Eric Schubert

Eric Schubert is a vice president at Ecumen, an innovative nonprofit senior housing and services company based in Shoreview. He oversees communications, branding, public affairs and the Ecumen "Changing Aging" blog ( He writes about aging and change resulting from it in innovation, how we live, wellness, public policy and beyond.

Would You Hang Out at a Senior Center?

Posted by: Eric Schubert Updated: July 2, 2012 - 11:03 AM

The U.S. has about 15,000 senior centers, most of these grew out of the 1960s and the Older Americans Act with subsidies based on hot meals the centers provide.

Think about your aging for a minute: 

Do you see yourself hanging out at a senior center? Do we really need to build more senior centers?

The senior center needs to be reimagined.   “Community centers” in many municipalities are great opportunities to integrate aging into broader programming – not segregate it.

It seems a “community center” should be able to be the “senior center,” providing ageless programming, fitness classes, interesting speakers and other educational opportunities, and delivering in those instances when people want age-specific pursuits.


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