Senior center

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A senior center (or senior centre) is a type of community center where older adults congregate for fellowship with others to fulfill many of their social, physical, emotional, and intellectual needs. A regular part of senior centers is card and board games, along with video games as that generation moves into old age. Computer services and help, including computer labs and assistance with email, Internet access and tax preparation are also provided by many senior center programs.

Field trips to out-of-town events, venues, recreation, or other pursuits such as casino gambling, are often organized by local senior centers to allow their members to have fun outside their community.

Many centers also serve lunches, providing a critical community need to seniors who are still active and do not need Meals on Wheels service, but have limited financial means to make their own lunches, and prefer companionship while eating.

In the United States, multiple cities and towns have senior centers which receive funding from private, municipal, state, and federal sources.[1][2][3]

A senior center may often not go under that title, and often the facility also welcomes younger people, thus being known as a multigenerational center.[4]


Activities vary by center and are based on the size of the center and funding. Activities can include:

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  1. ^ Joseph, M (2011). Continuing Education in Senior Centers: A Handbook. Amazon. ISBN 978-1-4564-0943-2. Retrieved 2011-10-14.
  2. ^ Williams and Downs (1984). Educational Activity Programs for Older Adults. Haworth.
  3. ^ Weil, Joyce. The New Neighborhood Senior Center : Redefining Social and Service Roles for the Baby Boom Generation. ISBN 978-0-8135-6296-4. OCLC 1125189680.
  4. ^ "Multigenerational Community Center Study". Placer County, California. 14 November 2016. Retrieved 19 February 2022.
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Parks & Recreation: West Flamingo". Clark County, Nevada. Retrieved January 30, 2014.