NCOA and NISC care about keeping senior centers safe and healthy, and information on how to deal with COVID-19 is critical as the situation continues to develop.
On this page, we will share the latest best practice information that senior centers are using to prevent the spread of the virus and keep their participants safe.
The first step for all senior centers is to contact your local public health department for the latest guidance on how to respond in your immediate area. Senior centers also can play an important role in sharing trusted information with older adults.
Resource guide for temporarily closed centers
NISC is committed to helping your center continue to offer quality services and programs to your participants throughout the Coronavirus outbreak. With your help through recent webinars and surveys, we have developed an evolving resource guide, Senior Centers Connect, with remote programming and service continuity ideas. This guide is available to all senior centers.
Upcoming COVID-19 webinars for senior centers
NISC will continue to hold webinars to share ideas and best practices for remote programming and service continuity as the Coronavirus outbreak continues to evolve. Your input during these conversations helps us develop materials for all senior centers to use! You can find the upcoming conversations here:
- Social Isolation and Loneliness Among Older Americans during COVID-19: Evidence, Policy, and Advocacy – May 20 @ 12:00 p.m. EDT
- Train the Trainer Webinar – May 29 @ 1:00 p.m. EDT
Senior Center Operating Status
Please let us know the operating status of your senior center by filling out this survey. You can fill it out more than once if the operating status of your center changes.
The below chart indicates the results of this survey as of 5/15/20. The responses in order are 76.92% reporting “the center is closed with some staff reporting, limited programs offered”, 18.93% report “the center is closed, no staff reporting” and 4.14% report that the “center is open with limited programs”. Please take the survey again if the operating status of your center changes.
NISC Webinars on COVID-19 Resources for Senior Centers
Guidance for Resuming On-Site Senior Center Operations
View the slides from the Guidance for Resuming On-Site Senior Center Operations webinar here.
NISC Leadership Coronavirus Conversation – March 2020
NISC Leadership Coronavirus Conversation – April 2020
Examples of planning for Coronavirus in the community
See these examples of communities planning to deal with the Coronavirus.
- Coronavirus response guidance from the Minnesota Department of Health
- Seattle senior centers respond to Coronavirus
Many partners are asking whether NCOA’s Age+Action Conference June 8-11 is still on. We are happy to announce that Age+Action will now be a virtual experience. The conference will have reduced fees of $250 for 4 days. Register today!
Resources for the latest Coronavirus news
Below are resources with the latest news on the Coronavirus situation.