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Senior Center Facts
Definition of a Senior Center
Senior centers are designated as community focal points through the Older Americans Act. The National Institute of Senior Centers defines a senior center as a place where “older adults come together for services and activities that reflect their experience and skills, respond to their diverse needs and interests, enhance their dignity, support their independence, and encourage their involvement in and with the center and the community.”
Services offered at senior centers
While senior centers typically provide nutrition, recreation, social and educational services, and comprehensive information and referrals, many centers are adding new programs such as fitness activities and Internet training to meet the needs and interests of the new generation of seniors. Some centers also offer case management programs, long-term care ombudsman services and operate adult day health care centers.
Senior centers serve as focal points in the community where a collaboration of agencies can provide services to their target populations in a single facility with staff and support systems that maximize the opportunity to assist the population to age successfully.
Evolution of senior centers
The first senior center opened 59 years ago in New York City. There are now some 15,000 senior centers across the country, serving close to 10 million older adults annually.
There are 13 senior centers located in Monroe County.
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*Centers without available web sites
- Ash Senior Citizens
700 Carleton-South Rockwood Road
Carleton, MI 48117
Meet every Monday at 10:30 a.m. (except holidays)
- Berlin Senior Citizens
8000 Swan View Drive
Newport, MI 48166
Meet every Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (except holidays)
- Orchard Senior Center
Arthur Lesow Community Center
120 Eastchester Street
Monroe, MI 48161
Hot lunch served daily at noon (RSVP by 9:00 a.m. by calling 734-242-6800
- Petersburg/Summerfield Senior Center
60 East Center Street
Petersburg, MI 49270
- St. Anthony Senior Center
Meets every Second and Fourth Friday at 11:30 a.m. (potluck and euchre)
4605 St. Anthony Road
Temperance, MI 48182
- St. John's Senior Center
511 South Monroe Street
Monroe, MI 48161
- Sullivan Senior Citizen Center
Meets weekdays 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
13613 Tuttlehill Road
Milan, MI 48160
- Water Tower Park Senior Center
Meets weekdays 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
11345 Harold Drive
Luna Pier, MI 48157
***Please note that these links and listings are meant to be a resource guide for those looking for resources in our community. This list is not all inclusive of those resources available in our community, and the Monroe County Commission on Aging makes no specific endorsement of these links or listings and their services.
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