In the Brooklyn neighborhood of Sunset Park, the NYU Lutheran Sunset Park Neighborhood Senior Center has been serving its senior community for over 30 years. The center offers a wide variety of free programs, activities, and support services. The center is open to seniors residing both in and outside of the neighborhood, servicing over 800 seniors each year..
The Sunset Neighborhood Senior Center prides itself on its wide cultural diversity, which strongly reflects the neighborhood’s large Hispanic and Asian population.
“We have the Asian community and we have the Hispanic community, two communities with completely different cultures and languages,” comments site director Darin Martinez.
“A diverse organization is one that values people from all backgrounds,” she goes on to say “and that is how we do it here at Sunset Park Senior Center.”
Sunset Park Neighborhood Center offers three main types of programs: Health and Wellness, Recreation, and Support Services.
Health and Wellness
The health and wellness programs and activities feature health professionals, consultants leading health education classes, health screenings, and exercise activities. Additionally, the NYU Lutheran Nutrition and Dental Department staff provide presentations every 3 months.
Crowd favorites at the center are the yoga and tai chi classes every Wednesday at 11 a.m, and traditional Chinese tai chi classes every Friday at 10 a.m. Nice weather also brings out the center’s walking club, and musical therapy brings back the best music from back in the day every Tuesday and Thursday at 1 p.m., with live music on Thursdays.
Recreational activities include computer classes, crafting classes and day trips.
The center’s onsite case assistant offers support services Monday through Friday, counseling on an array of subjects and issues. The counseling allows seniors to receive confidential assistance on everything from health insurance to home attendants to immigration. Support services are available for any senior who comes to the center. Other support services include classes in different subjects, such as English Language classes.
4520 4th Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11220
Tel. (718) 210-1050
9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday