people don't like the name Senior Center. Some different
names have been suggested like Active Adult Center or
Adult Activity Center and we do see these names in use
already. The Baby Boomers increasingly are turning 60+
and now 65+ and the names and personalities of these centers
probably will be changing.
Most centers are run by the local city,
county or area governments. Some are non government sponsored
The age to qualify for Senior Centers
vary by center, with some the age is as low as age 50,
then quite a few at age 55 and some at age 60. Anyone
at the minimum age may use the center. It is free to use
most of the programs and a small fee for some.
You can see our page at Senior
Center Activities and Programs to see
a list of some common activities. Activities do vary between
centers and and change from season to season. Programs
and activities are being improved continuously. They provide
a variety of programs and services for seniors who typically
live nearby. Programs include activities, educational
opportunities, counseling and support groups, volunteer
opportunities, and wellness programs. Some centers also
offer meals, help with financial and medical paperwork,
transportation to and from the center, shopping trips,
outings, friendship and other services to seniors.
Many centers provide some congregate meals
like a breakfast or a tasty hot lunch free or for a small
donation. Congregate meals are meals that are offered
to seniors in groups like at a SeniorCenter and provide
at least one meal per day to seniors at no cost. All seniors
60 years of age and over, regardless of income, are eligible
to participate in and receive free meals in a congregate
meal setting. These programs contribute greatly to senior
nutrition and health. In a poll the most common responses
seniors gave for eating at the center were that they enjoyed
the meals (63%), enjoyed socializing (61 %), and meals
are inexpensive (57%).
Wellness seminars are a favorite at many
and can help improve your quality of life. Wellness Seminars
cover everything from managing arthritis, preventing low
back pain, and nutrition, to causes of balance problems
and fall prevention, and many other topics-these are just
Many Centers sponsor a Meals on Wheels
program which provides home-delivered meals at no costs.
Adult Recreation Centers are run by the
Parks and Receation Departments and serve the 50+ active
adult. The users of this type of center are usually a
little younger and the age range varies more so than Senior
Centers. Many towns have both types.
If you are at least age 50, or know someone
who could enjoy the benefits like being more active and
engaged, then by all means visit a Senior Center or two
near you to see firsthand what it is all about.