About the Grotta Fund

​SAGE Eldercare’s virtual programming library has been made possible by a generous grant from The Grotta Fund for Senior Care, an advisory council fund at the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater MetroWest NJ. The Grotta Fund provides support to organizations that improve the lives of older adults and their families.

​SAGE Eldercare is honored to partner with The Grotta Fund for Senior Care to create this virtual programming library to help reduce the social isolation that the ongoing pandemic has caused for the region’s vulnerable older adults and their caregivers.

Exercise

Stretching the Body

This is a gentle practice of stretching the body starting from the head down to your toes. You’ll begin with a counting breath to expand the lungs. You’ll then do neck and shoulder stretches and spinal rotations to stimulate and nourish the nerves and muscles. Moving down to the hips, legs and feet where you will gently rotate the hips and ankles and do leg extensions and hip stretches. These movements will stimulate the nerves and work the ligaments and tissues in and around the joints and bones for better mobility.

Gentle Yoga - Stretching & Sun Salutations

This video will begin with some gentle warming up of the neck, arms and shoulders. We will focus on rotating and flexing the wrists. We will stretch the lower part of the body (Hips, legs and feet).We will introduce Sun Salutations – a series of simple flowing movements that are typically included in yoga classes. We will also explore Warrior 2 pose. We will end on a grounding meditation while repeating a healthy affirmation. Throughout the video we pause and focus on the breath.

Qi Gong and Stretches

Qi Gong is a way to move the body in fluid movements that stimulate the nerves in and around the body and awaken our energy centers. The exercises have physical and emotional benefits. In this video, Rose will introduce a few Qi Gong movements and also warm up the body in various ways starting from the neck and ending at the toes. We end with a short meditation to center the mind.

Entertainment

Pamm Wahlberg & Steve Lucas

Pamm Wahlberg & Steve Lucas “The Positivity Duo”, are a popular musical duo who perform for a wide range of audiences including: assisted living facilities, restaurants, fundraising events, political gatherings, concerts & more. They have partnered with a number of artists such as: Les Paul, Lou Pallo, Bucky Pizzarelli, Johnny Farina “Sleepwalk”, Al Caiola, Gene Cornish & Eddie Brigati “The Rascals”, Bobby Valli, JT Carter “The Crests” & many more. 
 
Pamm & Steve also write, arrange & record original music for television, cable & movies.

Jodi Keogan & Seth Weinstein

Jodi Keogan (vocalist) has performed in various venues from the United States to Italy, enchanting her audiences with Opera, Neopolitan Traditions and Broadway show time tunes. Jodi keeps up a rigorous schedule performing in Europe and the Bahamas.
 
Seth Weinstein (pianist/vocalist) is a pianist and composer of classical and theatrical music. He wrote the music for the Off- Broadway musical “How to Save the World and Find True Love in 90 minutes.” He also composed and recorded a piano suite inspired by the artworks of Marc Chagall.

Robert Ross and Alan Wilkov

Robert Ross is a two time NY Music Award winner and a NY Blues Hall Of Fame inductee who plays blues, jazz, and rock ‘n’ roll. Ross is the leader of the Robert Ross Band. Ross is also co-leader with Heidi “Heidi Ho” Rosenbaum of a duo called Ross ’n’ Rose that is a 2020 International Blues Challenge semi-finalist, and 2019 South Florida Blues Challenge winner. Johnny Winter recorded one of Robert’s original songs twice. Robert has backed up numerous blues legends including Big Joe Turner, Lightnin’ Hopkins, Otis Rush, Mama Thornton, Memphis Slim, and Brownie McGhee. Ross has 7 cd’s out in his own name.

Wendy Becker and Rik Howard

WENDY BECKER AND RIK HOWARD have performed together on films, television, and stages throughout the US. Wendy has performed in shows such as “Days of our Lives,” and “Porky’s,” as well as numerous commercials for products such as Toyota, MacDonald’s and Sizzler. Wendy has performed with Carol Channing, Carol Burnett and Barbra Streisand, and has been listed in Who’s Who in America. She holds a degree in music therapy and has experience as a music and drama director for children ages 5-18. Rik has written and performed for Coca-Cola, Nissan, Avon and Miller Beer, as well as TV shows such as “Silver Spoons” and “Punky Brewster.” He is president of Rik Howard Music, and his musicians perform for social and corporate events throughout the United States. Wendy and Rik have been on the MFAS roster since 2002.