Recently the Pa. Secretary of Aging Brian Duke praised members of the Pennsylvania Association of Senior Centers. We'd like to join him in commending the senior centers' efforts in providing invaluable community services for older adults.

"Senior centers play an important role in helping older Pennsylvanians stay healthy by providing programs that concentrate on wellness, nutrition, and prevention," Duke said, while speaking at the organization's annual conference in State College.

"Without the dedicated and resourceful staff such as those attending today's conference, many senior centers would not be able to offer services in their communities," Duke added.

According to statistics from the Pa. Dept. of Aging, there are nearly 600 senior community centers throughout the state. And, that last fiscal year, there were more than 3.5 million meals served to more than 77,000 people.

We're thankful to have so many centers right here locally. In Bradford County, seniors have the opportunity to visit centers in Canton, Gillett, Sayre, Towanda, Troy, Warren Center and Wyalusing, as well as in Dushore and Muncy Valley in Sullivan County. At the centers, older adults can find activities to stay active, learn new thing and stay connected by talking and sharing life experiences with others. The centers also provide valuable access to services such as legal assistance, health screening, senior employment and volunteer programs through the Area Agencies on Aging.