Senior Recreation Specialist Reaches out to Virginia's Older Community

Aging is positive if you want it to be. And recreation is a wonderful way for seniors to stay engaged, focused and happy.

Lynn Fox facilitates Virginia's Lynchburg’s Parks & Recreation Department as a senior recreation specialist, and keeps older adults on the go. Fox who spent summer vacations with her grandparents has turned her natural acknowledgement for senior citizens into a productive line of work. Her career has spanned 35 years.

The 58-year-old Fox had a lot to say in an interview with Lynchburg's

"I work with such a variety of older people with different needs and abilities. This gives me an opportunity to be able to meet those needs and to do it in fun way; to let them know they’re still very important and vibrant no matter what stage of life they’re in. They have something to give," she told the media source.

She enjoys offering activities that participants thought they'd never do again, like playing softball. "I think aging has a new face today, and we’re very pleased to be a part of that," she told

"I’ve been blessed to develop some very special friendships with the people I serve; some I‘ve known for 15 or 20 years. I feel like I’m a part of so many other families. The rewards are just endless. I don’t think I could find something I love any better. It’s not a job, it’s so much more. I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that this is what I was meant to do."

Recreation is essential to Active Lifestyle and Independent Living residences.