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.
View the Wellness flyer for August
View the Wellness calendar for August
View the Wellness flyer for September and October
View the Wellness calendar for September
View the Wellness calendar for October
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, Program Administrator, and fill out our Wellness Participation Information Form. Please call Christine at
(917) 441-3743 for an appointment.
Contemplative Harp Music with Catharine DeLong and Meditation
Senior Café with Erica Shein
"For intellectual stimulation, nothing beats Erica Shein. Her knowledge of current events, literature, current life, her preparations is outstanding. She’s a wonderful moderator, sharing and listening. We all participate, very lively."
Gentle Strengthening and Stretching with Tia Speros-Harker
"Thank you so much for helping me maintain my physical health as I age it’s important to be able to do somethings like the exercise classes to counter my growing limitations. And it’s nice to mix and meet with others."
Tai Chi Class with Melissa Elstein
"I have been taking Melissa’s Chair Yoga and I love it. She brings her movements and thoughts to the class each week. She has a very healing approach, while strengthening our bodies and mind. I have studied for years and at many places, and I find her the BEST!"
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."
Visit at DOROT with Topper, a Pet Partners Therapy Dog
Karen, Dir. of Wellness Program, holding Topper & Helen, Wellness Participant
Topper will be visiting again soon, stay tuned for the next date!