Our Center For Healthy Living Has Classes And Events Centered Around The Arts And The Life Of The Mind

Community And Campus Residents: Check It Out!

Do you enjoy art, movies, spirituality and using your mind? Do you enjoy getting together with like-minded people ? If you said yes to either one of those questions check out our classes. We have everything from poetry to how to increase your brain health to exploring how to apply ancient Zen principles to find balance in a graceful aging journey.

Register online through Syracuse OASIS or in person. For more information call Deborah Ellis at (315) 446-9111, ext. 256, or email info@sjfs.org.

Each paid enrollment  is accompanied by a $5 gift card to the Jim and Arlene Gerber Bistro in the Center for Healthy Living.

Enroll starting Aug. 27!

Views on Aging: Through the Movie Lens: Sundays 3-5:30 pm:  9/30, 10/21, 11/18, & 12/16


Like movies? Interested in aging and how society looks at it? 
Join in at Menorah Park's Center for Healthy Living to view and discuss a few films that offer some thoughts, a bit of wisdom, and even some gentle critiques on the usual portrayals of aging. Enjoy a facilitated discussion with Syracuse Jewish Family Service Director Judith Huober, an area expert on aging and movie buff. 
Tuition: $30

Poetry as Spiritual Practice: An Intergenerational Women's Experience. Thursdays Sept. 20-Nov 8, from 1pm - 2:15pm


Local poet and poetry teacher Gloria Heffernan will teach this intergenerational workshop for women--Oasis members together with Le Moyne and SU undergraduates--presents poetry as a pathway of spirituality along which to explore these issues. Sessions will include reading and discussion of poems selected by participants as well as the new poems they create. The class will culminate in a public reading on a mutually determined date. SJFS Director Judith Huober will co-facilitate.
Tuition: $36

Zen and the Art of Graceful Aging: Tuesdays, Oct. 9 - Nov. 13, from 2:30pm - 3:30pm


The gift of long life provides us with a personal, unique journey filled with change, opportunity and challenge. What most of us wish for is that we make the journey gracefully. While we have little control over what the aging experience will bring us, we have a great deal of control over what we think and how we choose to respond to each change.

Scientists have begun to recognize the healing and health promoting properties of mindfulness. This class with Peg Miller, LMSW, SJFS's Education Coordinator, will introduce a variety of Zen concepts useful in supporting a graceful aging experience. These concepts, while spiritual in nature, have nothing to do with religion and everything to do with health and happiness. Using humor, storytelling and simple exercises, this class provides a new take on ancient wisdom as a way to prepare your heart and mind for the journey ahead.

Tuition: $65

Lifelong Brain Health: Tuesdays 10/9 - 11/20 (no class 10/16): 10am - 11:30am


Create your own personal action plan for living a more brain-healthy lifestyle and receive peer support to maintain these new habits! This course, taught by SJFS Assistant Director Ellen Somers, LMHC,  will provide an overview of the most current research on lifestyle habits that impact brain health, with a focus on cognitive activities, physical exercise, nutrition, relaxation/stress reduction and social engagement. Each week highlights a different lifestyle area with a combination of lecture/presentation and an opportunity to practice new strategies and skills.

$76/6 sessions includes the text, The Alzheimer’s Prevention Program. 

Upcoming Events

Mind AerobicsTM

Contact Ellen Somers, SJFS Assistant Director, to learn about enrolling in these weekly classes. Mind AerobicsTM classes are organized by cognitive level and participants are grouped into classes based on their cognitive function. Each level has 24 one hour sessions over the course of 12 weeks taught by trained Mind AerobicsTM instructors.

Center for Healthy Living/OASIS classes

Register at Syracuse OASIS
o Thursdays, Sept 20-Nov 8, 1:00pm - 2:15pm, “Poetry as Spiritual Practice: An Intergenerational Women’s Experience” (women OASIS members and SU and LeMoyne students) with poet and poetry teacher Gloria Heffernan

o Sundays, 9/30, 10/21, 11/18, 12/16, from 3pm - 5:30pm: “Views on Aging: Through the Movie Lens”, with SJFS Director Judith Huober

o Tuesdays, Oct. 9-Nov. 13, from 2:30pm - 3:30pm, “Zen and the Art of Graceful Aging” with Peg Miller, LMSW

o Tuesdays, Oct. 9-Nov. 20 (no class Oct. 16), from 10am - 11:30am, “Lifelong Brain Health” with Ellen Somers, LMHC

M-Power U Now Enrolling for Arts and Minds Community

M-Power U — A Learning Community for Early Memory Loss: We are now  enrolling participants for a new section called An Arts and Minds Community on Fridays starting February 16 from 11:30am to 3:30pm at Menorah Park. Contact SJFS Assistant Director Ellen Somers at x. 225 to make an appointment for screening and information!

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