Fitness, learning, friendship, and purpose highlighted in senior center programs throughout September

Arlington, VA – No matter what your age, the hustle and bustle of daily life never seems to change. Individuals search for balance between their own needs and competing demands and responsibilities. This September, during National Senior Center Month, the National Council on Aging’s (NCOA) National Institute of Senior Centers (NISC) is celebrating the balance that older adults across the country find at their local senior centers.

“This year’s theme, Finding Balance at Your Center, highlights the whole-person wellness programming that senior centers strive to provide and the support provided by staff and volunteers,” said Maureen O’Leary, NISC Program Manager. “Older adults across the age spectrum go to their local senior centers to stay active, engaged, and to find a fulfilling balance of aspiration and intention.”

Senior centers generally offer four types of programming: health activities that promote physical and mental wellness and education; learning activities that expand seniors’ horizons with new choices or new adventures; social activities that help them develop friendships; and activities that help older adults connect to their purpose, whether occupational or vocational.

“Taking a painting class, listening to a lecture, exercising, planting a community garden, laughing with friends—these are all moments that allow for the daily practice of living a balanced life,” said James Firman, NCOA President and CEO. “Supporting this curiosity and community growth, while also providing practical tools and resources to maintain independent lifestyles are important to today’s dynamic generation of older adults.”

For more information about specific programs that senior centers offer and how they are celebrating National Senior Center Month, go to To find a local NISC senior center go to and click on “NISC Senior Center Member.”

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.

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