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April 5, 2013

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Congratulations to the following two senior centers that 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.

Danvers Senior Center

Danvers was first accredited in 2001 when it became the second senior center in the state of Massachusetts and the 49th center in the country to achieve this distinction.

The Danvers Council on Aging (DCOA)/Danvers Senior Center is located in a residential community about 20 miles northeast of Boston. DCOA is a division within the Town of Danvers and has been in operation for 41 years. Approximately 75 older adults participate daily. 

The center collaborates with many agencies in the community, and the center director is also a social worker for the town. The center works very closely with the local food pantry. 

Their Triad group, which incorporates other Danvers staff including police and fire chiefs and volunteers, has a daily call and Lock Box Program that allows a public safety representative to check on older adults. 

A local newspaper columnist features the center regularly and was included as part of the self-assessment team.

Some of Danvers Senior Center’s strengths include:

  • Danvers is a very caring and compassionate community with full support for senior services.
  • Center staff is well trained, hardworking, and dedicated to covering all aspects of center operations, including working in the kitchen when necessary.
  • Mr. Fix It and Triad group programs assure seniors have special attention to needs.
  • Collaboration with many local agencies, including the food pantry and other social service agencies, allows a one-stop shop for seniors in getting services.
  • Center worked on and improved those practices that were recommended in previous accreditation.

Monroe Center for Healthy Aging

The Monroe Center for Healthy Aging is located south of Detroit and in Michigan's only county bordering Lake Erie. The center serves the entire county; participants come from both suburban and rural areas.

The center is a nonprofit corporation that operates under the direction of a 15-member Board of Directors. Current membership is 991, with an average daily attendance of 80.

Programming is diverse and consists of self-facilitated, staff-facilitated, and independent activities for members. Activities and programs include Brain Aerobics; Quarterly Dinners and Shows; Health Odyssey Educational Programs for healthy lifestyles that has 120-150 participants monthly; and low-impact aerobics.

Some of the Monroe Center for Healthy Aging’s strengths include:

  • Strong staff with a commitment to providing innovative, high-quality programming.
  • Staff coverage so the facility is open 7 day per week/365 days per year.
  • High-caliber programming and networks.
  • Implementation of 2008 Accreditation suggestions for continuous improvement: promoted Mission Statement at center and included in publications, website, press releases, etc.; enlarged Annual Report; added an Annual Meeting; added additional outcome evaluations planning and measurement; increased Board understanding of financial statements; developed membership Policy and Procedures Handbook; increased public dissemination of planning documents, evaluations, and outcomes; continues to explore options and funding for moving or expanding their facilities.

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