Senior Centers Are Experts at Living Well


Vanessa Sink

Public Affairs Manager


NCOA encourages older adults to see what’s new at their local center in September

Washington, DC – September is National Senior Center Month – and the National Council on Aging (NCOA) National Institute of Senior Centers (NISC) encourages all older adults to take this opportunity to discover the many ways their local senior center can help them live well.

Every day, 10,000 Baby Boomers turn 65. Today’s boomers and seniors are not content to sit back and relax in retirement—they want to continue to grow and thrive. Senior centers are a community gateway where older adults can make friends, manage their health, access benefits, learn new skills, and have fun. Nearly 11,000 senior centers serve 1 million older adults every day.

This year’s theme – Senior Centers: Experts at Living Well – highlights how senior centers empower older adults to make choices that can enhance their lives and help them become experts at living well.

“Throughout our lives, it’s important that we stay active, engage with our community, and continue to learn,” said James Firman, NCOA President and CEO. “Senior centers offer a variety of innovative opportunities for older Americans to remain vital, empowered, active participants in their lives and their communities.”

Research shows that older adults who participate in senior center programs can learn to manage and delay the onset of chronic disease and experience measurable improvements in their physical, social, spiritual, emotional, mental, and economic well-being.

Senior Center Month is sponsored by NISC, the only national organization focused solely on supporting the nation’s 11,000 senior centers. It offers the nation’s only Senior Center Accreditation Program, which serves as a guide for centers to improve their operations and the quality of centers nationwide.

Find out more about National Senior Center Month and locate a NISC accredited senior center here or visit a neighborhood center to find out more about resources available locally.

About NCOA

The National Council on Aging (NCOA) is a respected national leader and trusted partner to help people aged 60+ meet the challenges of aging. Our mission is to improve the lives of millions of older adults, especially those who are struggling. Through innovative community programs and services, online help, and advocacy, NCOA is partnering with nonprofit organizations, government, and business to improve the health and economic security of 10 million older adults by 2020. Learn more at and @NCOAging.