN LIVING LONGER AND LONGER.

ALL THESE THINGS BEGIN TO BE, NOT DIRECTLY QUESTIONABLE.

IT MAY BE PHYSICAL CHANGES AS MUCH AS ANYTHING BUT REALLY FASCINATING NOW.

SPEAKING OF THAT, LAST TIME YOU WERE HERE, WE SPOKE ABOUT, OR YOU TOLD US, THAT YOU DIDN'T THINK THERE WERE ANY MORE SERIOUS ROLES THAN WHEN YOU BEGAN BUT IN THIS PLAY, YOU PLAY LEAR AND THE WONDERFUL SHAI PLAYS GLOUCESTER AND ELIZABETH PLAYED MARK ANTHONY AND JULIUS CAESAR.

IS THIS THE WAY TO COMPENSATE FOR THE LACK OF ROLES INCREASINGLY?

CERTAINLY IN MY COUNTRY, WE HAD VERY OVERT KIND OF GENDER BENDER MOVEMENT.

THIS COMPANY FORMED FOR ALL WOMEN AND THEY STARTED OUT BY DOING ALL SHAKESPEARE HISTORY PLAYS.

IMAGINE THAT, YOU KNOW, AND THEY WERE HUGELY SUCCESSFUL.

AND IN ONE SENSE, I THINK THAT GENDER BENDER BATTLE HAS BEEN WON IN A SENSE.

IT'S JUST EXPANDING IT THROUGH.

I MEAN, YEAH, LET'S HAVE A LOOK AT ALL OF THE SHAKESPEAREAN PLAYS, YOU KNOW, AND GREAT PARTS IN THERE.

THE FACT THAT NO WOMAN EVER STEPPED ON TO A STAGE IN SHAKESPEARE'S TIMES TOO WITH THESE ROLES, WE CAN GRACEFULLY SLIDE OVER THAT BUT YES, IT WOULD BE INTERESTING BECAUSE THE PLAYS THEMSELVES ARE SO FUNDAMENTALLY FASCINATING.

MISS JACKSON, READING ABOUT YOU FOR THIS INTERVIEW AND THE ONE WE DID LAST TIME, ONE THING WAS MADE VERY CLEAR TO ME.

YOU HAVE A FIERCE WORK ETHIC.

AND THAT, FOR YOU, WHAT YOU DO WITH THE TOUGH JOB IS JUST DO IT.

ABSOLUTELY.

BUT THIS IS A TOUGH JOB.

PERFORMING LEAR, EVEN A NAVY SEAL WOULD HAVE TROUBLE.

OH, COME ON.

EIGHT PERFORMANCES A WEEK?

HOW DO YOU FIND THE ENERGY?

THE ENERGY IS IN THE PLAY.

ONCE WE TAP INTO IT, IF WE TAP INTO IT, THAT ENERGY TAKES YOU FORWARD, LIKE A JET PLANE OR A REALLY FAST CAR.

AND WE HAVE A VERY GOOD CAST.

THAT SHARED ENERGY IS THERE FOR ALL OF US AND IT'S TERRIFIC.

BY THE WAY, HOW DO YOU FIND THE AUDIENCES RESPONDING TO THIS PRODUCTION?

HOW DO THEY COMPARE TO BRITISH AUDIENCES?

IT'S HARD TO MAKE A COMPARISON WITH THIS PARTICULAR PLAY BUT THE FIRST PLAY I EVER DID IN NEW YORK, I WAS WITH THE ROYAL SHAKESPEARE COMPANY AND WE BROUGHT A PLAY, A BROADWAY, AND WE PLAYED THAT IN REPERTOIRE IN LONDON, TWO TOTALLY SILENT AUDIENCES.

NOT A SOUND UNTIL THE END OF THE PLAY WHEN THEY -- THERE WAS MUSIC IN THE PLAY AND SO WE WOULD GO ON TO THE STAGE AND THE FIRST SONG, ENCORE.

APPLAUSE.

WE GOT LAUGHS.

CONSTANT RESPONSE TO WHAT WE WERE DOING.

WE CAME UP, LOOKING AT EACH OTHER, WHAT ARE WE DOING?

IT WAS JUST SO DRAMATICALLY DIFFERENT THAN WHAT WE WERE USED TO AT HOME.

THAT'S ONE OF THE GREAT THINGS ABOUT AMERICAN AUDIENCES.

THEY LIKE YOU TO KNOW THAT THEY'RE THERE.

I DON'T MEAN THEY HECKLE OR MAKE NOISES OR THINGS LIKE THAT.

I DON'T MEAN THAT.

THERE'S JUST SENSE THEY'RE THERE AND THEY'RE WATCHING.

WHAT IS TOTALLY FASCINATING ABOUT THIS PLAY, AND ACTUALLY NOW I THINK ABOUT IT, IN ENGLAND TOO, THE CAPACITY FOR THE PLAY TO REALLY CONNECT WITH THE AUDIENCE IS POTENT.

YOU CAN FEEL THEM LISTENING.

AND YOU CAN ACTUALLY, HE SAYS, DOESN'T HE, IN THE PLAY.

WELL, HE DOES.

HE SAYS, LOOK WITH THINE EARS AND THAT'S WHAT THEY DO AND THAT, AGAIN, IS ENERGY THAT COMES BACK TO THE STAGE AND THAT'S AMAZING.

THIS PRODUCTION RUNS THROUGH JULY 7th?

I THINK JULY 7th.

AFTER THAT, YOU HAVE ANY PROJECTS?

NO, NO, NO.

BUT THEN ALL MY LIFE, I MEAN, EVERY JOB I'VE EVER DONE IN THE THEATER.

THE LAST NIGHT YOU THINK, WELL, THAT'S IT.

I'M NEVER GOING TO WORK AGAIN.

WELL, MISS JACKSON, IT'S BEEN AN HONOR AND A PLEASURE.

OH, HOW KIND.

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR JOINING US.

THANK YOU.

'KING LEAR' STARRING GLENDA JACKSON.

FOR MORE, VISIT OUR WEB SITE, METROFOCUS.ORG.

> YOU KNOW, THEY SAY IF YOU WANT SOMETHING DONE RIGHT, GET IT DONE BY A WOMAN.

SINCE 1915, BEEN THE EMBODIMENT WITH WOMEN SUCCESSFULLY WORKING TO IMPROVE LIVING CONDITIONS OF COUNTLESS NEW YORKERS.

THE 104-YEAR-OLD ORGANIZATION WHICH HAD ELEANOR ROOSEVELT AS ONE OF THE EARLIEST MEMBERS, NOW HAS A NEW NAME.

WOMEN CREATING CHANGE.

DOES IT HAVE A NEW MISSION?

JOINING US TO ANSWER THAT AND OTHER QUESTIONS, CAROL WACY AND VICE CHAIR, DEBRA MARTIN OWENS.

WELCOME TO BOTH OF YOU.

PLEASURE TO HAVE YOU HERE.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU FOR HAVING US BACK.

CAROL, LET ME START WITH YOU.

BEFORE THE NAME CHANGE AND WHAT IT MEANS, I'M WONDERING IF YOU COULD GIVE US A HISTORY OF THE VENERABLE ORGANIZATION THAT YOU NOW HEAD.

WHY DID IT COME TO BE IN 1915 AND WHAT ARE SOME OF THE THINGS YOU'VE DONE OVER THE DECADES TO HELP THE LIVING CONDITIONS OF NEW YORKERS?

THANKS, RAF.

AS YOU SAID, THE ORGANIZATION HAS BEEN AROUND SINCE 1915 AND OVER THAT TIME, IF YOU GO BACK TO THE EARLY DAYS OF THE ORGANIZATION.

THINK ABOUT WOMEN AND WHERE THEY STOOD IN SOCIETY IN 1915, THEY DIDN'T HAVE MUCH POWER, THEY DIDN'T HAVE THE RIGHT TO VOTE.

THEY DIDN'T HAVE MUCH.

IT WAS REALLY A GROUP OF WOMEN WHO CAME TOGETHER TO SAY, HEY, THIS IS A DIFFERENT TIME AND WE HAVE ACCESS TO.

SO THE ORGANIZATION WAS FOUNDED EARLY ON TO FIGHT FOR THINGS LIKE THE RIGHT TO VOTE AND WCC WAS INCREDIBLY INVOLVED IN THAT.

OVER TIME, THEY FORMED THE FIRST BIRTHING CENTER, REALLY IMPORTANT, GIVING MATERNAL CARE FOR WOMEN, WHICH IS, CONTINUES TO BE AN IMPORTANT ISSUE FOR WOMEN.

WORKED ON HOMELESSNESS ISSUES FOR WOMEN.

WORKED ON HIV/AIDS EDUCATION IN SCHOOL AND BROADER ISSUES LIKE THAT.

OVER THE YEARS, WORKED ON REALLY IMPORTANT ISSUES THAT WOULD IMPACT THE LIVES OF NEW YORKERS.

SO BIG ISSUES AND TRYING TO HAVE BIG IMPACTS IN THE CITY.

MAJOR POLICY ISSUES THAT THEY WORKED ON AND OVER THE YEARS, HAVE HAD A LOT OF IMPACT.

SO DEBRA, WHY THE NAME CHANGE?

YOU'VE BEEN SO SUCCESSFUL FOR 104 YEARS.

WHY CHANGE ANYTHING?

THE CITY CLUB AT THE TIME AND VOTE THE, SORT OF THE INFLUENCES OF THE DAY.

MOST OF THE ORGANIZATIONS AT THAT TIME WERE CLUB ORGANIZATIONS.

THEY WERE FOR WOMEN WHO WERE WELL CONNECTED TO THEIR HUSBANDS AND HAD GREAT RELATIONSHIPS.

IN 2019, WOMEN ARE ON THEIR OWN NOW AND SO WOMEN CREATING CHANGE IS MORE INCLUSIVE AND ALLOWS FOR WOMEN OF ALL SPECTRUMS TO BE INVOLVED IN THE ORGANIZATION.

THAT WAS ALWAYS THE CASE BUT NOW YOU'RE MAKING IT CLEAR.

WE'RE MAKING IT VERY CLEAR TO SAY, WE'RE BEING INCLUSIVE.

SO IT REFLECTS THE DIFFERENT DEMOGRAPHICS OF THE CITY.

DOES IT MEAN A CHANGE IN MISSION?

I THINK, YOU KNOW, IT'S STILL THE SAME MISSION IN THAT WE'RE PUTTING WOMEN IN THE FOREFRONT BUT I THINK TO SAY IT'S WOMEN CREATING CHANGE AS OPPOSED TO THE CLUB, I THINK THAT'S LETTING EVERYONE KNOW YOU DON'T HAVE TO HAVE A PARTICULAR BACKGROUND.

IT'S IMPORTANT TO SAY ALL THE CITY CAN BE INVOLVED IN THIS ORGANIZATION.

SO CAROL, AS YOUR ORGANIZATION HAS PUT IT, WOMEN ARE UNIQUELY POSITIONED TO BE LEADERS IN THEIR HOMES, NEIGHBORHOODS AND COMMUNITIES BUT OFTEN FACE BARRIERS.

WHAT ARE THE CHIEF BARRIERS WOMEN FACE TODAY?

IF YOU LOOK ACROSS NEW YORK CITY, YOU KNOW, THERE'S A LOT OF DIFFERENT TYPES OF WOMEN.

THERE'S WOMEN OF ALL DIFFERENT BACKGROUNDS.

THERE'S IMMIGRANT WOMEN, DOCUMENTED AND NOT DOCUMENTED, HEAD OF HOUSEHOLDS, SINGLE MOMS, WOMEN HAVE A LOT ON THEIR PLATE.

THEY'RE WORKING JOBS.

WE KNOW NEW YORK IS CHALLENGING TO EVERYONE.

IT'S EXPENSIVE TO LIVE HERE.

IT CAN BE A REAL CHALLENGE TO HAVE A GOOD JOB AND EARN A GOOD LIVING AND RAISE YOUR FAMILY AND GET THEM A GOOD EDUCATION.

ALL OF THESE THINGS ARE CHALLENGING, GENERALLY, FOR EVERYBODY.

BUT THEN WHEN YOU LOOK AT OUR UNDERSERVED POPULATION, THOSE WHO ARE EARNING LESS, THOSE WHO LIVE IN POVERTY.

WE'RE REALLY LOOKING TO MAKE SURE THOSE WOMEN HAVE A VOICE AND THAT THERE ARE CLEAR OPPORTUNITIES TO GET THEM INVOLVED LOCALLY IN THEIR COMMUNITIES TO MAKE THEIR LIVES BETTER AND ULTIMATELY, THE CITY BETTER.

DO YOU HAVE SOME CONCRETE AGENDA ITEMS THAT YOU HAVE DECIDED TO TACKLE?

WHEN I CAME ON THE BOARD, WE HAD SORT OF LOTS OF DIFFERENT AREAS AND HERE WE'RE REALLY FOCUSING ON UNDERREPRESENTED WOMEN.

SO WE REALLY WANT TO EMPOWER THE WOMEN TO EMPOWER THEMSELVES AND LAID OUT A WONDERFUL PLATFORM SHE CAN TALK ABOUT REGARDING OUR CIVIC MATTERS PROGRAM.

YEAH.

TALK A LITTLE ABOUT THAT.

GREAT, SO WE LAID OUT THIS AGENDA CALLED CIVIC MATTERS.

THINK ABOUT MATTERS AS BOTH A KNOWN AS A VERB.

VERY ACTION ORIENTED BUT CIVICS DO MATTER.

AND WE WANT EVERYONE TO BE A PART OF THAT.

SO WE LAID OUT A THREE YEAR STRATEGY.

IT'S GOING TO FOCUS ON GETTING PEOPLE WHERE THEY ARE AND WE HAVE THIS ONLINE RESOURCE PEOPLE CAN GO TO ANYTIME, ANYWHERE.

WE'LL BE CURATING CONTENT FROM ACROSS THE CITY ABOUT CIVIC ENGAGEMENT THAT DIRECTLY AFFECTS WOMEN AND THEN WE'RE GOING TO GIVE THEM REAL TOOLS AND RESOURCES TO BE ABLE TO TAKE ACTION ON THAT.

SO INFORMATION, FOR INSTANCE, IF SOMEBODY WANTS TO VOLUNTEER IN THEIR COMMUNITY, THERE'S A GREAT ORGANIZATION CALLED NEW YORK CARES.

THEY CURATE A LOT OF RESOURCES AND OPPORTUNITIES FOR PEOPLE TO GET ENGAGED.

IF YOU WANT TO LEARN MORE VOTING, THERE'S SOMETHING CALLED WHO'S ON THE BALLOT UP AT COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY.

IT WAS PRODUCED UP THERE.

WE'RE GOING TO TAKE ALL KINDS OF RESOURCES.

HOW TO VOTE, HOW TO GET INVOLVED, PARTICIPATORY BUDGETING AND GIVE TOOLS AND RESOURCES AND HOPEFULLY EDUCATE THEM A LITTLE BIT ALONG THE WAY AS TO WHY IT MATTERS AND THEN GOING OUT INTO COMMUNITIES ALL ACROSS THE CITY, ALL FIVE BOROUGHS, DOING ISSUES ON WORKSHOPS THAT MATTER TO THEM.

THEY'LL TELL US WHAT MATTERS AND DEVELOP THE WORKSHOP BASED ON THAT AND GIVE THEM TOOLS AND EDUCATION AND REAL ACTION SO THEY CAN COME OUT AND DO THINGS THAT MAKE A DIFFERENCE.

THE THIRD PIECE IS AROUND FELLOWSHIP.

HOPING TO PARTNER WITH A WELL KNOWN FELLOWSHIP ORGANIZATION.

IF SOMEBODY WANTS TO GO DEEPER, HAVE A LONGER INVOLVEMENT OR ENGAGEMENT AND THEN THE FINAL PIECE OF IT IS WE'RE TALKING WITH CUNY.

WE LOVE CUNY HERE IN NEW YORK CITY, ACROSS ALL FIVE BURROUGHS.

CUNY SERVES EVERYBODY IN THE CITY.

YOU MAKE A PUSH TO YOUNGER WOMEN.

HOW ARE YOU DOING THAT?

IT'S INTERESTING YOU SAY THAT.

SO CURRENTLY ON THE BOARD, WE HAVE SOME AMAZING DYNAMIC WOMEN ON THE BOARD WHO ARE REALLY PIONEERS IN ALL KINDS OF BACKGROUNDS FROM SOCIAL WORK TO THOSE IN THE LEGAL PROFESSION TO THE MEDICAL PROFESSION.

WHAT WE DON'T HAVE IN TERMS OF DIVERSITY IS YOUNGER WOMEN ON THE BOARD, SO I THINK FOR NOW, THEY NEED TO ENGAGE THOSE WOMEN.

THEY ARE LEADING, OUR FUTURE LEADERS.

I THINK IT'S REALLY IMPORTANT THAT WE PASS THE MANTLE ON TO THOSE WOMEN.

MEMBERSHIP UNDER 35 IS FREE?

WHICH IS GREAT, GREAT.

I SHARED IT WITH ALL THE YOUNGER FOLKS I KNOW.

SAY YOU NEED TO JOIN AND BE INVOLVED.

ALL RIGHT.

WE WANT EVERYBODY AT THE TABLE.

OLDER PEOPLE, YOUNGER PEOPLE, EVERY KIND OF BACKGROUND AND IF PEOPLE THINK ABOUT WAYS TO GET INVOLVED, COME TO OUR WEB SITE, LEARN MORE ABOUT US.

WCCNY.ORG BUT WE ARE LOOKING FOR PARTNERS.

IF THERE'S PEOPLE OUT THERE WORKING IN THE SPACE.

WE DON'T SEE US DOING IT ALONE BUT IN PARTNERSHIP.

IF PEOPLE INVEST THE SPACE AND CARE ABOUT THIS AND REALLY WANT TO HAVE IMPACT AND SEE AN IMPACT, WE WANT TO KNOW ABOUT YOU AND HAVE A NEWSLETTER EVERY MONTH.

THERE'S A LOT OF DIFFERENT WAYS TO GET INVOLVED AND WE'RE ALWAYS OPEN TO NEW IDEAS TOO.

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR TALKING ABOUT THIS.

THANK YOU FOR HAVING US.

BY -- BERNARD AND IRENE SCHWARTZ.

ROSALYN P. WALTER.

BARBARA HOPE ZUCKERBERG.

AND BY --

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MetroFocus is made possible by James and Merryl Tisch, Sue and Edgar Wachenheim III, the Sylvia A. and Simon B. Poyta Programming Endowment to Fight Anti-Semitism, Bernard and Irene Schwartz, Rosalind P. Walter, Barbara Hope Zuckerberg, Jody and John Arnhold, the Cheryl and Philip Milstein Family, Janet Prindle Seidler, Judy and Josh Weston and the Dr. Robert C. and Tina Sohn Foundation.

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