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DOROT Westchester

Wellness Program for Seniors

button  Wellness Workshops and Exercise Classes
button  Senior Café
button  Kol DOROT: Singing
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button  For Seniors at Home — Classes on the Telephone
button  Wellness Program Guidelines

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 to register.

Wellness Workshops

Improving Memory—On–going Support for Change
4 Mondays, March 3, 10, 17 & 24: 2:15—3:30 pm
Stacy Leggitt and Liana Wolkenbreit, Occupational Therapy Interns
This workshop series will focus on things you can do to help your memory and encourage you to make time to do them. We will try various games and activities to stimulate our brains and explore strategies for enhancing our memory.

Roses and Thorns Discussion Group
6 Tuesdays, March 4, 11, 18, 25 & April 8, 29: 10:15–11:15 am
Sandy Warshaw, LCSW
Spend some time sharing your experiences and get to know new people and old friends. In this on-going group, you will have the chance to discuss many topics—childhood, work, family, seasonal happenings, philosophical perspectives and more recent life events. Take a new look at the past and learn from each other.

*Mindfulness-Based Meditation
***Pre–Registration Required***
5 Thursdays, March 13, 20, 27 & April 17, 24: 11–12:15 pm
Amy Gross
This program is based on the Mindfulness–Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) course. Meditation can reduce stress, lower emotional reactivity, improve self–esteem, ease disturbances of sleep and mood, strengthen the immune system and increase the sense of well–being. We will review the meditation technique and practice.
***You must pre–register for this class, call Christine (917) 441–3743.

Sharing Your Memoirs Workshop
2 Fridays, March 7 and April 11: 12:15–1:45 pm
Beth Rosen, MSW, Psychotherapist, Adjunct Professor and Writer
This memoir workshop is for anyone who wants to share their memories! It’s a great way to get your brain moving. Beth will suggest a topic and you can share or write about a memory related to the topic. NO experience necessary—it is not about being a professional story teller or writer. It’s about recalling memories and sharing your story with the group. We may discuss several topics during the hour—a childhood memory, food, kitchen table, telephone, type writer or elementary school teacher. You will be surprised how much you remember and how much fun it is reminisce.

***Lunch Together & Welcome Spring Music Program
Friday, March 14: 12:15–1:30 pm
***Pre–Registration Required***
Carol Daly, Music Therapist
We’ll listen and sing–a–long to a mix of love songs and seasonal favorites. Reminisce about love and the good old days! We will order sandwiches from Seasons ($5) or you can bring your own lunch.
***You must pre–register by Wednesday, March 12th , call Christine (917) 441–3743.

Tools for Self Care, Stress Reduction & Relaxation—Mind Body Skills Group
Friday, March 21: 12:15–1:15
Gary Goldman, Attorney and Mind Body Skills Group Leader
If you are facing a particular health or life challenge or just want to deepen your self awareness, join us for this special Mind Body Skills Group to begin the journey to self — discovery and optimal health. In a safe, supportive and intimate environment, Gary will teach a series of powerful, effective, research–based healing tools—Breathing, Meditation, Drawing and Biofeedback. These skills are based on the model designed and taught internationally by the renowned Center for Mind Body Medicine in Washington DC ( and will help you understand the connection between the outside (life) and the inside (your body, mind and spirit).

*Create Your Own Colorful Floral Spring Arrangement
Friday, March 28: 12:15–1:15 pm
***Pre–Registration Required***
Rose Edinger, Floral Designer, Instructor @ Brooklyn Botanical Gardens
Enjoy the beauty of flowers in this special hands-on workshop with Rose G. Edinger, a freelance floral designer with 27 years of experience in the floral industry. She is an inspiring, enthusiastic and friendly teacher who will guide you in creating a simple spring bouquet. And you will get to take flowers home! You must pre–register to attend by March 24th; call Christine at (917) 441–3743 (limited to 12 seniors)

Biblical Families—What We Can Learn From Them About Relating
Friday, April 18: 12:15–1:15 pm
Andy Dubin, Pastoral Care Intern
As struggling humans, we all have our share of squabbles with other people, often family members. Andy will guide us to look at the parallels in the “Bible of Dysfunctional Families and Individuals” and discuss how they relate to us. We will contemplate why these figures are honored with inclusion in our sacred scripture, and why we continue to honor them today (by reading and teaching about them, offering daily prayers in their names, naming our children after them, etc.).

*Spring is the Time to Sow Seeds
***Pre–Registration Required***
Friday, April 25: 12:15–1:15 pm
Carol Smith, LCSW, Horticultural Therapist
Come plant some seeds and seedlings with us to celebrate springtime! A window sill with some sunshine is all you need. Do you remember back in the day when many of us tried growing avocado pits and various kinds of seeds? I’m sure we can tell some stories about the plants we’ve tried to grow! Join us for this spring planting from which will grow pretty, decorative plants. You must pre–register to attend by April 18th; call Christine at (917) 441–3743 (limited to 12 seniors)

Friday Chat with a Weill Cornell Doctor—Questions & Answers
Fridays, March & April: 10:30–11 am
No Chat: April 4
Each week we will have an informal conversation with an MD on various topics.
Bring your questions and join us for a friendly discussion!

March 7: Updates and Options for Blood Thinners—medication options and side effects
March 14: Osteoporosis—screening, treatment options and exercise
March 21: Common Skin Conditions—eczema, fungal rashes, moles (when to see a dermatologist)
March 28: Memory Changes—what is a normal part of aging and what can help improve memory
April 11: When to Call 911 & Go to the Emergency Room—signs of stroke, heart attack & other conditions
April 18: Nutrition, Vitamins & Supplements—what to eat and take to help you stay healthy
April 25: Cardiac Risk Factors—how to protect yourself from heart disease

Exercise, Movement & Yoga

*Tai Chi Easy™, Qigong & Yoga
6 Mondays, March 3, 10, 17, 24 & April 7, 28: 11–12 pm
Melissa “Mati” Elstein, Certified Tai Chi Easy™ Facilitator,
Increase balance, coordination and vitality with a class that combines Tai Chi Easy™ with Qigong and Chair Yoga. Tai Chi Easy™ is a simplified, yet meditative version of Tai Chi created by Roger Jahnke, Doctor of Oriental Medicine. This form can be practiced seated. Yoga poses gently strengthen and stretch the body while you use a chair for support. You may attend any or all the classes; no experience necessary. (Please do not wear perfume or scented lotions to class)
*Medical clearance and permission from the program director are required; call Christine at (917) 441–3743 for information and pre–registration.

*Gentle Strengthening and Stretching (On–going)
Mondays, March & April: 1:00–2:00 pm
No Class: March 31, April 14 & 21
Thursdays, March & April: 1:30–2:30 pm
No Class: April 3
Tia Speros–Harker, Fitness Instructor & Cindy Newton, Physical Therapist
Yes, you can turn back the clock! Learn simple exercises using bands and weights. Increase joint flexibility, mobility and balance, halt bone loss and prevent fractures. Most exercises are done in the chair. *You must arrive 10 minutes before class; late comers will not be allowed in. Medical clearance and permission from the program director are required; call Christine at (917) 441–3743 for information.

*Mr. Gu’s Exercise
No Class: April 1, 4, 15 & 22
Tuesdays & Fridays, March & April: 11:30–12:10 pm
Cheng–de Gu, Martial Arts Instructor & Lee Noonan, LMT
Lift your spirits and move toward health in Mr. Gu’s unique exercise class. Mr. Gu focuses on increasing immunity and spinal flexibility. Learn simple, gentle exercises based on Chinese Medicine and designed by Mr. Gu especially for seniors, to increase energy and help relieve incontinence, constipation, insomnia, digestive disorders and many other illnesses. Open to all levels of experience.
*Medical clearance and permission from the program director are required. Call Christine at (917) 441–3743 for information and pre–registration.

Senior Café on the 7th Floor

Tuesdays, January & February: 12:15—2:00 pm
No Café: April 1, 15, 22

Join us for tea, cookies and great conversation. We have wonderful volunteers who host and hostess. The 7th floor is friendly, comfortable and sunny—a lovely place to sit and schmooze. You are welcome to bring lunch.

Kol DOROT: Singing

5 Thursdays, March 13, 20, 27 & April 10, 24: 2:50–3:55 pm
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!


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: March 4, 11, 18, 25 & April 8, 29.
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 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

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.

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