Hingham Senior Center Earns Accreditation
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Hingham Senior Center Earns Accreditation

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May 8, 2013

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Congratulations to the Hingham Senior Center, which recently earned National Senior Center Accreditation.

NISC offers the only National Senior Center Accreditation Program. Accreditation provides official recognition that a senior center meets the nine standards of senior center operations.

The town of Hingham is located approximately 15 miles south of Boston. It is a community steeped in history, and the town has created six historic districts that help maintain its unique character. 

The Council on Aging was established in 1970 and changed its name to the Hingham Department of Elder Services. This department operates the full-time senior center. The staff includes three full-time professionals, four part-time positions, and 200 volunteers. The Department is overseen by an 11-member Advisory Board. 

The 60+ population now comprises almost 26% of the town’s population, with a projected 60+ population in 2030 of 50%. A Needs Assessment of Hingham’s population aged 45+ was commissioned through the University of Massachusetts Boston Collins Center. The results provide the center with comprehensive data for the development of a long-range strategic plan. 

The addition of the Lifelong Learning program has increased the number of younger seniors, whereas the ever-popular bridge and mahjong programs continue to serve a slightly older group. 

The center offers a wide-ranging selection of programs, including exercise classes, health and wellness programming, current events, interest group participation, computer classes, and more.

Some of Hingham Senior Center’s strengths include:

  • Comprehensive volunteer system: Older adults are given the opportunity to contribute their time and talents in a meaningful way. Volunteers serve as greeters, meal servers, instructors, van drivers, council and committee members, and program registrars.
  • Thorough strategic plan: The action plan matched well with the long-range plan.
  • Complete Senior Center Policy manual: The staff can easily find answers to any procedural questions they may have.

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