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The Highland Park Senior Center is a Division of the City of Highland Park created in 1976 to meet the needs of the community’s senior population. The Senior Center is funded by the City of Highland Park. Membership fees, registration fees, corporate donations and private donations are additional sources of revenue. A private residence, built in 1929 by General Robert E. Wood, was purchased to serve as the site of the Senior Center. The building was renovated, providing a warm and comfortable atmosphere.

The Division of Senior Services provides health, recreational, cultural, educational and counseling services to the City’s senior population. The division also serves as a resource and advocate in areas of importance to the well-being of the senior community, with primary attention given to transportation, housing and personal safety. All programs are available to individuals age 50 and older. A nominal membership fee is required for participation in many of the free programs. A membership form is available for residents interested in becoming a member. However, all residents are welcome to participate in fee-based programming.

A wide array of programming for a membership that spans five decades is provided. Educational lectures, social events, luncheons, classes in a variety of areas of interest, a wide selection of exercise classes, and day excursions are offered throughout the year. In additional, social services including counseling, in-home visits, hospital visits, a hospital equipment loan closet, a friendly visitor program, a telephone reassurance program and informational and referral services are open to the entire community on a no-fee basis.

Transportation is a priority, and the Senior Center works with the Transit Division and Moraine Township to provide the Senior Connector and the Taxi Subsidy programs.