Senior Centers, Part II: Line Dancing at Age 93

Video courtesy Microsoft/IN2L/Selfhelp You might have missed a piece I wrote earlier this month about senior centers’ efforts to woo baby boomers. (At 78 million-strong, this demographic is a membership director’s dream.) To attract the Forever Young Generation, some centers are dropping “senior” from their name and serving up hip offerings such as wine tastings, dating and divorce workshops and Pilates. Programming for what are considered traditional, older attendees is also changing. (It’s Senior Center Month, so I’m giving equal time to …

Whatever You Do, Don’t Call Them “Senior Centers”

The next time you drop off Mom at your local senior center, you might want to stay. These places, known mostly for bingo, lunch and blood pressure screenings, can be a great refuge for family caregivers. You’ll be surprised at the transformation. A motorcycle club at the Lakeville Senior Center in Minnesota?? As the oldest boomers turn 67 this year, senior centers are trying to attract the age 50-plus set as well as those in their 80s.  There are a …

Do You Live Each Day with Purpose?

When you wake up in the morning, do you think to yourself, “I’m so excited, because today I get to… (fill in the blank)? No? I have teenagers, and on occasions I hear the following proclamation, “I’m bored!”  Usually said out loud to the world in general, with only one part (unsaid) that is directed at me:  “…and what are you going to do about it?” Boredom, idleness, and lack of motivation can often be linked to a lack of …

Celebrate Good Times…Waukegan!

Hi there blog readers – Jenn from the communications team reporting on some of the AARP activities that are going on in Waukegan, Illinois this month. At times AARP can seem like a ginormous organization but did you know that we have offices in all 50 states? Each of those state offices is doing really cool things on a local level. Fom advocacy to community based activities we’re there and we hope you’ll join us! This month in Waukegan longtime …