In 1979 the Nacogdoches County Aging Committee, acting upon need in the community and with assistance from the Older Americans Act, began building a facility for the aging population to gather for meals and activities. The new facility opened in 1980 and began its mission to serve the senior citizens of Nacogdoches County. A hot congregate noon meal has been served since the opening of the Senior Center.
Services have grown and activities have been added over the years. Many local organizations, generous families and individuals have assisted the Senior Center over the years with work projects, volunteering time and giving generously to the center to honor loved ones.
In 2014 the Senior Center added an exercise room with treadmills, recumbent bikes, elliptical machines and a big-screen TV to watch while exercising. That was also the year that city and county volunteers helped create a walking trail in the back yard of the facility.
In 2015 the Senior Center added 2,000 square feet for an all new workout facility. This new building, with wonderful windows and wide open space, allows for line dancing classes (the most popular activity at the Senior Center), yoga and Tai Chi.
The Senior Center serves a great need in our community by keeping the aging in our community active, inspired, and challenged. The "aging" population is changing, embracing technology and being more active. The Senior Center is changing with them, while still keeping the same goals in mind - connecting seniors through food, fun and friendship!