GO-TIME: Department of Aging Improves Access Services at Senior Community Center

September 22, 2016

Harrisburg, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Aging, in partnership with WITF, is entering its third season of an exciting initiative called MindMatters: a series of stimulating lectures presented by academics and experts on subjects ranging from history and current events, to politics and culture, to gardening and healthy living.

With a savings of over $39,000 in 2015-16, MindMatters offers professional programming at no cost to senior community centers across the commonwealth. MindMatters is designed to be viewed in a group setting and encourages senior center attendance, social interaction and stimulating discussions between center participants and presenters.

“Studies have shown that when given the opportunity to participate in life-long learning or self-management programs in a senior community center, older adults are given the tools needed to better manage their life,” said Secretary of Aging Teresa Osborne.  “By providing enrichment in a social, community setting, improvements in overall mental, physical, social, spiritual, emotional and economic well-being can be measured.”

Prior to MindMatters, senior community centers would pay for individuals to travel and present on various topics in person. The cost and logistics of delivering this type of programming made it difficult or sometimes impossible for centers to provide it for their participants. Now, senior centers can choose from over 30 lectures on topics of interest that appeal to their participants.

Some of the MindMatters topics include:

  • Betsy Ross: The Making of the Myth
  • Exercise is Medicine
  • Famous Pennsylvania Politicians of the 20th Century
  • Food Glorious Food: Satisfaction Without Guilt
  • Gardening and Planting
  • Optical Illusions: A Look at How the Human Eye Works
  • Quilts: Crafting an American Icon

“Providing on-demand access to this resource expands the opportunity for senior centers to participate and enables older Pennsylvanians throughout the commonwealth to be engaged, physically, mentally, and emotionally in their community,” said Secretary Osborne.

To learn more about GO-TIME, visit https://www.governor.pa.gov/go-time/.

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