Finkelstein
MEMORIAL LIBRARY

Health and Wellness Center

The Finkelstein Memorial Library Health and Wellness Center provides access to resources and information on a variety of health related topics such as free lectures on nutrition, disease prevention, etc. and hands-on free yoga, Tai Chi, and zumba classes offered seasonally.

The Health Information Center houses an in-depth collection of health reference books, periodicals and three computer workstations to enable patrons to search for health information on the Internet.

Health & Wellness Classes

All classes are free but require registration. To register and for further information call 352-5700 ext. 244 or stop by the 2nd floor reference desk.

Check with your health care professional before any exercise regimen.

Flu shots are periodically given in the library's Health and Wellness Center.


Advanced Beginner Yoga: 4-Week Course

Mondays, March 13, 20, 27, April 3 - 6:00pm-7:30pm

Instructor: Bonnie Ringer, E-RYT500.

Develop a potent and sustainable practice that transcends yoga brands and trends. How you move through a forward bend reflects how you move forward in daily life. The goal of this practice is a healthy body and a greater consciousness using poses and breathing exercises to explore and free up your body, mind and life. Registration required.


Programa Gratis de Nutrición (This Health Program is offered in Spanish)

Martes, Marzo 28. 7 pm-8 pm


Quieres aprender conceptos propios para vivir un estilo de vida saludable?

Participe en el programa de Eat Smart New York.
Una nutricionista va a revisar los siguientes temas:

  • Como leer la etiqueta de información nutritcional para ayudarnos a escoger alimentos que nos ayudan a reducir el riesgo de varias enfermedades.
  • Discutir sobre los alimentos que deben consumirse con regularidad y cuáles de vez en cuando.

Vamos a cocinar juntos y a divertirnos haciendo ejercicios!

También vamos a tener rifas!


Seasonal Herbs for Immune Support

Thursday, April 6 – 7 pm – 8 pm

Lecture with samples by Jenna Henry Hansen

This workshop focus will be on herb use to support immune health during seasonal changes. A discussion of key herbs, their uses, properties and preparation will help to inform participants how they might be able to expand on their gardening and holistic health interests. Registration begins March 6.


Alzheimer’sEffective communication strategies

Wednesday, April 19 – 11 am – 12 pm

Presented by Jody Addeo, MPA, Community Engagement Manager for the Alzheimer’s Association in Rockland County.

Individuals living with dementia often experience changes in behavior that can be confusing to friends and family. For caregivers, learning to decode messages through attitude, tone of voice, facial expressions and body language can help both parties to connect and communicate in meaningful ways. This program will help explain the communication changes that take place in a person with dementia and identify strategies to connect and communicate at each stage of the disease. Registration begins March 20.


Healthy Tai Chi Classes

Suitable for seniors and non-seniors

Mondays, May 1, 18, 15, 22 – 10:00am-11:00am

Instructor: Master Ted Peng, Tai Chi 7th level, practicing for 30 years.

Tai Chi is a type of Chinese martial arts. It was developed in China over 400 years ago for health and self-defense. Healthy Tai Chi consists of slow individual movements taken from elements of regular Tai Chi. These slow individual movements are therapeutic in nature and target specific body areas and maladies. Practicing Healthy Tai Chi can improve one’s arthritis, osteoporosis, diabetes, immune system, flexibility, balance, and muscular strength. People can choose to stand or sit in chairs to perform the exercises.

Wear loose fitting clothing and sneakers. Registration begins April 3.


 

Posture Evaluation
Wednesday, May 3 – 10 am – 12 pm


By Colleen Connaughton, PT, DPT, Physical Therapist from Helen Hayes Hospital, West Haverstraw, NY.

Concerned about your Posture? Come have a Physical Therapist assess your standing or seated posture and provide you with exercises to stretch and strengthen your posture muscles. Registration begins April 3.

Classes start on Monday, March 1 and finish on Thursday, June 8.(No classes on Monday, May 29.)


Meditation on the Inner Light

Monday, May 8 - 12:00pm-1:00pm

Presenter: Frank Pawlowski, Ed.D.

Begin the New Year with meditation. Through meditation we can experience a profound peace, bliss and happiness unlike any other we can find in the world. Come learn the steps to meditation and begin to experience the inner light and a deep source of spiritual nourishment. Beginners and advanced meditators are welcome. Registration begins April 10.


Zumba for Adults - 3 Week Course–Thursdays, May 11, 18, 25 - 7:00pm-8:00pm

Licensed instructor: Arianna Pallens.

 Zumba® fitness is a fusion of Latin and International music that provides a motivating and effective fitness system.  Zumba utilizes the principles of fitness interval training and resistance training to maximize caloric output, fat burning and total body toning. Dance your calories and worries away.  Beginners are welcome.  This class is designed to be easy to follow. Please wear sneakers and bring a bottle of water and a towel. Participants should be capable of moderate aerobic exercise. Registration begins April 10.


Singing Bowls & Yoga

Tuesday, May 16 - 7:00pm-8:15pm

Presenters: Mary Ann Gebhardt, E-RYT 500 and Joan Tarrant, RYT-500

Singing bowls are used in yoga, music therapy, sound healing. They are also played to signal the beginning and the end of silent meditation.  Like a bell, the tone is produced by striking the side of the bowl with a wooden mallet. By running the mallet around the bowl - only with slight pressure - a pure tone will eventually rise. When this happens, the bowl is said to sing.

 Tibetan singing bowls vibrate and produce a deep relaxation, the singing bowls are also used in combination with other healing practices, such as meditation and deep breathing. 

This class will be deeply relaxing, starting with gentle yoga stretches, followed by listening to the healing tones of the bowls. More information the about the bowls will be discussed. Mary Ann & Joan will have over 50 singing bowls.

Bring a yoga mat and a blanket to cover. Registration begins April 10.


Meditation on the Inner Light

Monday, June 5, 12 – 1 PM

Presenter: Frank Pawlowski, Ed.D.

Through meditation we can experience a profound peace, bliss and happiness. Learn the steps to meditation that can lead to a deep source of spiritual nourishment. Beginners and advanced meditators are welcome. Registration required.


Healthy Tai Chi Classes

Suitable for seniors/non-seniors

Mondays, 10 AM – 11 AM

June 5, 12, 19, 26

Instructor: Master Ted Peng, Tai Chi 7th level

This martial art consists of slow individual movements that are therapeutic and target specific body areas and maladies. Practicing Healthy Tai Chi can improve one’s arthritis, diabetes, osteoporosis, immune system, balance, flexibility and muscular strength. Participants can stand or sit in chairs to perform the exercises. Wear loose fitting clothing and sneakers. Registration required.


Medicare 101

Thursday, June 8, 7 – 8:45 pm

This session is designed for those new to or soon to be eligible for Medicare, or for those looking for clarification on various aspects of Medicare.  Joan Andelman, a Medicare consultant with the Rockland County Office for the Aging, will present information to assist you in choosing among Medicare options, as well as reviewing the various financial assistance programs available for Medicare recipients who meet income-eligibility requirements.   Prior to the session, Tina Cardoza-Izquierdo, Director of the Office for the Aging, will hold a brief Public Hearing on the County's Annual Plan for the Older Americans Act.

Registration required.


 

Advanced Beginner Yoga

Wednesdays, 7 – 8:30 PM

June 14, 21, 28

Instructor: Bonnie Ringer, E-RYT500

The goal of this practice is a healthy body and a greater consciousness using poses and breathing exercises to explore and free up your body, mind and life. Wear loose fitting clothing, and bring a yoga mat and a towel. Registration required.


Dementia Conversations: Driving, Doctor Visits, Legal & Financial Planning 

Wednesday, July 12 – 11 am – 12 pm

Presented by Jody Addeo, MPA, Community Engagement Manager for the Alzheimer’s Association in Rockland County.

Is an education workshop that offers helpful tips to assist families in having honest and caring conversations with family members about dementia. The workshop reinforces the need to plan ahead and build a care team that communicates well in order to reduce the stress that can accompany a disease like Alzheimer’s and connects you with helpful resources to enhance quality of life for everyone involved. Registration begins June 12.


Zumba® for Adults

(4-Week Course)

Tuesdays, 7 – 8 PM

Aug. 1, 8, 15, 22

Licensed Instructor: Arianna Pallens

A fusion of Latin and international music that provides a motivating fitness workshop. Dance your calories and worries away! Beginners are welcome; this class is designed to

be easy to follow. Wear sneakers and bring a bottle of water and a towel. Participants should be capable of moderate aerobic exercise. Registration begins July 3.


The Heroin & Opioid Crisis in Rockland County

Thursday, Aug. 3, 7 PM – 8:30 PM

Free community awareness event: Resources, discussion & an open forum with an     addiction provider.

Featured Guests:

Dr. Chinazo Cunningham, MD, MS, addiction treatment provider and professor of medicine at Albert Einstein College of Medicine.

India Perez-Urbano, Harvard Graduate & Founder of Rockland Connects.

Hosted by Rockland Connects: RocklandConnects.org/opioidseries. Registration begins July 3.


HIV Free Testing Days

Teste Gratis Pou VIH/SIDA Prueba Gratis del VIH

Tuesdays, Sept. 12, Oct. 10, Nov. 14, Monday, Oct. 23

6:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Rockland County Health Department invites you and your loved ones to participate in this free event. Confidential results in 20 minutes. Registration is not required. For info, please call: 845-364-2570.


Meditation on the Inner Light

Monday, October 2, 12:00 PM 1:00 PM

Presenter: Frank Pawlowski, Ed.D.

Learn the steps to meditation that can lead to a deep source of spiritual nourishment. All levels of meditators are welcome. Registration begins September 11.


Healthy Tai Chi Classes

Suitable for seniors and non-seniors

Session 1:  Mondays, Oct. 9, 16, 23, 30, 10:00 AM 11:00 AM

Session 2:  Wednesdays, Oct. 18, 25, Nov. 1, 8, 4:30 PM 5:30 PM

Instructor: Master Ted Peng, Tai Chi 7th level, practicing for 30 years.

Slow individual movements are taken from elements of regular Tai Chi.

Suitable for senior and non-seniors. Participants can stand or sit in chairs.

Wear loose fitting clothing and sneakers. Note: Each session consists of four classes. Both sessions are the same. You may register for any of the sessions.

Registration begins September 11.


Hatha Yoga for Beginners

Mondays, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

October 16, 23, 30, Nov 6

Instructor: Mary Ann Gebhardt, E-500

Hatha yoga is the physical branch of yoga that is known to strengthen, revitalize, and bring balance to the mind/body connection. All levels welcome.

 

Mary Ann Gebhardt has been studying yoga for over 35 years.  She is a registered member of the Yoga Alliance and a Chopra Certified Instructor.  Her deep respect for yoga comes in part from her experience working as a Medical Technologist in Hematology and Open Heart Surgery at Hackensack Medical Center. There she witnessed firsthand the powerful connection between the mind and body in the healing process. Registration begins Sept. 12.    




Regenerative Foods for Energy and Weight Loss

Wednesday, October 19 – 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Have you tried many diets only to find that the deprivation doesn't lead to permanent weight loss? Come learn techniques that will help you become naturally thin without crazy diets and exercise programs, without having to have a ton of discipline or depriving yourself of things that make you happy. Do you want to stop the cycle of unhealthy eating?  Are you ready to be empowered on how to eat for energy and weight loss?  Join me as I give you the tools leading to pleasurable eating and sustained weight loss. I'll also be preparing my delicious Pina Colada Green Smoothie. Registration begins September 11.


Understanding and responding to Dementia related behavior 

Wednesday, October 25 – 10:30 am – 11:30 am

Presented by Jody Addeo, MPA, Community Engagement Manager for the Alzheimer’s Association in Rockland County.

During the middle stage of dementia, the person with the disease often starts to exhibit new behaviors that can be confusing for a caregiver. These behaviors are a form of communication, and are essential to understanding the needs of the person with dementia. This program will help attendees identify common triggers for behaviors associated with dementia, and learn strategies to address some common dementia-related behaviors. Registration begins September 26.


Zumba ® for Adults - 4 Week Course–Tuesdays, November 7, 14, 21, 28 - 7:00pm-8:00pm

Licensed Instructor: Arianna Pallens

A fusion of Latin and international music that provides a motivating fitness workshop. Wear sneakers, bring a water bottle and towel. Registration begins October 10.


Advanced Beginner Yoga

Wednesdays, 6:30 – 8:00 PM

November 8, 15

Instructor: Bonnie Ringer, E-RYT500

Use poses and breathing exercises to free up body and mind. Wear loose fitting clothes, bring a yoga mat and towel. Registration begins October 9.


Registration is required for these free programs. To register call 352-5700, ext. 244 or stop by second floor reference desk. Check with your healthcare professional before beginning any exercise regimen.