Senior Adult 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 firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com 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. Call (512) 735-8086 to inquire about the next 8-week session.
A Memoir Writing Class Senior Adults
Have you thought about writing your memoir but didn’t know how to get started. This classwill look at the excitement, hard work, and fun in “remembering…” and then writing yourpersonal memoir, including incorporating photos and other memorabilia. Led by Ruth Fagan-Wilen, classwill focus on the basics of memoir-writing, include brief at-home writing assignments, shared work duringclass, and end with each class member having a strong outline and beginning chapter(s) of your memoirunderway. Class requires access to a computer and printer at home. For more information, contactAnnie Skelton at 512-735-8088 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Meets in Room 239.
T I 10 AM-12 PM I 10/27-12/1 I 4x I $75m/$90nm I SR1347
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. Call (512) 735-8086 to inquire about the next course.
W l 12:30-4:30 PM 9/2 $15 AARP members/ $20 non-members
W l 9 AM-1 PM l 12/2
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 schedule of dates and programs. Meets in JCC Community Hall.
T I 8/25 I 1:30-3:30 PM I 1x I free
F I 10/9 I 11 AM-1 PM I 1x I free
W I 11/11 I 11 AM-1 PM I 1x I free
W I 12/23 I 11 AM-1 PM I 1x I free
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/$25nm I SR4150
Café Au Lit: A Monthly Discussion of Your Latest and Favorite Reads Senior Adults
It’s a new kind of Book Club! Unlike conventional book clubs where books are assigned, CaféAu Lit is a monthly discussion group of senior adults who will each be given 5-10 minutes to discussa book they have read or are reading now, and critique it. Books can be any type: fiction, non-fiction,historical, biography, travel, sci-fi, cooking, mystery, romance, how-to, etc. All can participate and learnabout books they might later want to read on their own. Modeled on the successful book club at the AustinPublic Library, North Village Branch, Café Au Lit at the JCC will be facilitated by Stan and Elly Field. Youare welcome to bring a brown bag lunch with you; group will meet around tables. For more information, contact Annie Skelton at 512-735-8088 or email@example.com. Meets in Room 150D.
F I 11:30 AM-1 PM I 9/25-12/18 I 1x/month I free
From Midrash to Make-Believe: A Fables &Fairy Tales Creative Writing Class Senior Adults
Led by Austin Jewish Repertory Theater Artistic Director Adam Roberts and inspired by AJRTand Trinity Street Players’ fall production of Into The Woods, this class will explore both religious andsecular source material as we create our own cautionary tales. For more information, contact AnnieSkelton at 512-735-8088 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Meets in Room 150C.Th I 12-1:15 PM I 10/1-11/19 I 7x I $35m/$45nm I JE412
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 email@example.com. Meets in Room 150D.Th I 12-1 PM I 8x
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Meets in Room 150C.
M I 1:30-2:30 PM I Ongoing I 9x
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 email@example.com. Meets in JCC Community Hall.
These classes are one Friday each month from 1:30 – 3 PM, September – May. Please call for date and topic for next class.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Meets in Room 150D. Every 4th Thursday I 12–1:15 PM I Ongoing
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!
Cafe Au Lit: A Monthly Discussion of your latest and Favorite Reads
It’s a new kind of Book Club! Unlike conventional book clubs where books are assigned, CaféAu Lit is a monthly discussion group of senior adults who will each be given 5-10 minutes to discussa book they have read or are reading now, and critique it. Books can be any type: fiction, non-fiction, historical, biography, travel, sci-fi, cooking, mystery, romance, how-to, etc. All can participate and learnabout books they might later want to read on their own. Modeled on the successful book club at the AustinPublic Library, North Village Branch, Café Au Lit at the JCC will be facilitated by Stan and Elly Field. Youare welcome to bring a brown bag lunch with you; group will meet around tables. For more information, contact Annie Skelton at 512-735-8088 or email@example.com.
Meets in Room 150D.F I 11:30 AM-1 PM I 9/25-12/18 I 1x/month I free
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. $6 per class for JCC members; $7 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
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 firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com or (512) 735-8086.
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.
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.