Senior centers are one of the most important resources for our aging community. Today’s senior centers have more to offer than you may think. They are more than just space for seniors to meet and play bingo or shuffleboard; many local senior centers offer thoughtful programming and services to promote positive aging.
Senior centers promote healthy aging by giving seniors access to multiple resources available to help them stay active and independent. They serve as a meeting center for older adults to connect with peers, families and their community. They feature exciting activities to keep seniors active as well as provide fulfilling volunteer opportunities.
September is National Senior Center month and so we wanted to share a little about what makes the senior centers of West Michigan so special. Here are a few ways our local seniors centers benefit the community:
Senior centers keep seniors engaged in the community.
Seniors can participate in many different volunteer programs through their local senior center. Volunteers can choose how, where and how many hours they want to serve in their community through many different nonprofit opportunities. Programs like RSVP of Kent County allow seniors to lend a hand in their community while connecting with peers and making new friendships.
Senior centers care about keeping seniors healthy.
Many seniors centers offer ways to improve seniors’ health such as exercise facilities, blood pressure checks, nutritious meals and cooking classes. Senior Neighbors even offers lifestyle courses such as A Matter of Balance focusing on falls prevention and helping seniors master their fear of falling, ultimately keeping them confident and active.
Senior centers even offer home maintenance services to help seniors stay safe in their home longer.
Maintaining a home can be difficult, especially as we age. Many senior centers are dedicated to helping keep seniors in their homes longer and so they offer a variety of minor home repairs and seasonal care services to seniors who may not be able to complete these tasks on their own.
Senior centers provide transportation for seniors to stay active and social.
Giving seniors the ability to get to the grocery store, health care appointments and social events when driving isn’t an option helps maintain independence. Senior Neighbors offers many different transportation options such as Grand Rapids City Bus tickets for public transportation and they even have their own buses for seniors without access to a Rapid bus stop.
Senior Neighbors is one of the most accessible organizations in Kent County serving over 4,000 older adults annually. They have 5 senior centers located in Grand Rapids, Grandville, Lowell, Sparta and Walker.
There are many ways to get involved with your local senior center this month. Find a center near you and make a plan to visit. Take a look at the volunteer opportunities for individuals or groups by visiting Senior Neighbors’ website or by contacting Nicole at (616) 233-0745 or firstname.lastname@example.org.