Stanford, JCC team up to offer free health programs

Health education just got a whole lot more interesting.

A partnership between the Oshman Family JCC and the Stanford Health Library will bring a range of relevant health-oriented lectures and classes focused on older adults to the new facility.

Copious programming, led by experts associated with Stanford Hospital and Clinics, begins this month with “Aging: Don’t Take It Sitting Down” and “Living Longer — Living Well, Adult Children and their Parents Plan for the Future,” both on Thursday, Oct. 15. “Strong for Life,” a muscle-strengthening exercise program, begins Oct. 19.

The Stanford Health Library offers medical information to help people make informed decisions about their health. The branch at the OFJCC, part of the Taube Koret Campus for Jewish Life, is the library’s fourth in 20 years.

All of the programs and services are free.

“We are providing a quality health education that Stanford is in a unique position to offer,” said Shelley Hebert, executive director for public affairs for Stanford Hospital and Clinics, and previously CEO of the TKCJL during the development phase. “To bring this out to the community is really a win-win.”

The lecture “Farewell to Falls,” on Oct. 22, will teach seniors how to reduce their risk of falling and will focus on home safety, strength and balance, exercise and medication management. The timely presentation “Navigating Aging Adults Through the Health Care System” will be held Oct. 29.

“We are going to be having classes, lectures and special activities for older adults, complementing both the extensive programs for JCC members and their great offerings for seniors,” Hebert said.

The new library differs from the other three branches — at the Stanford Shopping Center, Stanford Hospital and the Stanford Cancer Center — because of the partnership with the campus and the JCC.

“We will be a real enhancement to the TKCJL,” Hebert said.

The combined resources of the two institutions offer a range of possibilities. For example, the Stanford Health Library has an extensive collection of health education videos, so someone using the JCC fitness center could take advantage of both offerings. “You could be on your elliptical trainer … hearing a highly entertaining talk on some health and wellness topic that you’re interested in,” Hebert said.

Situated next to the entrance of the Moldaw Family Residences, the Stanford Health Library is strategically located for its primary audience, seniors living on the Jewish campus. “It will be very convenient and accessible to members of the community, people going to the JCC, visitors and people living at Moldaw,” Hebert said.

On the other side of the library is the Albert and Janet Schultz Cultural Arts Hall, which can seat several hundred and may be used for more popular or well-attended events. The library also may choose to utilize the fitness center for exercise programs.

For more information, call (650) 498-7826 or visit and click on the Adults Sports and Wellness option.