What’s Great About Senior Centers

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Do you’re think you’re too young or active to attend a senior center? There’s no such thing as being too old! The senior center of today is a lively, social, vibrant community hub and is over 10,000 centers strong across the United States.

You will likely be amazed by the participants and pursuits you find at your local senior center. The National Institute of Senior Centers (NISC) highlights a few of the unique offerings that are available at senior centers, such as a television studio at the Iowa City/Johnson County Senior Senior or competitive Wii bowling at the Verona Senior Center.

A study by the National Institute on Aging found that seniors who maintain an active lifestyle-physically, mentally and socially-remain independent longer, feel more contented and fulfilled, and experience an improved quality of life. Isn’t that a lifestyle we’d all like to experience? Dropping by your neighborhood senior center is a great way to take the first step on your journey to health and happiness.

Senior centers are locally run and operated. Because of this local connection, the governing board can be responsive to the needs of their members by tailoring the offered programs and activities. Many senior centers are members of the NISC, which provides resources and program materials to its members. Senior centers can even receive NISC accreditation.

What can you expect to find at a senior center? Trips and tours, volunteer opportunities and more are highlighted on our Senior Centers: A Primer.

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