Seniors Online Learning Center

Welcome to the Seniors Online Learning Center, Greenwich House’s hub for our Senior Centers’ online programming and helpful resources for our community as we take on the challenges of COVID-19 together. On this page you’ll find:

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Community

Connect with the Greenwich House Seniors community on our new Facebook page! Find the page here and click “Like” to get updates and more fun content from Center Directors and fellow members: https://www.facebook.com/GreenwichHouseSeniors

Find some beauty in the Virtual Art Show of Senior Center members’ art! Check out the gallery here, and send images of your work to ckaufman@greenwichhouse.org

Help New York City get counted! Don’t forget to fill out your census. You can do so online here  or answer the questionnaire by phone. Call 844-330-2020 for English or 844-468-2020 for Spanish.

Other language options are:

• Chinese (Mandarin): 844-391-2020 /Chinese (Cantonese): 844-398-2020
• Vietnamese: 844-461-2020
• Korean: 844-392-2020
• Russian: 844-417-2020
• Arabic: 844-416-2020
• Polish: 844-479-2020
• French: 844-494-2020
• Japanese: 844-460-2020

Resources

DFTA’s Senior Famer’s Market Nutrition Program is back! Learn about the program here and find more information or apply for your coupon booklet here.

GrowNYC has information about ways farmers are delivering food directly to our homes for those who don’t have access to the GreenMarkets. You can find a spreadsheet here. They also have activities related to farming and gardening that you can do at home on  their blog.Each month, they’ll be sharing a video that includes information about how to shop GreenMarkets safely, what’s currently in season, and how to cook with a featured vegetable. For July, GrowNYC put out a series of videos with some fun new features! Learn how to cook with summer squash here, find information about the Farmer’s Market Nutrition Program here, and get to know a farmer – Ana from Angel Family Farm – here!

While Chef Irbania Tavares’ Healthy Cooking Classes may be over, you can still find her tasty and nutritious recipes here:

Download the recipes from June 15th’s class: a grapefruit snack and frozen pea soup!

Download the recipes from June 22nd’s class: a fresh corn salad and salmon with rosemary, fennel and orange zest!

Download the recipes from June 29th’s class: watermelon and feta salad and classic gazpacho!

Need tech help? Senior Planet has a collection of tutorials related to COVID-19 needs here. You can also call their hotline at 920-666-1959. If you have questions about tech resources specifically in NYC, call 917-936-4410.

On July 14th, Dr. Cameron Locke gave a presentation about what is considered “normal” when it comes to aging and what symptoms might be a cause for concern. You can take a look at the slideshow from his presentation and learn what to look out for here: Normal Aging presentation

Online Classes

We’re offering online versions of some of your favorite classes. You do not need a computer with a camera to participate. For live classes, you can also watch and listen on your computer and speak to the class on your phone. Or you can dial in without watching the class on the computer by calling 646-558-8656 and entering the class’s meeting ID and password when prompted.

Our current online classes are:

The Comedy Workshop, Mondays at 10:00 a.m., starting March 23rd
Shakespeare, Mondays at 11:00 a.m., starting March 23rd
Qigong and T’ai Chi for Arthritis, Mondays at 1:45 p.m. and Fridays at 1:00 p.m., starting April 27th
Opera, Mondays at 2:30 p.m., starting April 20th
Film Class, Mondays at 3:00 p.m., starting June 29th
Knees/Hips/Balance, Tuesdays and Thursdays at 11:00 a.m., starting May 19th
Discussion Group with Laura Marceca, on Tuesdays at 2:00 p.m., starting April 3rd
Creative Writing, Tuesdays at 3:30 p.m., starting April 14th
Chair Yoga, Wednesdays at 10:00 a.m., starting April 8th
Meditation, Wednesdays at 11:00 a.m., starting April 1st
Feldenkrais (Exercise class), Wednesdays at 11:00 a.m., starting May 13th
Art History, Wednesdays at 1:00 p.m., starting May 6th
Line Dancing, Wednesdays at 4:15, starting June 17th
Fall Stop, Move Strong, Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. starting May 7th
Italian, Thursdays at 3:15 p.m., starting May 5th
Stretch and Tone, Fridays at 10:00 a.m., starting June 19th
Moving and Grooving, Saturdays at 10:00 a.m., starting May 30th

Special Event: Hudson Park Library Community Conversation

Tuesday, September 22, 3:30-5:00 p.m.

From Covid-19 to the protest movement, we all have a voice in this moment. Your voice matters! As critical decisions are being made about resources, health care, and public safety, it is more important than ever for journalists and policymakers hear personal stories from our lived experiences. Let’s build connections to improve our communities and understanding of one another, while keeping physical distance to protect public health.

Looking for company and connection that goes deeper than a Twitter feed or Instagram story? Want to share your hopes, concerns, and reflections with others? Join us!

Here’s how it works:

Step one: You’ll join a small group recorded conversation, facilitated by NYPL staff. You’ll share real concerns, stories, and ideas connected to your experience living in NYC.
Step two: Our recorded conversation will then be transcribed, keyworded, and posted on a website to be shared with media outlets, local decision-makers, and other neighborhood stakeholders with the goal of offering a new window into issues that are important to our community.

Together, we’ll create a platform where everyone is invited to be heard.

Register here and include your name and email to receive the link to participate. – no phone number or library barcode required! The Zoom link will be sent to you by email shortly before the discussion. You will need a device with audio and/or video and an internet connection to join.

The New York Public Library (NYPL) is partnering with the Local Voices Network (LVN) to record neighborhood conversations on important local topics. Stop by nypl.org/events/local-voices for more information and other events. 

Special Event: Greenwich House Seniors Town Hall Meeting

We would like to invite all older adults in the Greenwich House Community to our upcoming Town Hall Meeting on Wednesday September 30, 2020 from 6:00 p.m. –  7:00 p.m. Discussion will be focused on the New York City Department for the
Aging Concept Paper that has been released. We want to hear from you! Your thoughts and opinions are critical for this and the upcoming process regarding the potential future of senior centers. Join here (Meeting ID: 874 6888 1984, Passcode: 390636) https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87468881984?pwd=a0F6ZmhaY0szaER1RXNBNWRid2xwQT09

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The Comedy Workshop with Jo Firestone, Mondays at 10:00 a.m.

Join Jo Firestone on Zoom to write and perform jokes! Click here to join the class: (Meeting ID: 912 0357 8911, Password: 001542) : https://zoom.us/j/91203578911?pwd=eFA0SEVTazRqc0gyRE9mNFFPR1VWdz09


Shakespeare with Leo Schaff, Mondays at 11:00 a.m.

Join Leo Schaff to discuss Shakespeare’s work over Zoom (Meeting ID: 846-9879-9563, Passcode: 404159) : https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84698799563?pwd=N3ZxM1dBaWhXaXZESmJOKzZtcVEzUT09


Qigong and Tai Chi with Ken Gray, Mondays at 1:45 p.m. and Fridays at 1:00 p.m.

Join Key Gray for gentle qigong and t’ai chi over Zoom two days a week (Meeting ID: 954 0252 1458, Password: 032187) https://zoom.us/j/95402521458?pwd=SHJBUlAySXpVakRwU21zK2NBYUJwZz09


Opera with Ansonia Music Outreach, Every Other Monday at 2:30 p.m. (and more!)

Not only can you continue attending the opera appreciation class you know and love from Center on the Square, but Ansonia Music Outreach has graciously opened up all of their classes that have been held at centers around the city. All classes can be accessed with the same Zoom link and information (Meeting ID: 929 172 963, Password: 1598) : https://zoom.us/j/929172963?pwd=OGxLL2tTNkJnb0duQ2tzT2RJbFkxZz09

Find the full schedule of classes here.


Film Class with Anthony Cilione, Mondays at 3:00 p.m.

Join Anthony Cilione to watch and discuss a film each week! (Meeting ID: 863 7833 2159, Password: 911371) : https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86378332159?pwd=TXVjZWg5cEpBVHJhY3NVbVFJY3lYUT09

September 21st’s class will be on Luis Bunuel’s Belle du Jour. You can watch the movie here.


Knees/Hips/Balance with Maura Nolan, Tuesdays and Thursdays at 11:00 a.m.

Are you having pain from Arthritis in your knees or hips ? Is your knee/hip bone-on-bone ? Have you had knee replacement surgery? Are you having trouble walking ?  Is balance an issue for you? Have you fallen? This class addresses all these problems. Class will consist of the following:  Breathing to calm the body and mind, a brief discussion of our personal knee/hip situations and what has occurred in the past, sharing of information, exercises to protect, strengthen and heal our knees and hips, and a short guided relaxation to finish.  We will comfort and strengthen and heal together.  Please join us!

The meeting on Tuesday can be accessed here: ( Meeting ID:  890 2400 3207, Password:  067455) https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89024003207?pwd=NFZCN3Vydngzd0hVZlBtaGQ3dTdBZz09

The meeting on Thursday can be accessed here: (Meeting ID: 842 0364 0751, Password: 067455) https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84203640751?pwd=aFQzU3NQcjA5WmtBN3Vzc0QyY1Y1UT09


Chair Yoga with Trisha Biddle, Wednesdays at 10:00 a.m.

Join Trisha Biddle for a Chair Yoga class over Zoom to stay active and limber while social distancing. Click here to join the class  (Meeting ID: 968-7318-4814, Password: 007817) : https://us02web.zoom.us/j/96873184814?pwd=TW1MMWRqL0J3QjlzTEl3MmFYTnlHUT09


Introduction to Meditation with Brogan Ganley, Wednesdays at 11:00 a.m.

Brogan Ganley will be hosting a half hour Introduction to Meditation session to help you reduce anxiety and stress and enable relaxation. No previous meditation experience at all is necessary.  Click here to join the class (Meeting ID:347-600-822, Password:757083) : https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/vpAqcemopjkosK_vGuz26WGj1pXWBR6Kfg


Brogan Ganley has been teaching Meditation for around 14 years. She works in hospitals, schools, corporate environments, community centers and privately with both adults and children. Her primary focus is to help people lessen their stress and anxiety and live more balanced and fulfilled lives. Brogan is an Urban Zen Integrative Therapist, Registered Yoga Teacher and Reiki Master.

Brogan is also an artist, originally from New Zealand. She has lived in many different countries and here in New York City for 16 years!


Feldenkrais with Marilyn Bakun, Wednesdays at 11:00 a.m.


In a Feldenkrais Method® class, you are asked to make  slow mindful movements as a way of learning more about yourself. Your attention is directed to your comfort in exploring a series or pattern of movements. In the process, we often improve coordination, reduce muscular tension, improve flexibility and comfort in carrying out daily activities.  Classes are generally tied to noticing functional changes, such as in our ability to turn, reach, balance or walk.

Classes are usually done lying down on a mat with a folded towel or pillows for support.  You can also do a class lying on a bed or in a kitchen or folding chair. Join here (Meeting ID: 872 5137 5806, Password: 069624) https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87251375806?pwd=aDVFdTJtMEwrNE9FS2E4SHlYZU9hZz09

Art History with Joanne Pagano Weber, Wednesdays at 1:00 p.m.

Join Joanne for a two-hour art history class with weekly art assignments (and don’t forget to submit any art you love to our virtual art show!) Join here (Meeting ID: 810 3415 4400, Password: 027600) https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81034154400?pwd=a0EyMTNkdHpwOFJMUjNNazEvSlJkZz09


Line Dancing with Margrecia Mindell, Wednesdays at 4:15 p.m.

Dance along with Margrecia! Join here (Meeting ID: 831 6521 7036, Password: 9jZ6KH) : https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83165217036?pwd=UGJnL3piNjVlQ0k4V2xFM2k2dUF6dz09


Fall Stop, Move Strong, Thursdays at 10:30 a.m.

Move with confidence: stay balanced and safe. Learn tips and strategies to move safer, increase balance and flexibility, and most of all – gain confidence! Join here: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81733714290?pwd=dE9sYlJhWUgzREF4dWduYm9laVBmdz09


Stretch and Tone with Margrecia Mindell, Fridays at 10:00 a.m.

Stay limber and fit with Margrecia! Join here: (Meeting ID: 831 6521 7036, Password: 9jZ6KH) : https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83165217036?pwd=UGJnL3piNjVlQ0k4V2xFM2k2dUF6dz09


Discussion Groups With Laura Marceca, Tuesdays at 2:00 p.m.

Join Center on the Square Director Laura Marceca for a casual discussion group over Zoom on Tuesdays and Fridays at 2:00 p.m. You can log in to each group using the same link each week (Meeting ID: 956 9405 7100, Password: 027353) : https://zoom.us/j/95694057100?pwd=a0hwb0FZamhGeTRBSzdvQ3c1T1N2UT09


Italian with Richard Palumbo, Thursdays at 3:15 p.m.

Richard Palumbo is continuing his Italian class by sending out weekly emails with assignments to complete using the class textbook. If you’re already an Italian student and have your book at home, email Richard to join in! Starting May 5th, the class will also meet weekly on Zoom on Tuesdays at 10:00 a.m. Join here: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/98391261475


Creative Writing with Esther Cohen, Tuesdays at 3:30 p.m.

Esther Cohen is sending out weekly creative writing prompts through email. Write Esther to join in! The group will meet on Tuesdays at 3:30 p.m. on Zoom to share their work. Click here to join (Meeting ID: 911 3706 0851, Password: 008056) : https://zoom.us/j/91137060851?pwd=WXdWaHRoajJkODFLbjZ5UDlhRUpXUT09


Moving and Grooving with Sokie Lee, Saturdays at 10:00 a.m.

Join Sokie Lee, NYS LMT, for an energizing Wake Up Workout! Joy Thru Movement workout class. Sokie will help bring attention to body alignment and proper body mechanics. We will work on balance, coordination, and strength by using low-impact aerobics movements. The class includes stretching, martial arts inspired moves, and cross body movements. Have fun and get some exercise Saturdays from 10:00 – 10:45 a.m.! https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85762747582?pwd=UTRMeHBsSXNoTXMvRFo0dGlxK3pldz09 (Meeting ID: 857 6274 7582, Password: 552253)

Sokie Lee is a Movement Motivator, a certified Tai Chi Chih instructor and NYS Licensed Massage Therapist. She has taught classes at 92Y, Hospital for Special Surgery, and Carnegie East House.


External Classes and Programs

The League of Women Voters of New York City is hosting a forum to help navigate the complex landscape of the upcoming election. This is a bipartisan event. The first of a series of forums is happening Monday, September 21st at 3:00 p.m. Register here.

The Arthritis Foundation presents “Coronavirus and Arthritis,” bringing together national leading experts, patient advocates, and others in a conversation about the coronavirus and arthritis.

  • Part I, “Emotional Health and Coping”: Leading experts share how to manage feelings of isolation, uncertainty and anxiety about your infection risk, career and finances in these stressful times. Get tips for practicing self-care and preserving healthy relationships and, get facts about ADA work-related protections for people with arthritis. To view the webinar recording, please fill out the form here.
  • Part II, “Infection, Preventing and Managing Your Care”: Join the Arthritis Foundation, a representative from the CDC’s COVID-19 Community and At-Risk Taskforce and other leading experts to hear the latest updates on infection and testing, your real risk and what is happening to infected arthritis patients, guidance on ongoing care and medications, advice for staying safe when going out and more. To view the webinar recording, please fill out the form here.

Vita Story Club is hosting Life Story Workshops via the Brooklyn Public Library. Learn more and register here.

Lighthouse Guild is hosting a free Tele-support Group for Adults With Vision Loss, every other Wednesday at 2 p.m. Join meetings online or by phone to get support on how to cope with COVID-19 and vision loss, get information and resources, learn solutions to vision-related challenges and connect with other older adults. Learn more and register here, or call 212-769-7833

Mt. Sinai is presenting a Pelvic Floor Bladder Control Workshop that meets once a week from Friday, September 28th through November 6th from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Bladder control issues greatly impact quality of life and our ability to engage in
meaningful activities. This program is specifically tailored for people dealing with urinary issues such as stress and urge incontinence. In this program you will learn techniques to improve bladder control and resume activities with ease and confidence. Register here or email info@karpashealth.org to receive more information and Zoom links.


Exercise

Bellow you’ll find a collection of exercise videos you can do at home to keep yourself active.

Maura Nolan, a yoga teacher who Judith C. White members will recognize from her classes at the center, is also teaching Gentle Hatha Yoga classes over Zoom on Mondays and Wednesdays from 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. These classes are not through Greenwich House and are $10 per class or $15 per week (although these prices are flexible). Contact Maura at maura47@earthlink.net to get on her email list to be sent the links for each class, or to discuss payment options.

The New York Road Runners are offering these exercise classes:

  • Tuesdays at 10:00AM, Total Body Workout with Coach Sheila Clark-Hawkins
  • Wednesdays at 10:00AM, Strength & Balance Workout with Coach Sid Howard
  • Thursdays at 10:00AM, Kickin’ It with Coach Calvin Conner
  • Fridays at 10:00AM, Entrenamiento de Cuerpo Completo con Entrenadora Asteria Howard (Total Body Workout in Spanish with Coach Asteria Howard)

Join the classes on the Road Runners’ Facebook Live, or through Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82108180913  Webinar ID: 821 0818 0913

Visiting Nurse Services of New York hosts exercise classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10-11:00 a.m. Join here: https://zoom.us/j/7726623351

We also recommend checking out Dances For a Variable Population‘s online programming! Find all of their weekly Zoom classes, online videos, and phone classes here: http://www.dvpnyc.org/remote-programs/

The Department of Transportation also shares tips for exercising indoors and preventing accidents as a pedestrian. 

Top 10 Balance Exercises for Seniors 

A 12-minute guide to key exercises to help improve balance and prevent falls.

Straight Knee Exercises

A 20 minute routine to help strengthen and care for your knees. Find more MaryCare videos here.

 

Seated Exercises

A low-key 15-minute routine of seated exercises.

Fit Over Fifty

A 55-minute standing workout class, mostly focused on aerobics.

20 Minute Exercise for Seniors

A more advanced 20 minute exercise routine that offers both a standing and seated version of each move.

Gentle Chair Yoga

A 25-minute chair yoga class.

Yoga for Seniors

A 15-minute option for chair yoga.

Easy Stretching Exercises for Seniors

A 25-minute video guiding you through stretches based on Pilates movements.

Senior Zumba Dance Class

A 30-minute beginner zumba dance class for seniors.

Line Dances

A 38-minute video that teaches several line dances.

Gentle Tai Chi and Qi Gong

A 25-minute tai chi and qi gong class.

Concerts

Noteworthy’s Concert of the Week. Read the concert program here.

Vocal Ease Concert. Find more Vocal Ease concerts here.



Online Games

https://braincurls.com/ – Memory Games
https://www.solitr.com/ – Solitaire Game
https://thejigsawpuzzles.com/ – Virtual Jigsaw Puzzles