Congratulations to the Marilyn Michaelson Senior Center on achieving National Senior Center Accreditation in September 2019

Bloomfield is located in Central Connecticut, just 10 minutes west of the state capitol, Hartford. It is easily accessible to Bradley International Airport and interstates 84 and 91. The Town encompasses 26.4 square miles and has a population of 20,000 residents.

The mission of the Marilyn Michaelson Senior Center of Bloomfield, Connecticut, is to serve as a welcoming focal point for the delivery of services to older adults and their caregivers by responding to their diverse needs and interests in a manner that will enhance their dignity, support their independence, health and general well-being, and encourage their involvement in the Senior Center and Community.

The Marilyn Michaelson Senior Center is housed in a brand new beautiful building.  The layout, lighting, acoustics and accessibility to the building are wonderful for the programs.  This center is tied very tightly to its community.  It shares a building with other Human Services so this makes partnering easy and frequent.  The center also partners with the CCRCs and HUD housing communities in the same town as well as health services for flu shots, etc.  

The Center offers classes and special courses. Typical offerings include bridge, computer literacy, painting, music and fiber arts. There are a variety and range of exercise programs. The Aging Mastery Program along with courses in health, nutrition, entitlement programs are offered and periodically the LGBT Mobile Senior Center visits the center.  Travel programs, local transportation, a café and Ida’s Shoppe, a re-sale shop, are also found at the center.

The peer reviewer noted the following strengths of the center: 

  • Awesome new building!
  • Positive atmosphere of staff and guests reflecting a deep knowledge of each other
  • Continued success with Aging Mastery Program
  • Innovative programming as part of the LGBT Moveable Senior Center
  • Programming includes nice balance of active and sedentary, solitary and group.
  • Incredible trips including South Africa this Fall.
  • Mini-bus Van program is strong and vital.
  • Strong partnering with Town Agencies.
  • Continued positive articles in the local paper

Consider national accreditation and the self-assessment process to show your governance the important resources that are available to the older adults in your community to age well. Learn how the National Senior Center Standards and self-assessment process can help you achieve excellence at your center.