AACE Center joins organizations to promote walking for healthy aging

SYRACUSE — SUNY Oswego’s Active Aging and Community Engagement Center is joining with a number of other Syracuse-area organizations to sponsor the July 29 Seniors and Friends Walk during the downtown Wednesday Walk series.

Wednesday Walk is a series of biweekly walking tours with themes such as downtown murals and downtown parks. The Seniors and Friends walk will feature a performance by the Stan Colella All-Star Jazz Ensemble, sponsored by the city’s Department of Parks and Recreation.

“Our Seniors and Friends Wednesday Walk is a wonderful opportunity for older adults to discover the many charms of the downtown area as well as meet other active adults,” said Danielle Masursky, the AACE Center’s assistant director.

The walk will begin at noon on the South Clinton Street side of Clinton Square at the Jerry Rescue Monument. After a short — less than 1 mile — tour of some of the downtown parks, the group will stop at Shot Clock Park, at the corner South Franklin and Walton streets in Armory Square, to listen to the band play.

Each Wednesday Walk, including the Seniors and Friends Walk, is free and open to the public. Some downtown businesses are providing discounts and coupons for walkers, and all participants in the Seniors and Friends Walk will receive a pedometer provided by the SUNY Oswego Metro Center, the college’s Syracuse campus, to encourage regular walking.

“Walking is an excellent way for people of all ages to stay healthy; for seniors, in particular, it helps maintain independence and mobility,” Masursky said.

The Wednesday Walk is a collaborative effort of the AACE Center at the SUNY Oswego Metro Center, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Onondaga County, the Downtown Committee, American Heart Association, YMCA of Greater Syracuse, Onondaga Civic Development Corp., Fleet Feet Sports and Metro Fitness.

The AACE Center is a multidisciplinary applied research center promoting active aging in the greater Syracuse area through education, community events and partnerships with local organizations.

For information about the Seniors and Friends Walk, contact Masursky at 399-4100.

For information about the AACE Center, visit www.aacecenter.org.

For more information about the Wednesday Walk, visit the Onondaga County Office of Economic Development site at www.syracusecentral.com/wednesdaywalks.