Senior community centers are widely used by America’s older adults. Nationally, 11,400 senior centers serve more than 1 million older adults every day. But many seniors who could benefit from the programs and services have never been in one.
Senior community centers are a gateway to services that allow seniors to stay healthy and independent, such as:
- Meal and nutrition programs
- Health, fitness, and wellness programs
- Transportation services Volunteer activities and employment opportunities
- Social and recreational activities
- Educational and arts programs
According to the National Council on Aging, 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. Compared with their peers, senior center participants have higher levels of health, social interaction, and life satisfaction and lower levels of income.
September is National Senior Center Month and a great time for older adults to check out one of the 550 senior community centers located throughout Pennsylvania.
To find a Pennsylvania senior community center near you, click here.