Young at Heart - Senior Group

Aisling Irish Community Center is the main provider of senior services and outreach for elderly people living in the Yonkers/Woodlawn area and one of the largest Irish immigrant resource centers in the tri-state area. We offer a multitude of comprehensive services and supports that address a multitude of needs for the Westchester/Bronx older adult population.

Our senior group, Young at Heart, meets every Tuesday and Friday at 1:00pm. Socialization among peers is one of the key components of our very lively group at the Aisling Center . Older adults have changing and diverse needs therefore we offer a wide variety of energizing and enjoyable programs and activities.

NEW to our senior program this year is our READING GROUP. Seniors and retired people meet here every THURSDAY at 11:00am to enjoy the reading group, as well as refreshments and lively conversation.

We have also started showing MOVIES once a month on a SUNDAY afternoon at 2:00pm (first Sunday of each month). Admission is $4.00 per person. Light refreshments also served. Everyone welcome!

This initiative is another great example of how we all work together in such a cohesive way to help the more vulnerable people in our community. We also believe this will be a great social occasion for the elderly Irish living in the local community who can come to the center and enjoy a meal in the company of others every week.

The senior program of events also includes guest speakers who come in to talk about various topics which are geared toward preventative care which enhances the mental and physical well being of each individual. Our main goal is to educate our participants with vital information which is relevant to the aging population. A registered nurse comes to the center on a monthly basis and provides individual and group health counseling, nutrition advice; blood pressure monitoring and educational programs to help our senior population better maintain their health and well-being.

We also offer occasional day trips to shows, places of historical interest, and various shopping trips to local supermarkets and retail stores. We value the input and suggestions from the group members in all areas that pertain to programming of activities and events.

Information on SCRIE, HEAP, MEDICARE MSP, EPIC, STAR, and Enhanced STAR is also available. We also assist with the completion of passport applications, pension applications, Centenary Bounty Applications and other forms. We offer links to resources and referrals to a variety of sources within and outside our organization.

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CHAIR YOGA is offered every other Friday at 1:00pm.
We provide a FREE lunch every TUESDAY for seniors. This program has been made possible by the generosity of local restaurant and business owners who have committed to catering the lunches on a scheduled basis including McKeon's Bar & Restaurant, Prime Cuts, Irish Coffee Shop, Eileen's Country Kitchen, Heritage Bar & Restaurant, Butcher's Fancy, Rory Dolan's Bar & Restaurant, and The Rambling House.

IRISH LANGUAGE CONVERSATION GROUP
Seniors/retired people are welcome to join our Irish language evening class that takes place on Thursdays at 7:00pm (prior registration required). We offer a 50% discount to seniors on the registration fee.

OUTREACH SERVICES
We offer services to homebound seniors in the neighborhood. If you or someone you know is in need of a friendly visit in your home or would like to get information on benefits and entitlements, please call our social worker/senior program coordinator for assistance. Our doors are always open and we are always willing to lend a helping hand.

COUNSELING
Our social worker assists members of the community to obtain benefits and entitlements and also provides counseling and referrals to individuals and families. We are here to listen and to offer professional advice and counseling, so please feel free to stop by the center or call us at any time.

COMPUTER CLASSES
Computer classes for seniors are held on Wednesday mornings at 10:00am at a reduced rate. These classes are very popular, with courses filled well in advance of the start dates, so call now and reserve your place for the next round.

IRISH VOLUNTEERS FOR THE HOMELESS
Come along and help the Irish Volunteers for the Homeless prepare sandwiches at the Aisling Center every Monday @ 2:00pm which are then distributed later that evening to the homeless throughout New York City . New volunteers always welcome!

This group is very valuable not only on a philanthropic level, but it also serves as a wonderful social outlet for many newly arrived Irish immigrants as well as the more settled immigrant community. As a member of this volunteer group, you have the opportunity not only to help the less fortunate, but also to get together with peers and identify with the broader society.

ELDER CARE HOME ASSISTANCE
We are happy to offer guidance and help if you are looking to hire somebody to assist with house cleaning, errands and personal care. We have a database of people looking for this type of work, and would be happy to connect you with them.

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