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Multi-Purpose Senior Centers & Groups


The Monroe County Commission on Aging
Serving Monroe County Seniors since 1973

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Multi-Purpose Senior Centers and Groups

Evolution of senior centers
The first senior center opened in 1943 in New York City. Now there are tens of thousands
of senior centers across the country, serving millions of older adults annually. 

Facts and Benefits of Senior Centers You Probably Didn’t Know 
What do you think of when someone says the words senior center? Do you picture older people (much older than you, of course) sitting around playing bingo and shuffleboard? Eating bland meals while television is blaring? 

Time to update your vision! Senior centers are not what they used to be. Today’s senior center is a vibrant, action-packed combination of local fitness center, job and volunteering headquarters, transportation hub, and a tasty dining locale.

And September is a great time to get to know your local senior center. September is National Senior Center Month, sponsored by the National Institute of Senior Centers (NISC), part of the National Council on Aging (NCOA). All around the country, senior centers are hosting special events to showcase the 2020 theme: Senior Centers: Delivering Vital Connections!

Make a plan to visit your local senior center this month. Here are some things you might discover: 

Most senior centers are for anyone aged 50+. You don’t have to be on Medicare to take advantage of all the great opportunities at your local senior center. Today, nearly 11,000 senior centers serve 1 million older adults aged 50+ every day. Approximately 70% of senior center participants are women. Three-quarters visit their center one to three times per week and spend an average of 3.3 hours per visit. Research shows that compared with their peers, senior center participants have higher levels of health, social interaction, and life satisfaction.

Senior centers don’t just offer card games. 
Sure, cards are available (and fun and challenging). But most senior centers offer far more than that—everything from trips and special events to fine arts and crafts, music and dance, lifelong learning, and fitness and health programs.

Senior centers are also a great place to get healthy. 
Health and fitness are where senior centers have really expanded in recent years. In addition to traditional programs like aerobics, Zumba, yoga, and Tai Chi, many senior centers now offer evidence-based health programs that have been scientifically proven to make people healthier. Many senior centers also offer regularly scheduled blood pressure and glucose screenings that can replace tedious trips to a medical clinic for those simple procedures.

A growing number of senior centers are earning national accreditation. 
In addition to sponsoring National Senior Center Month, the National Institute of Senior Centers is working to advance the quality of senior centers nationwide. It offers the nation’s only National Senior Center Accreditation Program. Accreditation provides official recognition that a senior center meets nine standards of senior center operations. More than 200 senior centers have been accredited, and many more are in the process.

Get to know your local senior center this September! 
There are 6 senior centers and 7 senior groups located in Monroe County. 

The Opportunity Center at ALCC (ALCC)
120 Eastchester Street, Monroe, MI 48161

Bedford Senior Community Center
1653 Samaria Road, Temperance, MI 48182

Dundee Area Senior Citizen Center

284 West Monroe Street, Dundee, MI 48131

Frenchtown Center for Active Adults

2786 Vivian Road, Monroe, MI 48162 

Milan Seniors for Healthy Living
45 Neckel Court, Milan MI 48160


Monroe Center for Healthy Aging
15275 South Dixie Hwy, Monroe, MI 48161

Senior Groups  
Ash  Senior Group
700 Carleton-South Rockwood Road, Carleton, MI 48117

Berlin Senior Group

5676 Carleton-Rockwood Road, South Rockwood, MI 48179

St. Anthony Senior Group
4605 St. Anthony Road, Temperance, MI 48182


St. John's Senior Group
511 South Monroe Street, Monroe, MI 48161


Sullivan Senior Citizen Group
13613 Tuttlehill Road, Milan, MI 48160

Water Tower Park Senior Group
11345 Harold Drive, Luna Pier, MI 48157


***Please Note***
These links and listings are meant to be a resource guide for those looking for resources in our community.
This list is not all-inclusive of those resources available in our community. 
The Monroe County Commission on Aging makes no specific endorsement of these listings, links, or services.
Please feel free to contact our office with any changes or corrections.
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