This year’s theme is Senior Centers: The Key to Aging Well ! This September, the National Institute of Senior Centers (NISC) is demonstrating how senior centers are integral parts of aging well. Senior centers are the key for individuals to age healthily, and also for communities to properly support older adults.
In 1985 NISC was instrumental in achieving the first Senior Center Week Presidential Proclamation signed by President Ronald Reagan. In 2007 NISC designated the entire month of September as Senior Center Month to give centers greater flexibility in scheduling celebratory events.
Senior centers serve as a gateway to the nation’s aging network-connecting older adults to vital community service that can help them stay healthy and independent.
Senior centers offer a wide variety of programs and services from meal and nutrition programs to educational and arts program. Research shows that 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.
Today’s senior centers are reinventing themselves to meet the needs and desires of the aging baby boom generation. Boomers now constitute more than two thirds of the 50’s population. Senior centers are developing new programs and opportunities for this dynamic generation of older adults.
Portions of this article were provided by The National Council on Aging.