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Schuyler County Office for the Aging aims to get you motivated (or stay motivated) to keep healthy. Living health involves eating the right foods, engaging in physical activity, taking medications as prescribed, getting enough sleep, and scheduling routine preventative screenings. Living healthy means living a more vital life.

If you have not done any physical activity in yeas or you have a disability or chronic illness that inhibits you from participating in physical activity, it is important to note that exercise has been proven to enhance the physical, mental, and emotional well-being for people of any age range or ability level. Even a little bit helps - and it is never to late to start. Studies have shown that NOT exercising is far riskier to your health than exercising. Schuyler County Office for the Aging has a variety of health and wellness programs for all abilities to keep you moving. 

Office for the Aging Health & Wellness Programming

QI GONG FOR BREAST HEALTH - Offers a gentle approach to prevention and healing. The class incorporates stretches and movements that help individuals of any age or ability. Qi Gong has a unique way of moving energy in the body, this ancient self-healing practice helps to unblock stagnant energy and stimulates healthful energy flow through the breast area. Classes are the First Wednesday of the month at 1pm June 1st, July 6th & August 3rd at Havana Glen. Call Schuyler County Office for the Aging to register at 607-535-6834 or kpound@co.schuyler.ny.us. 
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PROMOTE HEALTH. PREVENT CANCER. - Classes are Mondays, July 11-August 29th from 2-:3:30 pm at the Silver Spoon Cafe. Discuss topics such as general nutrition, portion sizes and processed foods and learn fun exercises from a certified fitness instructor. Call Schuyler County Office for the Aging to register at 607-535-6834 or kpound@co.schuyler.ny.us.
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WELLNESS PRESENTATIONS - Eat healthy on a budget! A Registered Dietitian with Office for the Aging provides monthly educational sessions in person and/or via printed material to the various meal sites. Topics include but are not limited to healthy foods, food contamination and food borne illnesses, proper food storage techniques, properly balanced meals, chronic disease topics & more. Call Schuyler County Office for the Aging for more information at 607-535-7470.

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TAI CHI FOR ARTHRITIS -  Reduce your stress! Office for the Aging partnered with Lifespan of Greater Rochester to provide Tai Chi for Arthritis classes. The Tai Chi classes are evidence-based, meaning this series of classes has been widely tested and evaluated and found to be effective in helping to improve health and reduce the risk of injuries and diseases among older adults. In addition, class instructors have been trained to modify exercises for those with special needs.

Call Schuyler County Office for the Aging to join the waitlist at 607-535-6834 or kpound@co.schuyler.ny.us.

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A MATTER OF BALANCE - Get balanced! Lifespan is also offering another evidence-based class to help improve your balance, flexibility and strength. The program emphasizes practical strategies to manage falls.

Call Schuyler County Office for the Aging to join the waitlist at 607-535-6834 or kpound@co.schuyler.ny.us.

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BONE BUILDERS - Build your strength! These exercise classes are designed to help reduce the incidence of osteoporosis in men and women age 50 and older. Trained volunteers lead weekly classes utilizing progressive weight-bearing exercises developed at Tufts University. These FREE classes are offered at sites across Schuyler County. Contributions for the programs are greatly appreciated. Call Schuyler County Office for the Aging to join the waitlist at 607-535-6834 or kpound@co.schuyler.ny.us

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STEP ON IT WALKING GROUP – Power up your strides! Walking is a fun way to exercise, socialize and meet new people. Meeting twice a week from June 26th - September 2nd at the Watkins Glen High School indoor & outdoor track. Dates & times TBA. Call Schuyler County Office for the Aging to register at 607-535-6834 or kpound@co.schuyler.ny.us.

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LINE DANCINGKick up your heels! Boot scoot boogie with friends and neighbors every Monday at 10 am at the Silver Spoon Café in Montour falls with volunteer instructor, Ray Ergott. Call Schuyler County Office for the Aging to join the waitlist at 607-535-6834 or kpound@co.schuyler.ny.us

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CHAIR YOGA - Relax your mind & body! Yoga promotes both physical and mental well being through a combination of postures, breathing techniques and meditation. Call Schuyler County Office for the Aging to join the fall waitlist at 607-535-6834 or kpound@co.schuyler.ny.us  

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There is NO FEE charged for our health and wellness programming; however, the Older Americans Act does require that we provide you with the opportunity to contribute toward the program. Your valued gift will assist us in expanding health and wellness programs within our county by covering associated costs to offer this to more people. All contributions are confidential and voluntary. You will NOT be denied the service if you are unable to or choose not to contribute. Our main objective is to provide a service that helps you to continue aging in your home as healthy and safely as possible.

Community Health & Wellness Programming

SOUTHERN TIER PARKINSONS DISEASE SUPPORT GROUP - We invite those with Parkinson’s Disease and caregivers to attend. This is an opportunity to create a community, share stories, and learn. Meetings are located at the Silver Spoon Cafe, the third Thursday of each month from 1:30 - 3:00 pm. You may attend in person or via zoom.

Contact:

Robyn Ballard robynbllrd@yahoo.com 607-351-6959 or

Gloria Friedman gloria@gsfriedman.com 607-731-4967

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ALZHEIMER'S ASSOCIATION SOUTHERN TIER CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUP - Welcoming caregivers to share information, ask questions, and feel supported. Meetings are located at the Watkins Glen Library on the 4th Thursday of each month from 10:30-12:30. Call 1-800-272-3900 to register. 
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SENECA FITNESS CENTER- Watkins Glen Central School offers access to the school's fitness center daily. There is a cost which can be paid as a daily drop-in rate or through a membership fee which includes a reduced rate for individuals age 65+. For more information, please visit the Watkins Glen School District website at: https://www.wgcsd.org/page/fitness-center.

Indoor Track: The Watkins Glen Central School District offers access to the school’s indoor track throughout the year.

School Year Indoor Track Hours: (Sept 13– June 25)

Mon-Fri, 6-7: 15 am and 6-9 pm

Summer Track Indoor Hours: (June 26- Sept 2)

Mon-Fri, 6-11 am and 5-9 pm

There is NO cost to utilize the track. For more information, please visit the Watkins Glen Central School District website at https://www.wgcsd.org/page/fitness-center.

Catharine Valley Trail: Don’t forget about this local gem when considering walking, running, or biking. The trail continues to expand, and is very well maintained. For more information, visit https://parks.ny.gov/parks/80/hunting.aspx or call 607-535-4511

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HISTORY WALKS- Join Schuyler County Historian, Gary Emerson on a fun walking adventure through local history. The walk is about 1.5 miles and takes about 1.5 hours total starting at the Montour Falls Library and walking to the Queen Catharine memorial, Turtle Mound, and Cook Cemetery as part of the tour.  The host parks his vehicle in the parking lot at the end of the trail to give folks a ride back.  To register, call 607-535-7489 or stop by the Montour Falls Library located at 406 W Main St. Montour Falls. 

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