Office on Aging
Lillian LaSalle, Executive Director
Located at the Lawrence Senior Center, 30 Darrah Lane East
Hours: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Use the links below to get details on upcoming programs and activities at the Lawrence Senior Citizen Center.
For more information about volunteer opportunities at the Office on Aging please read the flyer.
Services and programs available provided though the Mercer County Office on Aging.
OLDER AMERICANS MONTH 2017
The Administration on Aging, part of the Administration for Community Living, is pleased to announce the theme for Older American’s Month 2017. The theme, Age Out Loud, is intended to give aging a new voice—one that reflects what today's older adults have to say about aging.
The 2017 theme gives us an opportunity to shine a light on many important issues and trends. More than ever before, older Americans are working longer, trying new things, and engaging in their communities. They are taking charge, striving for wellness, focusing on independence, and advocating for themselves and others. They expect to continue to live their lives to the fullest, and they are insisting on changes that make that possible. What it means to age has changed and Older Americans Month 2017 is a perfect opportunity to recognize and celebrate what getting older looks like today.
Special Events / Programs
The Lawrence Senior Center is open to Lawrence senior citizens, 60 years of age and older, for a wide range of activities. The Office on Aging staff also provides information, assistance and referrals to social services and linking Lawrence seniors to the network of senior service providers.
The motto of the Senior Center is "Living It Up, Sharing the Joy"! Lawrence Seniors are encouraged to take part int the activities sponsored by the Office on Aging (Live It Up!); and to take advantage of the opportunities to contribute positively to our community (Share the Joy!). For example, citizens from the Busy Bee class have taught students from the Lawrenceville School how to knit and crochet. In turn these students taught the seniors basic, intermediate and advanced computer skills. In the past, the Lawrence Senior Center celebrated Black History month and the seniors raised funds for summer camp scholarships for Lawrenceville youngsters. Currently, seniors in the Sewing Group are passionately working on smocks, comfort pillows and blankets, collecting clothing and toiletries to donate to Angels' Wings a local residential program for infants and children awaiting placement in foster homes.
The Office on Aging also coordinates many special events that include the "Friday Evening Socials." The Valentine's Day Dance, St. Patricks Day Bash, Annual Holiday Luncheon, Senior Prom, and an annual Variety Show have all been great favorites in the past. Throughout the year the Senior Center also plans several trips to a host of destinations. To keep seniors abreast of the events at the Senior Center, the Office on Aging prepares a monthly "Lawrence Senior Activities" calendar. Copies may be picked up at the Lawrence Senior Center. Weekly activities at the center include: line dancing, hula and ballroom dancing, Yoga, T'ai Chi, bingo, exercise classes, health education screenings, lectures, bridge, Spanish lessons, movies, sculpture, painting, computers, card playing and much more.
Health lectures are offered the 1st Wednesday of each month at the Lawrence Senior Center at 11:00 am. A related screening is held the 2nd Wednesday of each month at 1:00 pm. Call 844-7094 or 844-7048 for additional information.
The Senior Center also includes a lounge area where individuals are welcome to come relax, socialize, watch television or read. Call the Office on Aging to arrange for our van to pick you up and bring you to the Center. Mercer County also provides transportation through T.R.A.D.E.
The Executive Director of the Office on Aging, Lillian LaSalle, will be happy to assist you in any way possible. Many seniors in Lawrence have extensive backgrounds in varied fields of expertise. The Senior Center is open to your suggestions and willing to accept any assistance you would like to offer. Your suggestions concerning the activities you think would be of interest to seniors are also welcomed. Perhaps you would like to volunteer to teach a class or give a symposium on a topic of interest to seniors. Call the Senior Center, let us know.
If you are 60 years of age or older and have not yet visited the Center or taken advantage of the activities already scheduled, please stop in and join us. The Center is open from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, Monday to Friday, excluding holidays. For additional information about the Lawrence Senior Center or the Lawrence Office on Aging, please call (609) 844-7048.