Senior Centers are important community focal points, and have become one of the most widely used services among America’s older adults. Today, almost 10,000 senior centers serve more than 1 million older adults every day. (National Council on Aging).
Approximately 70% of senior center participants are women; half of them live alone.
Senior centers serve as a gateway to the nation’s aging network—connecting older adults to vital community services that can help them stay healthy and independent.
More than 60% of senior centers are designated focal points for delivery of OAA services— allowing older adults to access multiple services in one place. ? Senior centers offer a wide variety of programs and services, including:
To maintain operations, senior centers must leverage resources from a variety of sources. These include federal, state, and local governments; special events; public and private grants; businesses; bequests; participant contributions; in-kind donations; and volunteer hours. Most centers rely on 3 to 8 different funding sources.
Research shows that older adults who participate in senior center programs can learn to manage and delay the onset of chronic disease and experience measurable improvements in their physical, social, spiritual, emotional, mental, and economic well-being.
Today’s senior centers are reinventing themselves to meet the needs and desires of the aging baby boom generation. Boomers now constitute more than two-thirds of the 50+ population. Senior centers are developing new programs and opportunities for this dynamic generation of older adults.
National Council on Aging Fact Sheet
Posted: to Chesterfield News on Sat, Jul 20, 2019
Updated: Sat, Jul 20, 2019