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Atria Seniors Wish for Good Health, Peace in 2012

BRIARCLIFF MANOR, N.Y. – As 2011 comes to an end, seniors at Atria senior living center said they look forward to good health and peace for the coming year.

"At this point in our lives, I think every day is a gift from God," said Toni Henry, 96, as she sat amongst a small group of Atria Briarcliff Manor residents.

Ruth Liva, 84, who has been living at Atria for 16 years, said there aren't too many surprises in life anymore.

"There can't be that much different anymore," she said. "When you first come, it's interesting. After a while, there's nothing different."

Henry said Atria is a good place to be if you are used to being an active person but can no longer have the lifestyle you used to have.

"Nobody wants to be alone and coming here means there are always people around," Henry said.

Orial Redd, 87, said Atria is a good place to be because there are many activities to do every day, including going to see the ballet or the Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center in New York City, and doing in-house activities such as painting and flower arranging.

"If you can't be at home, this is the best place to be," Redd said. "You can do as much or as little as you want to."

Rosalie Kurland said she wishes that her children will grow and be happy and she is glad that President Barack Obama is bringing troops home because she wishes for peace.

"I hope that I will be well and my children will grow and be well," said Kurland who has three children ages 62, 58 and 55, and a 1-year-old grandson.

Naeko Heffner said good health is most important. To keep healthy, Heffner, 77, walks three times around Atria each day.

"Good will is also important," Heffner added. "A lot of people want peace, but they are not peaceful. They don't love everybody."

Redd wished everybody in the group peace for the coming year.

"I hope we're all going to be healthy," she said.

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