Health and Wellness

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

Classes 

If you have not done any physical activity in years 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 too late start. Studies have shown that NOT exercising is far riskier to your health than exercising!

Office for the Aging has contracted with the Arc of Schuyler to provide Tai Chi for Arthritis classes. The Arc of Schuyler offers class series two times per year- once in the Spring and once in the Fall. 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. Classes have a small suggested contribution. Please call the Arc of Schuyler at (607)535-6934 for a schedule of classes.
In addition, Lifespan of Greater Rochester is partnering with the Office for the Aging to bring  A Matter of Balance class to the area. This was offered through OFA a number of years ago and was very popular. We are very pleased to be able to offer this again. Classes will take place on Thursdays from Sept. 27- Nov. 1 from 1:00- 3:00 pm at the Human Services Complex in Montour Falls. Registration is required. Please call Lifespan at 585-498-4030 or register online at www.lifespanofrochester.org.

Other Activities: 

Office for the Aging offers presentations from area providers on health-related issues. Additionally, activities such as Wii Bowling and Ping Pong are offered at Silver Spoon Cafe congregate meal site in Montour Falls. for more information call the Office for the Aging nutrition program at 607-535-7470.

Other Programs offered in Schuyler County~ 

Bone Builders: These exercise classes are designed to help reduce the incidence of osteoporosis in men and women age 50 and older. Trained RSVP volunteers lead weekly classes, utilizing progressive weight-bearing exercises developed at Tufts University. These FREE classes are offered at sites across Schuyler County. For more information, please contact the Schuyler-Yates RSVP Program at (607)535-7105.

Open Swim: Watkins Glen Central School District offers a lifeguard-supervised swim program. There are two options which are self-directed: you may swim laps or do your own aqua-exercises. Both programs run from late October through the end of May. The Early AM Adult Lap Swim is on M,W, F from 6:00-7:15 am. The Evening Family Swim is on M and W from 6:00- 7:30 pm. Please note: There is a $3.00 fee per day for adults. For more information, from please visit the Watkins Glen Central School District website at http://wgcsd.org/pool.cfm.

Seneca Fitness Center: Watkins Glen Central School District 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 and older. For more information, please visit the Watkins Glen Central School District website at http://wgcsd.org/fitnesscenter.cfm.

Indoor Track: The Watkins Glen Central School District offers access to the school’s indoor track throughout the year. The hours vary between the school year with summer hours from 6:00- 11:00 am and 5:00- 9:00 pm Mon-Fri and 8:30 am- 12:30 pm on Sat. and Sun. There is NO cost to utilize the track. For more information, please visit the Watkins Glen Central School District website at http://wgcsd.org/fitnesscenter.cfm.

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, please visit https://parks.ny.gov/parks/80/hunting.aspx or call 607-535-4511 or call 607-535-4511.