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 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 build your grit and grace beyond mid-life. According to the topic, our offerings are aimed at those in later life, those with early memory life, at caregivers, at those in mid-life and earlier, and at professionals in the community.

If you are ready to enroll call Deborah Ellis at (315) 446-9111, ext. 256, or email info@sjfs.org. Nominal fees of $5 - $15 are required for classes, as well as text or materials fees in some cases.

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Views on Aging: Through the Movie Lens: Sundays 3-5:30 pm: 6/24 (remaining date in the series)


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. 

Movies about aging well: Quartet

Tuition: $10

Poetry as a Pathway to Spirituality: Wednesdays 9-11 am: 5/2, 5/9, 5/16, 5/23, 5/30, 6/6 


Let local poet and poetry teach Gloria Heffernan guide you through the reading and writing of poetry... with prompts, group feedback and support

Tuition: $15

Zen and the Art of Caregiving: Thursdays 6 - 7:30 pm: 5/3, 5/10, 5/17, 5/24


Caring for a family member or friend is an energizing and depleting, joyful and grief-filled, lonely and intimate experience whether you are the sole caregiver or share the load with family and friends. Peg Miller, LMSW, introduces Zen concepts including self-compassion and mindfulness that can support a calmer, more joyful caregiving experience. Using humor, storytelling and simple exercises, the class gives new context to an ancient wisdom and provides an opportunity to re-think and inspire your caregiving experience.

Tuition: $15

Advance Care Planning: Tuesdays 10-11:30 am: 5/8, 5/22


First session – What is Advance Care Planning? Who needs to do it, and how and when? Come learn – and work through the issues and paperwork with caring, knowledgeable support. Second session – Free to bring a loved one. Instructor: Nancy Aureli, RN

Tuition: $10

The Gift of Grace: Tuesday 10-11:30 am: 5/15


A conversation game for living and dying well. Have fun while contemplating and possibly sharing your thoughts about what really matters in life. Instructor: Nancy Aureli, RN

Tuition: $5

Upcoming Events

M-Power U: An Arts and Minds Community

Contact Ellen Somers, SJFS Assistant Director, to learn about enrolling in this weekly 4-hour M-Power U session.

Introducing: Arts and Minds Cafe, 2:30-3:30pm free through September!

All members of the community with early memory loss concerns, and their care partners, are welcome to join us for the Arts and Minds Cafe during the final hour of the Arts and Minds Community. From 2:30-3:30 pm, enjoy a social hour, refreshments, and an expressive arts activity. (No pre-screening or pre-registration required)

Center for Healthy Living

  • Views on Aging: Through the Movie Lens: Continues Sunday, 5/27, 6/24, 3-5:30pm; $10/series
  • Poetry as a Pathway to Spirituality in Later Life: Weds/ 5/2, 5/9, 5/16, 5/23, 5/30, 6/6, 9-11am; $15/series
  • Zen and the Art of Caregiving: Thurs 5/3, 5/10, 5/17, 5/24, 6-7:30pm; $15/series
  • Advance Care Planning: Tues 5/8, 5/22; 10-11:30am; $10/series
  • Gift of Grace Conversation Game: Tues 5/15, 10-11:30am; $5

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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