Who We Are:
The East Providence Senior Center serves individuals ages 55 and older. The center assures seniors, their families and caregivers that it is operating under a common senior center philosophy. The center has community partnerships with more than 50 different agencies. The center operates with approximately 100 volunteers who assist with meals, greet visitors and members, assist in the library and recreational facility and serve on the advisory board.
What We Do:
The senior center provides outreach, referrals, socialization, education, health and fitness services, transportation, volunteer opportunities and recreational services to more than 2,000 members. The senior center offers more than 20 programs each week and approximately 14 additional programs during the month.
The center’s elder resource specialist provides a direct link between the center’s services and the senior and disabled population and their families. The specialist provides information and services including: health insurance/Medicare, medical assistance, food assistance, heating assistance, housing options, social security, in-home care, caregiver’s support services and so much more.
The senior center is certified by the State of Rhode Island as a diabetes outpatient site. As a certified site, the senior center provides education classes and individual diabetes counseling. The center also hosts diabetes support group meetings. A registered nurse at the senior center coordinates all health screenings and manages ancillary health office personnel, referrals and scheduling for a nutritionist, pharmacist and laboratory services. The nurse also coordinates health presentations, coordinates flu clinics and assesses walk-in clients.
In addition, the center operates as a meal site, serving more than thousands of meals each year through Ocean State Dining, a federally-funded grant program through the Department of Aging, Title III B funds.