Seniors & Center 50+

Although Center 50+ remains closed to drop-in activities, we are beginning to roll out one-on-one activities by appointment and limited activities for small groups with registered participants.  The Center offers online classes and activities as well as outreach services, including site visits with the Wellness on Wheels van.  For all activities, we strictly adhere to safety precautions required by the CDC, OHA, and Salem EOC.  Congregate meals offered Monday through Friday at Center 50+ continue through a drive-up option. Follow Center50plus on Facebook for additional information. Check the City's COVID-19 information center for all City service impacts.

An important part of staying healthy as you age is staying engaged physically and socially. The City of Salem along with concerned citizens, and the 501(c)3 nonprofit Friends of Center 50+, collaborated to create Center 50+ as a non-membership community center providing programs and services to adults age 50 and older. Other programs throughout the City provide help in specialized areas.

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What’s happening
Apr. 22
Alzheimer's Education Session: 10 Warning Signs of Alzheimers6:00 p.m.7:00 p.m.Digital Meeting

Two education programs presented by the Alzheimer's Association and hosted by Salem Public Library will be available in April via Zoom. Sign up now to receive the Zoom link by email the day before the session. Sign up to get the Zoom link on the day before the event.

The 10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s - 6-7 p.m. Thursday, April 22 on Zoom - This education program will help you recognize common signs of Alzheimer’s Disease in yourself and others and next steps to take, including how to talk to your doctor.

Dementia Dementia Conversations - 6-7 p.m. Thursday, April 29 on Zoom - If you know someone who is experiencing changes in memory, thinking, and behavior, this program will provide tips and strategies for difficult—but important—conversations about changes that may be related to dementia.

Phone: 503-588-6315

Apr. 27
Exploring Together: Generational Differences6:00 p.m.7:00 p.m.Digital Meeting

Talk of tension and finger-pointing between generations seems to have reached new heights as the Millennials face off against the Boomers, GenX rolls their eyes at both, and the GenZ throws up their collective hands. Salem Public Library invites members of all generations to talk together about why everyone is so defensive, what we should take the time to understand about each other, and which arguments (maybe all of them?) have merit. In this series of community conversations, staff will act as facilitators and work to establish a respectful and supportive space for everyone to contribute their thoughts, share questions, and explore the ideas from the readings and videos. Each of the three discussions will have its own focus:

  • Session 1: Economic Alterations (April 27)
  • Session 2: Environmental Impacts (May 25)
  • Session 3: Parenting & Lifestyles (June 22)

We ask that you prepare for these discussions by reading or watching at least one entry from the suggested resources list. Sign up to see the list and receive Zoom login information by email on the morning of the discussion.

Phone: 503-588-6315

Apr. 29
Alzheimer's Education Session: Dementia Conversations6:00 p.m.7:00 p.m.Digital Meeting

Two education programs presented by the Alzheimer's Association and hosted by Salem Public Library will be available in April via Zoom. Sign up now to receive the Zoom link by email the day before the session. Sign up to get the Zoom link on the day before the event.

The 10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s - 6-7 p.m. Thursday, April 22 on Zoom - This education program will help you recognize common signs of Alzheimer’s Disease in yourself and others and next steps to take, including how to talk to your doctor.

Dementia Dementia Conversations - 6-7 p.m. Thursday, April 29 on Zoom - If you know someone who is experiencing changes in memory, thinking, and behavior, this program will provide tips and strategies for difficult—but important—conversations about changes that may be related to dementia.

Phone: 503-588-6315

Apr. 30
Center 50+ Polymer Clay Class: "Sugar Cookies" with Sprinkles10:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.Virtual Meeting

Using Polymer Clay, learn to make cute and adorable "sugar cookies" topped with icing and sprinkles. Turn them into a pendant and earrings, or you may use your cookies and create a sculptural cookie box. Class will take place online using Zoom. Click "learn more" below to see the list of needed supplies and to register for this class.

Cost: $ 14

Presenter: Lynn Harris

Phone: 503-588-6303

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May 04
Center 50+ Advisory Commission Meeting9:00 a.m.11:00 a.m.Center 50+
2615 Portland RD NE
Salem OR 97301

Public meeting held the first Tuesday of every month.

Agenda: An agenda for this meeting is not yet available.

Phone: 503-588-6303

This is an open, public meeting or public hearing at an accessible location. Special accommodations are available, upon request, for persons with disabilities. Services may be requested for sign language interpretation or languages other than English. To request accommodations or services, please call 503-588-6303 at least two business days prior to the meeting.

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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 https://www.facebook.com/center50plus/ 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.
Sunday CLOSED
2615 Portland RD NE
Salem OR 97301
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