Have you checked out your local senior center lately? September is National Senior Center Month, a great time to plan a visit. Whether you are 50 or 90, there are many ways to celebrate LIFE (Learning, Independence, Friends, and Energy) at senior centers. Here are 4 good reasons to plan a visit:
1. Learning—Expand your knowledge
It’s never too late to learn a new skill, and senior centers offer a wide range of stimulating educational activities to keep your mind sharp. Whether you’re taking an art class, participating in a literary club, learning to dance, or attending a computer training, there’s no lack of opportunities to stay engaged and pursue your passions.
2. Independence—Live on your terms
By joining a senior center, you’ll be connected to programs and people that can give you the tools to choose your own course in life. You’ll find programs focused on remaining healthy, economically secure, and aging positively, as well as giving back to the community. You’ll meet resilient older adults who have “been there, done that” as they share life skills. Senior centers also offer a way to conveniently access multiple public services in one location, including meal and nutrition programs, transportation services, benefits counseling, employment assistance, and more.
3. Friends—Enjoy life
Did you know that senior center participants have higher levels of social interaction and life satisfaction than their peers? Having great friends is one of life’s most wonderful rewards, and senior centers can be a perfect place to meet new people in your neighborhood. Today, nearly 11,000 senior centers serve 1 million older adults aged 50+ every day.
4. Energy—Discover health and vitality
Keeping your mind and body active not only improves the way you feel—it also prevents many health problems that come with age. Senior centers have expanded their health and fitness offerings in recent years, holding traditional group fitness classes like aerobics, Zubma, yoga, and Tai Chi, as well as evidence-based health programs that have been scientifically proven to make people healthier.
Now is the time to celebrate LIFE by taking full advantage of everything senior centers have to offer! Visit your local senior center today.