Senior Centers: Masters of Aging

Chelmsford Senior Center Adult Day Care Program

Did you know that September is National Senior Center Month? It is and the 2017 Theme is “Senior Centers: Masters of Aging.”

According to the National Institute of Senior Centers (NISC): “Aging masterfully is a core ideal of what many older adults wish to achieve at senior centers. Whether through fitness classes, social activities… or a vast variety of other programs, senior centers continue to be the experts in their communities on aging.”

What originally started in May 1979 as Senior Center Week, the NISC has now designated September as National Senior Center Month

11,400 senior centers serve more than 1 million older adults every day.

According to the National Council on Aging (NCOA), ” senior centers have become one of the most widely used services among America’s older adults.”

Director of the Billerica COA

 

Senior Centers help older members of the community stay healthy and independent by providing:

• Social and recreational activities
• Health, fitness, and wellness programs
• Educational and arts programs
• Meal and nutrition programs
• Volunteer opportunities
• Information and assistance
• Transportation services
• Public benefits counseling
• Employment assistance

In keeping with the Power of Flowers commitment to making a difference in the community one flower at a time, we frequently deliver bouquets to Senior Centers throughout the Merrimack Valley and beyond.

We have done several Flower Therapy Workshops at local senior centers. To provide a “hands on” experience of making a fresh flower bouquet, POF volunteers bring all the necessary flowers and supplies and provide instruction and assistance as needed for each participant.

Chelmsford Senior Center-Flower Therapy Workshop

We at Power of Flowers have a close connection to the Tewksbury Senior Center. For example, they graciously let us hold our May, 2017 Plant Sale on the Tewksbury Senior Center grounds.

To reciprocate their generosity, POF volunteers donated and planted the flowers left over from the sale around the Tewksbury Senior Center site.

In order to continue to do this work, the Power of Flowers Project relies on donations, grant money and proceeds from fundraisers, such as the Annual Spread the Joy Luncheon coming on October 18, 2017.

Please consider helping the Power of Flowers Project so that we can spread the joy even farther!