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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 for September and October

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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, 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!

What they are saying about the Wellness Program

DOROT, the Wellness Program, staff and activities are just superb. They have made me new friends, new experiences and a general upbeat feeling of life. I did not expect at my age and this part of life to find such stimulation.

The classes have been quite helpful for me in so far as becoming more relaxed and calm as well as providing me with body tone, strength and better balancing.

I’ve loved the Stretch & Strengthen Class, which is the only one I can get to since I live way across town. My balance is better and especially the strength in my legs is much improved.

The class that has helped me the most is Meditation with Amy Gross an excellent teacher. I have learned to focus, to relax and be safe. Senior Café has helped me meet new, interesting contemporaries. Memoir writing helped me look at my past creatively.

Regular classes in Tai Chi have helped to keep me mobile and independent. At 91, this feels crucial. Special lectures, like the one on Art and Perception are stimulating and through-provoking.

Wellness staff are creative and value us in planning. Most importantly they are pleasant and respectful. They are helpful and help us find links to other DOROT services.

This is an extraordinary program!! I praise it to all my friends. I look forward to it every week not only because I admire Mr. Gu, but I look forward to seeing my nice classmates and comparing notes with them. It is upbeat and cheers me up!

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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