Community Health Promotion : The Growing Population Of Elderly

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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
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Today, 11,400 senior centers nationwide serve more than 1 million older adults every day (Senior Centers: Fact Sheet, 2015). Nationwide statistics indicate that the majority (70%) of senior center participants are women; half of them live alone. The most participants are Caucasian, followed by African Americans, Hispanics, and Asians respectively. The average age of participants is 75. The majority visit their center one to three times per week and spend there on average 3.3 hours per each visit. Contrary to the nationwide data, the majority (90%) of participants at WTSC are Hispanic, followed by African Americans, Caucasians and lastly Asians. Since many of the participants do not speak English, the classes and activities are translated simultaneously to Spanish. Similarly to the nation’s data, most participants earn low-incomes and receive government’s assistance. Many participants enjoy daily visits to the WTSC and spend more than three hours at the center during each visit.
Spending many hours daily at the center can be explained by an abundance of activities specifically tailored to the needs and interests of the participants. The center offers a wide variety of wellness programs, health promotion educational sessions, health screenings, fitness classes, dance classes, yoga classes, art classes, various leisure activities, computer classes, ESL classes, social services
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