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HEALTH & WELLNESS
While more than 11,000 U.S.
senior centers serve 1 million older
adults per day, little is known
about who attends and why.
Revitalizing Senior Centers:
Then and Now
By Jean Keller
I
n fall of 2019, more than 5,000 older adults and 45 directors worked
together to rejuvenate senior centers in north Texas. Currently, 54.1
million Americans are 65 years or older and make up 16 percent of the
population (tinyurl.com/53ddsd3n). Renewed programs and services
are needed to support this growing population's physical and psychosocial
(psychological and social) health and well-being needs.
Senior Center Engagement
Surveys and focus
groups were
conducted in urban, suburban
and rural senior centers and
worship sites to learn about center
participation interests and patterns.
Senior center participants described
facilities and programs as: " state
of the art, " " keeps me active, "
" special places, " " friends, " " lifelong
learning, "
" travel
opportunities, "
and " meeting health and nutritional
needs " ; as well as " boring activities, "
" a waste of time, " " new facilities
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needed and " nothing better to do. "
While more than 11,000 U.S.
senior centers serve 1 million older
adults per day, little is known
about who attends and why. Like
national trends, 69 percent of the
survey and focus groups' senior
center
and
58
participants were female
attended
percent
three
times a week. Fitness and exercise
programs were primary reasons for
attending. Centers with fitness and
aquatics facilities were preferred.
Travel, educational, game, entertainment,
arts,
crafts,
dancing,
sewing,
music, sports and outdoor
programs drew engagement at suburban
centers. Nutrition, health,
medical, transportation and social
services were key draws for participation
in urban and rural areas.
The average age of senior center
participants is increasing nationally.
In this study, adults' ages
ranged from 51 to 95 years with 79
years being the average age. Most
centers were open to individuals
ages 50 and older, while some
programs had financial, age and
residential restrictions. About 65
percent had center membership
fees and offered scholarships. Center
participants were most often
white, followed by Black, mixed
race and Asian, with 21 percent
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