The Avedis Foundation proudly announces a $15,000 grant to the Senior Citizens Of Shawnee, Inc. for its Senior Fitness Program.

The Avedis Foundation proudly announces a $15,000 grant to the Senior Citizens Of Shawnee, Inc. for its Senior Fitness Program.

The Shawnee Senior Center provides recreational, educational and health-related programs for persons 50-years of age and “better”! Tai Chi: Working for Better Balance (Tai Chi) and Enhance Fitness (EF) are evidence-based exercise programs demonstrated to increase strength, balance and coordination among program participants.

Shawnee Senior Center opened in its present location at 401 N. Bell St., when the City of Shawnee matched $500,000 in funds raised by the seniors with a Community Development Block Grant. It has been home to many programs over time. Since 2007 Enhance Fitness and Tai Chi have been held at the Shawnee Senior Center. For the last two years, the senior center has been the grant recipient for Federal Title III funding through COEDD Area Agency on Aging.

Tai Chi classes are also offered in Meeker, Asher & Tecumseh Senior Center locations.

The Senior Fitness Program, as with the Shawnee Senior Center, provides other services as valuable as fitness - social interaction, friendship, camaraderie. The friendships developed at the senior center have helped participants through recovery and in many cases, adapting to life’s changes.

“The Avedis Foundation is proud to support the Senior Fitness Program providing health and wellness opportunities to clients 50 years of age and beyond. The program offers a wonderful service to seniors in the areas of recreation, education and health-related social interaction,” said Audrey Seeliger, Avedis Foundation Program Officer.

“The Avedis Foundation is honored and pleased to fund this project making a difference in the community. To support the perpetual mission of this organization both now and in the future donations can be made directly to Senior Citizens Of Shawnee Inc.”

Kate Joyce, executive director, is grateful for the grant.

“I can’t begin to tell you how excited we are to be able to complete our funding for the Senior Fitness Program. COEDD Area Agency on Aging also provides us with Title III funds for Health Promotion. Our classes at the Shawnee Senior Center, Meeker and Asher will be able to continue uninterrupted with Sharon Autrey and Beth Perry. Additionally, these funds provide us the opportunity to add a Tai Chi class in Tecumseh and we have certified instructor, Frankie Burton, ready to begin,” Joyce said.