Seniors & Center 50+

Center 50+ has closed to the public. Congregate meals offered Monday through Friday at Center 50+ will 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
Mar. 12
Center 50+ Class: Baking with Friends - Irish Soda Bread10:00 a.m.11:00 a.m.Virtual Meeting

Don't miss out on a warm loaf of soda bread to go with your hearty Irish stew this St. Patrick's Day! Special guest Elisa Chandler from the Ceili of the Valley Society will demonstrate how quick and easy it is to make. You can choose to use the traditional recipe shared by Elisa using just four ingredients, or the one from a friend who adds a few more ingredients to the dough. This class will be held on Zoom.

Cost: $ 5

Presenter: Elisa Chandler of Ceili of the Valley Society

Phone: 503-588-6303

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Mar. 16
Family Caregiver Seminar - Understanding Alzheimer's Disease 12:00 p.m.1:00 p.m.Virtual Meeting

Theme: "Avoid Caregiver Burnout: Be the best caregiver you can be without losing yourself in the process." Presenter: Karen Lewis, Willamette Valley Hospice and Palliative Care. Do you feel like you are taking on the weight of the world? Are you wondering how you can keep going from day to day? Are your loved ones’ needs taking every moment you have while leaving little time for yourself? If you’ve answered yes to these questions, come to this presentation, and get some real tools you can start implementing today to improve your health tomorrow. Karen has a unique perspective for simplifying life and setting up a system that will create calm out of chaos. Presented in partnership with Among Friends Adult Day Respite and Time with Friends Programs, with additional support by NorthWest Senior & Disability Services.

Phone: 503-588-6303

Mar. 23
Healthy Living ZOOM Lecture: Maintaining a Healthy Gut10:00 a.m.11:00 a.m.Virtual Meeting

Gut health is a term used to describe the balance and function of bacteria in the gastrointestinal tract. A healthy gut contributes to a strong immune system. Join Registered Dietician Sophie Sparling in this one-hour ZOOM lecture as she discusses signs of an unhealthy gut as well as the benefits and purposes of probiotics and prebiotics. Sophie will also focus on good bugs and bad bugs in the system as well as gut healthy foods to add into your diet. Walk away with the tools you need to maintain a healthy digestive system.

Cost: $ 5

Presenter: Registered Dietician Sophie Sparling

Phone: 503-588-6303

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Exploring Together: Supporting the LGBTQIA+ Community6:00 p.m.7:00 p.m.Digital Meeting

Salem Public Library invites you join us as we continue a three-part discussion series focused on supporting the LGBTQIA+ community. Participants can prepare using resources available through the library and the Internet. 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: Today & Yesterday (January 21); Session 2: Understanding LGBTQIA+ (February 23); Session 3: Effective Allyship (March 23). We ask that you prepare for these discussions by reading or watching at least one entry from the suggested resources list for each month. Sign up at to get the list of resources and receive the Zoom login information by email on the morning of the discussion.

Phone: 503-588-6315

Apr. 06
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 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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