Special Events & Programs

Pioneering Rehabilitation

Health Education Events

Burke Rehabilitation Center hosts various events throughout the year aimed at educating the public and the community on important health topics. For a full list of upcoming events, visit our Community Calendar


National Senior Health and Fitness Day

National Senior Health and Fitness Day is held at Burke Rehabilitation Hospital the last Wednesday in May. The common goal for the day is to help keep older Americans healthy and fit. National Senior Health & Fitness Day is the nation's largest annual health promotion event for older adults.

The day consists of lectures and fitness programs for seniors. Sponsors include Burke’s Fitness Center, White Plains Hospital Center’s Division of Geriatric Services, the City of White Plains Recreation & Parks Senior Center, Greenwich Woods HealthCare and Rehabilitation, Willow Towers Assisted Living and the Westchester County Department of Senior Programs and Services. Each year the day’s activities include a different theme.  Senior Health and Fitness Day at Burke is free and open to the public. Due to limited space, registration is required. 

For information, please call Kathleen Edsall, Director of Burke’s Adult Fitness Center, at (914) 597-2578, or email kedsall@burke.org.

Spinal Cord Connection

Those with spinal cord injuries share a unique set of health concerns and quality of life issues. For this reason, the Burke Rehabilitation Hospital hosts an Annual Spinal Cord Connection Day for networking, education and information sharing designed for individuals with spinal cord injuries.  The day includes informational workshops, vendors and adaptive sports equipment demonstrations.  The event is held each September in recognition of National Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Month. 

For more information, please call (914) 597-2581.

World COPD Day

In recognition of World COPD day each November, Burke Rehabilitation Hospital’s Cardiopulmonary Program hosts a day of education and life enhancement for individuals living with Chronic Lung Conditions in the New York, New Jersey and Connecticut tri-state area and their caregivers.  

Lectures cover various topics of importance to those living with COPD. They include techniques for coping with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, nutrition and COPD, traveling with oxygen, exercise and lung disease, breathing techniques, relaxation techniques, and pulmonary rehabilitation. Free screenings, chair massages, support group information and inhaler and nebulizer demonstrations are offered when available.

Exhibitors often include community organizations such as the Westchester County Office of Aging, the American Lung Association, POW’R Against Tobacco & POW’R Cessation Center, and representatives from area community wellness programs and medical equipment companies. The event is free and open to the public. Please note that advance registration is required. 

For additional information, please contact Pam Jones at (914) 597-2843 or via email atpjones@burke.org. Learn more about Burke's Cardiopulmonary - Cardiac Rehabilitation Program.

Stroke Awareness Day

Burke Rehabilitation Hospital hosts an annual Stroke Awareness Day each May.  Service providers and health care professionals provide information on stroke prevention, treatment options, recovery, rehabilitation and the caregiver’s role. Blood pressure and blood sugar screenings are available, along with information on smoking cessation, support groups, home care, medicine management and adaptive equipment for home use. Stroke Awareness Day is free and open to the public. Registration is required. 

Please call Lisa Edelstein, OT, Burke’s stroke program director, at (914) 597-2256 for more information.

Equipment Drive

Burke Rehabilitation Hospital regularly sponsors equipment drives at its main campus and satellite centers. Items such as canes, crutches, walkers, braces, and manual wheelchairs are collected, cleaned and processed. Burke then distributes the equipment to patients in need and various other non-profit organizations. You can also make a donation of new or gently used hospital-grade therapeutic equipment at any time by contacting the Development Department at (914) 597-2847. Learn more about making a charitable donation to Burke.

Planning for Your Parents

Today, as our parents live longer, it is likely that we, as adult children, will be planning for our parents’ later years and the possible need for rehabilitation following a medical event or trauma. In this educational program, we will provide you with the tools you need to be an informed consumer when you or your loved one needs rehabilitation care. This 45-minute program is led by Sandra Alexandrou, PT and Lisa Edelstein, OT of Burke Rehabilitation Hospital.

The program is free and open to the community. Please contact Sandra Alexandrou, PT at (914) 597-2581 or Lisa Edelstein, OT at (914) 597-2256 for additional information.  Pre-registration is required.

*This program is also available to groups of 10 or more at your location.