Nearly three decades after opening its doors to serve the needs and interests of the area's older population, the Pickerington Senior Center is seeking to boost its profile in the community and attract new members.

Nearly three decades after opening its doors to serve the needs and interests of the area's older population, the Pickerington Senior Center is seeking to boost its profile in the community and attract new members.

Some 27 years ago, the Pickerington Senior Center was established to provide a range of programs and services for senior citizens.

Over the years, the center has at times struggled to promote itself and its services, and membership has lagged, according to Pickerington Senior Center director Nancy Lee.

"Our older members are getting older and we're losing some of them," Lee said. "We're not bringing anyone in that's any younger.

"In a few years, we're not going to have any members left."

Lee blames part of the dip in membership on the center's location at 150 Hereford Drive in Pickerington. Although it's just around the corner from Pickerington City Hall, she said, it's somewhat tucked away and a bit off the beaten path for some people.

Additionally, she acknowledged, the center has been slow to embrace tools such as the Internet to help promote itself and its services to the community at large.

Membership currently is about 650 people, Lee said.

She said last June, the center's board of directors voted to lower the age for joining the center from 55 to 50. The goal was to increase membership to as high as 2,000, but so far, the center has failed to attract many younger takers.

"No one would know about the changes but our members, really," Lee said. "I would serve 2,000 if I could get that many people. We'd like to build membership up so we have different activities for different groups."

For the cost of $12.50 a year, anyone age 50 or older can join the senior center, regardless of where he or she resides.

That fee, Lee said, gives members use of the senior center building, and also gives them access to a number of programs and activities, including a monthly lunch, lifeline seminars and health screenings and other educational workshops dealing with a range of topics.

Plus, she said, the center offers numerous programs and activities for additional fees, such as $2 to play euchre each Wednesday.

"Most of our programs are designed just to help people pursue their interests in socialization and other activities," Lee said. "We have ballroom dancing, we have a summer music series and we take a lot of trips.

"This year, we're going to Spain and New England. We get good travel rates and a lot of people join just for the travel."

Those interested in joining the senior center or learning more about its offerings can call the center at (614) 837-3020, or visiting the center.

"We just want people to know we're here," Lee said. "You'd be surprised how many people don't know we're here. Once they get here, I think (senior center involvement) just keeps them young. They just keep active and I think it's good for their minds."