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DOROT Westchester


Wellness Program


button  Celebrating 20 Years of DOROT’s Wellness Program

“The warmth and connectedness of staff to participants in all phases of the wellness program is continuously practiced so that a spirit of community envelopes the programs and reinforces individual well-being.”

Health and Wellness Classes

DOROT’s exercise, nutrition, relaxation, and lifestyle classes boost seniors’ energy, develop flexibility, and increase strength and endurance. We offer a wide variety of opportunities to improve health, try new activities, and make friends. Exercise and relaxation classes include Chinese exercise, weight training, light dance, meditation, and yoga. Lifestyle and nutrition classes include falls prevention, memory improvement, healthy eating, and weight loss. All classes take place at DOROT’s headquarters.

button  View the Wellness flyer and calendars for May and June

Senior Café

Once a week on Tuesdays, seniors gather on DOROT’s seventh floor for a brown bag lunch with plenty of pleasant conversation about current events and personal stories. Beverages are provided by DOROT.

Kol DOROT: Singing

Scott Stein, Pianist, Composer & Arranger
If you enjoy the music of Gershwin, Porter, Rodgers & Hammerstein, and all the other wonderful songwriters from the 1920's to the 1960's, you'll love singing with Kol DOROT! You don't have to read music or even sing well....just love getting together with friendly people every week to sing the songs that hold special memories! We do a little Yiddish and a little Hebrew singing, too. No audition required!

The Memory Tree at DOROT

DOROT is pleased to host The Memory Tree, a program specifically designed for people with mild memory problems and their caregivers. The Memory Tree believes that the best way to fight the aging process—including the loss of memory—is through mental and physical fitness. Each week join The Memory Tree for a wide variety of classes and workshops.
To register and learn more about The Memory Tree, please contact Elizabeth Fine, LCSW at 917-656-0558.

For Seniors at Home — Classes on the Telephone

For seniors and caregivers who can't come to DOROT, we offer classes on the telephone via University Without Walls. These teleconference programs bring learning, laughter, friendship, mental stimulation, and access to resources and peers right into the home. Registration can be done over the phone or by mail; scholarships are available. Our staff is happy to call and assist with course selection and can read the brochures to seniors with visual impairments. To get more information and register for University Without Walls, please call Melissa Santiago-Esparza at (212) 769-2850.

Wellness Program Guidelines

  • Fee: $5 per class, Scholarships available
  • Please arrive no earlier than 15 minutes before class
  • Wear sneakers or flat rubber soled shoes to class
  • You must fill out a Wellness Participant Information Form
  • To participate in exercise classes, you must speak with Wellness Program staff and bring a note from your doctor

All classes will be held at
171 West 85th Street, 2nd Floor
Call Christine Hodan for details - (917) 441-3743


DOROT's Wellness Program for Seniors was created in 1994 by Karen Fuller, the Director of DOROT's Health and Nutrition Services, who is trained in Social Work, Naturopathic Medicine and Acupuncture.

If you are new to the Wellness Program and have not participated in the past, you must sign up with Christine Hodan, Wellness Program Assistant, and fill out our Wellness Participation Information Form. Please call Christine at
(917) 441-3743 for an appointment.




Visit at DOROT with Topper, a Pet Partners Therapy Dog

Karen, Dir. of Wellness Program, holding Topper & Helen, Wellness Participant

Join us on May 12th at 1:30pm for another visit!



Tai Chi Class with Melissa Elstein

"Love Tai Chi Class wonderful for balance, breathing, posture, flexibility, mind focus, calming, memory. Fabulous teacher! (Melissa Elstein)"




Senior Café with Erica Shein

"They are all patient, kind, considerate and understanding. There is a calm atmosphere and an absence of fear and punishment. They are always helpful and make people feel secure and accepted. There is a respect for the elderly that is hard to match anywhere else. They create a home away from home. They create an opportunity for people to perform, if they wish to when the opportunity presents itself."




Flower Arranging Class

"There is a wonderful sense of community led by a charismatic person who tries to target his lessons in order to best help each student in the group."


What they are saying about the Wellness Program

The classes I have taken have given me a great deal of confidence in protecting myself against falling, damaging bones and keeping me in good shape to enjoy each day.

They are all patient, kind, considerate and understanding. There is a calm atmosphere and an absence of fear and punishment. They are always helpful and make people feel secure and accepted. There is a respect for the elderly that is hard to match anywhere else. They create a home away from home. They create an opportunity for people to perform, if they wish to when the opportunity presents itself.

I’ve been to exercise classes for years, though I hadn’t for a few years before I joined this one last year. But this is truly the most careful and spirited I’ve ever been in. I really feel my lethargic body come back to life under Tia’s guidance I feel much better, I copy these exercises (as much as possible) in my living room 2 more times a week.

Classes have made a big difference: improved balance, reduced pain, more flexible, more positive attitude.

I joined DOROT’s Wellness Program 12+ years ago with prostate cancer. I chose “observation” as a treatment choice which means I had no treatment but have semi-annual check-ups. The classes at DOROT help me keep the cancer in check. DOROT’s exercise classes help me improve my balance and prevent falls.

The classes have helped me to heal my body and manage pain. There is also a wonderful sense of community led by a charismatic person who tries to target his lessons in order to best help each student in the group.

There are classes like the Shakespeare class that are so well presented that they involve everyone and are not only enlightening, but exhilarating. The health classes I attend are also beneficial and I miss them when I do not attend.

I experience a feeling of accomplishment and well being and attempt to carry it over whatever I am doing. Tai Chi is practiced and known throughout the world and I am thrilled to participate in this discipline under Melissa’s direction. I came to the first class because Tai Chi was recommended for arthritis patients. I don’t know how much it has helped but I feel more limber than I had been.

 
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