Continuing Education for Seniors in NYC

Senior-Focused Classes

With fall just around the corner, families are getting ready for the start of another school season.  While young students dive back into the three R’s, SelectCare Home Health Care Services of NY wants to remind our community that there are incredible educational opportunities available across the city for students of all ages.

In this blog, we will look at some senior-focused classes available at low or no cost, both as in-person and telephone-based classes.

Back to School for NYC SeniorsDOROT’s University Without Walls/To Your Health

Neighborhood institution DOROT always offers a great variety of learning opportunities for older adults, and their innovative phone-in system means even those with limited mobility can take part in a variety of classes ranging from art and literature discussions to NYC history and other interesting topics.  Additionally, the “To Your Health” series of classes focuses on important health topics, like tracking changes to Medicare, classes on self-care and a variety of other ways to improve your health literacy from the comfort of your favorite chair.

To register, check out DOROT’s Fall syllabus online soon, as space is limited!

92nd Street Y

The 92nd Street Y is well known for drawing big name speakers for interesting evening engagements, however, their event calendar is absolutely packed with interesting programming, including walking (and eating!) tours of NYC neighborhoods, a variety of dance and low-impact exercise groups, bird watching outings and more.

Remember, many of these outings do not meet at the Y, so be sure to check for events happening in your neighborhood if you don’t wish to make the trek to the Upper West Side.

Senior Planet

As more and more of our day-to-day lives go digital, developing basic computer skills can be a turning point for many seniors, opening up new ways to communicate with family, solve problems and better engage with the world.

Developing computer literacy on your own can be a challenge, but the hardworking team at Senior Planet offer one-on-one and group instruction to help you become digitally independent at any age.

Remember that because there are very few organizations that offer this level of computer training for seniors in NYC, Senior Planet’s West 25th Street location can become very lively and it is recommended you call ahead to check staff availability before dropping in for informal assistance.

New York Public Library

The New York Public Library system has been quietly broadening their event calendar for several years, and currently offers seniors what might be the most extensive network of inexpensive, local educational opportunities in the city.  Events take place both at the main branch in Midtown, as well as throughout the NYPL’s various neighborhood branches.

With so much going on, it’s easy to miss great opportunities unless you regularly check the NYPL’s event calendar, which offers a variety of search filters to make finding the perfect class for you a snap.

New York City offers seniors countless opportunities to learn and grow, and we hope this article helps our community take advantage of some of these incredible opportunities.

If you or a loved one struggles to make the most of life in NYC, consider calling SelectCare or request a free in-home health care guide to learn how our team of compassionate caregivers can help you live a happier, more independent life in the comfort of your long-time home and neighborhood.