Westchester County Executive George Latimer announced that Spanish-speaking volunteers are being sought to facilitate free workshops for older adults with chronic health conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, asthma and arthritis. You do not need any previous training or health care experience to facilitate these workshops, but you must attend all four days of training on October 4, 5, 11 and 12 at Fordham University’s Westchester Campus at 400 Westchester Avenue, West Harrison, NY 10604.

The training is offered at no charge to volunteers who will facilitate workshops on behalf of the Westchester County Department of Senior Programs and Services. The workshop is known as “Tomando Control de su Salud” (Take Control of your Health), and is offered at no charge to older adults in Westchester County.

Tomando workshops empower seniors to continue to age in place and enhance their quality of life by getting a better understanding of the importance of physical activity, healthy eating and stress management. The workshops take place at community-based locations in Westchester County like senior centers, libraries and housing developments. They meet once a week for six consecutive weeks and each session lasts about 2.5 hours.

Latimer said: “The ‘Tomando Control de su Salud’ program is filling a need for our Spanish-speaking senior citizens in Westchester County. I want to encourage any Spanish-speaking adults who have free time to consider volunteering for this worthwhile program. It is a wonderful way to give back to the community, and help older adults understand certain health conditions.”

For more information, please contact Marikay Capasso at (914) 813-6427 or