MySeniorCenter Fun Facts

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017

Welcome to the 7th Annual MySeniorCenter BIG LIST version of Fun Facts. This month, we highlight the top 10 (ish) lists of Transportation Destinations, Trips, and Events from last year. According to the data, 2016 was the year of working out, playing pickleball, taking computer classes, learning Spanish and going on extended vacations. Let's have a look at all the cool stuff you organized for your participants last year.

Welcome to...Fun Facts - the BIG LIST edition


The Wheels on The Bus

You provided a lot of rides in 2016! There was a 6% increase in the number of rides per Center across the Network. Here are the Top Transportation Categories for the year:

For the second year in a row, Senior Center rides were more common than Medical rides. This is a testament to the healing power of socialization!


Despite an increase in fees, total trip participation increased almost 7% across the Network, and the number of multi-day trips continued to rise dramatically. Clearly you're providing some great destinations for nibblin' on spongecake. This graph shows the Top 9 Trip Categories for 2016:

To get the full effect, click 'download pictures'

The 9 most popular overnight trips from 2016 were: Hawaii, Mt. Rushmore, Nashville, Cape Cod, Niagara Falls, New York City, Myrtle Beach, Newport and Alaska.

Shiny Happy People

Nutrition, in particular Congregate Lunch, accounts for a little over 20% of all activities across the MySeniorCenter Network. If we take Nutrition out of the equation, the true diversity of program offerings shows itself better.

Fitness/Exercise, which has been gaining steadily on Social/Recreation over the last few years, now represents the largest slice of the pie. It grew by over 9% in 2016!
Also: Social/Recreation 2%;
Health/Wellness 2%;
Education 1%;
Art/Culture/Music 2%;
Information/Services 2%

Overall event participation is up by nearly 6% per Center (amazing!) but some areas grew more than others.

We Are The Champions

Fitness/Exercise drew 9.5% more participants in 2016. Events related to weight training and workout equipment saw the most growth with 10% more Centers offering classes or open gym time in those areas. Here's an overview of the most popular programs in 2016:

Games People Play

Social and Recreation can be catch-all categories for many Centers and can include: brain classes, lunch, exercise, parties, etc. We tried to narrow the results for this analysis to any kind of game (which is why pickleball gets grouped with bingo and cards) or any obvious social event.

If you haven't seen pickleball played, check it out here. It's a total blast!

Look at the breakout of card games on the left sidebar for the most popular options across the Network.

Lifelong Learning

In the Education category, Brain Fitness, Foreign Langauges, ESL/English and GED Prep all continued to grow. Computer classes, while still the most substantial of all programs in the category, had a major change in overall format. Check out the Domo Arigato, Mr. Roboto section below for details. See the sidebar on the left for the most popular language classes across the Network.

Domo Arigato, Mr. Roboto

60% of all Centers across the Network offered at least one computer-related class or club last year - and total participation in those programs has more than doubled since 2013! Centers that offer a computer-related class or club have a 9% market reach, which is significantly higher than those Centers that do not offer computer classes. For more information on market reach click here.

While using the computer lab is still popular, we've seen that many classes are taking a "bring your own device" format where the instructor gives guidance on iPads, smart phones, tablets, etc. Great job adjusting to peoples' needs!


Congratulations on another year of offering great services to your community.

It's people like you that make this world a better place!

Don't forget! If you'd like to nominate your logo for the Look At Me contest, please send us a note and include a copy of the logo. We're going to have a vote once we reach another batch of 50 new logos, which could be as soon as next month. You can see last year's results here.