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11/14/2013 - Hamilton’s Senior Center Recognized Among Nation’s Best, Receives National Accreditation


Hamilton’s Senior Center Recognized Among Nation’s Best, Receives National Accreditation

Hamilton’s Senior Center among 120 facilities nation-wide to meet the National Institute of Senior Centers’ Standards for Model Senior Centers     


While Hamilton seniors may have felt their senior center was one of the best around, they now have proof of it.


Thanks to the unanimous approval by the National Institute of Senior Centers’ Accreditation Board, Hamilton Township’s Senior Center has earned accreditation by the National Council on Aging/National Institute of Senior Centers for a period of five years (through September of 2018). 


The National Council on Aging (NCOA) is a nonprofit service and advocacy organization that seeks to provide a national voice for older Americans and the community organizations that serve them.


“I have long-said that our Senior Center is one of the best in the nation; and now we have the accreditation to prove it,” says Hamilton Township Mayor Kelly A. Yaede. “Our entire community can take great pride in this national accreditation; and as Mayor, I look forward to building further upon all that our center currently offers so that Hamilton’s seniors can continue to enjoy a Senior Center that is second to none.”  


According to National Institute of Senior Centers (NISC) Program Manager Maureen Arsenault O’Leary, the Hamilton Senior Center “demonstrates outstanding leadership and commitment to quality programs and services.” 


Thanks to the national accreditation, the Hamilton Township Senior Center now ranks among some 120 senior centers across the nation to meet the standards developed by the NISC.  As Arsenault O’Leary notes, “These are centers that are held up as models for others to follow.”


The NISC’s review of Hamilton’s Senior Center noted many strengths of the facility, which included its:


  • Purpose and Planning, which were described as “an excellent example of how to plan and carry out the work of a senior center”
  • Community Connections
  • Administration of the Senior Center
  • Program Development Implementation and use of volunteers to lead programs
  • And the Facility’s Preventive Maintenance Plan


“This recognition is certainly a testament to the work of our outstanding Senior Center employees and the commitment of Mayor Yaede and her administration in maintaining an outstanding facility,” says Marty Flynn, Hamilton’s Director of Health, Recreation, Seniors and Veterans Services.  “It is a proud moment for our Senior Center, our Department and our community.”