Community Foundation of South Jersey Aging Innovation Fund Award

community fndn sojerseyStand Up For Salem Inc. is pleased to announce a generous grant award from the Community Foundation of South Jersey Aging Innovation Fund for the development of the Salem City Senior Health and Wellness Park which will kick off the new Stand Up For Salem Healthy Community Initiative. The grant has become the catalyst for expanding our services into the area of Health and Wellness, especially for the Baby Boomer generation which accounts for almost a quarter of Salem’s population.

The award will provide “playground” equipment specifically for older adults that focuses on improving balance, flexibility, and core muscle strength as a way to prevent falls and increase overall health and social well-being. The equipment, which will be installed in front of the Salem Senior Village this spring, will be available for all city residents over the age of 55 to use.

The fund also provides for an experienced personal trainer to assist in using the equipment, and outdoor classes in Tai Chi will also be held free of charge for older residents. Benches with gardening space will also be installed for residents with a green thumb to sit and garden or just enjoy the plantings.

The Community Foundation of South Jersey is a nonprofit, public charity that enables a broad cross-section of donors to easily and effectively support causes they care about, immediately or through their wills. Created by and for the people of South Jersey, CFSJ is the first community foundation dedicated to the people and communities in Atlantic, Burlington, Cape May, Camden, Cumberland, Gloucester, Ocean and Salem counties.

The South West Council will also be providing their Wellness Initiative For Senior Education (W.I.S.E.) as part of the grant. This six week program is designed to celebrate healthy aging, provide health information and offer resources for seniors covering a wide range of topics, including healthy lifestyle choices, risk factors, and prescription drug use along with ways to celebrate this exciting stage of life and the benefits that come with it.

To promote program sustainability, funds have also been provided by the grant to certify several volunteers over the age of 55 from our new RSVP program as personal trainers to work with their peers. These volunteers will also be managing our upcoming SHARE Food Program, which will provide all residents with an opportunity to purchase healthy food at discounted prices.