SIDNEY — The Senior Center of Sidney-Shelby County serves as an important resource for the county’s residents who are age 50 or better. The center opened in 1997 to connect older adults to vital community services that help them stay healthy, independent and socially active.
“Match Day proceeds will help us add more Certified Personal Trainer hours,” said Eileen Wiseman, Executive Director. “Over 30 percent of our visits last year were exercise related. We feel that more of our members would use the exercise room if the trainers were here more often. As we age, it is imperative that we keep moving in order to help us maintain our lifestyle.”
A Certified Personal Trainer teaches members how to most appropriately use exercise equipment according to their own personal condition. The trainer can also assess health needs or implement a doctor’s guidelines for rehabilitation following a surgery or injury.
In addition to cardiovascular fitness and strength maintenance, regular exercise has been shown to slow the progression of age-related illnesses. The Senior Center is available only to those age 50 and older, so some members feel more comfortable in exercising with those who are in their same age range. The Center also hosts a variety of other activities include luncheons, programs, and social leagues meant to keep people active and involved.
In addition, the center will use the funding to refurbish the existing pool tables.
“They are in almost constant use and need to be in good condition,” said Wiseman. Any remaining money will help upgrade the Center’s antiquated phone system that has not been updated in 20 years.
To contribute to the Senior Center of Sidney-Shelby County on Match Day, gifts must be made payable to the Community Foundation of Shelby County with: Match/Senior Center noted on the memo or in an accompanying note or form. Details and forms are available at the Community Foundation website at www.commfoun.com or at the Senior Center. Gifts must be received on or before Nov. 28 to be eligible for a match up to $5,000.