MySeniorCenter Fun Facts

Tuesday, January 2nd, 2018


Welcome to the 9th Annual MySeniorCenter BIG LIST version of Fun Facts. To kick off the new year, we highlight the top 10 (ish) lists of Transportation Destinations, Trips, and Events from last year. According to the data, 2017 saw big increases in yoga, board games, brain fitness, smartphone mastery, learning Chinese 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

Enjoy!

Another One Rides The Bus

There was a 4% increase in the number of rides per Center across the Network in 2017. Transportation programs are stronger than ever. Here are the Top Transportation Categories for the year:

We combined Senior Center rides with the Lunch rides this year.

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

It's 5 O'Clock Somewhere

Despite a small increase in fees, nearly 200,000 people participated in trips across the Network in 2017. 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 2017:

To get the full effect, click 'download pictures'

The 9 most popular overnight trips from 2017 were: Hawaii, Mt. Rushmore, Alaska, Nashville, Cape Cod, Niagara Falls, Myrtle Beach, Ireland and Grand Canyon.

This is Living

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 6% in 2017!
Also: Social/Recreation 2%;
Health/Wellness 1%;
Education 2%;
Art/Culture/Music 1%;
Information/Services 2%

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

How To Be A Cloud

Fitness/Exercise drew 6.2% more participants in 2017. Yoga (including Chair Yoga) and Tai Chi saw the most growth with 8% more Centers offering classes in those areas. Here's an overview of the most popular programs in 2017:

Put Me In Coach

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!

We saw a rise in golf leagues in this category in 2017. We'll certainly keep an eye on that activity and get some additional data.

Look at the breakout of board games on the left sidebar.

We Are Young

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 Call Me Maybe section below for details. See the sidebar on the left for the most popular language classes across the Network.

Call Me Maybe

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 laptops, smartphones, tablets, etc. Participants are looking to master their personal devices. Great job adjusting to peoples' needs!

Summary

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 another vote in the February issue of Fun Facts (next month). This is your last chance to be included this year! You can see last year's results here.

HAPPY NEW YEAR!