Hamilton Senior Center
141 West 73rd Street, New York, NY 10023
Phone: 212-787-7710| Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Hours of Operation: Monday to Friday, 9:00am to 7:00pm; Sunday, 9:00am to 5:00pm
HAMILTON INNOVATIVE SENIOR CENTER
Nestled in a beautiful neighborhood on the Upper Westside, the Hamilton Center is located on the ground floor of Project FIND’s residential building, Hamilton House. The prime location of the center in this active community combined with nutritious meals and a vast offering of activities makes the Hamilton Senior Center a very popular resource for thousands of older adults.
The center first opened in 1973 with funding from the Bureau of Purchased Social Services for Adults (BPSSA) and has its own entrance next door to the main residence. In 2012, the New York City Department for the Aging (DFTA) offered senior center providers with DFTA contracts the opportunity to redesign their programs, which provided Project FIND the chance to more fully integrate its programs between the Hamilton and Hargrave. As a result of the service realignment, the Hamilton Annex, located just two blocks from the Hamilton, was named and provides a full range of exercise, cooking, and arts and cultural instruction.
In 2014, the Hamilton Center was designated as an Innovative Senior Center by DFTA. As an Innovative Center, the Hamilton prides itself in fostering a culture of innovation through the creation, sharing and testing of ideas in its activities which allows opportunities for both individual and group collaboration. Chinese brush painting and life model drawing classes are just two of the many examples where the ingenuity and talents of our members have coalesced and grown.
The Center offers more than 50 unique classes and workshops six days a week (Sunday – Friday), highlights include: Poetry Circle, Spanish and French Classes, Piano Sing-a-longs, Julliard Performers, Nutrition workshops, Origami, Computer Classes, Qi Gong, Pilates, Martial Arts, and the ever popular Belly Bolly Moves. Activities are scheduled to run for 1 hour each, between 10 am – 6:15 pm.
The Center provides nutritious delicious meals including lunch, dinner and a salad bar.
The Hamilton Senior Center features both a Geriatric Mental Health offered by Service Program for Older People and an in-house social services practice, where center members can receive one-on-one help.
Melissa Johnson-Bowen has more than 20 years of experience serving the older adult population. She holds a master’s degree in Human Services with a specialization in Gerontology from Capella University and a BA in Psychology from Herbert H. Lehman College.
Melissa says, “Older adults worked hard and played their role in society and their retirement years should be enjoyed in whichever way they choose.” As the Program Director of both the Hamilton Innovative Senior Center and the Hamilton Annex, her goal is to ensure that seniors are treated with respect and dignity and are provided with services that foster independence and the ability to age in place within one’s own community.