The Four W’s of Senior Centers

If you have aging loved ones or find yourself entering your senior years, then we are sure you have heard about Senior Centers. You might even imagine a sad and depressing image when you think about one. New Frontier Home Care is here to change your perception. Senior Centers are an amazing resource for activities, information and a sense of community for older adults. Find out the “Who? What? Where? And Why?” below:

Who Can You Find at Senior Centers?

  • Approximately 70% of Senior Center participants are women; half of the visitors live alone.
  • The majority are Caucasian, followed by African Americans, Hispanics and Asians respectively.
  • Compared to non-participants, Senior Center visitors have been found to have higher levels of health, social interaction and life satisfaction.
  • The average age of Senior Center visitors is 75.
  • It’s been found that 75% of participants visit 1-3 times each week and spend an average of 3 hours each visit.

 

What Can You Do at Senior Centers?

  • Older adults can be connected to vital community services that can help them stay healthy and independent longer.
  • More than 60% of senior centers are designated focal points for the delivery of HCAAA (Harris County Area Agency on Aging) services. This allows older adults to access multiple services in one place.
  • Senior can find a wide variety of programs & services:
    • Meal and nutrition programs
    • Information and assistance
    • Health, fitness and wellness programs
    • Transportation services
    • Public benefit counseling
    • Employment assistance
    • Volunteer and civic engagement opportunities
    • Social and recreational activities
    • Educational and arts programs
    • Inter-generational programs

 

Where Can You Find Senior Centers?

  • HPARD (Houston Parks and Recreation Department) Senior Programs provide a wide variety of recreation and leisure activities for seniors, ages 55+, at community centers across the city.
  • Find Houston activities near you here.
  • Contact HPARD here.

 

Why Should You Visit a Senior Center?

  • Older adults who participate in Senior Center programs can learn to manage & delay the onset of chronic disease. They have also been shown to experience measurable improvements in physical, social, spiritual, emotional, mental and economic well-being.
  • Today’s Senior Centers are reinventing themselves to meet the needs and desires of the aging baby boomer generation. Boomers now constitute more than two-thirds of the 50+ population and Senior Centers are developing new programs and opportunities for this dynamic generation of older adults.

 

If you or an aging loved one are in need of elder care services in the Greater Houston area, please call the staff at New Frontier Home Care. We are available to answer your senior care questions! You can also fill out our “Contact Us” form on our website.

Call: (832) 602-2282

Contact Form: www.nfhcare.com/get-started

Providing care in Houston, River Oaks, The Heights, Memorial, Katy, Kingwood, Spring, Pearland, The Woodlands, Sugar Land & League City.

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