Riverdale Y Senior Center

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Riverdale Y Senior Center

Riverdale Y Senior Center membership is free to persons 60 years of age and older and includes a variety of engaging programs and activities. The Center is funded by the New York City Department for the Aging, local elected officials, and participant contributions. Membership allows limited access to The Y’s swimming pool at select hours, but excludes automatic access to the fitness center.

The Riverdale Y Senior Center offers music, art, and cultural discussions at least once a week. Our programs include lectures, art classes, films, and more. We also offer senior discounts for special performances and matinee shows at The Y.

Transportation: Door-to-door accessible van transportation to and from The Y for a suggested contribution of $2.25. Call ahead for pick-up at 718-548-8200, ext. 225.
Health Promotion: Weekly exercise classes ranging from T’ai Chi  to morning stretch. Also includes medical lectures and health screenings.
Arts & Culture: Concerts, music, movies and cultural discussions.
Education: Current events, lectures, book clubs, short stories, and more.
Technology: Basic computer and social media classes.

Seniors on the Move

It is never too late to explore and learn new things!
The Senior Center offers monthly outings. Some are day trips, and some are longer excursions.

Social Services

The Riverdale Y Senior Center offers free social work services on-site and in the community during regular business hours. Services include supportive counseling, case assistance, and benefits and entitlement assistance. Individual and group bereavement services are also available. For more information, call Lydia Ecker, LMSW, at 347-913-4391.

Sharon Asherman

Director, Senior Center

(347) 913-4390

Sharon always knew she’d work at a community center, helping people, “but I took a few detours along the way,” she says. As director of the Riverdale Y Senior Center…

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Sharon Asherman

Director, Senior Center

Vicki Matalon

Program Coordinator, Senior Center

Doris Toby Boisseau

Senior Center Coordinator

Lydia Ecker

Social Worker (LMSW)

Nekiya Edwards

Kitchen Manager

Composting & Community Garden

Our Senior Center, our Early Childhood, and our Afterschool Program have partnered with Riverdale’s Healthy Communities Initiative for a unique program.

The Senior Center kitchen produces up to four gallons of food scraps a day and these scraps are now being put in our brand new compost bins along with shredded papers.

This program is supported by a grant from the Citizen’s Committee for New York City.

Composting 1

Vegetable and Herb Garden

Compost from the bins are used for the Y’s Organic Vegetable and Herb Garden which traditionally has been planted and maintained by our Early Childhood Program and Senior Center volunteers. Education and activities around the benefits and process of composting are now part of our Early Childhood and Afterschool curriculum. Senior Center members are invited to join in the programming and subsequent planting.

Composting 2

Kids and Composting

Children at the Y learn the importance of taking an active role in protecting and maintaining their environment, explore the natural world, and learn to think responsibly about their trash. The intergenerational component of the program provides a rich opportunity for children to learn from older adults for older adults to become partners in the education of the youngest generation.

Kids Composting

Volunteer Opportunities at the Riverdale Y Senior Center

There are many opportunities to volunteer for persons of all ages at the Riverdale Y Senior Center. While the majority of our volunteers are older adults, we also have opportunities for younger retirees and students who need community service hours.

Many of our volunteers work in our dining room during our lunch program. Tables get set and meals get served by volunteers. There are also clerical jobs and office jobs. Many join committees and plan events. Others work independently. Volunteers with professional expertise have opportunities to give lectures or teach classes.

For COVID-19 Volunteer opportunities, please e-mail volunteers@riverdaley.org.