Senior Centers FAQ

How are Senior Community Centers funded?

Senior community centers are funded through a variety of sources. Most receive funding through the Area Agency on Aging in their area. Many receive funds from local organizations, private grants and municipalities. All centers participate in some form of fund raising by the participants at the center. Raising funds by the senior community center is part of the Department of Aging's policy on resource diversification, which requires the senior community centers to actively participate in raising some portion of funds for the center.

Do I need to pay to attend the senior community center?
There is no charge for attending the senior community center and activities funded through the Area Agencies on Aging. Contributions may be requested for some activities or services such as noon meals. In some cases special classes or activities may be arranged at the senior community center. Such special classes may have a fee, but they are in addition to the activities provided through the regular operation of the center and are voluntary.

If I want to go to the center, do I need to commit to go every day?
People attending the centers may attend as frequently or as infrequently as they want. There is no minimum attendance requirement for senior community centers funded through the Area Agencies on Aging.
When are the senior community centers open?
The hours of operation vary from center to center. You may contact your local Area Agency on Aging  to find out about the hours of operation of a senior community center you would like to attend. 

How do I find a senior community center near where I live?

You may locate senior community centers in your area by choosing the county in which you live on the Pennsylvania Senior Centers Web site or by contacting your local Area Agency on Aging
How do I get a ride to a senior community center?
You may contact the local Area Agency on Aging. If you need transportation to the center they will be able to help you find a way, possibly through the local Shared Ride Program in your area.