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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Enroll starting in late December!
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: $30/4 sessions
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: $35/2 sessions
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: $70/6 sessions
The complicated experience of being a caregiver engages us in body, mind and spirit. It can be enriching and depleting, joyful and frustrating, intimate and isolating all at the same time! This class will introduce Zen concepts that can be very useful in supporting a calm, mutually rewarding caregiving experience. Using humor, storytelling and group discussion, this class provides a new take on ancient wisdom as a way to support your claregiving experience.
When most people think about aerobics, they think of vigorous exercise such as swimming or walking, designed to strengthen the heart and lungs. We all know that it's important to keep your body active, but what about your mind? Mind AerobicsTM is a 3-month program (24 1-hr. sessions offered twice/week) designed to keep your brain actively challenged. Developed by the New England Cognitive Center, this evidence-based, award-winning program provides a comprehensive workout across six cognitive domains to maximize mental functioning. Mind Sharpener is appropriate for individuals with no cognitive impairment or very mild cognitive decline. All potential participants must participate in a 15-minute, in-person screening to determine whether this is the right program for you; contact Ellen Somers at by 1/22 to arrange.
$235/24 session series