Silver Fox Senior Social Club recently celebrated their one-year anniversary. The club, located in the village behind Colonial Laundromat, is the gold standard of senior day programs.
Silver Fox provides an environment specifically designed to address the daily needs of today's seniors. It offers professional day services for senior men and women in a "club" setting, while providing an alternative for caregivers.
"This day program allows seniors to be able to stay home longer and be with their families," said owner Dick Elander.
The club, which is open from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, has an executive chef who prepares gourmet meals for club members to enjoy. The food is all home cooked from scratch and dinners are sent home with the seniors. The current chef, Lisa Czjakowski, is full-time and a prizewinner at both the Big Chill and Taste of Baldwinsville. Members can come in and help cook and bake with the chef.
The club has a beauty salon where a licensed beautician comes in to do members hair at a very reasonable price. Recently, a florist came in and helped the group make centerpieces. There are a lot of social activities planned to get people out and talking.
"It's a good support system of friends," said Becky Kishtock, the assisted program director and therapeutic recreation director. "They reminisce and it's nice for them to be able to talk to someone their own age."
Other activities the club offers are dance lessons, recipe contests, coffee hour and tea time, cards, the popular billiards, movies on the big screen TV and walking along the Seneca River.
This past summer the group went on a boat ride down the Seneca River and apple picking at Abbotts Farms.
"We really try to do things in the local community," Kishtock said.