MySeniorCenter Fun Facts

Tuesday, November 1st, 2016

We last reported on Gender Participation nearly 5 years ago, and since then have received many requests for updated information on that topic. Much about how Centers operate has changed over the past 5 years, but there's still a significant difference in participation numbers between women and men. In this issue of Fun Facts, we dive into those numbers to find details and trends to help us learn more. Please see the important note about Gender Options on the left panel.

As we saw in the State of the Network last month, the average across the Network is 75% women and 25% men. We also saw that those Centers with the best market reach have a ratio that's closer to 55/45. With those numbers in mind... Let's have a look.

Welcome to...Fun Facts - the Gender edition


We The People

As we saw above, roughly 3 out of every 4 Center participants in 2015 were female - which is what makes the numbers from October 2016 so interesting! There has actually been a trend happening throughout 2016, but this is pretty cool:

With that in mind, here are the gender differences for transportation (Rides), home-delivered meals (HDM) and field trip/excursions (Trips):

Men are disproportionately represented in HDM and women make up nearly 80% of trip participants. Rides are about what we'd expect.

A More Perfect Union

Event participation required a bit more digging. Instead of total numbers, we wanted to understand event participation preferences by gender. The cleanest way to show that was to group the different activities into 5 broad categories: Health/Wellness, Nutrition, Fitness, Art/Culture and Social.

Women are more likely than men to participate in Fitness and Health/Wellness events, while men are more likley to participate in nutrition and social programs.

Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness

We've always known that male participants at Centers are, on average, older than their female counterparts, but we wanted to look at it by age range. The following chart shows the percentages of males and females within each census age bracket. You can see that a higher percentage of female participants are in the younger brackets than males. Once the graph gets to age 80, males make up the higher percentages.

Next Month

There will be no Fun Facts issue next month as we gear up for the annual BIG LIST edition where we highlight the most popular programs of the year. You'll receive that the first week of January. If you have any ideas for what you'd like in the February issue, please let us know: Fun Facts Idea. Enjoy the holiday season!