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Portrait of the Urban Senior: The Unique Benefits and Challenges of Aging in the City

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city seniorsCity seniors are a unique breed. Many don’t drive because they’re accustomed to walking everywhere they need to go, and they have come to expect that the people they love will never be more than a bus or train ride away.


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Hidden Aging-in-Place Resource: The Library

One of the central community hubs for older people is the senior center. It offers educational programs, socializing opportunities and more. But there’s another community resource that may offer similar services—and it’s one many people might not think of. It’s your local library.

More than a book lender, the library serves as a meeting place, educational center and digital hub that’s invaluable for many seniors who are aging in place.

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“Alzheimer’s Café”: Fighting Isolation With Coffee and Songs

Here’s an idea that seems easy to get started in any town: an Alzheimer’s Café.

One of the many challenges of dealing with dementia is isolation. It can be a lonely disease, both for the person who has it and for his or her caregiver. So in Seattle, the Greenwood Senior Center started a monthly social group at a coffee shop. They call it the Alzheimer’s Café., the website for Seattle’s Fox affiliate, …Read more ›

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Getting Fit for 2013? Join a Senior Center!(?)

Is it time for a senior center for your parents—or you? Only if you want some high-intensity exercise classes! Or a knitting club.

Those are two of the examples South Carolina’s Charleston Regional Business Journal gives to demonstrate how diversified senior centers have become these days—to cater to three generations of older people. Gary Jaster, who helps run a couple of centers, including the Mount Pleasant Senior Center, says exercise programs are what get people …Read more ›

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Senior Centers: No Longer “Senior”?

One senior center in Pennsylvania has dropped the “senior” part of their name, reports the newspaper Montgomery News. Now, they’re a “community” center. It’s part of their efforts to appeal to baby boomers.

But the “senior” banishing doesn’t stop there. This senior community center isn’t just for older people. The newspaper reports:

The center will continue to provide the services it has in the past, including low-cost lunches for seniors five days …Read more ›

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25 Activities You’ll Find at Senior Centers in Michigan—and Across the Country

A lot more than bingo goes on at senior centers. Ever wondered what?

In their profile of six senior centers in Michigan, the newsweekly SpinalColumn reveals all kinds of activities inside these senior hubs. Here are some of the things you can find in some Michigan senior centers—and in senior centers across the country:

  1. Piano and organ classes
  2. Art classes
  3. Computer classes (such as how to transfer pictures to a computer)
  4. Woodcarving
  5. Trivia activities
  6. Book …Read more ›
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New Senior Centers Cater to Boomers With Enriching Activities

If you or your parents shun senior centers, thinking they’re boring places where elderly people go to sit around and eat, you might want to check out today’s newer centers.

Some of the more modern variety—many of them not government-run—are offering enriching activities people of any age would enjoy, says an article at the website for New Jersey newspaper The Record. In fact, one center—the Korean Community Center in Englewood—goes ahead …Read more ›

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America’s First LGBT Senior Center to Open in New York

The nation’s first senior center for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people will open in January, reports The Huffington Post. The New York City mayor’s office and the city’s Department for the Aging are helping fund it through what’s called the Innovative Senior Center initiative. It will be run by Services & Advocacy for GLBT Elders.

SAGE is just one of eight providers selected as part of the ISC initiative. Others chosen for development include …Read more ›

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Senior Centers Offering Rides to Doctor’s Appointments

Elderly people who live alone and have no family nearby face unique challenges. For example, what if you need a medical procedure that you can’t drive yourself home from?

The Dear Abby column offers a number of suggestions from readers—including checking with senior centers.

Many senior centers offer this service for medical appointments and procedures. The drivers are covered by insurance and are trained on customer service techniques. My husband has taken many people for this …Read more ›

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Happy National Senior Center Month! What’s Going on in Your Area?

Have you or your aging parents been to the local senior center lately? September is a good time to check out what it has to offer. After all, it’s National Senior Center Month!

At the news website, for example, the director of a local Office on Aging invites residents to take a tour of their center. And she corrects some misconceptions. “Senior centers are much more than bingo,” she writes. …Read more ›

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