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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  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

Roses and Thorns Discussion Group
All Tuesdays, July & August: 10:15–11:15 am
No Group: July 1
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.

Introduction to the FeldenKrais Method®
Thursday, July 3: 11–12 pm
Jill Van Note, Feldenkrais Teacher
This is an introductory talk and demonstration about the FeldenKrais Method®. Join us and learn how the exercises work, what this innovative program can do for you and how the program developed. We will be offering an 8–week series of Feldenkrais classes, starting next week, July 10 through August 28, same day/time.

Knitting Circle ***Pre–Registration Required***
2 Mondays, July 7 & August 11: 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.
***You must pre–register for this class; call Christine (917) 441–3743.

Bone Power
Friday, July 11: 12:15–1:15 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. This is a special workshop to show you how to strengthen the whole body, safely and gradually work to help treat bone and muscle loss, and bring yoga into everyday movements. This workshop is part lecture with some simple movement suitable for beginners.

Friday Chat with a Weill Cornell Doctor—Questions & Answers
Fridays, July & August: *** 11–11:20 am
No Chat: July 4, July 18
Each week you will have the opportunity to chat with an MD.
Bring your questions and join us for a friendly discussion!

Book Discussion Group
2 Mondays, July 14 & August 4: 2:15–3:15 pm
Erica Shein, Discussion Leader
For July’s meeting, we will read and discuss the Orphan Train; August’s book will be announced later.

“As My Father Always Said”—Spiritual Discussion Group
Friday, July 18: 12:15–1:15 pm
Hillel Konig, Pastoral Care Intern
We all carry around pieces of advice or phrases that we learn from parents or those we admire. Explore some of the advice that Jewish tradition preserves from some of the greatest sages and learn more about the book in which they are recorded, Pirke Avot (The Verses of our Fathers).

Better Breathing Through Singing
Friday, July 25: 12:15—1:15 pm
Gillian Riley Nogeire, Singing Teacher and Stage Director
Singers and non–singers alike will enjoy this workshop on better breathing through singing. Together we will learn the techniques, exercises and gentle stretches used by singers to expand their lung capacity and deepen their breath. We’ll follow these exercises with easy vocalizations that will show how improved breathing and air flow can free up both the speaking and singing voice by easing muscular tension around the throat and jaw.

Exploring Shakespeare—Exercise for the Brain
Friday, August 1:12:15–1:15 pm
Leo Schaff, Singer, Songwriter & Teaching Artist
From “To be or not to be” to “All the world’s a stage,” William Shakespeare wrote some of the finest words in the English language. We’ll demystify and discuss “The Bard’s” big ideas and beautiful poetry. Reading “The Bard” aloud truly brings his words to life, and, in this session, we’ll read some of his greatest pieces as a group for study, conversation and to improve our expression, voice and vocabulary.

Sharing Your Memoirs Workshop
Friday, August 8: 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.

Gentle Movement to Classical Music
Friday, August 15: 12:15–1:15 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.

Introduction to the Alexander Technique
Friday, August 22: 12:15–1:15 pm (Member, American Society of Alexander Teachers)
Victoria Roth, M.AmSAT, Alexander Teacher and Musician
Experience elements of the Alexander Technique in this playshop where we will explore a range of basic activities—walking, reaching, sitting, talking, even toe–tapping—while having an increased sense of ease and balance when performing them. Alexander Technique—what is it? In short, it’s not “a something” you DO, but a way to do anything and recognize our habits to get to the most easeful or efficient use of ourselves.


*Feldenkrais Method®—An Unconventional Exercise Program
8 Thursdays, July 10–August 28: 11–12 pm
Jill Van Note & Emily Davis, Feldenkrais Teachers
The Feldenkrais Method uses slow, gentle movements to harness the power of your brain to help your body. These exercises are safe and relaxing. In a refreshing way, they focus more on your areas of ease and ability rather than on your areas of disability. Feldenkrais exercises can help you to reduce muscular aches and pains, improve your posture, improve your balance, and increase your flexibility and ease of movement. They begin to work immediately, and can be immensely rewarding.
*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
5 Mondays, July 14, 28 & August 4,11,18: 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, July & August: 1:00–2:00 pm
Thursdays, July & August: 1:30–2:30 pm
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: July 4th
Tuesdays & Fridays, July & August: 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, July & August: 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.

Kol DOROT: Singing

***July 31—Kol DOROT will perform at Jewish Home Lifecare***
6 Thursdays, July 3, 17, 24,**31 & August 7,14: 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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