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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Find Your Grit and Grace Beyond Mid-Life: A Wisdom Circle:Thursdays 5-6:15 pm: 2/15, 3/15, 4/26, 5/31, 6/24, 7/26


Wondering how to develop yourself now so you'll find fulfillment later in life? Join a Wisdom Circle led by Rabbi Evan Shore and SJFS Director Judith Huober. Jumping off Rabbi Dayle Friedman's "Jewish Wisdom for Growing Older" mid- to later-life participants will enjoy a common exploration of readings, discussions and exercises aimed to help you "Find Your Grit and Grace Beyond Mid-Life."

Tuition: $15 +Book (SJFS has 8 books to pass along at their cost of $15.50. Email or call to reserve)

Views on Aging: Through the Movie Lens: Sundays 3-5:30 pm: 2/25, 3/25, 5/27, 6/2


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:Robot & Frank, Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont, Up, and Quartet

Tuition: $10

Lifelong Brain Health: Wednesdays 2-3:30 pm: 3/7, 3/14, 3/21, 3/28, 4/4, 4/11


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. Taught by Ellen Somwers, SJFS Assistant Director and brain health expert, with special guests.

Tuition: $15

Poetry Group: Wednesdays 9-11 am: Section I 3/7, 3/14; Section II 4/4, 4/11, 418, 4/25, 5/2, 5/9


Poetry as a pathway of spirituality in later life. Each session will include a discussion of a poem selected by a member of the group, followed by a reading of new poems created by the participants. With Instructor Gloria Heffernan, the class will discuss three new poems each week. All participants will share at least two poems they have written during the workshop.

Tuition: Section 1$10; Section 2 $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 now open!

Please contact Ellen Somers, SJFS Assistant Director, for information about enrolling in this weekly 4-hour M-Power U session.

Introducing: Arts and Minds Cafe, 2:30-3:30pm 

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 a community-building end-of-the-week expressive arts activity. (No pre-screening or pre-registration required.)

Introductory special:

Attend the Arts and Minds Cafe free of charge in February.

Coming Soon at the Center for Healthy Living

  • Views on Aging: Through the Movie Lens: Starts Sunday, 2/25, 3-5:30 pm; $10/series of 4
  • Poetry as a Pathway to Spirituality in Later Life: Weds/ 3/7, 3/14, 9-11am; $10/series of 2
  • Lifelong Brain Health: Weekly starting Weds, 3/7 from 2-3pm; $15/series of 6
(Hy and Anne Miller Theater)

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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