Atria Golden Girls – In Focus


A real-life Blanche, Rose and Dorothy recently celebrated their 100th birthdays within days of one another. 

Ruth Schwartz, Lorraine Pirrello and Edith Moscou, residents of Atria West 86 in New York City, celebrated their birthdays with friends, family and the Atria community. 

“We are so proud that these ladies have chosen to live their best lives here at Atria,” said Sheridan Daniel, vice president of Atria Senior Living. “We celebrate their lifetimes of achievement, and it is a joy to have them in our community. We believe one of the ingredients to their long lives is the social connections, engagement and wellness at Atria.”

These three golden girls of Atria have each lived fruitful lives and are proud to share their century’s worth of accomplishments and experiences. 

Schwartz spent her career as a special education teacher, graduating from New York University’s School of Education. She started her teaching career with elementary school students and then studied braille and taught the blind. 

To her, her two children are her greatest accomplishment. Her hobbies include golf, travel, opera, ballet and, generally, enjoying all that the Big Apple has to offer. 

Like Schwartz, Pirrello also has lived an extraordinary life. She is a professional opera singer and has traveled and performed all over the world. Pirrello lived in Italy for eight years and ultimately ended up in New York City. She has performed with some of the top singers in Italy and Europe, including Renata Tebaldi and Luciano Pavarotti. 

In addition to her impressive opera career, she enjoys playing tennis — playing well into her 90s — and reading The New York Times daily. She also likes playing bridge with her Atria friends — or reading about it and improving her strategy. 

Pirrello’s advice to others is: “Do what you love, what you’re passionate about, and commit to it. It should bring you tremendous joy! It’s been a wonderful life!”

Moscou was born in the borough of Brooklyn and spent most of her life there. She is a graduate of Brooklyn High School and the Packer Collegiate Institute and worked in her husband’s law office. 

In her free time, Moscou loves going to the Museum of Natural History, her favorite museum in New York. Similarly to Pirrello’s advice, she advises everyone to be happy and not waste their time complaining over the littlest things. She also advises others to not succumb to boredom, saying she never did.

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