Senior Adult Programs

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Ongoing Weekly Programs

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The Jewish Community Center Senior Adult Programs Office provides a variety of social, educational, cultural, and spiritual programs for older adults. Current information about upcoming programs is available at the JCC Welcome Desk and via the Silver Scene monthly e-newsletter. You can always contact Lisa Quay, LMSW, Senior Adult Programs Director at lisa.quay@shalomaustin.org or (512) 735-8086. Door-to-door transportation is available to attend programs at the JCC. Our bus is lift accessible. Please call Julia Sparks, Transportation Coordinator at (512) 735-8024 or email julia.sparks@shalomaustin.org for more information and reservations.

Jewish Family Service also offers outreach services to older Jewish adults living in congregate living settings.  JFS geriatric case management services provide help to older Jewish adults needing assistance in order to continue living in their own homes.  JFS also offers assistance to families who seek information on area assisted living facilities and nursing homes, and provides consultation on end-of-life planning.  

A Matter of Balance 

Many older adults experience fear of falling. People with this fear oftenlimit their activities which actually can result in increased risk of falling.A Matter of Balance emphasizes practical strategies to reduce this fear of falling, increase your activity level, improve your balance and flexibility,familiarize yourself with easy adjustments to reduce fall risks at home, and identify and control your fear of falling. Course consists of 8 2-hour sessions led by trained facilitators following a nationally recognized curriculum. Course offered in collaboration with AGE of Austin. Meets in JCC Community Hall.
T | 9-11 AM | 2/3-3/31 | 8x

AARP Smart Driver Course 

AARP offers the nation’s first and largest refresher course designed specificallyfor older drivers. Most participants receive a multi-year insurance discount forcompleting the course (check with your local agent). Not appropriate for ticket dismissal. 

Wednesday, January 7, 2015 9 AM-1 PM $15 AARP members/ $20 non-members

Ah Bissel Yiddish?

Adults Looking for a place to speak or hear the mameloshn? Join us twice a month at our Senior Adult Yiddish gathering. One date each month we will watch movies or programs, or listen to music, in Yiddish. The alternate meeting will be more guided discussion on topics such as humor, poetry, history and more. Dates and times vary from month to month. Please call for the complete Fall schedule of dates and programs. Meets in JCC Community Hall.
Varies l Ongoing

Bridging the Gap: Intergenerational Art Program  

This program joins senior adults who are passionate about art and looking for a creative outlet together with Austin Jewish Academy fifth graders for a journey of intergenerational creative expression. Participants meet monthly for 90 minutes during the school year. Program culminates in a community Art Show in May.Instructor is Art Specialist Susan Slomowitz, a recent recipient of the Grinspoon Steinhardt Award for Excellence in Jewish Education. . Meets in AJA.
Wed l 9:45-11:15 AM I October-May l ongoing I $20m/$25nmI JE4150

Curiosity Has No Age Limit: Intergenerational Science Lab

Senior Adults are invited to join middle schoolers from the Austin Jewish Academy once a month and learn together in the AJA Science Lab as we experiment and discover more about our world!. Meets in AJA Science Lab.
W | 2:30-3:30pm | Ongoing l $20/$25nm l JE4151

Intergenerational Pen Pal Project 

Be a part of this rewarding opportunity and make new friends. Senior adults are paired with studentsfrom the Austin Jewish Academy’s fourth grade class. Throughout the school year, letters are exchangedand you will have an opportunity to share a monthly lunch with your pen pal. The program culminates infinal projects by the students about their pen pals’ life experiences. Help bring history alive for thesestudents by sharing your life stories. Program runs from October through May. Optional Kosher lunch isavailable for $4 monthly . Specifically seeking pen pal volunteers who are bilingual English/Hebrew . For more information, contact Annie Skelton at (512) 735-8088 or annie.skelton@shalomaustin.org.  Meets in Room 150D.Th I 12-1 PM I 8x

Knowing Neuropathy

These monthly meetings are both a learning opportunity (guest speakers each month)and a chance to build community and get support from others. ‘Knowing Neuropathy’ is acollaboration of the Senior Adult Program and Hands, Feet & Heart, Texas Chapter of the nationalNeuropathy Association. Meets the 4th Monday of each month except December, July and August.For more information, contact Lisa Quay, LMSW, MPA at (512) 735-8086 or lisa.quay@shalomaustin.org. Meets in Room 150C.M I 1:30-2:30 PM I Ongoing I 9x

Simcha Readers’ Theater Spring Workshop 

This workshop introduces participants to many different aspects of a readers’ theater including creative drama, comedic timing, improv, microphone etiquette, storytelling, character analysis and more. No memorization required, skilled instructors work with students with wide experiences and abilities. 9 week class includes performance Oct. 31 and other performance opportunities in the community. transportation may be available to participate in this class. For more information, contact co-director Sue Bilich at (512) 452-4049 or lisa.quay@shalomaustin.org. Meets in JCC Room 150D.
T | 1:30-3:30pm | 1/6-3/13 | 9x | $40m/$45nm | JE1006

Special Holiday Edition: Simcha Readers’ Theater 

This special session of the Simcha Readers’ Theater will be a 5-week session focusing on creating performance pieces on the theme of the holidays of the season! Like the longer workshop, this class will teach many aspects of readers’ theater performance. For more information, contact co-director Sue Bilich at (512) 452-4049 or lisa.quay@shalomaustin.org. Meets in 150D.
T | 1:30-3:30pm | 11/18-12/16 | 5x | $20m/$25nm | JE1007

Tech Talks: Be a Tech Savvy Senior!

Expert guest speakers lead discussions on better understanding technology, including lots of how-to time and question-and-answer time. From keeping your information safe online to understanding snap chat and Facebook, come increase your technology quotient. Meetings occur every other month, usually on Tuesday afternoons. Topics vary each month, please check calendar or call for details on upcoming talks. For more information, contact Lisa Quay, LMSW, MPA at (512) 735-8086 or lisa.quay@shalomaustin.org. Meets in JCC Community Hall.
T | varies | varies | 1x monthTraditions! 

Wisdom Circle: Join the Discussion!

Wisdom Circle is a monthly gathering of those who want to explore issues of aging well and wisely. This is an opportunity to share and understand meaningful conversation and, perhaps, learn from one another. If you enjoy conversations, both talking and listening, this is for you! While no one is required to speak, all will surely learn from each other. Class led by Judith Helburn, MS, Certified SAGE-ing Leader. For more information, contact Lisa Quay, LMSW, MPA at (512) 735-8086 or lisa.quay@shalomaustin.org. Meets in JCC Room 150C.
W | 1:30-3pm | 9/17 | once a month on third Wednesday

Musical Scholars Lecture Series: Boost Your Musical IQ

Music Educator Martha Buchanan will take you on a tour through music history, from ancientGreece to contemporary sounds, to deepen your understanding, appreciation and enjoymentof music. Each month will focus on major periods of music history, their characteristics, composers,instruments, innovations and context. Lectures may include multimedia presentations, recordings,and occasional live performances. $3 donation requested to cover cost of lecture, performers andrefreshments. For more information, contact Lisa Quay at (512) 735-8086 or lisa.quay@shalomaustin.org.
Meets in Room 150D.Every 4th Thursday I 12–1:15 PM I Ongoing

You Write The Songs, Songwriting Workshops

Do you have a song inside you that you’ve always wanted to bring into the world? Have youever wanted to write a song of your own but just didn’t know where to start? Well, stopwanting and start doing! In these workshops, we will figure out how to make your songwritingdreams a reality, whatever your current skill level. There will be opportunities to write, perform, andrecord your own compositions within each session. Class will be taught by songwriter Ryan E. Morris,CEO of Rock ‘n Roll. Ryan is excited to share his years of experience in music analysis, critique andcreation helping you write and record your own song! For more information, contact Lisa Quay at(512) 735-8086 or lisa.quay@shalomaustin.org.
W I 2/18, 3/4 and 3/25 I 3x I $8m per class or $20 for 3/$10 per class nm or $25 for 3

Ongoing Weekly Programs

Most of these programs are free of cost with a suggested donation for refreshments and materials.  Join us for the wonderful activities below!

Dell Tones Senior Singers

Be a part of our senior vocal ambassadors, singing show tunes and other classics and favorites, under the direction of Adam Roberts. Dell Tones perform monthly at various congregate and hospital facilities in Austin as well as an annual concert at the JCC. Performance times vary as scheduled.  New voices and all levels are welcome!
Rehearsals Thursdays 1:30 - 3:15 PM Ongoing

Eclectic Sounds: Music Lover's Concert Series

Come enjoy free concerts from various local, national and international artists. Performances held in the JCC Community Hall. Stay after the concert for dessert reception with artists. Donations appreciated to cover cost of refreshments. Concerts are once a month at various times.

Flex Your Brain Thursdays 10-11 AM Ongoing 

Everyone needs to exercise their brain! This class incorporates the latest research on keeping your brain strong and flexible in a fun format of individual and group games and challenges intended to excite many areas of your brain.

Mitzvah Knitters  Fridays 10-11 AM Ongoing

Give back to our community by volunteering your time and talent at the J!  If you knit or crochet, or want to learn how, we have a weekly teacher attend to help you along the way. Projects vary each season and blankets, stuffed animals, hats and scarves are given to those who are less fortunate.  

News & Schmooze  M 10 - 11 AM Ongoing

Start the week off right by discussing current events in an enjoyable faclitated discussion on local, national and international headlines. Donations requested to cover cost of refreshments. 

PACE – People with Arthritis Can Exercise (Mondays/Thursdays 11 AM-1 PM):

Participants in this seated exercise class will go through a series of gently movements and activities designed to increase mobility and range of motion, keep joints flexible, maintain muscle strength, and increase stamina. A delicious, healthy lunch and facilitated discussion follows the exercise session. Pre-registration is required at the JCC Welcome Desk; call (512) 735-8000.  $4 per class for JCC members; $6 for non-members. Sessions pre-rated for 4 weeks at a time.  M & Th I 11 AM -1 PM I Ongoing; New session begins every 4 weeks.

Senior Lounge  (Mondays & Wednesdays 1-3:30 PM):

From Mah Jong to Poker, Bridge, Canasta and other games - the Silver Lounge has it all! Players gather weekly for an afternoon of game playing and conversation. Novices are welcome, as well as players with 'rusty' skills for tutorial play on Wednesdays. This is a wonderful opportunity to find out who else loves to play your favorite games and make some new friends. Light refreshments served, donations requested towards cost of food. Meets in Community Hall 150D. M & W 1 - 3:30 PM ongoing.

Ongoing Monthly Programs

Holiday Celebrations

Come enjoy festive Jewish holidays and secular celebrations at the JCC. These special clergy-led holiday programs include kosher lunch. All holiday events occur in the JCC Community Hall. For more information on upcoming holiday celebrations, contact Lisa Quay at (512) 735-8086 or lisa.quay@shalomaustin.org.

Music, Shabbat & Birthdays

Join us as we celebrate Shabbat, Birthdays, Music and Kesher Kehilah (community togetherness). Every second Friday of the month. $5 suggested donation towards lunch provided by CAA Kosher catering. Dates are subject to change, please check monthly calendar.  Walk ins welcome, preferred RSVP to lisa.quay@shalomaustin.org or (512) 735-8086.

Lecture Series

Join us once a month for various lectures and talks. Topics range from health, religion, art, science and more.  $2 requested donation to cover cost of speaker and refreshments. Meets in JCC Main Community Hall Stage.
Please see seniors calendar to check on date and times.

Matinee Movie Series

Join us the 2nd Wednesday of each month for various movie screenings. Interactive discussions will follow each screening.  Popcorn and beverages provided. Donations requested towards refreshments. Please see seniors calendar to check on date, times and upcoming film selection. 10:30 AM-12:30 PM.

Road Scholars

Join us for bus trips as we explore all that Austin and Central Texas have to offer! Destinations include inner and outer city galleries, museums and lectures, shows and concerts, restaurants, cultural events, movies and more. Reservations are required to ensure room on the bus and cost varies depending on event.