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Envisioning Our Senior Centers

Envisioning Our Senior Centers

Milwaukee County is committed to providing senior center programming that promotes the dignity, independence and engagement of older adults in our community. We recognize that senior centers continue to serve an important role in helping older adults age well. At the same time we must consider the structural, maintenance and ongoing resource needs of our five Milwaukee County senior centers. We must also design senior center programming which can adapt and grow to the changing needs of the aging population.

Senior Center Assessment Process

Over the past three years, Milwaukee County has embarked on a process to assess the current state of the senior centers and their programming, identify models from across the country, and gather community input to envision the future of senior center programming. 

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  Phase I: Our Senior Centers Today

Phase I was a comprehensive assessment of the current programming being offered in the five county-owned senior centers, input from the public on these senior centers as well as an assessment of the buildings themselves.

Senior Center Assessment Report Summary
(Milwaukee County Dept. on Aging, December 2017)

Senior Center Assessment Supplemental Report
(Milwaukee County Dept. on Aging, December 2017)

Summary of Public Input from Phase I Discussions
(Milwaukee County Dept. on Aging, 2017-2018)

Senior Center Performance Management Update
(Milwaukee County Dept. on Aging, May 2018)

  Phase II: Models From Other Counties

Phase II was to commission a third-party (Wisconsin Policy Form) to assess different senior center models from across the country and identify insights for Milwaukee County.

Young at Heart: Exploring the Future of Senior Centers in Milwaukee County
(Wisconsin Policy Forum, April 2019)

Summary of Facts from the Wisconsin Policy Forum Report

  Phase III: Envisioning the Future

Phase III was a series of community conversations across Milwaukee County to gather public input and discuss the future of our senior centers.

Envisioning the Future: Milwaukee County Senior Centers
(Milwaukee County Department on Aging, January 2020)

Appendices to Envisioning the Future Report
(Milwaukee County Department on Aging, January 2020)

2022-2024 Area Aging Plan Senior Center Goals

A Path Forward

The MKE Idea
(Milwaukee County Commission on Aging, Select Committee on Senior Centers, October 2021)

Milwaukee County Senior Centers - FAQ
(Milwaukee County DHHS Aging & Disabilities Services, September 2022)

Critical Questions for Select Committee on Senior Centers & Responses
(Milwaukee County Commission on Aging, Select Committee on Senior Centers, September 2022)

Senior Center Committee

The Senior Center Committee will be responsible for prioritizing and refining the ideas for improvement set forth in the Envisioning the Future Report, as well as exploring viable solutions and monitoring their implementation.

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