St. Patrick Senior Center, Inc.
58 Parsons St.
Detroit, MI 48201-2202
313-833-7080 • 313-833-0128 (fax)
Sharing, Caring and Loving the Elders We Serve Since 1973
Racine Dominicans, Founders
Membership is open to everyone meeting age requirements

Program Overview

Food, Friendship & Nutrition
St. Patrick Senior Center provides hot congregate meals to approximately 200 seniors daily, seven days per week.*  The Center hosts classes to reinforce the importance of eating nutritious meals and how to judge the nutritional value of the food. The daily meal provides an opportunity for social interaction, an important component in sustaining participants' self-sufficiency and independence. *Exceptions: Good Friday, Memorial Day, day after Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve.
Senior Advocacy
The Senior Advocacy and Companion Care are well-defined and structured "seniors helping seniors" programs. It is designed to help participants avoid institutionalization and has proven to be enormously successful. Peer advocates are trained to assist other seniors following hospital stays, assess in-home needs, and accompany seniors to health care provider appointments. These advocates ensure that participants receive the services needed to maintain independence by providing support, companionship, and a link to medical and community resources.

Disease Prevention – Health Promotion Maintenance Programs:

Health Maintenance Clinic
One of the most pressing problems seniors face is availability of affordable health care. We try to fill some of the gaps left by private/government health systems by providing free services including blood pressure and sugar readings, durable medical equipment, massage therapy, and preventive vaccinations. There are also educational workshops and seminars on preventing disease and injury, along with information allowing participants to take full advantage of programs such as Medicare and Medicaid.
Evidence Based Programs
Classes include Matter of Balance, Personal Action Toward Health [PATH] and EnhancedFitness.
Exercise and Fitness
Exercise is an important part of healthy living and St. Patrick Senior Center offers a variety of options designed to fit the needs of the senior community. Our exercise room is open five days a week, plus we offer classes in hustle, Hawaiian ballroom, and belly dancing, yoga, walking, meditation, and tai chi.  Good for both body and soul, these classes combine health and fun, and are quite popular.

The center provides many services and activities right in the heart of the community, but participants often have additional needs and opportunities that require some degree of travel. Through our transportation program we provide seniors with a safe and convenient way of getting where they need to be such as doctor appointments, independence services, to the Center, and recreational trips.
Social and Recreational Activities
One of the most important ways we serve the area is by providing seniors with a warm and caring environment. To help build and strengthen friendships among participants we sponsor a variety of activities designed to bring people together.  Activities include arts and crafts, drawing and music, choir, bingo games with prizes, as well as fun and educational day trips to orchards, cultural events, and casinos. Members enjoy the billiards room and have developed their own pool hall.
Computer Learning Center
In 2000, St. Patrick Senior Center opened its computer room, providing multiple-level instruction and unlimited internet access to members.  Classes are offered 2 days per week taught by trained staff or volunteers in self-paced, small group settings.
Special Events
We sponsors a number of events throughout the year including dances and gatherings, ice cream socials, celebrations include monthly birthdays, Mothers', Grandparents' and Fathers' Day, and Volunteer Appreciation events. Sensitive to members’ needs, member suggestions for services and activities are solicited and welcomed.
Intergenerational Programs
Students of all ages come to the Center to give community service and provide communication and opportunities for learning by both the students and the seniors. The mutual benefits from this exchange are numerous as each participant shares wisdom and experience with the other.  Additionally, our field placement program allows Wayne State University, Madonna University, and Schoolcraft College gerontology, nursing, and medical programs; students from Regina High Schools, Detroit buildOn, and Youth Build to gain valuable real world experience through their on-going visits.