Website lists local senior citizen centers

Senior citizens looking for a place to go during the day for free or low-cost social, cultural and recreational activities can now turn to the Department of Health and Senior Services’ Internet website to find a senior center in their area.

Many of these centers also serve as cooling stations during heat waves.

The department’s searchable database is at scSearch.aspx.

It is searchable by county, municipality and senior center name. The search can be refined by checking which services or activities a person is seeking.

While programming and hours of operation vary from site to site, most senior centers are open weekdays and offer a variety of activities including arts and education programs, health and fitness classes, and social and civic engagement opportunities, according to a press release.

Many also serve as senior nutrition program sites. Transportation to and from senior centers may also be arranged by center staff or through county-based senior paratransit programs.

For additional services and programs, seniors are encouraged to contact their area Agency on Aging toll-free at 1-877-222-3737.