Why Are Senior Centers Important to Communities?
Along with exercise, nutrition and healthy lifestyles, research has found that socialization is a key factor in healthy aging. Studies have found a strong correlation between social contact and being able to stave off symptoms of dementia even though the pathology for Alzheimer’s Disease is present. Other studies found that isolation has a higher mortality rate than obesity.
In an effort to provide a number of ways to foster these key ingredients for healthy, independent living, the Oswego Senior Center offers a number of important programs:
Financial Education, Caregiver Education, Health Education, Evidence-based Health Promotion Education, Diabetes Education, Aging Body Education, Computer Classes, Mobile Device Classes, Individual Technology Help, Cooking Classes
Gentle Yoga, Tai Chi, Line Dancing, Chair Exercise
Balance, Blood Pressure, Glucose, Gait, Vision, Hearing, Dental, Grip and more!
Congregate Lunch, Breakfast, Lunch Bunch, Cooking Classes
Recreation & Creativity
Bean Bag Baseball, Bags, Cards, Games, Woodshop, Ceramics, Painting, Knitting & Crocheting
Senior Health Insurance Program (SHIP), Volunteer Income Tax Assistance VITA, Resource Referrals
Day Trips, National, International Travel
Research indicates that opportunities for socialization in older age are extremely important. Senior Centers are able to offer opportunities to establish social connections and friendships with peers. These friendships are spurred through a variety of programs to meet the needs and desires of the multiple subsets of the senior population, such as volunteer opportunities, meals, exercise classes, education classes, games and travel. We offer many of our programs free or for a very low suggested donation to enable seniors on a fixed income to participate without feeling stigmatized.