Residents At The Linden In Dedham Participate In January "Fitness Frenzy"

DEDHAM, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — Residents at a Dedham assisted living and memory care facility are on the move to raise money for a worthy cause, while staying active at the same time.

It's called the Fitness Frenzy - a month-long exercise fundraiser to get residents at the Linden up and out of their rooms, while benefiting the Dedham Food Pantry.

Linden Team Member Heather Payne tells WBZ NewsRadio's Kim Tunnicliffe that family, friends and the general public can make donations or sponsor one of the residents in their activities.

"We're doing a relay race with the staff, we're trying to do a winter Olympics with them," Payne said. "Anything that's getting them going instead of just sitting in their room, especially during the pandemic."

Payne said having families or community members donate helps to keep the residents inspired to complete their challenges.

One participant is 85-year-old Joan Mancuso, who has around 10 sponsors who donate money for every mile she walks around the building with her walker.

"Everybody benefits from it, we exercise, the food pantry they get money, and everybody's happy," Mancuso said. "You cant be discouraged from exercising, and the older you get, the more you need it in moderation."

WBZ NewsRadio's Kim Tunnicliffe (@KimWBZ) reports.

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Written by Rachel Armany

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