The number of people age 65 and older in the United States grew rapidly over most of the 20th century, from 3.1 million in 1900 to 35 million in 2000. More than 55 million Americans are age 65 or older, according to the Census Bureau’s 2020 population estimates. By 2050, that number is expected to grow to almost 90 million
In spite of the above older adult demographics, many Senior Centers have closed and the future for many Senior Centers is precarious.
Senior Centers have always struggled with maintaining programs. Games, recreation and lunches have been vital activities for Senior Centers, but many seniors seek programs. Lifelong Learning education is popular with many seniors, but not all seniors desire classroom settings.
The StoryCares Reminisce Project will not bring in finances to keep Senior Centers open, but it can provide Seniors with some valuable programming by securing funds for Reminisce Cards, Boxes and Booklets. The StoryCares Reminisce Project also supports seniors who wish to start Cultural History Clubs with Cultural History presentations.