The National Council on Aging (NCOA) announces the 2017 theme for Senior Center Month, September, 2017: Senior Centers: Masters of Aging!
This national celebration came about in 1979 as a nationwide way to acknowledge the work and service performed every day by our senior centers!
“…Our national celebration of senior centers began in 1979, with Senior Center Week celebrated in May. The concept gained support of other aging organizations, as well as the full Senate and the House Select Committee on Aging.
Thanks to the U.S. Conference of Mayors Aging Task Force, numerous mayoral proclamations celebrated Senior Center Week. In 1985, NISC (National Institute of Senior Centers) was instrumental in achieving the first Senior Center Week Presidential Proclamation signed by President Ronald Reagan. In 2007, NISC designated the entire month of September as Senior Center Month to give centers greater flexibility in scheduling celebratory events….”
With this in mind, the Connecticut State Department on Aging proudly forwards the following announcement from the National Institute of Senior Centers, part of the National Council on Senior Centers:
Our national celebration theme is Senior Centers: Masters of Aging!
“This year’s theme highlights the many ways senior centers lead their communities and inspire individuals to master this phase of life. Individuals search to understand their own needs amidst competing demands and responsibilities. At their senior center, they find programs and resources that inspire them to make the most of their time. Community leaders often turn to senior center professionals, their local masters of aging, to facilitate improved services and positively address changing demographic challenges and opportunities. Celebrate the many ways your senior center cultivates masters of aging! Senior Centers Enrich, Engage, Enlighten, and Empower!”
On a regular basis, senior centers feature fun and interesting activites such as dance/exercise classes, yoga, intergenerational activities, retirement seminars, painting classes, billiard tournaments, picnics, photography classes, travel clubs, speed dating, I-pad and Smart phone classes and seminars to learn a foreign language- to name a few!