Senior Services

About the Senior Center

Since its founding in 1980, Penland Senior Center has been providing meals, services, activities and opportunities to citizens 60 years and over. It is publicly and privately funded and operates for all the senior adult community, regardless of race, color, religion, sex, national origin or disability.

Peer Socialization

Being with other people helps to combat loneliness and depression.

Are you considering Nursing Home Placement for a loved one? 

As a caregiver, this is one of the hardest decisions you will have to make when it comes to your loved one. Southwestern Commission’s Area Agency on Aging has recorded an Ombudsman Information Series that includes 10 videos to help you with this long-term-care journey. The series are available to view on the Commission's YouTube Channel.

Need Help with Medicare?

It is very important for everyone becoming eligible for Medicare to get accurate information about coverage and delivery options, including supplemental health insurance, Medicare health plans, and prescription drug coverage.  Attention to these issues will help you avoid serious and costly problems later.  

The Seniors' Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP) counsels Medicare beneficiaries and caregivers about Medicare, Medicare supplements, Medicare Advantage, Medicare Part D, and long-term care insurance. The counselors offer free and unbiased information regarding Medicare health care products. We also help people recognize and prevent Medicare billing errors and possible fraud and abuse through the NC Senior Medicare Patrol Program.

SHIIP counselors are not licensed insurance agents, and they do not sell or endorse any product, plan, or company.  If you have questions about your specific plan, we encourage you to contact your insurance agent or the insurance company.

For more information or to become a SHIIP volunteer call 828-837-2467 or visit NCDOI website here.

Volunteer Opportunities

  • Deliver Home Delivered Meals
  • Serve meals to congregate participants
  • Become an SHIIP Counselor
  • Senior Services is a host site for the Senior Companion Program. This is a federal program administered by Mtn. Projects located in Haywood County. Volunteers who meet eligibility requirements will receive a stipend.

 Senior Aide Job Opportunities

Senior Services is a host agency site for the Senior Aide Program. Senior Citizens are employed through The State of Franklin, located in Bryson City. For information on this program contact Senior Services at (828) 837-2467, or State of Franklin at (828) 488-3047.