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:
- The schedule, descriptions and Zoom links for all of our online classes
- Resources for nutrition, health and tech needs
- Exercise videos and external exercise classes for staying active at home
- Information about classes and programs offered by partner organizations
- Concert videos from our music partners
- A roundup of brain games to play
Click any of the links above to jump ahead to that section!
Be sure to check out our special holiday events below, in the Online Classes section!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
The Neighbor Network at Greenwich House is assisting with scheduling vaccination appointments! Sign up here for help.
Certain vaccination sites are accepting walk-ins from New Yorkers aged 75+ for vaccinations. Find the list here.
Single Stop (formerly AAPR) is available to assist our members with their taxes again this year! Members can either file their own taxes with assistance, or send documents to preparators to file on your behalf. All assistance is done virtually and does require a computer or smart phone to access necessary software. Learn more here, and sign up for an appointment here.
Do you need support for grieving and loss? The Louis Armstrong Center for Music and Medicine and The Department of Spiritual Care and Education will be offering a support group for community members who have experienced loss. Learn more here.
Every month, we’ll be sharing new information about falls prevention brought to us by Dr. Nikita Sowma of the Bellevue Healthy Seniors Program. This month, learn more about how diabetes affects falls prevention here. (This handout is also available in Spanish and Mandarin, please contact email@example.com for a copy in your preferred language.)
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.
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.
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.
On June 1st, Mayor De Blasio announced that senior centers will be re-opening on June 14th. Center on the Square and Our Lady of Pompeii will be open for indoor programming starting on June 14th. Click here for more information and for the programming calendars. Online programming will continue to be available after this date.
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 4:00 p.m., starting April 20th
Film Class, Mondays at 3:00 p.m., starting June 29th
Technology Assistance Hour, Mondays at 5:30 p.m., starting November 2nd
Knees/Hips/Balance, Tuesdays and Thursdays at 11:00 a.m., starting May 19th
Spanish, Tuesdays at 11:00 a.m.
Discussion Group with Margrecia Mindell, 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 (on hold for the summer)
Meditation, Wednesdays at 11:00 a.m., starting April 1st
Feldenkrais (Exercise class), Wednesdays at 11:00 a.m., starting May 13th
Italian, Wednesdays at 11:00 a.m., starting May 5th
Art History, Wednesdays at 1:00 p.m., starting May 6th
Creative Community Yoga and Exercise, Wednesdays at 2:00 p.m., starting October 14th
Line Dancing, Wednesdays at 4:15, starting June 17th
Fall Stop, Move Strong, Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. starting May 7th
Hands-On Art Class, Thursdays at 1:00 p.m., starting January 28th
Stretch and Tone, Fridays at 10:00 a.m., starting June 19th
Current Events Discussion Group, Fridays at 12:00 p.m., starting December 4th
Moving and Grooving, Saturdays at 10:00 a.m., starting May 30th
Sunday Afternoon Discussion Group, Sundays at 1:00 p.m. starting January 17th
- On June 17 at 5:00 p.m., we will host a special virtual watch party of the new documentary, “Ballerina Boys.” “Ballerina Boys” celebrates Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo—for 45 years home to some of the world’s most beautiful dancers, male ballerinas who have taken great risks to practice their dazzling version of ballet parody. A film full of beauty and fun, it seduces viewers into facing issues of gender, inclusion, and social justice. A Q&A discussion will follow the viewing party with Roy Fialkow, former Trock and Greenwich House workshop leader. Join Zoom Meeting here:
- Participants of the GenSpeak program with Rattlestick Playwrights Theater will be presenting their final projects on June 28th at 8:00 p.m.! Members from our Senior Centers have been working with young theater artists to develop work inspired by their lives and experiences. RSVP here to get the streaming link!
- Thanks to generous support from NYC Council Speaker Corey Johnson, Greenwich House Senior Centers are partnering with Senior Planet to present two courses of technology classes this spring! Classes meeting Mondays and Wednesdays from 4:00 – 5:15 p.m. You can choose which classes you’re most interested in attending, or join us for the full course!
Lectures are open to everyone and no registration is necessary. Find Zoom information below and handouts on Senior Planet’s site.
Workshops have limited availability so each participant can have more hands-on guidance with the instructor. You must be a registered member of the senior center and register beforehand by emailing Laura Marceca at firstname.lastname@example.org requesting the workshop(s) you’d like to attend. Participants will be sent Zoom information.
Course 2: Exploring Social Media
Starts May 17th
5/17 – Facebook (lecture)
5/19 – Getting Started with Facebook (workshop)
5/24 – Twitter (lecture)
5/26 – Getting Started with Twitter (workshop)
5/31 – MEMORIAL DAY – NO CLASS
6/2 – Getting Started with Instagram (workshop)
6/7 – YouTube (lecture)
6/9 – YouTube (workshop)
6/14 – How to Spot Fake News (lecture)
6/16 – How to Spot Fake News (workshop)
6/21 – Instagram (lecture)
Join any lecture here:
Or to dial in, call (646) 568-7788
Meeting ID: 976 8764 8032
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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: 883 7339 8516, Passcode: 414471) : 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 4:00 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 and Gary Friedman to watch and discuss a film each week! (Meeting ID: 863 7833 2159, Password: 911371) : https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86378332159?pwd=TXVjZWg5cEpBVHJhY3NVbVFJY3lYUT09
June 14th’s class will be watching Lina Wertmuller’s Swept Away (1974). Watch the film here.
Technology Assistance Hour with Hussein, Mondays at 5:30 p.m.
This class will be meeting every other week starting February 22nd. April’s classes are on the 5th and 19th. We are looking for an additional teacher to continue on a weekly schedule.
Join our newest volunteer from Google, Hussein Sharif, for this evening hour of technology assistance and guidance. Have a question about ZOOM, or want to know how to download an app on your smartphone? Stop by! Email Laura (email@example.com)
with any questions in advance. Please Note: The leader is only able to answer 1 question per participant. (Meeting ID: 831 6521 7036, Passcode: 9jZ6KH) https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83165217036?pwd=UGJnL3piNjVlQ0k4V2xFM2k2dUF6dz09
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
Spanish, with Amelia Salinas Martín, Tuesdays at 11:00 a.m.
Join Amelia Salinas Martin for introductory Spanish lessons! Click here to join (Meeting ID: 812 7353 5479, Passcode: 504068) https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81273535479?pwd=cEZyNUsySUsxU1JKSEdyY2duUkpQUT09
Chair Yoga with Trisha Biddle, Wednesdays at 10:00 a.m.
Please Note: Class will not be meeting on June 2nd
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, Passcode: 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.
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: 874 3131 0223, Passcode: 315873) https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87431310223?pwd=SklOS3VPdDlBTDJMa3A1K2Y0MjFZQT09
Creative Community Yoga and Exercise with Susan Wells, Wednesdays at 2:00 p.m.
Stay limber and fit with Susan! Join here (Meeting ID: 880 4420 9502, Passcode: 271953) https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88044209502?pwd=Qm9NQWZMZWNGblRvZjNqaWdEYitjZz09
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
Hands-On Art Class with Joanne Pagano Weber, Thursdays at 1:00 p.m.
Each week has a new guided hands-on art project with materials that are easy to use at home. Join this two-hour class here: (Meeting ID: 874 3131 0223, Passcode: 315873) https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87431310223?pwd=SklOS3VPdDlBTDJMa3A1K2Y0MjFZQT09
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
Current Events Discussion Group With Nancy Spannbauer, Fridays at 12:00 p.m.
Join Nancy to learn about and discuss current events every Friday at noon. Log in here (Meeting ID: 813 4579 9120, Passcode: 494548) https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81345799120?pwd=N2NQQVpyU2g5SXdIM3MySjlRcEovdz09
Discussion Group with Margrecia Mindell, Tuesdays at 2:00 p.m.
Join us for a casual conversation with friends! (Meeting ID: 956 9405 7100, Password: 027353) : https://zoom.us/j/95694057100?pwd=a0hwb0FZamhGeTRBSzdvQ3c1T1N2UT09
Italian with Richard Palumbo, Wednesdays at 11:00 a.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.
Sunday Afternoon Discussion with Karina, Sundays at 1:00 p.m.
Join volunteer Karina for a themed discussion group! January 24th’s theme will be all about sharing goals, passions, and life purposes. (Meeting ID: 956 9405 7100-Passcode: 027353) https://us02web.zoom.us/j/95694057100?pwd=a0hwb0FZamhGeTRBSzdvQ3c1T1N2UT09
External Classes and Programs
The Hudson Park Library is hosting an Open Book Discussion every other Tuesday at 4:00 p.m. Virtually gather with other readers to discuss what you’ve been reading! Register for the next discussion (and all of Hudson Park Library’s online events) here.
The Aspen Brain Institute is hosting a series of Brain-Healthy Cooking Episodes starting November 10th. Learn more and 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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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)
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/
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.
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.
A 38-minute video that teaches several line dances.
Gentle Tai Chi and Qi Gong
Noteworthy’s Concert of the Week. Read the concert program here.
Vocal Ease Concert. Find more Vocal Ease concerts here.