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Florida Senior Centers

Alachua County Tri County Council For Senior Citizens Gainesville 352-463-3160
Alachua County Annie Johnson Senior Citizen Center Gainesville 352-489-8021
Alachua County Center For Aging Resources Gainesvl 352-375-1155
Bay County Bay County Council On Aging Good Shepherd Center Panama City 850-871-4800
Brevard County Senior Care Of Brevard Cocoa 321-631-9014
Brevard County Freedom 7 Senior Community Center Cocoa Beach 321-783-9505
Brevard County Sheppard's Center Beachside Inc Indian Harbour Beach 321-777-1700
Brevard County Shepherd's Center Of Melbourne Melbourne 321-259-8886
Brevard County South Brevard Seniors Assoc Inc Melbourne 321-724-2233
Brevard County One Senior Place Melbourne 321-751-6771
Brevard County Retired & Senior Volunteer Program Orlando 407-422-1535
Brevard County Alzheimer Resource Center Inc Orlando 407-843-1910
Brevard County Greater Palm Bay Senior Center Palm Bay 321-724-1338
Brevard County Martin Andersen Senior Center Inc Rockledge 321-631-7549
Brevard County North Brevard Senior Center Titusville 321-268-2333
Brevard County Senior Consultation Center Titusville 321-383-9393
Brevard County Easy Access Handicap & Senior Services West Melbourne 321-768-7670
Broward County Phoenix Senior Living Center III Coral Springs 954-755-0757
Broward County NE Focal Point Senior Center Deerfield Beach 954-480-4449
Broward County Senior Escort Travel Fort Lauderdale 954-583-4222
Broward County Poitier-Williams Senior Center Fort Lauderdale 954-714-3500
Broward County Memorial Senior Resource Center Hallandale Beach 954-457-0501
Broward County Meyerhoff Joseph Senior Center Hollywood 954-966-9805
Broward County Northwest Focal Point Senior Center Margate 954-973-0300
Broward County Service Agency For Senior Citizens of Broward County Inc Oakland Park 954-563-8991
Broward County Comforcare Senior Services Pompano Beach 954-946-1960
Broward County Daniel D Cantor Senior Center Sunrise 954-742-2299
Broward County United Senior Alliance Sunrise 954-749-0082
Calhoun County Calhoun County Senior Citizens Association Inc Blountstown 850-674-4163
Charlotte County Senior Friendship Center Port Charlotte 941-613-2299
Charlotte County Senior Friends of Fawcett Memorial Hospital Port Charlotte 941-627-6159
Charlotte County Senior Friendship Centers Punta Gorda 941-743-5353
Citrus Wewahitchka Senior Citizens & Community Center Wewahitchka 850-639-2605
Clay County Orange Park Senior Center Orange Park 904-269-4731
Clay County Shepherd's Center Of Orange Park The Orange Park 904-269-5315
Collier County Tri County Senior Services Everglades City 239-695-9948
Collier County Senior Friendship Centers Health Services Naples 239-263-7425
Collier County Retired Senior Volunteer Program Naples 239-774-8833
Columbia County Columbia Co Senior Svcs Inc Fort White 386-497-1504
Columbia County Columbia County Senior Services Lake City 386-755-0235
DeSoto County Senior Friendship Centers Of DeSoto County Arcadia 863-494-5965
Duval Comforcare Senior Services Jacksonville 904-232-4407
Duval Mandarin Senior Citizens Center Jacksonville 904-262-7309
Duval Westside Senior Citizens Center Jacksonville 904-630-0724
Duval Mary Singleton Senior Citizens Center Jacksonville 904-630-0995
Duval Arlington Senior Citizens Center Jacksonville 904-721-1471
Duval Lane Wiley Senior Citizens Center Jacksonville 904-783-6589
Escambia County Senior Friends At West Florida Hospital Pensacola 850-494-4961
Escambia County Beulah Senior Citizens Center Pensacola 850-944-5925
Flagler County United Way Service Center Bunnell 386-437-0730
Flagler County Retired Senior Volunteer Flagler Beach 386-439-7449
Flagler County Flagler Senior Services Palm Coast 386-437-7300
Flagler County Capstone Senior Services Palm Coast 386-446-9371
Gadsden County Gadsden County Senior Center Quincy 850-627-9758
Glades County Senior Connections of SW Fl Inc Moore Haven 863-946-1821
Hendry County Senior Connections of SW Fl Inc Clewiston 863-983-7088
Highlands County Senior Connections of SW Fl Inc Avon Park 863-467-1253
Highlands County Highlands Senior Center Inc Sebring 863-314-0526
Hillsborough County Westshore Senior Center Tampa 813-554-5156
Hillsborough County Life Enrichment Senior Center Tampa 813-932-0241
Jefferson County Senior Citizen Services Monticello 850-342-0271
Lake County Leesburg Senior Center Leesburg 352-326-3540
Lake County Senior Citizens Leesburg 352-326-3540
Lee County Senior Friendship Center Alva 239-728-6620
Lee County Senior Friendship Centers Fort Myers 239-275-4427
Lee County Senior Companion Program Fort Myers 239-332-5346
Lee County Lehigh Acres Senior Center Lehigh Acres 239-369-5355
Lee County Senior Center Senior Friends Lehigh Acres 239-369-5355
Lee County Senior Friendship Centers North Fort Myers 239-652-0362
Lee County Senior Friendship Center North Fort Myers 239-656-0221
Leon County Senior Citizens Center Tallahassee 850-891-4000
Liberty County Hosford Senior Center Hosford 850-379-8420
Madison County Senior Citizen Services Greenville 850-948-2684
Madison County Senior Citizen Services Madison 850-973-4241
Manatee County Senior Enrichment Center Bradenton 941-749-0100
Manatee County Senior Friends Bradenton 941-792-0211
Manatee County Senior Friends Bradenton 941-792-0211
Marion County Florida Senior Citizens Association Ocala 352-873-4556
Miami-Dade County Senior Citizens Activities Center of Homestead Homestead 305-245-4934
Miami-Dade County Gesu Senior Citizen Center Miami 305-374-6099
Miami-Dade County North Miami Foundation For Senior Citizens Services North Miami 305-893-1450
Monroe County Caring Friends For Seniors Key Largo 305-453-1166
Okaloosa County Retired & Senior Volunteer Program Crestview 850-689-7813
Okaloosa County Destin Senior Center Destin 850-424-6415
Okaloosa County Emerald Coast Center Fort Walton Beach 850-243-6134
Okaloosa County Retired & Senior Volunteer Program Fort Walton Beach 850-833-9215
Orange County Marks Street Senior Recreation Complex Orlando 407-254-1066
Orange County Renaissance Senior Center Orlando 407-254-9070
Orange County Senior Citizen Planning Service Winter Park 407-647-6512
Palm Beach County Sunshine Senior Services Boca Raton 561-368-8101
Palm Beach County Mae Volen Senior Center Boca Raton 561-395-8920
Palm Beach County Senior Advantages of South Florida Boca Raton 561-998-2827
Palm Beach County Mae Volen Senior Center Delray Beach 561-265-3667
Palm Beach County Senior Bridge Family West Palm Beach 561-432-8370
Pasco County Hudson Multipurpose Senior Center Hudson 727-863-6868
Pasco County Elfer's Multi Purpose Senior Center New Port Richey 727-847-3039
Pinellas County Advanced Senior Solutions Inc Clearwater 727-443-2273
Pinellas County Neighborly Senior Services Inc Clearwater 727-573-9444
Pinellas County Adult Care Group Clearwater 727-726-3310
Pinellas County T L C Senior Services & Tours Largo 727-596-5533
Pinellas County A A R P Saint Petersburg 877-434-7598
Polk County Lake Wales Senior Center Lake Wales 863-678-0662
Polk County Lake Morton Senior Center Lakeland 863-687-2988
Putnam County Palatka Putnam County Senior Citizens Center Palatka 386-328-2547
Santa Rosa County Holley Navarre Seniors Assoc Inc Navarre 850-936-1644
Sarasota Senior Friendship Centers Sarasota 941-955-2122
Sarasota County Comforcare Senior Services Venice 941-244-2217
Sarasota County Connections For Seniors Venice 941-486-8394
Sarasota County Senior Friendship Centers Inc Venice 941-493-3065
Seminole County Oakley Senior Services Lake Mary 407-302-2097
Seminole County Retired & Senior Volunteer Program Sanford 407-323-4440
Volusia County Deltona Senior Center Deltona 386-574-0060
Volusia County Senior Dining Program Orange City 386-774-0001
Volusia County Sea Side Club Adult Day Care Center Ormond Beach 386-441-2321
Volusia County Caregivers For Senior Port Orange 386-767-6443
Volusia County Sensational Senior Socials South Daytona 386-763-5004
Volusia County Sensational Senior Socials South Daytona 386-763-5004
Wakulla County Wakulla County Senior Citizens Council Inc Crawfordville 850-926-7145

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About Senior Centers

    The first Senior Center in the country opened in 1943 in the Bronx, New York and was called the William Hodson Community Center. By 1961 about 218 senior centers had opened all across the country. The first Senior centers were operated by cities or nonprofit or religious organizations. Funding came from government, community donations and fees from people using the facilities. In the early days some federal funding came from Title XX of the Social Security act but funding for Title XX has been decreasing and much of that money today is being used for other programs.

    In 1972, the Older Americans Act was amended to provide funding for senior centers as this was considered to be an important piece of the aging network. Today, there are estimated to be about 15,000 senior centers across the country serving about 10 million older Americans annually. About 6,000 of these centers receive part or all of their funding through the Older Americans Act.

    Senior centers act as a focal point for older Americans to receive many aging services. They are a vital part of the aging network. For Area Agencies on Aging, the senior center has become a place where many AAA services can be provided, where outreach and targeting can occur and where feedback can be received from the elderly. The most common services offered at a senior center are:

    - Health and wellness programs

    - Arts and humanities activities

    - Intergenerational programs

    - Employment assistance

    - Community action opportunities and social networking opportunities

    - Transportation services

    - Volunteer opportunities

    - Educational opportunities Information and referral

    - Financial assistance

    - Senior rights counseling and legal services

    - Meal and nutrition programs

    - Leisure travel programs

    Larger senior centers in major cities may offer additional specific services because they serve a large and diverse group of patrons. Here are some examples:

    - Education classes, perhaps through a local college

    - Foot care

    - Health clinics

    - Haircuts

    - Daily exercise

    - Telephone friends

    - Support groups for Alzheimer's caregivers

    - Support for Parkinson's disease

    - Low vision and diabetes services

    - Weekly health speakers

    - Grocery shopping

    - Many and varied classes for personal growth and learning

    - Special events and fundraisers such as auctions, raffles, sales, bazaars, rummage sales, bingo, special meals and parties, fashion shows and facility rentals

    Most elderly people are aware of senior centers in their neighborhoods but for those who are not familiar with the program, senior centers are listed under that title in the Yellow Pages.