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Florida’s Senior Centers

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) News

In response to COVID-19, and with concern for the health and safety of older adults, some locations such as congregate meal sites, senior centers, and adult day care centers may be temporarily closed. Please contact the location to confirm if they are still offering services at their site or if alternative services are available. You may also contact your local Area Agency on Aging at 1-800-963-5337. Please visit the Department of Health's website for more information about COVID-19: http://www.floridahealth.gov/diseases-and-conditions/COVID-19.

Senior centers are highly visible focal points within their communities and offer programs and services for older individuals in five main categories: health (including mental health), social, nutritional, educational and recreational.

In Florida, about 260 senior centers are operated by a variety of host organizations - such as private non-profit organizations (67 percent), municipal governments (22 percent), county governments (9 percent), and other types of organizations (2 percent).

Senior Centers in Your Area

To contact a senior center near you, call the Elder Helpline at 1-800-96-ELDER or 1-800-963-5337 or view a list of Florida’s senior centers by county.

Senior Center Services and Activities

  • The most frequently reported popular activities (in 53 percent of centers) are recreational activities such as bridge or card playing, board and card games, bingo, dancing and field trips.
  • The second most frequently reported popular activities (in 18 percent of centers) are health and wellness activities such as exercise, aerobics, Tai Chi, health screenings and health support.
  • The senior services most likely to be offered in senior centers are information and referral, congregate meals and transportation.
  • The senior services least likely to be offered in senior centers are mental health counseling, adult day care services and financial assistance.
  • Other activities may include the following:

    • Advisory Council (participatory governing)
    • Arts and crafts - painting, ceramics, needlecrafts
    • Educational classes - computer, languages, creative writing, history, book discussion groups
    • Genealogy
    • Intergenerational projects
    • Library services
    • Legal services
    • Special events - dances, fundraisers, banquets, luncheons
    • Travel groups

Links to More Senior Center Resources

Follow the links on the left to view more resources such as the Senior Center Evaluation Toolkit, surveys, Florida’s national accredited senior centers, and a listing of senior centers by Florida county.
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