They turn out for the exercise programs, especially Geri-Fit.
However, getting people to come back for other programs at Quarryville's Next Gen Senior Center has been a challenge.
"They say they will come back and they don't," activities coordinator Michelle Reeves said last week.
Keeping those members active throughout the week is becoming critical to the center's long term viability, Reeves and director Carly Weinand said last week.
The center operates under the auspices of the Lancaster County Office of Aging. The county wants a center to have an average daily attendance of 27 to 30 people. In recent months, the average has been 23 people.
That's below the number the county specifies for a center that's open five days a week. If the average number does not rise by next June, the center, now open Monday through Friday, may be cut to three days a week.
"Over the past year, we've lost about 18 members," Weinand said. "Some have moved away, others have entered nursing homes, and a few have passed away."
Seniors are also more active than they were when the center moved to Quarryville more than 35 years ago.
That leads many to think the center isn't for them because "they think people just come here and sit around and that isn't true," Reeves said.
In addition to exercise programs, the center offers art programs, information on insurance, nutrition, products for seniors and health services. Members also participate in community service projects.
"And we do outings once a month," Reeves said. "This month, it's the Toy Train Museum and next month it will be a tour of Herr's snack food plant."
All activities except the outings are free. No-cost transportation is also available and the center serves lunch. People have to be at least 60 years old to attend.
To let more seniors know about the center, it will be hosting an open house on July 18 to help prospective members learn about Next Gen's programs.
"We're doing this so people can come in and see what our average day is like," Weinand said. "We're just going to be doing our usual activities."
On July 18, those activities include the popular Geri-Fit exercise class and a bluegrass concert.
"We have a lot of benefits here," Weinand said. "We have a lot to offer and we want more people to know about it."
The open house will be held at the center, 184 S. Lime St., Quarryville, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday, July 18. The center is next to the Hoffman Building in the Solanco Fairgrounds.