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Senior Centers Fact Sheet


Across the nation, 1 million older adults take part in services offered by senior centers. The National Council on Aging produced this fact sheet to provide a snapshot of the impact nearly 11,000 senior centers are having on their communities.

Key Points

This fact sheet highlights key information about senior centers and provides some context for future changes. Research shows that older adults who participate in senior center activities have higher levels of health, social interaction, and life satisfaction than their peers.  

Other fact sheet highlights include:

  1. Approximately 70 percent of senior center participants are female, and the average age of all participants is 75.
  2. More than 60 percent of senior centers are focal points for delivery of Older Americans Act services, meaning they provide access to multiple services in one place.
  3. Today’s senior centers offer a wide variety of services, ranging from nutrition and wellness programs to social and recreational activities.
  4. Senior centers generally have between three and eight funding sources, including government funding, local business contribution, and in-kind donations. Most are heavily aided by volunteers as well.

How to Use

As the massive Boomer population continues to age, the impact of senior centers will increase in significance. Reviewing this fact sheet allows community leaders to recognize the many benefits of senior centers, as they relate to the Older Americans Act. Local officials can also gain a better understanding of the funding needs for such programs.

View full report: Senior Centers Fact Sheet (PDF – 176 KB)

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