Older persons living in Pennsylvania might be happy to know that this week is Senior Community Center Week.
Ed Rendell, the 45th governor of the Keystone State, has announced that from September 14 to 18, he would like Pennsylvanians to recognize how important senior centers are for older persons.
These facilities receive more than 200,000 visitors each year and 83,000 of these people are served 4.3 million meals during that time.
"Pennsylvania is proud to offer diverse programs to our older citizens in more than 600 community centers," said Rendell.
"With services such as health care, nutrition, recreation, legal advice and more, the centers act as a central place for older adults to interact and learn how to maintain their well-being."
Pennsylvania has 2.5 million residents age 60 or older. These seniors represent 20 percent of the state's total population. According to the CIA, there are approximately 17 million men and 22.6 million women who are considered senior citizens in the U.S. today.