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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.

Poetry Group with Robert

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, November 30, 2020
3:30 pm4:30 pm
To REGISTER: Send email to info@rssny.org. Email link below.
Balance Training with Peggy Levine

Do you have problems with your balance? Good balance is important at any age, but particularly as we get older. Peggy Levine”s Balance Training class uses multiple methods to help you improve your balance. From sitting to strengthen the core muscles of the torso and flexibility to strengthening exercises for the feet. The class also does balance movements standing in front, behind, and beside a chair, sometimes on two feet, and sometimes on one foot. This class will help you to become more stable when walking or even just standing to help to prevent falls.

Peggy Levine teachers numerous balance and pilates classes. She also has the following certifications: Exercise Etc. Programs for Older Adults, Senior Fitness Specialist, ACE Group Fitness, and SCW Pilates instructor.

You only need to REGISTER one time and you will then receive links for the class.

SPECIAL SCREENING with the Filmaker: Sum of My Parts: A Documentary Film about Dementia

To Register for the event click here - https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0lcOCtrDMtHNUTH3O_JE0TLhAkfjxKpk-Z

Watch a special film and have a conversation with its creator - Chris Bravo. Sum of My Parts documents the ways that dementia has shifted the terrain of his relationship with his mother, the impact on family, identity, caregiver and more.

From the documentary-maker Chris Bravo on the film:

My name is Chris Bravo and I am a documentary filmmaker. I am also a caregiver to my Mother, who lives with dementia.

People with dementia are marginalized and excluded from our culture. This is unacceptable. How do we counter the stigma of dementia? The most powerful tool we have is the voices of people with dementia themselves. We can achieve so much by listening to and building a dialog around the thoughts and experiences of the people who are most directly impacted by this disease.

Wednesday, December 2, 2020
2:00 pm3:30 pm
Holiday Card Making with April

Join us on Zoom to make holiday cards with April. No experience necessary.

April will send you a list of suggested materials that you may already have at home, or that can easily be purchased locally or online.

Wednesday, December 2, 2020
2:30 pm3:30 pm
To REGISTER: Send an email to info@rssny.org.
BlissFit

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+.

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

Register for the event using this link - https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUod-qhrD4tE9ccNxvqE02ZOAQvTV2XMnky

Many of us are taking a number of medications every day. Medicine safety is critical. The conversation will focus on keeping track of medicine, risk factors for medication errors, and safe medicine disposal. The presentation will also talk about fall prevention and how to keep the home safe and reduce the risk of falls.

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, December 3, 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.

Thursday, December 3, 2020
10:00 am11:30 am
Listening Session with LiveOn NY

Make sure your voice is heard by those who will be running our city.

LiveOn NY is hosting a Listening Session for Older Adults on December 3rd to begin to hear what older New Yorkers are looking for from our next Mayor and City Council representatives. LiveOn NY is an advocacy agency for older adults (and senior centers) in NY. RSS is a member of LiveOn NY and LiveOn has been extremely helpful and supportive to RSS.

We will look to hear from you on the issues most important for New York’s elected officials to work to address. LiveOn NY will utilize the information shared during the Listening Session to inform policymakers on the issues most impacting older New Yorkers.

Thursday, December 3, 2020
11:00 am12:00 pm
To register send an email to info@rssny.org. Subject line: Belly Dancing
Belly Dancing with Noora

Exercising and fun learning belly dancing with Noora! To register send an email to info@rssny.org. Subject line: Belly Dancing

Chair Exercise with Eva

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, December 3, 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.

Friday, December 4, 2020
11:00 am12:00 pm
Feldenkrais

TO REGISTER: Send a note using this link to - info@rssny.org - Use subject line Feld

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.

Conversation of the Spirit: with Rabbi Aaron Frank Sunday Series: Thankfulness

Rabbi Aaron Frank from Kinneret School will lead a discussion on Thankfulness and Hannukah on two Sundays.

Achieving Optimal Aging: Presented in Collaboration with the NYC Dept. for Aging

Seats will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Presenter: Joyce Fogel, MD, FACP, AGSF
Dr. Fogel is an Associate Professor of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Dr. Fogel will discuss how to stay chronologically gifted and enjoy healthy aging. Screening and prevention guidelines will be discussed including cancer screenings and recommended immunizations. We will touch on telehealth options to make sure health care is accessible in uncertain times. The goal is to empower adults to take charge of their health and wellness.

Dr Fogel is Associate Professor of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai a fellow of the American College of Physician and Fellow of the American Geriatrics Society. She maintains a clinic practice at Mount Sinai Downtown Union square. Dr Fogel is involved in teaching medical students, residents and fellows educating our next generation of doctors in caring for older adults. Community education is another one of her interests especially around healthy aging as well as cognitive impairment.

Making the MET - The Metropolitan Museum from 1870-2020

Join us as we explore the signature exhibition of the MET's 150th Anniversary year. This will be an immersive, thought-provoking journey through the history of one of the world's preeminent cultural institutions.

The event will be presented by Elana Kaplan, educator, and lecturer at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

The Tenement Museum: A  Private Virtual Tour

NOTE: If the event has reached capacity (30 people) send an email to info@rssny.org and we will put you on the wait list.

We can only accommodate 30 people at this event. PLEASE DO NOT REGISTER FOR THIS EVENT UNLESS YOU 100% PLAN TO ATTEND. Otherwise, you will be taking space away from someone else. You will be asked the day before the event if you are still planning to attend so someone else can be invited if you cannot attend.

This is a 60-minute interactive virtual visit to the Tenement Museum, with a Tenement Museum Educator. We’ll take you inside 97 Orchard Street and through the history of a family who lived there. You’ll learn about daily life in the past, see the spaces, meet the people, and get to ask us questions about the history.

On this tour you will meet the The Baldizzi Family. This story features an Italian American family in the 1920s at the height of the depression, and discusses how they found support through difficult circumstances.

Wednesday, December 9, 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.

Wednesday, December 9, 2020
3:00 pm4:00 pm
Memories: A Life Story Workshop

TO REGISTER: Send an email using this link - info@rssny.org - Use the Subject Line MEMORIES

"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.

Nutrition with Deborah: 'Tis the Season for Root Vegetables

Root vegetables are the perfect comfort food during the holiday season. In this workshop, you will learn how to choose, store, and make an amazing and festive soup.

Deborah Johnson is the nutritionist for the Northwest Bronx Food Justice Project.

Grounding Meditation and Spiritual Growth

There is a perception that the most important focus of New Age Spirituality is the connection to Source and so we spend most of our time meditating to connect with the outer world, the world of Spirit and an altered state.

But the truth is we are Spiritual beings having a 3-dimensional experience and, as such, need to remain always grounded while simultaneously reaching beyond ourselves.

Come join us for this new and powerful grounding meditation that will help you to expand outward to multiple dimensions while remaining firmly grounded in the here and now.

Led by Barbara Denson.

Wednesday, December 16, 2020
11:00 am12:30 pm

The book for the December book club will be announced on Monday, November 23

Wednesday, December 16, 2020
3:00 pm4:00 pm
Memories: A Life Story Workshop

TO REGISTER: Send an email using this link - info@rssny.org - Use the Subject Line MEMORIES

"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.

The History of Beer: NY HIstorical Society Screening

We have all loved the curator lectures from the NY Historical Society. Explore the fascinating legacy of beer brewing in New York City with Debra Schmidt Bach, Ph.D., curator of decorative arts at New-York Historical Society. Dive into the social, economic, political, and technological history of the production and consumption of beer, ale, and porters in the city from the 17th century to the present. RSS will be showing this video (which is also available on youtube).

NOTE: This event will not be led by a curator but we will have a general discussion after the screening. Tell us your thoughts about beer!

The Flume Ensemble: A Holiday Concert

We are THRILLED to announce that the Flume Ensemble is back for a holiday concert. If you haven't yet heard the Ensemble you will not want to miss this concert. The music is so beautiful that you're bound to cry at some point hearing the music!

If you haven't heard them in concert - take a listen - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cDLvfDchgBQ

Wednesday, December 23, 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.

Wednesday, December 23, 2020
2:30 pm3:30 pm
Zooming with Foo-Foo

Join Foo Foo for HALLOWEEN! What is he wearing? What are you going to wear?

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!

If you have previously registered for a Foo Foo event you do NOT need to register again.

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!).

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