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September 23, 2018

OCO Dining and Activity Centers Adopt a New Look and Feel


Fulton, NY – Thirty-nine years ago Oswego County Opportunities opened its first Dining and Activity Centers in Oswego County. Since that time OCO has opened centers in Constantia, Fulton, Hannibal, Mexico, Parish, Phoenix, and Sandy Creek.

Nancy Hotaling (left) and Joyce Farrell tend the garden box at OCO’s Dining and Activity Center in Constantia. OCO has added garden boxes to each of its Dining and Activities Centers.  Participants are raising vegetables that will be added to each center’s menu. Other OCO Dining and Activity Centers are located in Mexico, Parish, Sandy Creek, Phoenix, Hannibal, and Fulton.

Nancy Hotaling (left) and Joyce Farrell tend the garden box at OCO’s Dining and Activity Center in Constantia. OCO has added garden boxes to each of its Dining and Activities Centers. Participants are raising vegetables that will be added to each center’s menu. Other OCO Dining and Activity Centers are located in Mexico, Parish, Sandy Creek, Phoenix, Hannibal, and Fulton.

Over the years the look and feel of these centers have undergone a metamorphosis.  Baby boomers now in their 60s and 70s continue to lead active lifestyles and are enjoying the benefits of socialization and recreation.  As result, OCO’s Dining and Activity Centers have taken on a look and feel that echoes this fresher, more youthful outlook.

“The concept of being a ‘senior’ has changed and so have our Dining and Activity Centers. The range of activities and recreation we offer at our centers has expanded over the years to better accommodate this changing demographic. While socialization and the opportunity to share a meal with others and create new friendships is the focal point of our centers, it’s the recreational and educational aspects that have become much more of an attraction,” said Program Services coordinator, Bridget Dolbear.

“Our Dining and Activity Centers are a fun place to be. There’s always plenty to do; from interactive games such as bingo and Wii video games, to health and wellness activities, and educational presentations on health, nutrition and exercise,” added Dolbear.

According to Dolbear, two of the activities that have been increasingly popular are gardening and participating in Wii video game tournaments.

“We’ve added raised garden beds at all of our centers.  Our guests are enjoying raising fresh vegetables and incorporating them into our daily menus. The Wii gaming systems, which we have at each of our centers, have been a hit since we got them.  Participants from our Fulton, Constantia, and Phoenix Dining and Activity Centers even competed in the 2012 National Wii Bowling Tournament.  Teams competed for seven weeks in conference play followed by three weeks of playoffs. I am proud to say that the team from our Fulton center took home the first place trophy in the National Wii Tournament for their division, and most importantly all of the centers had fun competing with each other,” said Dolbear.

OCO’s Dining and Activity Centers continue to be popular destinations for those age 60 and older looking so enjoy some fun, quality time with others in their community.

OCO’s Dining and Activities Centers are open 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and are located at:

Constantia – St. Bernadette’s Church, 1667 State Route 49 – Open Monday, Wednesday, Thursday – 315-623-9803

Fulton – Fulton Municipal Building, 141 S. First St. – Open Monday – Friday – 315-592-3408

Hannibal – Community Library, 162 Oswego St. – Open Monday, Wednesday, Friday – 315-564-5471

Mexico – Presbyterian Church, 4316 Church St. – Open Wednesday, Friday – 315-963-7757

Parish – Presbyterian Church, 814 Rider St. – Open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday – 315-625-4617

Phoenix – Congregational Church, 3 Bridge St. – Open Monday, Wednesday, Friday – 315-695-4841

Sandy Creek – Methodist Church, 2031 Harwood Drive – Open Monday – Friday – 315-298-5020

“For those who have never visited one of our Dining and Activity Centers, I encourage them to do so and invite them to visit the center nearest them to see everything that our centers have to offer.  For more information on our centers or a schedule of activities, contact me at 315-598-412, ext. 1813 or visit our website at www.oco.org,” Dolbear concluded.

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