Taiwan Delegation Explores U.S. Senior Centers
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July 9, 2013

A delegation from Taiwan visited NCOA’s Washington, DC office on June 14 to learn more about lifelong learning at senior centers in the United States.  

Ms. Ai-Ping Wang, executive officer, Department of Education, Science, and Culture; Dr. Meng-Chingmr Hu, professor, Department of Adult and Continuing Education, National Chung Cheng University; Ms. Shio-An Yang, senior specialist, Department of Social Education, Ministry of Education; and Ms. Ming-Chao Hsien, section chief, Department of Social Education, Ministry of Education visited with NCOA staff and then toured the Bowie Senior Center in Maryland. 

Nora Dowd Eisenhower, NCOA senior vice president for Economic Security, along with other NCOA staff, shared information on the Older Americans Act, changing demographics, Medicaid and long-term services and supports, access to benefits, community health programming, the NISC National Senior Center standards, and other useful information.   

After the morning meeting, Maureen Arsenault O’Leary, NISC program manager, and Nan Jiang, an NCOA fellow intern from China, accompanied the delegation on a tour of the Bowie Senior Center, a nationally accredited senior center in Bowie, MD.

Katherine White, Senior Services Manager, gave a tour of the 29,000 square foot facility. The delegation was very impressed with the programming and facility and remarked that this center “must be a best practice.” 

There are 271 senior active learning centers nationwide in Taiwan for citizens aged 55+. To cultivate the habit of lifelong learning and a healthy body and mind, the Ministry of Education began promoting the centers in 2008 in the spirit of “learn happily and neglect your age” and “active living.”  

The centers were later combined with universities promoting “Senior Citizens’ Active Life Long Learning Universities” to encourage retirees to participate and train senior lecturers.   

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