Senior Fitness & Enrichment

Check out our 2017 Adult/Senior Spring & Summer Newsletter  for the latest updates within the community.

Adult/Senior Activity Calendar APRIL 2017

Spring Senior Socials

FREE, pre–registration required online or in person at SYLS office,
Coffee and dessert starts at 12.30p.m.
March 10, 2017
St. Patrick’s Celebration with Sal Torino
May 12, 2017
Mother’s Day with Entertainer Vinnie Talarico
June 9, 2017
Father;s Day with Candy Nelson

Community Pass Online Registration


Arthritis Exercise Program: People with Arthritis can Exercise using gentle activities to help increase joint flexibility and range of motion. With the guidance of a certified Arthritis Foundation Instructor, you will learn exercises to maintain muscle strength and increase flexibility.

Chair Yoga: A class for senior adults where chairs are used to eliminate sitting on the floor for stabilization and deepening stretches. This allows those dealing with the effects of aging, living with chronic disability or surviving the effects of treatment for an illness to participate. The class consists of chi gong exercises, breathing exercises, sitting and standing yoga postures, tai chi and a guided relaxation. The goal is to increase energy, strength, balance, flexibility and relaxation. Limit: 20.

ZUMBA GOLD – Senior Program: It is an innovative, fun and exciting program. It was designed for the active older adult, the true beginner, and/or people who are not used to exercising, or people who may be limited physically. The main difference between Zumba Gold and Zumba Basic is Zumba Gold is done at a lower intensity, not as fast, but it certainly is as fun. The same great Latin styles of music and dance are used.

REIKI – Experience the deep peace, relaxation and benefits of Reiki. The Reiki Master assists the client to heal themselves spiritually, mentally, emotionally and physically by a simple laying on of hands. By the use of ancient healing symbols the practitioner channels the Universal Life Force energy allowing it to flow where is needed to bring the energy centers into alignment. Reiki sessions available every Thursdays.

Ageless Grace – Ageless Grace is a cutting-edge brain fitness program based on neuroplasticity that activates all 5 functions of the brain – analytical, strategic, kinesthetic learning, memory/recall, creativity and imagination – and simultaneously addresses all 21 physical skills needed for lifelong optimal function. Created by Denise Medved, the program consists of 21 simple exercise Tools designed for all ages and abilities. These exercises, based on everyday movements that are natural and organic, focus on the healthy longevity of the body and mind.

Forever Fit: Have fun and move to the music with low impact cardio exercises that help active older adults maintain cardiovascular health, strength, balance and flexibility. Light weights and bands will be used. Please bring a towel, water and a set of light weights (1-2lbs). All fitness levels are welcome.

Arthritis Water Workout: Ages 55 and over. Hosted by the West Essex YMCA, this water workout program is for men and women who have been diagnosed with osteoarthritis or osteoporosis. Done in shallow water, the program uses specific movements to help strengthen the bones and surrounding muscles to help alleviate the pain and stiffness of these conditions. Individuals with YMCA membership and non-Livingston residents not eligible. No charge, but pre-registration is required.

Balance for Seniors: The class is geared specifically to the needs of older adults for boosting their balance through specially-focused exercises.  Participants will learn / expand / reinforce: how to make their environment and lives safer; why the risk of falling increases with age; and how to improve one’s overall balance. Boost: alignment, strength & flexibility, agility & dynamic balance, and improve stretching. This class is a good follow-up to other programs or is a great place to start to improve your balance. Exercises will take into consideration the needs and abilities of the attendees. Attend these sessions to improve your balance and have some fun!

Tai Chi Chih®: It includes a series of slow and gentle movements based on ancient Far East wellness principles and is not a martial art. Movements are gentle, easy, soft, flowing and fun to do. Ninteen moves T’ai Chi Chih® circulates and balances the Chi (energy). Also known as A Moving Meditation. No special equipment or clothing is necessary. We recommend comfortable, flexible shoes or no shoes. This class can be modified for sitting in a chair if necessary.

Project Healthy Bones – is a 24- week exercise and education program for older men and women who have osteoporosis, osteopenia or are at risk of developing the condition.  The exercises target the body’s larger muscle groups to improve posture, balance, strength, and flexibility.
Participants use ankle cuffs with varying weight pellets and hand weights for individualized progression. The education component focuses on the importance of exercise, nutrition, safety, medications, and lifestyle factors that relate to osteoporosis.  Each class is limited to 15 participants and is lead by two peer leaders.  Classes are held weekly and generally last about two hours.  Physician’s permission required to participate.

Intro to Ballroom Dancing: A great opportunity to learn a new dance! Introductory beginner lesson for those who want to try out ballroom dancing and for those who want to practice.

Line Dancing: No more watching for you! Everyone can learn to line dance. Have fun and exercise while dancing to a variety of great country and popular songs. No partner needed!

Meditation & Relaxation: Do you ever feel stressed out and that life keeps throwing you a curve ball?  Or, when everything is going well, do you have a hard time keeping your focus and enjoying the present moment? You’re not alone!  Learn tools to; manage stress and anxiety, feel less overwhelmed and agitated, cultivate mindfulness and a deeper sense of purpose, gratitude, kindness and respect.  Classes are open to beginners and experienced practitioners and will include discussion and the practice of a various meditation and relaxation techniques.

Canasta For Beginners: This class is an introduction to Modern American Canasta.  It is designed as an introduction to the game that will include skills, rules and strategies to play the game. At the conclusion of the six week session, participants should be comfortable enjoying the game.  (Fall, Winter, Spring)

Canasta Instruction II: This class is for those who have previously played the game, may need to refresh skills, or want to meet others who enjoy the game. (Fall, Winter, Spring)

Mahjong Instruction I: This class will offer an introduction and instruction in playing mahjong, a game that involves skill, strategy and calculation, as well as a certain degree of luck. Current mahjong card required.

Mahjong Instruction II: This class will be for anyone who has previously played and needs to refresh skills, taken an introductory class, or wants to meet others who enjoy the game. Current mahjong card  required.

Be Happy and Knit: Did you ever want to know how to knit? Now, you can learn in a perfect relaxed and casual setting.  Bring your needles and yarn and enjoy socializing with friends while learning European style knitting (which uses both hands) on how to “knit a gage.”  
Participants are to bring: (1) pair # 8 or 9 needles and (1) 6 –8 oz skein acrylic worsted weight yarn.

Crochet: Learn the basic stitches of the beautiful art of Crochet. In this class you will learn chain stitch,  single crochet stitch, double crochet stitch and triple crochet stitch. You will get fresh ideas for cute household items, make fashionable crochet projects and learn how to make  great gifts for your family and friends! Participants must bring  a steel crochet hook set and crochet thread of choice.

Beginner Italian: Come join others who desire to learn Italian for enjoyment or travel.  This class will cover basic grammar and speaking and useful information for those traveling

Classical Music/Opera Lovers Club: Ages 62 and over. Open to any Livingston senior, this member run club will feature presentations, speakers, videos and musical recordings of group members favorite classical music pieces, composers and operas. The group will meet monthly and use a rotating schedule of members for the presentations. No expertise is required, just a love of classical music and opera. Spring & Summer Dates 2017: 4/4, 5/2, 6/6, 7/11, 8/1, 9/5.

Poetry Aficionados: If you love poetry this is the right place to come. Read, listen and discuss poems old and new. Bring your favorite poems, if you wish. This program will be lead by volunteer Lilian Ostrin. The group meets on the fourth Thursday of the month, 1pm-2pm. Light refreshments will be provided. All are welcome.  Spring 2017 Dates: 4/26, 5/24, 6/28, 7/26, 8/23.

Remember When…Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow
Have a great time socializing, connecting and meeting new and old friends from Livingston in a warm and cozy atmosphere. Share memories of your youth, adult life and families. Bring interesting, fun facts or favorite photos you would like to share. This adult/senior program is facilitated by volunteer and long time Livingston resident, Elaine Meltzer who has been facilitating adult senior groups for over 12 years. The group will meet at the Senior/Community Center, 1pm-3pm, the second Tuesday of each month beginning in May.
Our first get together will be Tuesday, April 19th, due to scheduling conflicts. Seniors are encouraged to bring a dessert to share with others. No registration required.
Spring/Summer Meeting Dates: 3/21, 4/18, 5/23, 6/20, 7/18.

Technology Opportunities

Tutoring for Internet and Smart Devices: In this small class setting you will receive one on one basic Internet tutoring whether it’s using a computer or smart device such as tablets or cell phone.  Instruction is provided by volunteer and Livingston resident, Al Steiner.  Al was President and CEO of a large publicly held national financial services company and since retiring he has been teaching computer classes to seniors in our area.  Bring any questions you may have to class.  Program is free, pre registration required. Space is limited. Wednesday, 10:30-12 PM, 4/5 – 6/7/2017

Keeping Up With Technology (ages 62+) Learn about Ipads, Iphones, and other smart devices  Must bring your own device. Instruction provided by Livingston High School Techie Teen Tutors Club.  Free.
Location: After Senior Happening at the Livingston Public Library
3 pm-4 pm
Dates: Friday, 4/21, 5/19
No registration required.  First come first serve basis.

Drop-In  Bridge – Bridge players may join others to play bridge on Mondays and Thursdays at the Livingston Senior Community Center from 12:30 PM to 3:00 PM, year round (except on Township holidays).  This is a free drop-in program.  Knowledge of the game is required.  No instruction is provided or guaranteed.  No partners needed.

Drop-in Game Room & Library at the LSCC
Located in the lower level of the Livingston Senior/Community Center, the game room has pool table and card tables. The Library features several computers with internet access and a nice variety of books and movies available for borrowing. Open most days between 9AM and 8PM. Occasional programming in the spaces may pre-empt the drop-in status. Game room not available on Fridays from 11:30 AM – 3:00 PM.

Senior Transportation:
A transportation program is offered to Livingston residents 62 years of age and older and disabled residents 18 years of age and older to any Livingston location including Township meetings, Shop Rite, the Livingston Mall and the JCC in West Orange. The wheelchair accessible bus runs Monday—Friday between 9:00 am and 4:00 pm and a volunteer driven vehicle is available other days as needed.  Reservations may be made one week to twenty-four hours in advance of the desired ride.

No Same Day Appointments Are Available

The service includes two rides per day, either one round trip to one location from one address and back or a drop-off at one address and pick-up at another address. Participants are responsible for finding their own transportation to a secondary pick-up location if desired. Participants in the service must pre-register in the program.  To schedule your ride or to find out more about the transportation service, please call 973-535-7925 – select option “1” at the prompt.  Phone lines are open Monday—Friday, 10:00 am—3:00 pm.