Senior Citizen Organizations

By December 19, 2012Aging in Place
A young hand holding an elderly pair of hands

There are many different senior citizen organizations available today, keeping seniors active, alert and full of purpose. There are endless activities that seniors can participate in; many of them focus on giving back to their communities. Joining a senior citizen organization is a great way to socialize, keep busy and make new friends within the community. Most senior organizations offer a wide variety of activities that are tailored to fit a senior’s special interests.

There are hundreds of senior citizen organizations in the United States and worldwide. Most work toward making the lives of senior citizens better and more fulfilled. Many active seniors, however, are looking for ways to bring cheer and happiness into the lives of others. Many senior citizen organizations also focus on that goal. Below are some of the most popular senior citizen organizations:

Senior Corps

Senior Corps is an organization made up of seniors who are age 55 and up. The organization connects seniors with other people and organizations within their own community who need help. The organization believes that every senior has a wealth of life experience and expertise to share. Senior Corps allows the elderly to become mentors, coaches or companions. The specific areas that senior citizens help include:

  • The Foster Grandparent Program
  • The Senior Companion Program
  • RSVP

The elderly volunteers of Senior Corp spend their time offering valuable wisdom and guidance to members of their own community. It is a win-win situation for everyone.

Red Hat Society

The Red Hat Society is an international organization that focuses on finding joy in everyday life. This organization consists of women who are over the age of 50. Red Hat Chapters exist within almost every community. The organization exists to provide each woman with fun, success and companionship. Members meet regularly for lunch and other Red Hat events. The only requirement is that you wear red and purple. Seniors can visit their website to find a local chapter, become a member and join in on the


The American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) first began in 1958. It is the country’s leading organization for people 50 and older. It serves the needs and interests of seniors by providing pertinent health information, education, advocacy and community services. Their goal is to improve the overall quality of life for senior citizens. There are currently over 40 million members of AARP in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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