Health and Wellness

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

Exercise - even if you have not done any in years; even if you have a disability or chronic illness that leads you to refrain from physical activity - has been proven to improve 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! The following classes are “evidence -based”. This means that they have been widely tested and evaluated and have been found to be effective in helping improve the 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. Most classes have a small suggested donation. Please call Office for the Aging at (607)535-7108 for a schedule of upcoming classes.

A Matter of Balance - Offered at various locations in the county

Do you have concerns about falling? Have you had falls in the past? This eight -session class is a blend of education and exercise, designed so that:

  • You can learn to view falls as controllable.
  • You can learn about making changes to reduce fall risks at home.
  • You can participate in an exercise program to increase strength and balance.
This program is based on Fear of Falling: A Matter of Balance. Copyright ©1995 Trustees of Boston University. All rights reserved. Used and adapted by permission of Boston University
Strong For Life - Coming Late Spring to various locations in the county

A strengthening program specifically designed for older persons, which can be individualized to specifically meet your needs. Strong for Life targets specific muscles that are important in every day movements, such as getting out of a chair and walking. The program is divided up into three parts: warm-up exercises, strengthening exercises, and cool-down exercises.

The hour long program will meet once per week as a group but will provide participants with detailed explanations of each exercise, so that you may practice on your own. Exercise bands will be provided to each program participant.

Copyright ©2002 Trustees of Boston University. All rights reserved.
Other Activities:

OFA offers presentations from area providers on health-related issues. Additionally, a wide range of medication management supplies, such as pill organizers and ID bracelets, are available at no cost.

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 for seniors. This is a self-directed program: you may swim laps or do your own aqua-exercises. The hours are 3:15-4:15pm Monday, Wednesday, and Friday when classes are in session. Please note: This program only runs through the winter months. For more information, please visit the Watkins Glen Central School District Community Use page at .
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 .