Community Health Promotion : The Growing Population Of Elderly

1693 Words Jun 7th, 2015 7 Pages
Community Health Promotion
The rapidly growing population of elderly creates challenges for local and national government agencies as well as individuals as they deal with health care, employment, housing, social security and other issues that concern the older population. Today local communities play a vital role in improving the quality of life and promoting health of their older residents. Specifically, senior centers are becoming more popular than ever among older adult populations as they provide a single point of access for all information and services in the community and help older adults age with dignity and independence.
West Town Senior Center
Currently, there are sixteen senior centers in Chicago, including six regional and ten satellite centers. All centers are managed by the Senior Services Area Agency on Aging of the Chicago Department of Family and Support Services in partnership with diverse non-profit groups (Senior Services, 2015). The Area Agency on Aging is responsible for administrating of a variety of informational, health, and recreational programs designed to address the diverse needs and interests of older Chicagoans (Family and Support Services, 2015). In collaboration with the Sinai Community Institute, many of these programs are offered at the West Town Senior Center (WTSC), which opened its doors in October 2002 and became the first satellite center in Chicago. Many wellness programs offered at WTSC are conducted by Rush University…
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