Is a Senior Center Just Bingo?
Absolutely not! While some centers may offer bingo (because a lot of people enjoy it), may senior centers also offer a wide variety of activites from wii bowling to presentations, group trips, lunch, healthy aging classes, and much more!
How old do I have to be to participate at my local senior center? Each senior center and activity may differ, but seniors from age 50 to 100+ have enjoyed getting together.
How can attending a senior center help me mentally? Studies have shown that learning new things can help seniors retain and even sharpen their memory as they age. Many senior centers offer fun games and interesting classes that are mentally stimulating, from cooking to computers.
How could participating at a senior center help me emotionally? For many seniors, aging includes dealing with feelings of isolation and grief. Going on trips, attending movies and events, and eating with others who have experienced similar emotions can be very enjoyable and also healing.
Will it cost a lot for me to participate in activities at my senior center? Each senior center is different. Some activities may have a cost attached while others have a small charge, or even no cost at all!
How can attending a senior center help me socially? For the older adult who no longer has many family or friends available to socialize, the senior center offers a way to meet people and make new friends. Most senior centers also have group transportation available for outside events. This allows seniors who no longer drive, a way to have fun and to participate worry free.
How can attending a senior center help me physically? Many senior centers have healthy aging classes like EnhanceFitness, A Matter of Balance, or even Diabetes PATH classes (click here to learn more about healthy aging classes offered throughout the region) Many senior centers may also have a noon meal and a number of activities to appeal to all different interests. They can even help connect older adults to resources and services.
How do I find out about the senior center in my area? For more information you can call the Area Agency on Aging of Western Michigan (616-456-5664) or look at the list below for the senior center in your county.
Ionia County Senior Center 616-527-5365
Byron Township Senior Program 616-878-1998
Forest Hills Senior Center 616-493-8950
Kentwood Senior Center 616-656-5270
Lowell Senior Neighbors 616-897-5949
North Kent Community Services 616-866-3478
Northview Senior Center 616-365-6150
Salvation Army Senior Outreach 616-454-1459
Senior Neighbors Grand Rapids 616-459-3040
South End Community Outreach 616-245-2066
Sparta Senior Neighbors 616-887-1273
United Methodist Community House 616-241-1645
Walker Meadows Senior Neighbors 616-453-0739
Wyoming Senior Center 616-530-3190
St. Ann’s Lake County Senior Services 231-745-7201
Ludington Area Senior Center 231-845-6841
Scottville Area Senior Center 231-757-4705
Mecosta County Senior Center 231-972-2884
Greenville Area Senior Center 616-754-1658
Montcalm Commission on Aging 989-831-7476
Newaygo County Senior Center 231-689-2100
Reed City Senior Center 231-832-3340