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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 for an appointment.

Wellness Workshops

Roses and Thorns Discussion Group
All Tuesdays, September & October: 10:15-11:15 am
No Group: September 9th
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, September 4, 18 & October 2, 23, 30: 11-12 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.

Shakespeare Unbound- “There is much matter to be heard and learn’d.” (As You Like It, V. iv.)
Friday, September 5: 12:15-1:15 pm
Emily Davis, Shakespeare Consultant
Shakespeare’s plays are vital theatrical texts, meant to be heard and seen. The words were set down by an active theatre maker, striving to create vivid performances. In this workshop, we’ll play with the words and explore them through fun group performance activities. We’ll discover clues hidden in the language, cues Shakespeare may have written to the actor and how performing the text can illuminate it. Discover Shakespeare’s juicy text for yourself.

Friday Chat with a Weill Cornell Doctor- Questions & Answers
5 Fridays, Sept. 5, 19 & Oct. 3, 24, 31: *** 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, September 15 & October 20: 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.

Introduction to in2Balance Classes A Program for Staying Safe & Steady
Friday, September 19: 12:15-1:15 pm or longer if you want
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 small group classes improve balance, posture, strength and core stability. Susan and her staff will share safety tips to prevent falls inside and outside your home as well.

Book Discussion Group
2 Mondays, September 29 & October 27: 2:15 -3:15 pm
Erica Shein, Discussion Leader
For September meeting, we will read American Pastoral and The Gift of Adversity for October.

Discussion of the Movie and Book- The Giver
Monday, October 13: 2:15-3:15 pm
Erica Shein
Join us for a lively discussion of the book and movie The Giver.

Sharing Your Memoirs Workshop
Friday, October 24: 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 & Fall Sing-A-Long Program
Friday, October 31: 12:15-1:30 pm ***Pre-Registration Required***
Carol Daly, Music Therapist
We’ll listen and sing-a-long to songs from Oklahoma. Reminisce about this great story and share memories! We will order sandwiches from Seasons ($5) or you can bring your own lunch.
***You must pre-register by Wednesday, Oct. 29th; call Christine (917) 441-3743.


Gentle Movement to Classical Music
2 Thursdays, October 23 & 30: 1:30 -2:30 pm
Monday, October 27: 1 -2 pm
Madame Rosemarie Lindt, Dance Teacher
Enjoy graceful seated exercises to inspiring classical music. Based on ballet and dance, these gentle movements will warm up your body, increase your flexibility, help your posture and uplift your spirit.
*Medical clearance and permission from the program director are required; call Christine at (917) 441-3743 for information and pre-registration.

*Tai Chi Easy™, Qigong & Yoga
6 Mondays, Sept. 15, 22, 29 & Oct. 6, 20, 27: 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, September & October: 1:00 2:00 pm No Class: Sept.1, 8,
Thursdays, September & October: 1:30-2:30 pm No Class; Sept. 25 & Oct. 9,16
Tia Speros-Harker, Fitness Instructor
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: Sept. 9,12 26 & Oct.10,17
Tuesdays & Fridays, September & October: 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, September & October: 12:15 2:00 pm No Café: Sept. 9th
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

4 Thursdays, September 18 & October 2, 23, 30: 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 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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