Workout class keeps seniors moving

Miri Ely, right, and Skip Hayes partner together for the senior workout class.

Miri Ely, right, and Skip Hayes partner together for the senior workout class. Photo by Neil Benjamin Jr..

— Skip Hayes, 85 and a retired tomb maker, lost his wife many years ago. He chooses the class for the camaraderie, among other reasons, and he was the only male in the class on May 3.

“I have diabetes and exercise is one of the best ways to control it,” he said. “I live alone, so I like a little company from time-to-time. This class is really helpful for us older people.”

Pat Smarzo worked in her husband’s office most of her career. She said her husband was a sales engineer, and she assisted with what he had to do.

At 88 years old, Smarzo, to the eye, looks much younger. Her success?

“I’m an exercise nut,” she said. “I’ve done it all my life. I used to walk all the time, used to go to the gym on Onondaga Hill, and I still do twice a week.”

She added that she uses the treadmill now rather than walk outside. Smarzo also had high praise for Ely.

“She keeps us laughing the whole time, but also keeps us moving,” she said. “That’s the most important [thing].”

Tricia Bacon, a senior advocate who helped get the class going, said that when she came on board at the Senior Center, her goal was to implement more activities of any kind. She explained that women outnumber men in the class because women tend to live longer.

She said the feedback from the community has been positive, especially from those who attend the class.

“People are excited to see more,” Bacon said.

If you are interested in checking out the class, please call the Camillus Senior Center at 672-5820 and ask for Tricia.

Neil Benjamin Jr. can be reached at nbenjamin@eaglenewsonline.com.

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