September is National Senior Center Month!
Every September, the National Council on Aging (NCOA) and the National Institute of Senior Centers (NISC) celebrate National Senior Center Month. The goal of National Senior Center Month is to bring senior centers together to converse about the importance of promoting a positive outlook on aging and raising awareness of advocacy efforts that are often overlooked.
This year, through these trying times, senior centers have grown and adapted to change immensely. With COVID-19 being the focal point of 2020, older adults looked toward their local senior center for advice and guidance. Senior centers across the country had to find new and creative ways to continue programming for older adults and find new means of communicating news and resources. Senior centers not only provided comfort for older adults during this time, but also addressed the issue of isolation by creating new and creative ways to socialize.
On behalf of Age Well CT, we’d like to thank our local senior centers for all their hard work during these difficult times and we join our communities in showing our continued support!
And we’d like to shine a light on all the life-enriching programs and essential services provided by our local senior centers. The senior centers of western Connecticut offer an exciting variety of programs and events for older adults, and we encourage you to connect and get to know your local senior centers. Below are just a sampling of the upcoming events you can participate in:
New Milford Senior Center:
- September 14, 2021: Aloha to Summer Luau
- September 18, 2021: Music Brings Us Together
- October 5, 2021 – November 4, 2021: The Aging Mastery Program
Newtown Senior Center:
- September 12, 2021: Grandparents Weekend Sock Hop
- September 13, 2021: Computers for Seniors
- September 22, 2021: Coffee & Conversation with Our First Selectman
Woodbury Senior Center:
- September 17, 2021: Painting with Jennifer
- September 16, 2021: Organizing Your Digital Photos
- October 8, 2021: Oktoberfest Day!
Danbury Senior Center:
- September 9. 2021: Line Dancing with Jill
- September 10, 2021: BINGO is Back!
- September 14, 2021: Multimedia Art Instruction with Adele Moros
New Fairfield Senior Center:
- September 20, 2021: Author Talk with Richard Cacace
- September 30, 2021: “Preparing for Open Enrollment” Presentation
- October 30, 2021: The Friends of the Senior Center Craft & Bake Sale
Brookfield Senior Center:
- September 14, 2021: Presenting Ollie and Stress Relief
- September 17, 2021: Movie Matinee: When We Last Spoke
- September 23, 2021: Learn Painted Paper Collage
For more upcoming events, visit our Events Calendar.
During this National Senior Center Month, “We want to celebrate all senior centers from the smallest to the largest and give you the opportunity to get the word out in ways that resonate with your community. This year is a time of reflection and also of looking forward, always staying mindful of the present.” – NCOA
About The National Council on Aging (NCOA)
Since 1950, the National Council on Aging has worked to improve the lives of older adults. They were the first national organization to focus on issues such as rising health care costs and mandatory retirement. Today, the organization continues to be an advocate for aging with dignity by providing resources and tools, sharing best practices, and leading advocacy efforts across the nation to ensure that every person can age with health and financial security.
Information for Older Adults, Caregivers, Professionals, and Advocates:
Find helpful resources, learn about how to get involved, and subscribe to NCOA to receive important updates about programs, benefits, and services. Learn more
Information for Senior Centers:
The National Institute of Senior Centers (NISC) is the largest national membership organization for senior center professionals. NISC supports senior centers with best practices and programming, networking and training opportunities, and discount programs for your center. Learn more
Photo Credit – Shown at the top is a group activity at Elmwood Hall, Danbury Senior Center.