Building a stronger community

Baldwinsville offers an excellent resource to senior residents and their families.

Canton Woods Senior Center is a nationally accredited center available to individuals age 55 or older living in the village of Baldwinsville or the towns of Lysander or Van Buren. The center not only provides all regular programming for Greater Baldwinsville residents, but also extends an invitation to seniors throughout Onondaga County for congregate meals and to participate in overnight trips.

Funded through the village of Baldwinsville and the towns of Lysander and Van Buren, the center features a full library, computer center, dining room (that can be divided into two rooms so separate activities can be conducted simultaneously) and a recreation room complete with pool tables, dart boards and other recreational activities.

Canton Woods offers a plethora of programs for the senior community including special dinners, concerts, parties and guest speakers. Trips are offered for day and overnight excursions to places like Beck's Grove, Seneca Niagara Casino and Cape Cod. The center is also home to Baldwinsville programs like B'ville Express (providing transportation to seniors to and from appointments) and Meals on Wheels (providing hot meals to homebound seniors).

"We're not just an activity center," said Frank Foster, director of Canton Woods Senior Center. "We also have Parkinson's, Aurora and cancer support groups, legal services, tax help for three months and two outreach workers."

Outreach Workers Donna Metz (Lysander) and Judy Laurange (Van Buren) help individuals who need social help.

"Our goal is to keep seniors in their homes as long as possible," Laurange said. "So, we help them access different programs like HEAP, Medicaid and food stamps."

Laurange also noted a new prescription program offered through the center (listed prescriptions cost $4) and a pet food drive started to help seniors who may have trouble feeding their pets.

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