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Research & Promising Practices


Senior Center Research

What do senior centers need to enhance their image, attract clients and funders, and gain the attention of lawmakers? One critical answer is research—credible evidence that the work they do makes a real difference in the lives of older adults.

NISC is committed to enhancing the field of senior center research. We promote and participate in cutting-edge research to advance senior centers—and serve as a clearinghouse for research from around the country.

2012 NISC Research Award

21st Century Senior Centers: Changing the Conversation, a study of New York City Senior Centers, is the winner of the 2012 NISC Research Award. The study was conducted by the Council of Senior Centers and Services of New York City, Inc.

Research & Promising Practices Library:
A NISC Member Benefit

The senior center library is a NISC member-only resource. Use your member login to access the library, where you'll find these resources and more:

  • Senior Center Research in America
  • Sign Chi Do, Adaptations for Aging – 2011 NISC Research Award Winner
  • HIV/AIDS Prevention – No One is Immune – 2011 NISC Research Award Honorable Mention
  • Happiness and Humor – 2011 NISC Research Award Honorable Mention
  • Bibliography of Research on and about Senior Centers, 1978 -2008
  • California Commission on Aging Senior Center 2009 Literature Review
  • Understanding the Impact of Senior Community Center Participation on Elders' Health and Well-Being 
  • New Models of Senior Centers Task Force Report


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