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Senior center attendees participating in an exercise program

Tips for Connecting with a Senior Center

Senior Centers are a vital community resource for older adults, providing a wide variety of programs, services and supports, and enabling older adults to remain active and engaged, while combating social isolation and loneliness. The National Council on Aging (NCOA) reports that “Today, almost 10,000 senior centers serve more than 1 million older adults every day.” It can be intimidating or challenging to initially connect with a senior center. Here are some practical tips to get started.

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By Ashlee Williman | 11/13/2019

An older adult playing the guitar at a group music session

Music Therapy for Dementia Care

Staying engaged in meaningful and interesting activities can be challenging after receiving a dementia diagnosis, but as caregivers, it is important for us to help our loved one continue to participate in activities they enjoy. If our loved one likes listening to or playing music, music therapy may be a helpful option. Music therapy can help individuals with dementia with their cognitive and/or physical functioning, while helping them stay connected with others.

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By Sarah Nicolay | 06/11/2019

A volunteer clearing out trash in a local nature spot

How Caregivers Can Get Involved in the Community

Many times, people think of volunteering or being involved in the community as another activity to add to their to-do list. This can especially be the case when the project we have signed on for is out of our realm of interest. Caregivers can also often feel they do not have enough time to engage in activities they enjoy. However, finding the perfectly tailored volunteer opportunity or community engagement program can be key to gratification in our personal lives.

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By Abbey Carney | 07/15/2022

Senior Center Policy: Challenges and Recommendations

This is an up-to-date virtual discussion on senior center policy and serving older adults in our communities, presented in partnership with the Elder Justice Coalition. We provide an overview of challenges, strategies and recommendations on key issues faced by older adults who utilize senior center services.

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By Bob Blancato, Melinda Forstey, Dabney Conwell, Abigail Carney | 04/29/2022

Hayes, J. (2022, February 11). Helping Older Adults Stay Active Indoors During Winter. Active Daily Living. https://www.activedailyliving.com/Caregiver/Article/2361