Comprehensive Senior Day Services
Aging with Health, Hope, and Dignity
Welcome to the Westcott Community Center Comprehensive Senior Day Services
Whether you are seeking friendship, exercise, educational programs or recreational and leisure activities the Westcott Community Center is committed to providing these opportunities for residents of the City of Syracuse. We welcome you to check out the various programs and activities we offer posted below and in the Community Room at our Center. You are also invited to stop by the Westcott Community Center to see our facilities firsthand, and we encourage you to share your ideas about what we can do to enrich your experience with us.
A delicious, hot meal is provided Monday through Friday from 12:00pm to 12:30pm. Lunch is served promptly at noon. This program is designed so that seniors 60+ can enjoy a well-balanced meal in a friendly comfortable setting. Come early to play games, listen to music and socialize. Suggested contribution is $3.00 per person (no one is turned away due to an inability to make a contribution) and Guest Meals are $6.00. You will find the menu in our monthly senior newsletter, at the Center, and online at www.peace-caa.org/.
Recreational and Leisure Programs/Activities
Throughout the year we offer activities and programs that will expand your knowledge, teach you a new skill or help you maintain a healthy lifestyle. Monday through Friday following lunch from 12:45pm to 1:45pm we offer a variety of activities including games such as Bingo and Jeopardy, various seminars and educational programs, health screening clinics, wellness support, exercise programs, movies, tea-time and more.
Services are free and confidential for adults 60+. Our Neighborhood Advisor is a trained Senior Services Professional that assists older adults in obtaining the services they need in order to remain independent in their home setting. They promote awareness of community services, make referrals, connect older adults with services and follow-up to ensure they received services. Appointments are available in the senior’s home or at our center.
Our Neighborhood Advisor can help you:
- Complete medical applications and other forms.
- Locate needed services, such as Health Care, Legal Advice, Transportation, Housing, Nutrition, Exercise, Socialization, and Caregiver Information.
- Provide information about income stretching programs, such as SSI (Social Security Income), SNAP (Food Stamps), EPIC, HEAP (Home Energy Assistance Program), and IT-214 Form Property Tax Reduction.
To see if this program can be of help to you, a family member, friend or neighbor, contact Kathleen Boccio (Eastside Neighborhood Advisor) by calling 315-478-8634 ext. 3 or emailing Kathyb@westcottcc.org.
Senior Dry Goods Food Pantry
The Senior Dry Goods Food Pantry is held on the 2nd and 4th Mondays from 11 am – 1 pm and is available to seniors age 60+ that are residents of the 13210 zip code or are Senior Services participants. To be eligible you must meet Food Bank of CNY specified income guidelines, complete a registration form and provide proof of income. For more information about our Senior Dry Goods Food Pantry call 315-478-8634 or stop in.
Senior Companions are volunteers who provide assistance and friendship to adults who have difficulty with daily living tasks, such as shopping or paying bills. Senior Companions help these adults remain independent in their homes instead of having to move to more costly institutional care. Senior Companions give families or professional caregivers a much needed time off from their duties, run errands, and often provide friendship for their clients. There is no cost to have a Senior Companion. For more information about having a Senior Companion visitor, contact Kathleen Boccio by calling 315-478-8634 ext. 3 or emailing Kathyb@westcottcc.org. This program is offered through a collaboration with InterFaith Works.
Transportation Program (United We Ride)
Transportation services are available free of charge for all adults age 60+. Adults age 18 or over with diagnosed disabilities may also utilize the transportation services. Please note, we do not have a wheelchair accessible vehicle but can accommodate most walking aids. Transportation to and from our daily lunch program, doctor appointments, weekly grocery shopping, and other occasional outings are some of the services provided by this program. All passengers must be 18 years or older and able to step in and out of the agency van with minor assistance.
Transportation services are available Monday – Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. For more information on this service, please call our Transportation Coordinator Michael Messina-Yauchzy at 315.478.8634 ext. 5.
Step Up To Stop Falls (Strength & Balance Exercise Program)
Wednesdays 1:00-1:45 PM. This class is FREE to adults 60+. Pre-registration is not necessary, drop-ins are welcome! Registration forms are available at every class. Many older adults experience concerns about falling and restricting their activities. Step Up To Stop Falls is designed to manage falls and increase activity levels. This program emphasizes practical strategies to manage falls. You will learn to view falls as controllable, set goals for increasing activity, make changes to reduce fall risks at home, exercise to increase strength and balance. Exercises are modified to meet your needs. Chair exercises are also used along with great music! Fred Wilson of Fit Over Fifty is a certified fitness instructor specializing in senior fitness.
Our concern about the frequency and serious consequences of falls in older people led us to find a successful intervention (muscle strengthening and balance retraining). Risk factors for falls considered the most readily modified are muscle strength, flexibility, balance and reaction time.