Denver Senior Centers offer a variety of programs and services to help senior citizens maintain their independence and vitality and provide a place for seniors to have the opportunity to meet other seniors through social interaction.
Senior Centers serve a purpose - that is to help keep persons over the age of 55 active both mentally and physically. Since staying active is the key to healthy aging, having a senior center available allows you the opportunity to stay active. The programs, classes and activities for Senior Centers offer can also raise your quality of life and be very fun and enjoyable. Most programs are free, but some may have a small fee. If you’ve never looked into the programs and services offered at Senior Centers, you don't know what you're missing. Learn what senior activities may be offered at your Senior Activity Center and give them a try!
Senior Centers typically have a large dining room, a fitness center with workout equipment, computer stations, a library, an activity room used for exercise classes and activities, conference rooms for club meetings, a billiards room, games and crafts, and more. Many of these rooms can be rented for private use.
Some Senior Centers are located on the grounds of a Parks & Recreation complex and have access to trails, ball fields, park pavilions, outdoor grills, and other programs offered under the Parks & Recreation program.
Many Senior Centers also offer: Assistance with Income Tax return preparation, applying for Veterans Aid & Assistance, homestead tax exemptions, application for utility assistance, a senior discount program which local merchants participate in, and volunteer programs where seniors can aid in community functions.
Who are Users of Senior Centers?
People who stay and age in place in their own neighborhoods, even though we have heard many people who move to a community located near a center, which sounds like the ideal set up to us.
Age requirement varies by location, we have seen many at age 50, many more 55 and 60, with the highest age limit requirement being age 62.
You are sure to enjoy interacting with people your age from your own neighborhood that use your local center. Single, widowed, divorced and married couples all enjoy the use of their center. Some use and also volunteer at their center.
Centers are not all alike, so get out and visit the ones in your area or an area you are thinking about moving to. No better time to visit now. You will be welcomed and given a tour of the facilities and the activities provided. Just do it, it is fun! Many first time visitors sign up for an activity like the book club, walking club or yoga or even just take a one time class on something interesting.
Activities for Seniors
Activities at Denver Senior Centers include:
Exercise and Fitness programs (Yoga, Stretching, Tai chi)
Arts and Crafts
Various Educational classes (Grandparenting, photography, nutrition)
Recreational and Social activities
Health Screenings and services
Special Events and Guest speakers
Dances and Dance classes (Waltz, Cha-cha, Zumba)
Clubs (walking, theater, bird watching)
Group Travel opportunities
...and much more!
Congregate Meals on Wheels Denver
Many Denver Senior Centers serve congregate meals such as breakfast and a hot nutritious lunch free or for a small donation. Senior Centers usually ask that meal reservations be made one day in advance. To reserve your congregate meal breakfast or lunch contact your local Senior Center. Senior Centers also serve as a base of operations for the popular Meals on Wheels program.
Check out their website to find the Senior Center closest to you!