Senior Centers Work

Nanette Daigle, Ascension Council on Aging

The senior center as we know it today was first introduced in New York City in 1943 to provide social activities, nutritious meals and case management to adults aged 60 and older, particularly those with low incomes.  Seventy years later, senior centers are recognized as one of the most widely utilized services supported by the Older Americans Act of 1965.  An estimated 15,000 centers are helping millions of older adults from all walks of life continue to thrive in their communities.  Today’s senior centers are evolving to reflect a new view of aging that empowers the people they serve.  They're connecting older adults with meaningful work and volunteer opportunities, and increasing their access to valuable benefits and resources.  Through evidenced-based programs, they're helping them manage their health and finances so they can continue to live in their homes as long as possible.  From career counseling and financial planning to tools for staying healthy, there is no doubt... Senior Centers work. ORK!

     On Thursday, September 25, Ascension Council on Aging celebrated Senior Center Month with an outdoor picnic at the Donaldsonville senior center with over 125 clients from the Gonzales and Donaldsonville Senior Centers.  Seniors listened and danced to music played by local Donaldsonville D-J’, Donald Nelson- and enjoyed refreshing snow balls from Jeanne Vicknair of Gonzales. They were served delicious Jambalaya donated by Walley Tallon, of the Ascension Jambalaya Association, white beans, green salad, French bread, and dessert for lunch. Everyone had a fantastic time with many fun memories to share. Special thanks go out to Gerica Jordan, Danielle Landry, and Cherri Reily from Canon Hospice for volunteering and donations. Besides special events like this one, Ascension Council on Aging has daily activities at both senior centers such as FAST, Yoga, PIYO, Zumba Gold and Pilates exercises classes, trips, crafts, games, dances, parties, Karaoke, and bridge club meetings, and speakers on various health subjects. Please call your nearest Senior center for more information or stop by and pick up a calendar of events.  Call our Donaldsonville Senior Center (225) 473-3789 or the Gonzales Senior center at (225) 621-5750.