Senior Citizen Services
Since our inception in 1988, we have acknowledged that Asian seniors had certain distinctive needs: needs to find companionship in this new country, to improve their physical wellbeing through securing inexpensive nutritious food and medical screenings, to acquire new language skills in order to adjust to the American culture, to socialize, and to find more meaning in life. All those needs could neither be adequately fulfilled by BCA’s general social services and programs nor by other non-Asian senior centers which were often not linguistically or culturally sensitive enough to pinpoint and address special issues and problems faced by the Asian senior population. Therefore, though without any government funding, in October 1993, we established the very first senior center in Brooklyn that served Asians, namely, the Brooklyn Chinese-American Association Sunset Park Asian Senior Center — the first of its kind in the entire borough of Brooklyn.
Today, we serve over 600 senior citizens on a daily basis by providing them with places to meet and socialize throughout our four Brooklyn locations: Sunset Park Asian Senior Center, Sixth Avenue Senior Center, Avenue U Community Service Center, and Bensonhurst Community Service Center. At each center, we offer a variety of activities to keep our senior population engaged with each other and the community.