Polk County Community, Family & Youth Services

Senior Services - About Us

Polk County operates seven (7) multi-purpose senior centers and nine (9) dining centers. The part-time senior centers have public hours of 9:30AM to 1:30PM and the full-time senior centers are open from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM Monday-Friday. The dining centers are open four hours per day. The centers serve as a focal point for area seniors and neighborhoods.

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Recreation and Education
Health Clinics
Volunteer Opportunities
Information and Referral
Senior Center Activities & Wellness

At all of these centers you can expect to find:

Recreation and Education

Neighborhood senior centers offer varied activities and classes on a daily basis. Educational classes, crafts, music, exercise, and games are just some of the activities available. Each center develops their own schedule of activities to match their hours. Of course, you can always just enjoy coffee and conversation with old and new friends.

Monthly Activities at your Senior Centers and Meal Sites

Bingo Schedule for all Senior Sites

New Activities at Northside Community Center


At 15 of the centers lunch is served Monday through Friday. On Tuesdays and Thursdays meals are available at the Polk City Community center. On Wednesdays, meals are served at the Deaf Senior Site located at the Norwoodville Community Center. Meals must be reserved one day in advance by notifying the center of your choice. Donations are accepted for the meals.

The most up to date information is available through nutrition education at all centers.

Click here for the Senior Center Meal Application Form
Health Clinics

The seven senior/community centers, Central, Eastside, Southside, North, Northwest, Norwoodville and Westside have health clinics that offer dental and medical screening programs. Podiatry services are regularly available at these centers. Blood pressure and dental screenings are at all sites on a scheduled basis. See the program calendar for the site nearest you to obtain further information.  Monthly health education on the latest health topics is available at all centers.

Volunteer Opportunities

Come and share your talents and skills, or be trained for a volunteer position in a new area of interest. One of the center’s coordinators can help find the right spot for you.


Transportation is available to your nearest center or meal site, and for grocery shopping. Call your nearest center for more information.

Information and Referral

Do you ever wonder what’s out there for you as an older adult? Each center offers information on community programs that are geared for older adults. These include food programs, energy assistance, chore services, and Medicare and Medicaid information.


Polk County prohibits discrimination in employment, programs, and activities on the basis of race, national origin, color, creed, religion, sex, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or associational preference.  Polk County also affirms its commitment to providing equal opportunities and equal access to its programs and facilities. 

Contact Us

Community & Family Division
Polk County River Place
2309 Euclid Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50310

Youth Services Division
Juvenile Detention 515-286-3344
Centralized Intake 515-286-3350
1548 Hull Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50316