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DOROT Westchester

Wellness Program for Seniors

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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.

Wellness Workshops

Improve Your Balance- Your Feet, Pelvis, Spine Shoulders & Head, and the Relationship between Them - a 3 Part Sitting Feldenkrais Workshop
3 Mondays, November 10, 17 & 24: 1:00-2:00 pm
Doron Tadmor, Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner
This 3-week Feldenkrais series is designed to give you some tools for continued self-improvement. Learn how simple, gentle movements can help you become more grounded, and move more safely. Learn to use more of yourself, with greater ease, and feel the difference as you experience these 3 classic and effective lessons.

Book Discussion Group
2 Mondays, November 10 & December 8: 2:15-3:15 pm
Erica Shein, Discussion Leader
For November, we will read The Paying Guest and December book will be announced.

Roses and Thorns Discussion Group
All Tuesdays, November and December: 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***
4 Thursdays, November 6 & December 4,11,18 11:00-12:00 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.

Strong Bones and Good Balance - Enhancing Nutrition, Eyesight, Strength Building and More!
2 Thursdays, November 13 & 20: 1-2:30 pm
Nadiya Nottingham, Registered Yoga Therapist
Join us for this special workshop in which Nadiya will share her vast knowledge of Yoga therapy and a multi-faceted approach to help us keep strong, balanced and prevent falls. She will discuss nutrition and supplements, along with exercises for bones and eyes, and of course breathing and stress reduction.

A Program for Staying Safe & Steady - in2Balance Classes
2 Fridays, November 7 & 14: 12:15-1:15 pm
Susan Servetnick, Physical Therapist, Director of Back into Balance & in2balance classes
Join us to learn about an exciting, innovative exercise program for working out the wobbles and restoring confidence. These dynamic lectures will include principals of good posture and balance as well as exercises to help prevent falls and stay active. Susan and her staff will share safety tips to prevent falls inside and outside your home as well.

Friday Chat with a Weill Cornell Doctor - Questions & Answers
6 Fridays, November 7, 14, 21 & December 5,12,19: *** 11- 11:20 am
Each week you will have the opportunity for a friendly chat with an MD.

Knitting Circle ***Pre-Registration Required- call Christine (917) 441-3743
2 Mondays, November 17 & December 15: 2:15-3:15 pm
Christine Hodan, Wellness Program Assistant & Experienced Knitter
All levels of knitters are invited to join us for a relaxing and fun experience. Christine will be available to help you learn to knit or assist you with your projects.

Longevity-Keys to Staying Strong and Mobile
Friday, November 21: 12:15-1:15 pm
Peter Bongiorno, N.D., L.Ac, President N.Y. Assoc. of Naturopathic Physicians
Did you know that 70% of longevity is based on how we take care of ourselves? Dr. Peter Bongiorno will take you through the basics of moving forward healthily. He will discuss the lifestyle and food choices proven to help people live longer and healthier. He will discuss the best way to stay strong and mobile, from improving bone health, balance, reducing inflammation, and great mood too. You will learn which supplements are really helpful too. Peter teaches an integrative medicine class at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine and his latest book is How Come They’re Happy and I’m Not? The Complete Natural Guide to Healing Depression for Good.
More about him at 631.421.1848 or on the web

Medicaid & Medicare Part D...Everything You Ever Wanted To know & Didn’t Know Who To Ask!
Friday, December 5, 12:15-1:15 pm
Ginalisa Monterroso, CEO & Founder of Medicaid Advisory Group
Ms. Monterroso will offer her valuable insight to guide you on how to navigate the Medicaid and Medicare process, address your questions regarding your high monthly medication co-pays, guide you on how you can afford home care and how you can protect your assets. Learn all the detail about applying.

Music for Relaxation and Inspiration
Friday, December 12: 12:15-1:15 pm
Musicians from Manhattan School of Music
Join us for an intimate program of music to chase away any winter blues.

Spreading our Light- Spiritual Discussion Group
Friday, December 19: 12:15-1:15 pm
Alexandra Klein, Rabbinic Intern
Many of our world religions have holidays centered around light during the winter months. In Jewish tradition, it is taught that when Hannukah arrives, we are to publicize the story of the Hannukah miracle to all those around us. But what does this mean and how are we supposed to do this? Together, we will explore what these rabbis thought, and compare it to the celebration of Hannukah, and other winter holidays, in our lives today. Ultimately, we will ask: what are the sources of light in our lives, and how do we spread that light in this darkest time of year?


*Tai Chi Easy™, Qigong & Yoga
7 Mondays, November 3, 10, 17, 24 & December 1, 8, 15: 11:00-12:00 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
6 Mondays, November 3 & December 1, 8, 15, 22, 29: 1:00-2:00 pm
1 Thursday, November 6: 1:30-2:30 pm
Tia Speros-Harker and Darryl Freeman, Fitness Instructors
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.

Yoga & Exercise for Bone Strength
3 Thursdays, December 4,11,18: 1:30 -2:30 pm
Nadiya Nottingham, Registered Yoga Therapist
Osteoporosis is the end result of a myriad of conditions that our modern lives induce; we have the tools to reverse the trend. Learn simple exercises from Yoga and weight training to strengthen the whole body, safely and gradually work to help treat bone and muscle loss, and bring yoga into everyday movements.
*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: November 28 & December 26
Tuesdays & Fridays, November & December: 11:30 - 12:10 pm
Cheng-de Gu, Martial Arts Instructor
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, November & December: 12:15-2:00 pm
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.
November 25th : Special Slide Show- Photos of Christine’s Trip to the Southwest

Kol DOROT: Singing

5 Thursdays, November 6, 13, 20 & December 4,11: 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.
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, (917) 441-3743 for an appointment.

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