Senior Centers

Senior Centers

Senior centers are community focal points for seniors. Funded in part through the Older Americans Act, there are now some 15,000 centers across the country, serving close to 10 million seniors annually. The centers typically provide nutrition, recreation, social, and educational services, as well as comprehensive information and referral. Congregate (group) meals are often served at senior centers. Many centers are adding new and innovative programs such as fitness activities, health education, and Internet training.

Most states have hundreds of senior centers that provide the typical services mentioned above, and each one characterizes the uniqueness of the surrounding community. For example, Pennsylvania has more than 650 senior centers, one of which is the Mechanicsburg Area Senior Adult Center, where some participants play in regular pool tournaments and are members of a league. Every year they put on a pool league banquet, complete with awards. Two other centers in Pennsylvania focus on different activities. The September House Senior Center in York offers computer classes. They have had more than 200 students in the past year. And participants at the Blue Ridge Senior Center in Great Bend help out Project Kidds, which aids abused and neglected children. Blue Ridge Senior Center attendees make doll clothing, wooden toys, and blocks for the children.

The information above is reprinted from Working with Seniors: Health, Financial and Social Issues with permission from Society of Certified Senior Advisors® . Copyright © 2009. All rights reserved. www.csa.us