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B'ville: New hot-spot for seniors

Imagine a place where you can go to enjoy a gourmet meal, get your hair done, visit with friends, exercise, play a game of billiards or take a stroll by the river. The catch? This club is for seniors only.

Located at the former office of Upstate Chiropractic at 22 E. Genesee St., the Silver Fox Senior Social Club opens on July 10 to offer professional day services and social interaction for senior men and women.

"It's a place for people to belong and feel part of their community," said Barb McSally, RN and program director of the not-for-profit organization. "It's an alternative to requiring supervision at home."

The goal of the club is to provide social stimulation and supervision so seniors can stay home and healthier longer, she explained. The day center also provides a respite option for caregivers of homebound seniors.

Open from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, the Silver Fox will provide its members with three healthy meals as well as therapeutic recreation activities such as bingo, dance lessons, cards and exercise. A "date night" featuring a healthy fish fry and dancing will be held from 6 to 10 p.m. every other Friday allowing for caregivers to enjoy a night out as well. Starting in September, the center will also be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. every other Saturday.

Club members can take full advantage of all amenities including a library, beauty salon, personal care service area and deck overlooking the Seneca River. Members will receive membership cards and are welcome to come as often as they'd like.

"It's a very individualized program," McSally said, adding that if needed, staff from the club will be in contact with members' physicians to coordinate care plans.

A Baldwinsville resident with deep roots in the community, McSally has been working in the elder care field for 20 years and saw firsthand with her own grandparents the toll that aging related complications can take on both patient and caregiver alike. She felt that a senior day center like the Silver Fox was the "missing link" that would allow more people to remain at home instead of moving into nursing homes. The Onondaga County Office of Aging agreed that the northwest area of the county was in need of such services.

An open house will be held from noon to 6 p.m. every Tuesday during the month of July. The family-run facility will also offer education classes for caregivers and wellness programs for the community. For more information, visit silverfoxseniors.org or call 635-5335.

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