Seniors in Madison Empowered to Age Well During National Senior Center Month
Today’s senior centers are delivering vital connections to help all older adults age well. Senior centers offer a vibrant, action-packed combination of programs that support maintaining high cognitive & physical functioning, help to avoid disease & disability, and boost engagement with life. September is National Senior Center Month, and the Madison Senior Center is celebrating these shared experiences that strengthen community connections for older adults.
During the pandemic, senior centers pivoted to provide online programing and essential resources that promoted healthy aging, and helped to reduce isolation in the older adult population. Staff and volunteers sent Letters, emails, holiday cards and did phone check-ins to help our participants stay connected.
From art classes to free health screenings to technology assistance, Madison Senior Center is a community hub where older adults find friendship, meaning, and purpose. To share the power of these connections, Madison Senior Center is celebrating Senior Center Month, with our annual Summer Picnic on Friday, September 16. Participants will enjoy a delicious meal, outdoor yard games, and live music by the Sunshine Sisters and M-Trane.
Senior Center Month emphasizes the tremendous potential senior centers deliver in their communities, including programming that empowers older adults to holistically age well and strengthen mind, body, spirit, and community connections. Participants are able to stay physical active attending programs such as yoga, cardio dance, line dancing and Ballroom Basics for Balance.
Older adults also experience lifelong learning attending programs presented by community partners such as Stretching Your Grocery Dollar by Humana, Smart Driver by AARP, and monthly Arts & Crafts by Vista West. Volunteers share their expertise and experience as well, making programs like Exploring Poetry, Writing Your Life, “Democracy and Its Alternatives” and Gay, Gray & Beyond, possible.
Everyone is welcome at the Madison Senior Center, and there are even a few classes in Spanish with more to come. Starting September 15, we will also be celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month with a program about agriculture in Latin America, and showing a National Geographic series titled “Lost Treasures of the Maya”
Madison Senior Center also hosts a congregate meal site, offers volunteer placements, has free programs, and more! To learn more about the Madison Senior Center, call (608) 266-6581 or visit https://www.cityofmadison.com/senior-center. The Madison Senior Center is located at 330 W Mifflin St in Madison.