Online Buzz: Senior Centers Reinvent Themselves to Entice Baby Boomers
Many of today's baby boomers view traditional senior centers as archaic locations for the elderly who have limited physical and mental abilities or for older folks who basically socialize through bingo and crafts. Since a large percentage of America's boomers—age 55 and older—still work, travel often to see family or take frequent vacations, senior centers nationwide are starting to reinvent their image to attract these fit and active baby boomers.
Instead of bingo, think basketball and blogging. Instead of sweating over the right zucchini bread recipe, consider sweating to an hour of Zumba.
According to the National Council on Aging, some 11,400 senior centers nationwide serve more than 1 million older adults every day. Approximately 70 percent of participants are women and the average age of participants is 75. But these centers are revamping to cater to the interests and needs of boomers who make up two-thirds of the 50+ population.
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