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About RSS Classes

  • For weekly classes, you need to register only ONCE. After that, you will be sent links weekly.
  • If you no longer want to get links for a class email info@rssny.org
  • If you don't get a link to a class or have trouble getting into a class - email info@rssny.org. Do not call the office.

Monday, September 28, 2020
10:45 am12:00 pm
Zoom Webinar
Chair Yoga with Neem - WEEKLY CLASS

Do chair yoga with Neem. One of the most popular classes at RSS! Enjoy the benefits of chair yoga in a safe, gentle, yet challenging program. All levels welcome.

Led by Neem Dewji. Neem is the director of Yoga for Bliss. She teaches yoga at various levels: Level 1, gentle, chair yoga, and therapeutic yoga. She also teaches meditation and stress management. "It's wonderful to have been able to create a yoga and wellness community in Riverdale and Yonkers! In these fast, busy, and stressful times, we offer a space where people can come together with similar intention: to stop, to release stress, and to remember their more expanded and sacred sense of self."

The class is free and open to those 60+.

NOTES:
1. If you have registered for the class you DO NOT need to register again. You will be sent all updates.
2. Do not pass this registration on. Any new participants must register.

Poetry Group with Robert - Mondays at 11 - Class Cancelled Sept 28

NOTE: The time of this meeting is now 10:30

Robert Ackerson is back to lead the poetry group! Open to anyone who loves to write and listen to poetry!

You need to register ONLY ONCE for this class. After registering you will get a link weekly to the class.

Monday, September 28, 2020
3:00 pm4:00 pm
TO REGISTER: Send an email to info@rssny.org (Email link at bottom of event description)
Tai Chi With Bill - Weekly

Tai Chi with Bill is back!

Registration Required. ONCE YOU REGISTER, YOU WILL GET LINKS FOR EVERY CLASS. DO NOT REGISTER AGAIN.

Tuesday, September 29, 2020
10:00 am11:00 am
Qi Gong

Curious about qigong, a type of movement from China, used for thousands of years for its healing and anti-aging benefits?

Qigong is a gentle yet very effective kind of movement from China and has been practiced for thousands of years for it many benefits. It can be done by anyone, and practiced standing or in a chair. This is a 4 week class.

Ellen Shapiro has been teaching Qigong since 2014 and is known for her welcoming style, clear explanations, compassion and humor.

Tuesday, September 29, 2020
11:00 am12:00 pm
Online
Triva with Maritza - WEEKLY

Come and enjoy trivia with Maritza.

NOTES:
* This class is weekly. We will let you know if it is not happening.
* You only need to register ONCE for this class. You will be sent links weekly.
* You MUST register for the class. Please do not forward the link.

Tuesday, September 29, 2020
1:00 pm2:00 pm
To Register - send an email to rssny.org (email link at end of page)
Balance & Strength with Mike Sherry

Mike Sherry's balance & strength class is back! His exercises help to strengthen/ tone the mind and body. Class reviews - "Mike is a great instructor." "All of Mike's exercises have been helpful for me in my daily routine." "Mike makes us feel so good and motivated." "I incorporate the exercises at home." Registration Required. Classes free to anyone 60+

This event occurs WEEKLY at this time. You will be notified if there is an exception.
If you have already registered you DO NOT need to register again.
You must register once to be considered a member of this class.

If you have NEVER registered - click below to register
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAqfumoqTIjHNV9ZLcOf7HBVUsy1VQjmJuQ

Chair Yoga for Joint Health with Kathleen O'Hanlon - WEEKLY CLASS - Tuesdays at 3 PM

Neem will be teaching this class on August 11.

Combines chair yoga exercise and meditation to relieve discomfort and calm your mind/body. All levels welcome.

Class is free for those 60+. Registration Required.

NOTES!
* This is a weekly class. You will be informed if the class will not be taking place.
* You only need to register for this class ONCE. After that, you will be sent class information for each class.
* Please do not forward link information to others. They need to register for the class.

A zoom link will be sent prior to the meeting.

Tuesday, September 29, 2020
4:00 pm5:00 pm
Online
Astronomy (Solar Eclipses!) with Peter Swanson

"Are you curious about the science behind eclipses of the sun and moon? Join RSS staff Peter Swanson for a unique opportunity to learn about why eclipses happen, the different types of eclipses, and the tools that astronomers use to predict when and where they can be seen. The presentation will also include an overview of the August 21, 2017 total solar eclipse in the United States, and a look ahead at upcoming future eclipses!

Registration is required.

Photograph by Carson McCall

Wednesday, September 30, 2020
10:00 am11:00 am
TO REGISTER: Send an email to info@rssny.org (Email link at bottom of page)
Meditation with Paula - Immune System Issues? - Meditation Can Help

* Learn simple, gentle, and effective breathing and mindfulness techniques to calm body & mind.
* Learn how to assess & change lifestyle habits to better support your immune system

Here's a sample of Paula leading a meditation class - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mG3nNg6Hep8

If you HAVE registered you do NOT need to register again.

Wednesday, September 30, 2020
1:00 pm1:30 pm
Zooming with Foo-Foo

Foo Foo is on zoom now. (OK, Selina is helping a little).

Come spend some time with Foo Foo. See what he's been doing the last few months, his routines, and interact with him online!

Plus, if you have a pet invite them to the zoom as well. It's not all about Foo Foo! (Don't tell him though - he thinks it is!).

Being prepared for emergencies is more critical than ever. New York's top authority on emergency management (the NYC Emergency Management Department) will present the most up-to-date information that you need to know.

FYI - RSS has been awarded the 2018 Ready Senior Center of the Year by the NYC Emergency Management Department. Also, check out our website page - https://rssny.org/services/emergencies.html

Resiliency & Mindfulness: An 8  Week Workshop

What is mindfulness? It's the ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what we’re doing, and not overly reactive or overwhelmed by what’s going on around us. During these difficult times, mindfulness can help you to live in the moment and reduce stress and anxiety.

Each week will cover a specific topic - Resilience and Mindfulness, Mindfulness Through the Ears, Mindfulness through Touch, Mindfulness through taste, Mindfulness through Smell, Mindfulness through Motion, and Reflection.

The occupational therapy students from Columbia University will be leading this workshop series.

You only need to register ONCE for the workshops. You will be sent links weekly.

Thursday, October 1, 2020
10:00 am11:00 am
If you are interested in being part of this group, contact us at info@rssny.org.

This ongoing group gives members the opportunity to discuss any of the myriad changes large or small, pleasant or not, that accompany one’s graduation into Senior Life, as well as the impact of Covid-19 on our lives. Members are encouraged to discuss whatever is on their minds and to share their experiences past and present with the group.

Belly Dancing with Noora

Enjoy great exercise and fun by belly dancing with a great teacher!

If you have registered for this class you DO NOT need to register again.

Thursday, October 1, 2020
1:00 pm2:00 pm
To Register send a note to info@rssny.org. You only need to REGISTER ONCE. Link to email at the end of this event.
Chair Exercise with Eva Now at 1 PM

This class increases your stability, endurance and flexibility.

INSTRUCTOR: Eva Shulman. Eva has worked at RSS for 20 years. She has a Master’s degree in Exercise Physiology and Cardiac Rehabilitation. A Zoom link will be sent prior to the class.

If you have already registered for this class you DO NOT need to register again.

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Thursday, October 1, 2020
2:30 pm4:00 pm
To Register send a note to info@rssny.org. Link to email is also at the end of this event.
Watercolor with April

Watercolor and travel the world (from your home!) with April. You can use other materials besides watercolor during the class.

The course is free and open to anyone 60+.

NOTES
1. You only need to register ONCE for the class. You will get a link sent weekly.
2. Do not forward the zoom link, please ask anyone to register for the class.

Are you caring for a parent or grandparent with dementia? Is life even more challenging since Covid-19? Speak with others going through the same challenges in a small group setting. The group is led by Peter Swanson, Director of the RSS Adult Day Program for Memory Loss. The group is online and a link will be sent to you for the meeting.

Space is limited, so contact pswanson@rssny.org if you're interested.

Conversation of the Spirit: with Rabbi Aaron Frank

Join Rabbi Frank for enlightening conversations about the times we live in, spirituality, and coping! Rabbi Aaron Frank is Head of School at the Kinneret Day School in Riverdale.

Friday, October 2, 2020
11:00 am12:00 pm
TO REGISTER: Send an email to info@rssny.org (Email link at bottom of event description)
Feldenkrais

Featured in the NY Times, Feldenkreis focuses on using body awareness to alleviate chronic pain. Feldenkrais exercises
consist of small, comfortable movements, and are done in an easy and relaxed way. RSS is proud to present a free 10-week course on the Feldenkreis Method. Many people say that Feldenkrais exercises work “like magic”.

Read the NY Times article on Feldenkreis -
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/30/well/trying-the-feldenkrais-method-for-chronic-pain.html

If you have registered for this class you DO NOT need to register again.

Friday, October 2, 2020
2:30 pm3:30 pm
Silver Shoes Dance Club

Have you always wanted to learn to Cha-cha, Merengue, Waltz or Foxtrot? Then join the Silver Shoes Dance Club and have fun while you learn! We'll be learning the basic movements for many different styles of social dance. Each class starts with a warm up and stretch, then we turn up the music and learn the basics of partner dancing.

No partner necessary to participate, couples are always welcome too. Works at any fitness level - all movements can be modified if needed. Enjoy the many health benefits of Ballroom and Latin dance while connecting with friends and having a great time.

You Only Need to Register Once. You will then be sent links to all upcoming classes.

Share Your New York Memory - #New York Strong

What is your favorite memory of New York? Be part of a special event sponsored by the Vita Story Club.

As we know, we are #NY Tough! We New Yorkers have been through a lot. But, through it all we do love NY.

At this very special event we will capture your favorite memory of New York. We will record all these memories both in a recording and print format that you can share with friends and family.

Space will be limited for this one-of-a-kind event so please register early!

To learn more about the Vita Story Workshop who will be running this event (and hear from some RSS members!) click here - https://youtu.be/TCYFOCPZByI

Tuesday, October 6, 2020
11:00 am12:00 pm
Online
Triva with Maritza - WEEKLY

Come and enjoy trivia with Maritza.

NOTES:
* This class is weekly. We will let you know if it is not happening.
* You only need to register ONCE for this class. You will be sent links weekly.
* You MUST register for the class. Please do not forward the link.

Benefits of a Vegetarian Diet -

Erica Novata, dietician for the NY Dept. for the Aging joins us again for a nutrition lecture.

She will be focusing this time on the benefits of a vegetarian diet including how to get all the nutrients you need, types of food to eat and more.

Registration Required.

Face Masks and Hearing Loss: Practical Tips & Strategies

Managing communication while face masks are worn while also social distancing is difficult for everyone, especially those with hearing loss. This session by the Center for Hearing and Communication will cover the following topics:

* Learn about tips for improving communication when masks are worn.
* Find out about low-cost hearing devices and easy-to-use apps for improving interactions.
* Learn unique ways to properly wear a mask with hearing aids to ensure comfort.
* Find out how to remove masks to prevent losing a hearing aid.

Come with any questions or concerns you may have about hearing loss!

2:30 on Wednesday - Aug 12, Aug 26, Sept 9, Sept 23, Oct 7, Oct 21
Zoom Online Class
Bliss Fit

BlissFit is a fun, dynamic class that combines: stretching, strength training, dance, Qi Gong and a gratitude practice. All levels of fitness are welcome. BlissFit supports participants in feeling positive and rejuvenated.

The class is free for anyone 60+.

NOTE:
1. You will be sent meeting details prior to each class.
2. You only need to register ONCE for the course. You will be sent link updates before each class.
3. Do not pass on this link. Each person must register for the class.

Kim Schmidt is a certified Yoga Instructor, Dance Instructor, Personal Trainer, Holistic Nutritional Counselor and Reiki Master.

Puccini: Madama Butterfly

Try something new. Learn about the life and struggles of a famous composer and hear the story and beautiful music from his beautiful opera. This is the perfect time to step out from your usual activities and try something different. Something that may shock you when you discover you may like it, or even love it. It's just one hour. You deserve to give yourself a treat."

Listen and learn about Puccini: Madama Butterfly with English subtitles.

Diana has a Bachelors 'Degree in Education from Tashkent State University and Master’s in Social Work from Yeshiva University.

NOTES:
* You do NOT need to register again if you have already registered for an Opera class.

Poison Prevention and Medicines in Your Home - How to Stay Safe

This workshop provides important safety tips for storing and using cleaning products and medicines during Covid-19.

This meeting will be led by theNYC Poison Control Center (PCC).

The RSS Book Club - October Selection- "The Island of Sea Women

“Vivid ... thoughtful and empathetic ... necessary."
—New York Times Book Review

“Lisa See’s mesmerizing new historical novel…celebrates women’s strengths—and the strength of their friendships.”
—O, The Oprah Magazine

The Island of Sea Women
Set on the Korean island of Jeju, The Island of Sea Women follows Mi-ja and Young-sook, two girls from very different backgrounds, as they begin working in the sea with their village’s all-female diving collective. Over many decades—through the Japanese colonialism of the 1930s and 1940s, World War II, the Korean War, and the era of cellphones and wet suits for the women divers—Mi-ja and Young-sook develop the closest of bonds. Nevertheless, their differences are impossible to ignore: Mi-ja is the daughter of a Japanese collaborator, forever marking her, and Young-sook was born into a long line of haenyeo and will inherit her mother’s position leading the divers. After hundreds of dives and years of friendship, forces outside their control will push their relationship to the breaking point.

This beautiful, thoughtful novel illuminates a unique and unforgettable culture, one where the women are in charge, engaging in dangerous physical work, and the men take care of the children. A classic Lisa See story—one of women’s friendships and the larger forces that shape them—The Island of Sea Women introduces readers to the fierce female divers of Jeju Island and the dramatic history that shaped their lives. (less)

Leading the book club will be Gail Edwards. Gail works for an educational organization in New York City as Director of Human Resources. When she is not working, Gail spends her time reading mostly fiction, teaching knitting, and perfecting her love of salsa dancing.

You can get the book in a variety of ways:
* As an e-book through your library - https://www.nypl.org/books-music-movies/ebookcentral
* Online through Amazon in a variety of formats - paperback, cloth, kindle e-book or audio book - amazon.com
* At Barnes & Noble - it is available in their Yonkers and Westchester stores and online at bn.com
* Many public libraries are now open in a limited way - you can take out books

If you have trouble getting the book, let us know and we will try to help.

IF YOU ARE ALREADY REGISTERED FOR THE BOOK CLUB YOU DO NOT NEED TO REGISTER AGAIN! You are an official book club member.

Wednesday, October 14, 2020
1:00 pm2:00 pm
TO REGISTER: Send an email to info@rssny.org (Email link at bottom of this event description)
Savvy Solos

Meetings are at 1 PM

Are you living alone during the pandemic? We focus on the challenges (and joys!) of living alone. We typically met in the Center but we are now sharing ideas of how to cope during the pandemic. The group is for those 60+.

NOTES:
1. If you have registered once you DO NOT need to register again. You will be alerted to all meetings with a zoom link.
2. Do not pass on the link. Any new person must register.

Live the Memories! A Life Story Workshop

"I loved this class." "I never laughed so much." These are just some of the quotes from people who attended the first workshop.
No writing necessary!

Can you describe the neighborhood you grew up in? What was the greatest historical event you lived through?

Answer these questions and more in our Life Story Workshop! At each session, we'll share life experiences and engage in meaningful conversation. Life stories are also be audio recorded into a personal memory book for participants to save as a keepsake or to gift to loved ones.

Their workshops are uniquely designed to allow participants to share and preserve life stories through audio recordings. Without the need to write a single word.

NY Historical Society Presents "Meet the Presidents"

With the NY HIstorical Society, discover the evolution of the presidency and executive branch and how presidents have interpreted and fulfilled their leadership role with exhibition highlights from Meet the Presidents. Highlights include the actual Bible used during George Washington’s inauguration in 1789 and a student scrapbook from 1962 chronicling John F. Kennedy’s leadership during the Cuban Missile Crisis.

See the exhibit here - https://www.nyhistory.org/exhibitions/meet-presidents

Reservations Requried. Space is limited.

The Cloisters: Art, Architecture and History

The Cloisters Museum and Gardens

Join well-know art tour operator Sylvia Laudien-Meo on a tour and discussion The Cloisters Museum (near to so many!). We'll look at the history and exquisite collection, as well as its enchanting gardens. The gardens are an important integral part of the museum, created from original European monastery architecture and landscapes with culinary and medicinal plants, as well as those used for dyeing fabrics, specifically those used for the Unicorn Tapestries, which are a major highlight of the collection.

On a shared screen, we will be able to look at the Cloisters’ architectural design of buildings and gardens, which integrate many elements from European medieval structures, as well as highlights of the collection.

Sylvia Laudien-Meo is a tour guide, educator and art historian.

Resiliency & Mindfulness: An 8  Week Workshop

What is mindfulness? It's the ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what we’re doing, and not overly reactive or overwhelmed by what’s going on around us. During these difficult times, mindfulness can help you to live in the moment and reduce stress and anxiety.

Each week will cover a specific topic - Resilience and Mindfulness, Mindfulness Through the Ears, Mindfulness through Touch, Mindfulness through taste, Mindfulness through Smell, Mindfulness through Motion, and Reflection.

The occupational therapy students from Columbia University will be leading this workshop series.

You only need to register ONCE for the workshops. You will be sent links weekly.

Chair Yoga for Joint Health with Kathleen O'Hanlon - WEEKLY CLASS - Tuesdays at 3 PM

Neem will be teaching this class on August 11.

Combines chair yoga exercise and meditation to relieve discomfort and calm your mind/body. All levels welcome.

Class is free for those 60+. Registration Required.

NOTES!
* This is a weekly class. You will be informed if the class will not be taking place.
* You only need to register for this class ONCE. After that, you will be sent class information for each class.
* Please do not forward link information to others. They need to register for the class.

A zoom link will be sent prior to the meeting.

Wednesday, October 28, 2020
1:00 pm2:00 pm
TO REGISTER: Send an email to info@rssny.org (Email link at bottom of this event description)
Savvy Solos

Meetings are at 1 PM

Are you living alone during the pandemic? We focus on the challenges (and joys!) of living alone. We typically met in the Center but we are now sharing ideas of how to cope during the pandemic. The group is for those 60+.

NOTES:
1. If you have registered once you DO NOT need to register again. You will be alerted to all meetings with a zoom link.
2. Do not pass on the link. Any new person must register.

Impressions of Eastern Europe from the Derfner Judaica Museum

This exhibition includes lithographs, etchings, engravings, and woodcuts by 16 artists who participated in some of the most significant art movements of the twentieth century. They worked at a time of rapid change, including urbanization, secularization, industrialization, technological innovation, and seismic political and cultural shifts. Their genre scenes, folk tale illustrations, portraits, and character studies evoke nostalgia for a communal past, solemn awareness of the fragility of life, and deep reverence for tradition.

These artworks are from the Defner Judaica Museum, the Art Collection at Hebrew Home at Riverdale.

Live the Memories! A Life Story Workshop

"I loved this class." "I never laughed so much." These are just some of the quotes from people who attended the first workshop.
No writing necessary!

Can you describe the neighborhood you grew up in? What was the greatest historical event you lived through?

Answer these questions and more in our Life Story Workshop! At each session, we'll share life experiences and engage in meaningful conversation. Life stories are also be audio recorded into a personal memory book for participants to save as a keepsake or to gift to loved ones.

Their workshops are uniquely designed to allow participants to share and preserve life stories through audio recordings. Without the need to write a single word.

Resiliency & Mindfulness: An 8  Week Workshop

What is mindfulness? It's the ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what we’re doing, and not overly reactive or overwhelmed by what’s going on around us. During these difficult times, mindfulness can help you to live in the moment and reduce stress and anxiety.

Each week will cover a specific topic - Resilience and Mindfulness, Mindfulness Through the Ears, Mindfulness through Touch, Mindfulness through taste, Mindfulness through Smell, Mindfulness through Motion, and Reflection.

The occupational therapy students from Columbia University will be leading this workshop series.

You only need to register ONCE for the workshops. You will be sent links weekly.

Thursday, November 12, 2020
10:00 am11:30 am
Help Stop Elder Abuse

Violence Intervention & Prevention (VIP) Elder Abuse & Crime Victims Assistance Program - learn how to prevent, spot and report elder abuse. Presented by Neighborhood SHOPP (Self Help by Older Persons Project)

You will not be sent a link for this program. Please enter the program by doing the following:

Join with Zoom! Go to www.zoom.com and click on Join a Meeting.

Then enter the Meeting ID: 871 5349 6080

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