Dutchess County Executive William R. Steinhaus announced today the Dutchess County Division of Aging Services’s Senior Exercise Program won the National Association of Counties (NACo) 2005 Acts of Caring Award. The programs director, Jean Curlee, will attend the awards ceremony in Washington, DC tomorrow, Wednesday, April 13th to receive the award. The National Association of Counties Acts of Caring Awards are granted each year to recognize the top county volunteer programs in the country. The awards are given in partnership with Nationwide Retirement Solutions.
County Executive Steinhaus said, “We started the Senior Exercise Program in 1997. It’s goal as to help our county’s sixty-plus population achieve better health by counteracting the effects of osteoporosis and improving mobility, muscle, strength, stamina, balance and independence to enhance their quality of life. Since then the program has really taken off countywide.”
The classes are taught by volunteers and are held at two of the Division of Aging Services’s Senior Friendship Centers and other donated establishments to include the County’s own Bowdoin Park. Since its start, the programs have expanded to 55 classes with almost 1,300 participants and 90 volunteer leaders.
“The program would not exist if it weren’t for the many dedicated volunteers who week after week donate their time and skills selflessly to conduct the classes. I am very pleased their efforts have now been recognized nationally with this award,” Steinhaus added.
The Senior Exercise Program also recently received a Public Health Partnership Award from the Dutchess County Board of Health at their Healthy People in Healthy Communities luncheon.
For more information on the Dutchess County Senior Exercise Program or a location near you please call (845) 486-2555.