Health and Wellness Center

Flu shots are periodically given in the library's 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.

tai-chiHealthy Tai Chi Classes- Suitable for seniors and non-seniors

Mondays, 10 AM-11 AM

May 2, 9, 16, 23

Instructor: Master Ted Peng (Tai Chi 7th level, practicing for 30 years, teaching for 10 years in U.S.)

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. Priority given to FML card holders. Registration begins April 1.

yoga-seniorsSenior Yoga  

3 Week Beginner Course

Wednesdays, 7 PM - 8:30 PM.

May 4, 18, 25

Instructor: Bonnie Ringer, E-RYT500.  Learn slow-paced, low-impact yoga; the class closes with meditation & wonderful deep relaxation exercises. Seniors may benefit from Yoga's emphasis on breathing techniques, improved muscle tone, reduction of stress, better sleep, sense of well-being, and relaxing music. If you are out of shape, it's easy to work at a low level or on a chair.

Wear loose fitting clothing, bring a yoga mat & towel. Priority given to FML card holders. Registration begins April 1.

alzheimersAlzheimer’s – Know the 10 Signs: Early Detection Matters

Wednesday, May 11, 2016 – 11 AM – 12 PM

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

If you or someone you know is experiencing memory loss or behavioral changes, it’s time to learn the facts. Early detection of Alzheimer’s disease gives you a chance to begin drug therapy, enroll in clinical studies and plan for the future. This interactive workshop features video clips of people with Alzheimer’s disease. Registration begins April 11, 2016.

Yoga ClassesYoga: 4-Week Beginner Course

Wednesdays, June 1 – 22, 7 – 8:30 PM

Instructor: Bonnie Ringer, E-RYT500 This course incorporates traditional postures, asanas; breathing exercises, pranayama; deep relaxation, yoga nidra and meditation. Wear loose fitting clothes and bring a yoga mat.

zumbaZumba®: 3-Week Course
Tuesdays, June 7, 21, 28: 7 – 8 PM

Instructor: Arianna Pallens, licensed Zumba Fitness instructor. A fusion of Latin and international music that provides a motivating fitness system. Beginners are welcome. Please wear sneakers, bring a bottle of water and a towel. Participants should be capable of moderate aerobic exercise. Registration starts June 15.

From Stress to Serenity
Monday, June 20, 12 – 1 PM

Presenter: Frank Pawlowski, Ed.D.

Dr. Pawlowski will demonstrate
the most practical methods of calming the mind. He will also share a simple technique which helps to reduce stress.

alzheimersMemory Loss, Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease
Wednesday, July 13: 11 AM – 12 PM

Presenter: Jody Addeo, MPA
The Alzheimer’s Association of Rockland County presents topics such as warning signs, differences in various dementias, how to get a proper diagnosis, stages of the disease, treatment options, research, and services that offer help. Registration begins June 13.

tai-chiHealthy Tai Chi
Mondays, Aug. 1 – 22: 10 – 11 AM

Instructor: Master Ted Peng

Slow individual movements are taken from elements of regular Tai Chi in this class that can target specific body areas and maladies. Participants can stand or sit in chairs. Wear loose fitting clothes. Registration begins July 1.

yoga-seniorsSenior Yoga:
4-Week Beginner Course
Wednesdays, Aug. 1– 24: 10:30 AM – 12 PM

Instructor: Bonnie Ringer, E-RYT500

Learn slow-paced, low-impact yoga. Each class ends with meditation and deep relaxation exercises. Wear loose fitting clothes, bring a yoga mat and towel.