Senior community centers have meal and nutrition centers, transportation to and from doctor's offices and medical facilities, health and wellness programs, social events such as board games, cards and outings, volunteer opportunities, public benefits, learning and educational programs and employment assistance for residents who still want to work. These services and activities exist in all senior community centers, according to the National Council on Aging. Some community centers all serve as residences, but others exist as networks for seniors living independently to connect them to critical resources.
In addition to the basic services, some community centers offer nursing and hospice care for physical and psychological conditions. Some have flexible arrangements, where nurses are dispatched to help independent seniors with tasks like running errands and performing household duties. Community center employees may administer and monitor medicinal intake and prepare meals for seniors. They might offer short-term stays for seniors recovering from hospital stays or who temporarily need a caretaker.
For mobile and independent seniors, centers offer a variety of social, educational and enrichment activities. These might include exercise classes such as water aerobics and yoga, painting and watercolor classes and afternoon socials. Some centers also organize clubs for walking and even traveling. They might have activities like gardening and shopping, along with game nights and worship groups. Over 11,000 senior centers exist nationwide, according to the National Council on Aging, and serve over one million seniors each day.