A senior center is a place in a community where seniors can gather for support, socialization, adult day care, a hot lunch, fitness and/or other services.
Senior centers are important as many older people live alone and aren’t able to see family members regularly. The resources and activities available at many of today’s senior centers help many older people remain a vital part of their communities.
While senior centers vary widely in size, type (public/private) and breadth of services available, every senior center has regular meetings for members. There may be a small fee required for membership, plus extra fees needed to cover costs for crafts or field trips, but those with a limited income usually receive a discount to make the activities affordable. Some are funded by the local Area Agency on Aging and serve as a base for all the government services that the Area Agency on Aging provides.
A senior center may be located within a larger community center complex or it may be in a separate building. Many seniors volunteer at these centers.
There are a variety of activities at a senior center may include may include pool, playing cards, majong or other games and crafts. Dances and other events may be held.
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