Oak Ridge senior citizens have had a facility dedicated to their needs since 1977. The Center is now temporarily located at 728 Emory Valley Road while plans proceed to design and construct a new building. It is open 60 hours per week: 9 am to 9 pm on Tuesday and Thursday; 9 am to 5 pm on Monday, Wednesday and Friday; and 8:30 am to 4:30 pm on Saturdays; the Center is closed on Sundays. Opportunities for recreation, information, volunteerism, education, health screening, computer use, Senior Nutrition Lunch Program, physical fitness, and transportation assistance are offered. Also provided are a meeting place for many community senior citizen organizations and an information source on programs/services available to the elderly. The Senior Center’s phone number is 425-3999. Lunch is served Monday through Friday, 11:00 – 11:30 a.m. by reservation only. Call 425-3996 or 691-2551 by noon the day before to reserve a meal. Below is a link to the monthly activities calendar.
A large recreation room holds 4 pool tables and a snooker table, a jigsaw puzzle table, and other tables for checkers and card games. Vending machines and a public phone are located here. A dedicated Crafts and Painting room offers a place to sew, quilt, paint and work on other crafts throughout the day. A TV lounge has a color TV and paperback book racks, as well as comfortable sofas and chairs. A small Reading Lounge offers a place to quietly relax, read, or visit with friends. Two large classrooms are available for meetings, with smaller rooms available for classes, smaller meetings and card playing. A computer lab has internet accessible computers and a printer available for participant use. The Center is a smoke-free facility with restricted membership to participants 50 years and older. Proof of age must be presented to staff upon request. Participants may be accompanied by an under-50 spouse or adult guest (18 or older), as long as the spouse or guest is attending the same activity as the senior participant.
The Oak Ridge Senior Center also offers many structured activities and provides space for other groups to offer programs as well. From Bingo, to card games, to exercise classes and many other activites, someone can find an activity to suit his or her own tastes. Click on the following link to a list of activites that are on going at the Oak Ridge Senior Center as well as a short description of each. Please feel free to call the Senior Center at (865) 425-3999 with any questions about these programs or other programs you might like to attend.
Senior Services Guide
Finding services for yourself or a senior loved one can be quite tricky at times. The following link will take you to a guide of important information and phone numbers for senior services in our local area. There are also contact numbers and websites for many national organizations that provide information for seniors.