Learn about Senior Centers
Senior centers provide older people with a wide variety of social, recreational, and educational opportunities at little or no cost. Their purpose is to enhance seniors' well-being and independence and encourage involvement in the community.
What are senior centers?
Senior centers provide a safe and supportive setting for elders to interact. Typically, they offer planned activities such as lectures, day trips, and a variety of hobby and exercise programs. Many serve hot meals, and some provide home-delivered meals.
Senior centers often can provide information and referrals to individuals seeking help with taxes, health, housing, and other concerns. Some senior centers provide transportation to and from the site. Participants usually attend the center when they choose, rather than making a commitment to visit every day.
What should I look for in a senior center?
Since the primary purpose of attending a senior center is to socialize,
the main question is whether a center's activities are of interest
to you. You should also check whether the center is conveniently located
. In evaluating a senior center, you may wish to print copies
of GetCare's Senior Center Checklist.
How do I pay a senior center?
The activities and/or meals provided at senior centers are usually free or inexpensive. These centers are often subsidized by federal, state, and/or local government. Many centers offer sliding scale pricing to make their programs affordable to anyone.