2/26/15: Erie County Senior Centers Have Fun, Get Fit with New Electronic Equipment

Modified: February 26, 2015 3:52pm

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Mark Poloncarz with seniors

Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz is surrounded by members of the Erie County Department of Senior Services along with seniors and staff at the Dorothy Collier Community Center in Buffalo, one of ten area centers receiving a new TV and Wii to increase recreation and socialization opportunities for area seniors.


EC Senior Services Delivers Televisions, Wii Minis to Increase Recreation Opportunities, Socialization at Ten Local Senior Centers

ERIE COUNTY, NY— The Erie County Department of Senior Services is bringing expanded recreational opportunities, along with lots of excitement, to ten area senior centers with the delivery of a 55” LED TV and Wii Mini for seniors to use at each center. The equipment, intended to increase recreation opportunities and socialization at senior centers, is paid for with federal Older Americans Act funds. This funding is granted to the Erie County Department of Senior Services by the NYS Office for Aging, with Erie County sharing 10% of the $12,900 total cost.

“Providing senior centers with this equipment is an investment in their health and well-being, giving seniors more ways to exercise, socialize, and relax with their friends. Each center has been thrilled to receive the TV and Wii Mini and they are being put to good use,” said Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz. “The Department of Senior Services is constantly working on ways to better serve our seniors, and I thank Commissioner Hoak for his good work in leveraging a relatively small county investment into a bigger opportunity that will bring joy to many.”

Senior Services Commissioner Randy Hoak added, “These TVs and Wiis will open up new possibilities for recreation and exercise for our seniors, many of whom are already familiar with Wii exercise programs and who will now have a chance to participate in them with their friends. This is a good way to keep seniors active, engaged, and involved with peers.”

In February to date, TVs and Mini Wiis have been delivered to Hispanics United of Buffalo, the Belle Center, the Richmond-Summer Senior Center, the Friends to the Elderly Program at the Dorothy Collier Community Center, and the Gloria J. Parks Community Center in Buffalo.


For more information on the Erie County Department of Senior Services, visit: http://www2.erie.gov/seniorservices