The Seward Phoenix Log - News of the Eastern Kenai Peninsula since 1966

By Dana Paperman
Executive Director, Seward Senior Center 

Seward Senior Center goes beyond


Seward Senior Center

One of the incredible services that the Seward Senior Center offers is computer classes and access to computers.

Last week I wrote about a day in the life of the Senior Center. Now for the bigger picture.

For those individuals in the community that are home bound, we extend our nutrition services to the comfort of your home, through the meals on wheels program, an essential service to help you heal from surgery, illness or maintain good living through quality nutritional services.

If you are seeking solitude and quietness, you might want to duck into the computer lab after lunch for peace and quiet. Following lunch on any given day, social activities of art, quilting, pinochle, bingo, writer’s group, basket weaving and beginning Tai Chi inspire seniors to continue to learn, teach, mentor and enjoy the company of good people. Introduction to Computer class is taking new students every month, helping them in the computer lab set up an email account, learn to surf the internet and locate favorite sites like: Amazon, Coast Guard, facebook, Social Security and online fabric stores.

So you don’t drive anymore? We can help with your transportation needs too, five days a week. Post Office, banks, medical appointments, grocery shopping, plus rides to and from the center daily. We understand when you lose your ability to drive and the affordability to own and operate a car is not so cheap anymore. We want to help you get to where you need to go and at a very affordable price of a free will donation. Major Marine Tours has contributed a comfortable vehicle many times in the past, in honor of our local seniors, they too are a terrific friend to the center.

I frequently hear in the community that the senior center is for old people, but the truth is, they are just older than you. If you are 60 and older, this is your activity center. No one is ever turned away due to lack of funds. 90 percent of our supported programs request a free-will donation to help offset the cost of doing business, which is a penny on the dollar. And thanks to Seward Community Foundation, we have had the ability to add historical field trips, publishing projects, assistance in new office equipment and they are a good partner in local social services.

Why would someone go to a senior center? Why would someone go to work, school, a bar or a church? People look for fulfillment throughout their lives and it doesn’t stop at retirement. The senior center fills the retirement void for a very large Seward crowd and the staff and volunteers take this very seriously, seeking new ways to entertain, socialize and bring state of the art programs to the center, while continuing to serve the necessary support services to help seniors live out their full lives in Seward. Accept this article as a personal invitation to join us Monday through Friday, for one of the many activities that are hosted at 336 Third.

Still want to learn more? To receive a free monthly newsletter, call us at 224-5604, email us at for the electronic version or check out our website at for a list of daily activities. We are waiting to hear from you. And to those of you that attend the center, next time you come in, invite a friend and introduce them to one of the best things happening in Seward.


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