Broome County senior centers serve as an access point for information and assistance, provide opportunities for socialization, offer a variety of activities as well as nutritious meals. They also help seniors to maintain their independence and enable them to stay in the community longer. While the 2010 Census data shows an increase in the aging population in Broome County, there has been a decrease in overall attendance and the number of meals served at the local senior centers. Some older adults are frequently utilizing senior centers for their various activities but are not using them to obtain a meal. As part of the funding used to run senior centers is tied to the numbers of meals served, a decrease in senior centers' attendance challenges their future operation.
Esposito, Lucia, "Broome County Senior Centers: Addressing Issues of Utilization" (2012). MPA Capstone Projects 2006 - 2015. 24.