MySeniorCenter Fun Facts

Wednesday, May 1st, 2019

Over the last year, we've received requests to show the breakout of participants across the Network by gender, ethnicity, language, and other demographic attributes. In this issue we'll be reporting on these attributes - and a few more! We typically include a subset of these in the State of the Network annual report, but we haven't dedicated a monthly issue to this topic in almost 10 years. It's about time!

In this issue we'll explore the gender (including expanded gender options), ethnicty and race, language preference, marital/partnership status, age and whether or not people live alone. Knowing these attributes can play a role in how you serve your participants and community.

Welcome to...Fun Facts - the Guess Who edition


New Mother Nature

After reviewing the demographic data from the past year, some big changes stood out to us, and we've highlighted them here:

Running Back to Saskatoon

A few years ago, we consulted with SAGE, an organization devoted to improving the lives of LGBT older adults, to come up with expanded lists of gender identity and sexual orientation options within MySeniorCenter. Currently, 12% of Centers across the Network have enabled one or both of those fields. If you'd like to set that up on your site, click here for the tutorial page.

SAGE, an organization devoted to improving the lives of LGBT older adults, has great resources available to Centers looking to learn more. They also have an LGBT aging cultural competency training and consulting program called SAGECare with webinars and training sessions designed for Senior Centers.

American Woman

The ability to set each person's preferred language for touchscreen translations has been a big hit across the Network ever since we released it 5 years ago. It allows you to make each participant feel more welcome and comfortable. If you have participants who speak something other than English as their primary language, you can get the instructions here to enable translations. Here are the top 10 most translated languages across the Network:

These Eyes

Age is still an important reporting differentiator and driver for developing new programs. The next graph shows the duplicated and unduplicated counts for Senior Center participants over the past 12 months. The graph only includes participants who came to the Center to attend a program. It does not include outreach, transportation, home-delivered meals, trips, etc.

The majority of participants are, not surprisingly, between the ages of 65 and 80. What is somewhat surprising though, is how frequently the 70-84 year olds attend. If an age cohort's blue line (duplicated) is higher than the its orange line (unduplicated), it means that cohort participates in more programs per person than the cohorts with blue lines that are even or smaller than the orange line.

Hand Me Down World

Comparing the MySeniorCenter Network to nationally reported race and ethnicity information from the United States and Canada:

Older Americans Month

The theme this year is Connect, Create, Contribute. Need some ideas for #OAM19? Click on the image below: