September is National Senior Center Month—your opportunity to showcase your senior center and promote a positive image of aging.
The 2019 theme is: Senior Centers: The Key to Aging Well!
This September, the National Institute of Senior Centers (NISC) is demonstrating how senior centers are integral parts of aging well. Senior centers are the key for individuals to age healthily, and also for communities to properly support older adults. We are celebrating this by highlighting the theme Senior Centers: The Key to Aging Well, and we invite you to join us for National Senior Center Month!
Our national celebration of senior centers began in 1979, with Senior Center Week celebrated in May. The concept gained support of other aging organizations, as well as the full Senate and the House Select Committee on Aging.
Thanks to the U.S. Conference of Mayors Aging Task Force, numerous mayoral proclamations celebrated Senior Center Week. In 1985, NISC was instrumental in achieving the first Senior Center Week Presidential Proclamation signed by President Ronald Reagan. In 2007, NISC designated the entire month of September as Senior Center Month to give centers greater flexibility in scheduling celebratory events.
Senior centers are the future of what aging can be.
Innovative programs hosted at senior centers can change the perception of aging, and create important community resources for aging expertise. NISC strives to build momentum in the movement to empower senior centers to become as excellent as possible through programs such as National Accreditation and the Programs of Excellence Awards. We hope you will promote your center this September by showing how your center can be the future of aging in your community.
It should also be noted that September is Healthy Aging Month
Healthy Aging® Month is an annual obser¬vance month designed to focus national atten¬tion on the pos¬i¬tive aspects of grow¬ing older.
The mis¬sion of Healthy Aging® Month is to encour¬age local level Healthy Aging events that pro-mote tak¬ing per¬sonal respon¬si¬bil¬ity for one's health… be it phys¬i¬cally, socially, men¬tally or financially.
For more information visit https://healthyaging.net/september-healthy-aging-month/