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Whether you're a senior center employee, a caregiver who depends on a senior center for a loved one's health care delivery, or an older adult who relies on the vital community services that senior centers offer to help keep you healthy and independent—you have a story to tell. Share it with NCOA so we can learn from one another and raise our voices in advocacy efforts that frequently overlook us.

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How to Establish the Community Health Worker Position

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Understanding the Community Health Worker Referral Process

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Senior Center Spotlight: William Hodson Senior Center Addresses Social Isolation for Older Adults

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How to Successfully Write Competitive Grants as a Community-Based Organization

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Understanding Federal Funding for Senior Centers

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How to Collect Powerful Testimonials from Program Participants

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Making Your Senior Center More Comfortable for Those with Visual Impairments

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Senior Centers Reach the Hard-to-Reach

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Senior Center Accreditation - FAQs

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Jun 7, 2021

Senior Center Accreditation Standards Overview

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Jun 7, 2021

Building Excellence: Senior Center Self-Assessment National Accreditation Manual

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Creating New Protocols to Serve Seniors During the Pandemic

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Business Acumen “Office Hour”: Revising Your Value Proposition During COVID-19

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Feb 24, 2021

Developing Your Value Proposition: How-To Guide and Worksheet

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Feb 10, 2021

Facts and Benefits About Senior Centers You Probably Didn't Know

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Improving Health in Senior Centers

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Pilot Sites Selected for Virtual NISC Senior Center Accreditation Process

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Vermont's Guidance for Senior Centers Planning to Re-Open

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Virtual Classes for Older Adults: Here to Stay

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Guidance for Resuming On-Site Senior Center Operations

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'Senior Centers Connect' During the Pandemic

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Key Resources About COVID-19 for Senior Centers

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Seattle AAA's Response to the Coronavirus Outbreak

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Animal Programming at Senior Centers

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5 Ways for Senior Centers to Improve Outreach to LGBT Older Adults

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Senior Center Success Stories

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