Date: Friday, February 19th, 2016
Time: 3:30-5:00 p.m. (presentation begins at 4:00 p.m.)
Location: Holy Names Heritage Center
(17425 Holy Names Dr, Lake Oswego)
Fee: This event is free as Dr. Cannon is an OGA board member
Melissa L. Cannon, Ph.D.
School of Community Health
Portland State University
3:30-4:00 p.m. – Networking
4:00-4:45 p.m. – Presentation, Dr. Melissa L. Cannon
4:45-5:00 p.m. – Q&A and wrap-up
Presentation Title: Future Directions for Senior Centers in a Changing Society
Presentation information: A growing body of research explores the relationship between older adults and their physical and social environments. As individuals age in their communities, senior centers serve critical roles as focal points for services and activities and as places that foster engagement and independence among older adults. Senior center staff have been challenged, however, to be innovative and adaptive in order to demonstrate the relevance of the senior center model to future older adults while still serving existing participants. This presentation will discuss a recent study of senior centers located throughout the Portland metropolitan area in Oregon. The research aimed to better understand challenges and strengths of different types of senior centers and explored opportunities, such as new partnerships and inter-generational programming, for senior centers to adapt and continue to serve older adults. The presentation will conclude with next steps for this research.