Center 50 Plus Launches WOW Van to Keep Seniors Connected

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Community partners celebrate the launch of the WOW Van.

Community partners celebrate the launch of the WOW Van.

Salem's Center 50+ now offers mobile wellness services. With the support from Salem Health, United Way of the Mid-Willamette Valley, P3 Health Partners Oregon, and Home Instead Senior Care, Center 50+ now delivers socially distanced wellness services to area seniors.

Front porch visits from the Wellness on Wheels (WOW) Van include fitness, nutrition, mobility and wellness programming, activities, lifelong learning instruction, social checks ins, and technology tutoring.

The WOW Van was inspired through the work of the Age-Friendly Salem Initiative and meets the goals of keeping seniors socially connected, engaged in their community, and able to remain safe and healthy in their homes for as long as possible.

"Our service partners and contributors to this project understand our senior populations and unique needs. We are tremendously thankful for their support and I applaud Center 50 + for their excellent work in shaping and delivering programming for our older adults," said City Manager Steve Powers.

In recent years, Center 50+ has made a concerted effort to follow the World Health Organization's call for instigating an Age-Friendly Community which helps communities prepare for a rapidly aging population and pay attention to the environmental, economic, and social factors that influence the health and well-being of older adults.

In addition to the WHO initiative, Center 50+ recognizes the importance of delivering services to older adults whose mobility and aptitude to travel around Salem has decreased because of the ongoing COVID -19 pandemic.

"The WOW Van will be a significant asset to the Center 50+ staff for scheduling home visits with our clients," said Marilyn Daily who manages operations and programming for the center. "Everyone on our staff is excited about the possibilities of this service and eager to bring classes and companionship to those who need it most." 

To find out more about the WOW Van residents are encouraged to email  [email protected] or to visit the Center 50+ website.

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Center 50+
​Due to concerns about the spread of COVID-19 infection, Center 50+ is closed effective Monday, March 16, 2020. Because Center 50+ serves a population considered to be at higher risk for contracting the virus, serves more than 250 people each day, and we cannot guarantee social distancing, Center 50+ will remain closed until the Oregon Health Authority deems it safe to reopen.

Congregate meals offered Monday through Friday at Center 50+ will continue through a drive-up option. Follow for virtual program offerings during this time. Call -503-588-6303.

Regular Hours suspended:
Monday 7:30 a.m–9:00 p.m.
Tuesday 7:30 a.m.–9:00 p.m.
Wednesday 7:30 a.m.–9:00 p.m.
Thursday 7:30 a.m.–9:00 p.m.
Friday 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Saturday 8:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.
2615 Portland RD NE
Salem OR 97301
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