Key Takeaways

  • Become a member of the National Institute of Senior Centers (NISC), the only national organization dedicated to senior center professionals.

  • Be part of the organization that's setting the standard for the future of senior centers.

  • Sign up to become a NISC Member today.


The National Institute of Senior Centers is committed to supporting and strengthening the nation’s 11,000 senior centers through best practices, professional development, advocacy, research, and national standards and accreditation.

Let us know what the operating status of your senior center is during the COVID-19 outbreak, and see resources for senior centers during the outbreak.

Why should you join NISC?

We are the only organization solely focused on the needs of senior center professionals.

NISC leadership, senior center professionals, and the National Council on Aging's (NCOA) staff work in partnership to address the issues that are most important to you. NCOA’s advocacy team ensures that your concerns are heard on Capitol Hill. 

As a NISC Member, you will receive concise e-newsletters focused on the issues you care about—policies that affect funding, grants, and awards you can apply for, and best practices you can adapt for your center.

NISC is setting the standard for the future of senior centers.

Building Excellence, the national standards manual for senior centers, is available to NISC members at no cost—a $150 value. Use it to do your own self assessment or as a guide to becoming a nationally accredited senior center. 

Your next big idea may come from half way across the country.

When you join NISC, you are instantly connected to a national network of professional support and innovative solutions. Ask for help, share an opinion, or get your next big idea on the Crossroads online community, where senior center professionals go to talk.

NISC webinars provide a virtual tour of what’s working at other senior centers across the country and bring experts in the field directly to your desktop.

Join NISC for the money you’ll save.

Just one member benefit—discounts on conference registrations or accreditation program fees, or cellular recycle earnings—could save you more than the cost of NISC membership. 

One good idea shared with a colleague could save your center a lot more money. Learn more about the benefits you'll receive as a NISC member.

Benefits of NISC membership

Additional benefits

  • Public policy updates and advocacy
  • Monthly newsletter
  • Educational webinars
  • National senior center conference discounts
  • Aging in Stride—consumer newsletter content
  • Community education program materials and training
  • Networking and national projects
  • NISC Leadership and State Liason program

Annual membership fee: $145

Become a member of the only national organization for senior center professionals. You’ll instantly be connected to a national network of support and innovative solutions.

Annual membership to the National Institute of Senior Centers (NISC) covers everyone who works for your organization at one location. For information on multi-site discounts, please contact us at

If you are an academic institution, nonprofit, or corporation, NISC has membership opportunities that suit your needs. Join or renew online or contact us at

What members are saying ...

Through NISC, I have learned how to be a successful advocate for my seniors and the programs we offer.
Chuck Ricks, Senior Center Director, WV
On NISC’s online community, I get answers to questions I didn’t think to ask and find solutions to problems before they begin!
Dianne Stone, Senior Center Director, CT
NISC accreditation gives us amazing leverage. When we write grants, we will be much more attractive to the grantors.
Paula Dolan-Pare, Volunteer & Former Senior Center Director, MA