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Senior Centers: Places to Make Friends and Enjoy a Nutritious Meal


Dyckman Senior Center
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Located at 10th Avenue and 201st Street, the Dyckman Senior Center serves a multi-ethnic population of seniors. With over 700 members, the Center provides an opportunity for seniors to meet with friends, participate in various recreational activities or a shopping trip and eat a nutritionally-balanced meal.


LaGuardia Good Health and Happiness Senior Center
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The name says it all - good health and happiness. Located in the Lower East Side, the center's activities reflect the mix of east and west cultures that meet here daily. Some seniors come primarily for the company and social events. For others, LaGuardia serves as "day care" with many adults bringing their parents each day. Seniors come from all five boroughs. There are no membership fees - only proof of age is required. For a small suggested contribution, seniors can eat balanced meals (breakfast and lunch) that have been carefully planned by nutritionists.

Seniors can participate in a range of activities. Their day can start off with "Lok Tung Kuen" exercises in the morning, followed by arts and crafts, music, bingo and mahjong, health promotion and English classes. Each year, the Center hosts a gala event to celebrate the Chinese New Year. Since the Foundation assumed sponsorship of the Center in 1992, membership has grown from 250 seniors to well over 5,400!


Mott Street Senior Center
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The Mott Street Center combines lovely décor, fun-filled activities, celebratory events and trips outside of the City to its growing membership. In the heart of Little Italy, bordering on Chinatown, Mott Street Senior Center's mostly Italian and Chinese members enjoy an easy camaraderie built on exercise, playing bingo and mahjong, dancing, painting, ceramics, sculpting, sewing, knitting, and crocheting, among other activities. Each day, members can enjoy delicious, nutritionally balanced breakfasts and lunches, many of which feature Italian and Chinese dishes. Since the Foundation assumed sponsorship of the Center in September 2000, membership has increased more than threefold, from 400 seniors to over 4,500.

Funding for the Dyckman, LaGuardia Good Health and Happiness, and Mott Street Senior Centers is provided by the New York City Department for the Aging.


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