JCCGCI has been providing senior center services since 1992, and has received consistent positive performance evaluations (from the New York City Department for the Aging, Department of Youth and Community Development, NY State Office for the Aging and other sources). Our senior centers include:
Our five senior centers (see map) serve over 1500 congregate meals a day and provide over 1700 case assistance sessions and 4000 educational, recreational, socialization and health promotion sessions per year. Our senior centers work closely with our case management, homecare, transportation, Holocaust survivor and friendly visiting programs.
All five of our centers are located in amply sized, well lit, ventilated, heated and sanitary facilities, several of which are in the same buildings as senior citizen residential units. Each is sized and laid out to allow different activities to occur in separate areas at the same time. All have handicap access to the facility and the restrooms.
Health and Nutrition
All of JCCGCI’s senior centers offer a number of different weekly or biweekly exercise classes, including such programs as:
Treadmills and exercise bicycles are available at some centers.
Nutrition education classes are offered from six to 12 times each year at each center.
Our senior centers partner with community healthcare providers who offer free health screening and educational workshops periodically, including blood pressure screenings, brain/memory exercises, dementia screenings, diabetes management programs, flu and pneumonia vaccines, mental health awareness and fall prevention training.*
Education, Culture and Recreation
Educational, cultural and recreational activities offered vary by senior center; the following illustrates the range of activities, which are offered one to three times a week at one or more centers.
In addition to the activities in the centers, members go on trips once or twice a month, such as Broadway shows, concerts, museums, the circus, the aquarium, casinos, parks and the Philharmonic orchestra.
Each Senior Center has a computer lab; two are about to have all new equipment installed. Classes meet at least weekly. One Center offers four different classes on a weekly basis with a Russian speaking instructor (as well as one in English), for which there are waiting lists. Some labs have laptops available for use in between classes. A CCTV magnifier is available for the visually impaired.
Education, Group Activities, Events
Educational activities and events at various centers include:
The Sunday Senior Center Program operates out of Haber House Senior Center, which is open on Sundays, and provides an average of 250 congregate meals and 125 home delivered meals each week, funded by private sector sources.
The Food Pantry (also located at Haber House) distributes almost 300 packages containing dry foods and produce, twice a month. There are also special holiday distributions.
For further information about JCCGCI’s Senior Centers program call 718-449-5000 ext 2253 or email SeniorCenters@jccgci.org.
*JCCGCI thanks our partners for the health screening programs at the Senior Centers, including the Visiting Nurse Service, pharmacy chains, Coney Island Hospital, Emblem Health, Lutheran Hospital, Mt. Sinai School of Medicine, Metropolitan Jewish Health Care Systems and JCCGCI’s annual health fair.
JCCGCI thanks Food for Survival, HPNAP, Met Council and private sector sources for the support of our Food Pantry distributions.