DOROT Celebrates Wellness Program During Older Americans Month

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Year-Round Services Promote Well-Being of Elderly

DOROT Social Isolation Seniors
These classes here [at DOROT] have helped me enormously

DOROT’s holistic approach to meeting the needs of frail and isolated seniors includes year-round programs that enhance their lives and connect them to a caring community. This May, in observance of Older Americans Month, DOROT celebrates its Wellness Program for Seniors, which offers older adults a variety of classes to improve their well-being throughout the year.

Classes offered through the on-site Wellness Program are specifically geared towards combating the effects of aging while accommodating the physical challenges of the elderly. Classes focus on exercise, nutrition, and relaxation to boost seniors’ energy, develop flexibility, and increase strength and endurance. This month’s classes include specially tailored Chinese exercise with Mr. Cheng-de Gu, strength and weight training, tai chi, meditation, and yoga.

Other Wellness classes promote a healthy lifestyle for seniors. These range from informational sessions on falls prevention, memory improvement, healthy eating and weight loss to workshops on understanding legal documents, natural remedies, flower arranging and communal singing.

“The Wellness Program for Seniors provides multiple benefits to the older adults who attend the programs,” said Mark Meridy, Executive Director of DOROT. “I am often stopped by participants who tell me how thankful they are for the positive impact these classes have had on their lives.”

A recent survey of wellness participants bore out this effect. “I have many problems…” one senior wrote. “My [doctor] told me to take meditation and yoga. These classes here have helped me enormously and the balance classes as well.”

Others attested to the program’s emotional benefits. “I am a recent widow without a family and DOROT has taken away my loneliness,” an older woman said. “The classes have been wonderful for me. They give me a sense of belonging and learning that is wonderful.”

Since 1976, DOROT has worked to alleviate social isolation among the elderly and provide services to help them live independently as valued members of the community. We serve the Jewish and wider community, bringing the generations together in a mutually beneficial partnership of elders, volunteers and professionals.

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