What is a Senior Center?
What exactly is a Senior Center? Since September is National Senior Center month I thought this would be an appropriate question since Senior Centers are invisible in most people’s lives including the very people these centers target as a key demographic.
Would you believe, according to National Council on Aging, that there are approximately 11,000 Senior Centers in the US today? Would you also believe that there is most likely one in your neighborhood or nearby town? How old do you have to be to be considered a “senior”? Enough with the questions. First, let’s get back to the original question… what is a Senior Center,
Here’s a quick review…
Senior Centers are a place where seniors (50 years old and older usually) can gather for fitness, support and socialization. Activities and resources will vary from center to center but the core element is to provide a welcoming environment that attracts seniors. These centers offer an attractive “day-out” for those who choose to live in their own homes. Currently 1 million seniors take advantage of the programs, assistance and activities offered by senior centers.
Some of the activities might include games, crafts, exercise and club meetings. Wellness programs cover everything from preventing low back pain and fall prevention to nutrition. Many Senior Centers offer a congregate meal that is free and nutritious to all seniors 60 years of age and older. Outside activities could include a trip to a casino or a concert.
The local city or county government runs most Senior Centers while some are non-government sponsored non-profits. Check with your local center to find out if there are any fees required for membership.
If you need help finding a senior center in your area, call our office at (704) 843-1446 and we can help connect you with ones that meet your needs in your community.