Across the Country, Senior Citizens Are Going to Prom

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It puts a whole new spin on “senior prom.”

Across the country, a rising number of retirement communities are holding proms of their very own this spring.

On April 12, residents of New Jersey’s Village Apartments of the Jewish Federation and South Orange B’nai B’rith Federation House attended the first-ever South Orange Senior Prom at Seton Hall University.

According to, the prom’s approximately 40 guests were treated to refreshments, live musical entertainment from two DJs and plenty of dancing opportunities throughout the night. A few Seton Hall students involved in a campus volunteer club also attended, socializing and dancing with the senior prom-goers.

On May 2, Houston assisted senior living center Brookdale Willowbrook Park held its prom for residents, the Cypress Creek Mirror reports. This prom even named a prom king and queen. Students from Cypress Ranch High School volunteered at the event and worked to make sure it would be an afternoon to remember for attendees.

“The prom has been talked about a lot at the community,” Elizabeth Green, resident programs director at Brookdale Willowbrook Park, said. “Some of the seniors have asked others to be their date. Some senior citizens are bringing their children as their date.”

Not only is the social activity of going to one of these proms healthy for seniors’ minds — their physical health can also receive major benefits from the added physical activity of dancing at a prom, as well. In 2010, only 22% of seniors studied reported regularly engaging in physical activity, a sign that many older Americans aren’t getting the exercise they need.

For seniors who never had the chance to go to their high school proms, attending a dance hosted by their senior living community is a great way to feel young at heart.

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