Senior centers offer Learning, Independence, Friendship, and Energy for today’s older adults
Public Affairs Manager
Arlington, VA — Aging isn’t what it used to be, and neither are today’s senior centers. With a focus on wellness, lifelong learning, and volunteerism, senior centers are modernizing to meet the needs of today’s older adults. September is National Senior Center Month, and the National Council on Aging (NCOA) encourages everyone to find a local center to discover tools to stay healthy, involved, and independent.
This year’s theme is Celebrate LIFE at Your Senior Center, focusing on how senior centers provide opportunities for Learning, Independence, Friendship, and Energy. Senior centers nationwide are planning special events to highlight their year-long offerings for older adults in the community.
“From the youngest baby boomers turning 50 to nonagenarians, older adults today are looking for empowerment, and senior centers are evolving to support their needs,” said Maureen O’Leary, Program Manager of NCOA’s National Institute of Senior Centers (NISC). “Senior centers are the first place to turn for valuable programs, activities, and access to benefits and services.”
Older adults are a dynamic generation, looking for the opportunity to share their diverse skills and talents. Senior centers provide a space for them to learn and socialize with their peers, as well as offering tools and resources to help them manage their health and finances to stay independent.
To find out more about National Senior Center Month, please visit ncoa.org/SeniorCenterMonth.
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 ncoa.org and @NCOAging
About the National Institute of Senior Centers
NCOA’s National Institute of Senior Centers (NISC) supports a national network of over 3,000 senior center professionals dedicated to helping older adults remain active, engaged, and independent in their communities. NISC is setting the standard for the future of senior centers by promoting research, promising practices, professional development, and advocacy. NISC also offers the nation’s only National Senior Center Accreditation Program. Learn more at ncoa.org/NISC.