Senior centers provide older people with a wide variety of social, recreational, and educational opportunities at little or no cost. Their purpose is to enhance seniors' well-being and independence and encourage involvement in the community.
Senior centers provide a safe and supportive setting for elders to interact. Typically, they offer planned activities such as lectures, day trips, and a variety of hobby and exercise programs. Many serve hot meals, and some provide home-delivered meals.
Senior centers often can provide information and referrals to individuals seeking help with taxes, health, housing, and other concerns. Some senior centers provide transportation to and from the site. Participants usually attend the center when they choose, rather than making a commitment to visit every day.
Since the primary purpose of attending a senior center is to socialize, the main question is whether a center's activities are of interest to you. You should also check whether the center is conveniently located . In evaluating a senior center, you may wish to print copies
of GetCare's Senior Center Checklist.
The activities and/or meals provided at senior centers are usually free or inexpensive. These centers are often subsidized by federal, state, and/or local government. Many centers offer sliding scale pricing to make their programs affordable to anyone.
Contact your local State office if you have questions or would like to talk with someone in person about your situation. Guam GetCare staff are available to help you.
Use this checklist to evaluate and compare senior center.