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Senior centers empower older adults to age well

Alicia Colombo

Philadelphia’s senior centers deliver vital connections that support healthy aging with diverse programs that offer a vibrant, action-packed combination of fitness, learning and socialization. During the pandemic, senior centers pivoted to provide Grab-&-Go meals, virtual programming, and telephone outreach to isolated members.

September is National Senior Center Month, and Philadelphia Corporation for Aging (PCA) is celebrating these shared rxperiences that deliver vital connections to older adults and emphasize aging well. From wellness workshops to cooking demonstrations to technology classes, the network of 28 PCA-funded senior centers and satellite meal sites offer a community nexus where older adults find friendship, learning and connection. To share the power of these connections and to welcome back older adults following the pandemic shutdown, senior centers throughout Philadelphia have planned special events to celebrate National Senior Center Month.

More than 20,000 active, older Philadelphians find opportunity and strength at Philadelphia’s senior community centers each year. These older adults seek the chance to continue connecting, and we serve them and this community best by offering fun and engaging programs, while also providing practical tools and resources to help them stay healthy and independent.

National Senior Center Month emphasizes the tremendous potential that senior centers deliver in their communities, including programming that empowers older adults to holistically age well and strengthen the mind, body, spirit and community connections.

To learn more about Philadelphia’s senior community centers, call the PCA Helpline at 215-765-9040 or visit

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