National Senior Center Month
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September is National Senior Center Month—your opportunity to showcase your senior center and promote a positive image of aging.

The 2018 theme is: Senior Centers: Building Momentum!

This September, the National Institute of Senior Centers (NISC) encourages you to show your community is building momentum towards the future of aging. We are celebrating this by highlighting the theme Senior Centers: Building Momentum, and we invite you to join us for National Senior Center Month!

Senior centers are the future of what aging can be. Innovative programs hosted at senior centers can change the perception of aging, and create important community resources for aging expertise. NISC strives to build momentum in the movement to empower senior centers to become as excellent as possible through programs such as National Accreditation and the Programs of Excellence Awards. We hope you will promote your center this September by showing how your center can be the future of aging in your community.

You can help NISC promote the important work your center does as well! Share success stories of how your center positively affected older adults using our Senior Center Success Stories form.

Senior Center Month materials

2018 Senior Center Month materials are now available! NOTE: Only one login to download materials is provided per NISC member. This login is usually provided to the primary contact of the NISC membership.

Materials include:

  • 2018 Program Guide: This free guide is available to anyone! Explore programming ideas for Senior Center Month.
  • 2018 Publicity GuideDownload and explore our tips on how to create and promote a memorable Senior Center Month experience.
  • PostersMake the national theme your own by customizing the 2018 Senior Center Month poster (pictured above), or download our version to hang in your center.

These materials are now available to download on NISC Crossroads as a NISC member benefit.


Our national celebration of senior centers began in 1979, with Senior Center Week celebrated in May. The concept gained support of other aging organizations, as well as the full Senate and the House Select Committee on Aging.

Thanks to the U.S. Conference of Mayors Aging Task Force, numerous mayoral proclamations celebrated Senior Center Week. In 1985, NISC was instrumental in achieving the first Senior Center Week Presidential Proclamation signed by President Ronald Reagan. In 2007, NISC designated the entire month of September as Senior Center Month to give centers greater flexibility in scheduling celebratory events.

Not a NISC member?

Join NISC to receive all of the Senior Center Month materials as part of your membership.

Join the nation, celebrate, and have fun with National Senior Center Month!

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