About Senior Centers and what they can offer

By: 
BrownRichards & Assocciates

The mission of senior centers is to allow older adults to live their lives with independence and dignity for as long as possible in their own homes. Center programs include education, health screenings, exercise and wellness programs, travel, social activities, computer training, hot lunches and volunteer opportunities. Not only does the center assist you in your everyday life, it also sets as a background for new friendships to begin and existing ones to flourish.

Social Services - Provides counseling, crisis intervention, advocacy, referrals to other agencies and help with filing benefit claims and insurance forms. Arrangements for home health care and other services are offered as well. A handyman service, often run by volunteers, helps older adults with minor repairs around the home.

Meals–on-Wheels - For those who are unable to leave their homes, the senior center can provide home delivered meals. Volunteers deliver thousands of meals through the Meals-On-Wheels program, Monday through Friday. Frozen meals are provided for weekends. .

Transportation - Many senior centers offer transportation to the center as well as to medical appointments, chemotherapy and radiation treatments, therapy appointments and grocery shopping. A wheelchair accessible van is sometimes available. Volunteer Information- There are many volunteers at Senior Centers. Volunteering is a rewarding way to get involved, meet people and it’s fun! Many volunteer opportunities are available at the Center, including Meals-On-Wheels drivers, program instructors, office workers and van drivers, just to name a few. Travel - Day trips as well as journeys to all corners of the globe are offered throughout each year.

Education - Older adults can enrich their lives through Lifelong Learning programs. Educational, health and self-improvement classes keep minds active and creative.

Recreation - Senior Centers provide many different ways to enjoy leisure time, such as drawing and watercolor classes, computer classes, investment clubs, hobbies and social programs.

Computer Learning Center - Some Senior Centers operate a unique Computer Learning Center offering state-of-the-art equipment and a variety of classes. Introduction to computers, word processing, Internet and other classes are offered.

Fitness - Many centers offer fitness centers and classes including yoga, low-impact aerobics and tai chi to keep the body flexible and strong

Congregate Meals - A hot lunch is often offered Monday through Friday Lunch at the Senior Center is a great way to meet interesting, active people in the area!