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September is National Senior Center Month: NYSOFA Plans Regional Roundtables

September is National Senior Center Month, giving centers everywhere an opportunity to showcase the myriad of programs and services they provide. During this annual month of recognition, senior centers also have a chance to promote a positive image of aging by reaching out to local media. This can be accomplished with help from materials provided by the National Council on Aging (NCOA). The 2013 theme is: Senior Centers: Experts at Living Well. Visit the (NCOA) website for more information (External Link) and to download National Senior Center Month materials.

Senior centers have evolved over time and many centers offer services that the public probably is unaware of. Having an open house or other events to re-introduce the community to the center and what it does is a great idea.

The Statistics: Offering Opportunities
Every day in over 11,000 senior centers nationwide, over 1 million older adults get connected at their local senior center. A senior center is a place where older adults can congregate to fulfill many of their social, physical, emotional, and intellectual needs. Senior centers are community focal points that offer a wide array of programs and services including meal and nutrition programs, information and assistance, health, fitness and wellness programs, transportation services, social adult day services, public benefits counseling, employment assistance, volunteer and civic engagement opportunities, social and recreational activities, educational and arts programs and intergenerational programs.

Local Ties
Senior centers have a rich history in New York State and are a vital part of the fabric of our communities. They serve as community focal points and provide an array of important programs and services for older adults and their families as well as linking them to other services as appropriate and providing an important venue for socialization. Senior centers generally offer a set of core services such as congregate meals and, over the years, some have evolved to provide other services, such as social adult day care, benefits and application assistance, and Evidence Based Interventions such as the Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (CDSMP). The New York State Office for the Aging (NYSOFA) recognizes that all centers are different and there is an assortment of programs and services offered at these centers in a variety of geographic locations. NYSOFA supports the role of senior centers in New York State and wants to help maintain a strong network of senior centers statewide. Contact your local Office for the Aging for a list of centers near you.

Did You Know?
To better understand the current state of senior centers in New York, NYSOFA conducted a comprehensive statewide survey of senior centers in the summer of 2013. This survey instrument was designed to capture information about center operations, the activities and the services offered, as well as the roles that volunteers play within the centers. The results of the survey are being used to garner additional insight, advice and guidance from the public on the role senior centers can play in their communities in the future to help older adults and caregivers. During September, NYSOFA will hold 10 Regional Roundtables to gather this information and to hear from the public.


NYSOFA'S Regional Roundtable Schedule

Region

Location

Date

Time

Long Island - Nassau

Mitchel Field Athletic Complex
126 Charles Lindbergh Blvd.
Uniondale NY

Tuesday
September 17

9:30-11:30 a.m.

North Country

1st Floor Meeting Room
137 Margaret Street, Plattsburgh

Tuesday
September 17

1 to 3 pm

Long Island - Suffolk

Hampton Bays Community Center
25 Ponquogue Ave.
Hampton Bays NY

Wednesday
September 18

1 -3 p.m.

Central New York

Madison County Office for the Aging
138 Dominick Bruno Blvd.
Canastota, NY

Wednesday
September 18

1 to 3 pm

Capital Region

Beltrone Living Center
6 Winners Circle
Albany

Thursday
Sept. 19

9 - 11 am

Hudson Valley

Mt. St. Mary’s College
330 Powell Ave.
Newburgh NY

Thursday
September 19

10 a.m.- 12 p.m.(noon)

Leatherstocking

See Capital District, Southern Tier or Hudson Valley

 

 

Western NY

South Buffalo Community Center
(Tosh Collins Center)
35 Cazenovia St., Buffalo

Friday
September 20

8:30 a.m.- 10:30 a.m.

Southern Tier

Broome County Public Library
185 Court Street
Binghamton NY

Friday
September 20

10 a.m. - 12 p.m. (noon)

Finger Lakes

Seneca Falls Senior Center
1 DiPronio Drive
Waterloo NY

Friday
September 20

2 - 4 p.m.

New York City and Westchester

Selis Manor
135 West 23rd St.
(Bet. 6 and 7 Aves.)

Tuesday
September 24

1 - 3 p.m.

NYSOFA'S Acting Director Greg Olsen has written a letter inviting stakeholders across the state to discuss the future of senior centers in New York State. Download the letter here. [PDF]