The Parkway Center, Memorial Parkway, Utica, has received a grant from the Utica National Foundation for $4,630 to be used toward its Stay Young StrongBones exercise program for seniors.
Funds will be used to purchase equipment that participants need for the program, such as ankle weights, hand-held weights and mats. The new equipment will allow the Parkway Center to expand participation in the program.
The Parkway Center has been serving the senior community for more than 60 years, and is the largest senior center in Oneida and Herkimer counties. Its mission is to provide programs and services to individuals age 50-plus, empowering them to live healthy and vibrant lives. One such program that the center provides is the StayYoung StrongBones Exercise Program.
StayYoung StrongBones is an exercise program that was developed at Tufts University to help older adults address specific age-related problems, reducing the signs and symptoms of many diseases and chronic conditions.
The goals of the program are to increase strength, muscle mass, and bone density; and to reduce chronic diseases such as osteoporosis, arthritis, and others. This is a signature program of the Parkway Center through the Oneida County Retired and Senior Volunteer Program.