Baldwinsville: Silver Fox seniors keeping active

As communities begin to age, it's often important for seniors to have access to programs allowing them to remain active.

In Baldwinsville, one such program can be found at Silver Fox Senior Social Club on Genesee Street in the village. According to Program Director Becky Kishtok, the center recently received nearly $300 in grant funding from the Central New York Community Foundation to enhance the activity program at Silver Fox.

According to the Central New York Community Foundation website, the "foundation connects the generosity of donors with community needs by making grants to organizations working to enhance the quality of life of those who live and work in Central New York. The Community Foundation annually makes more than $5 million in grants and provides leadership support in the fields of arts and culture, community and economic development, education, environment, health and human services."

The funds will be used to support an exercise program through the Arthritis Foundation and Cheryl Demarco, a staff member from the foundation, will be instructing the program for local seniors on Thursdays throughout March and April.

"This is the first time we have received a grant to enhance the activity program at Silver Fox," Kishtok said. "The staff and members are excited about it."

The members, who hail from communities across Onondaga County, are looking forward to the exercise program, which is one of the center's main highlights for those who attend.

The program through the Arthritis Foundation will include a variety of chair exercises to help the members work on range of motion, strength, flexibility and balance, Kishtok said.

"It helps the seniors keep active, sleep better, increase energy level, increase muscle strength, reduce depression and helps seniors stay independent and in the community as long as possible," she said.

The program also allows the seniors to have fun while exercising and is an activity they look forward to.

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