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132 W. Virginia Avenue
Bessemer City, NC 28016

Kiser Senior Center

123 W. Pennsylvania Ave.
Bessemer City, NC 28016
(704) 729-6465

Hours of Operation: 
Monday through Friday 8 am – 12:30 pm, 1:30 pm – 5 pm

Our Purpose

The purpose of the Kiser Senior Center is to provide information and services for the senior community of Bessemer City, including opportunities for meaningful leisure and recreational activities, the availability of persons with whom you can share your concerns, and a place of fellowship and understanding. The Kiser Senior Center is made possible through the generous contribution from Dr. Glen A. Kiser and his wife, Muriel C. Kiser.

Blood Pressure Program

February is American Heart Month. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is encouraging Americans to know their blood pressure, and if it's high, to make control their goal. Uncontrolled high blood pressure is a leading cause of heart disease and stroke. In fact, more than 67 million Americans have high blood pressure.

High blood pressure often shows no signs or symptoms, which is why having your blood pressure checked regularly is important. It's easy to get your blood pressure checked. You can get screened at your doctor's office and drugstores or even check it yourself at home, using a home blood pressure monitor.

The CNA students from Bessemer City High School will be at the Kiser Senior Center on Wednesday, February 24th beginning at 9:00 a.m. till 10:30 or so to do blood pressure checks for any seniors that are interested. Mark your calendar and come by for this program.


The goal of the Kiser Senior Center is to enhance the physical and social well-being of adults 50 years and older. Programs are planned to promote the independence of senior adults. Programs are designed to meet the interest and needs of seniors of every age, whether you are 50 and looking to get in shape, or 90 and hoping for a safe place to join friends in a game of cards or social time.

Computers are available to "surf" the internet, fitness equipment is available with no fee for use. Other programs are offered at minimal costs, such as Yoga, Line Dance, basket-weaving, computer training and more.

Programs in such topics as Fall Prevention, Balance, Dementia Awareness, Living with Diabetes and many more are scheduled at intervals during the year.

Among the many programs offered at our facilities is the Gaston Adult Nutrition Program. Anyone Gaston County resident 60 years and older is invited to join the Bessemer City Group Meal Site for lunch. The program is on site at our Community Building, located at 220 South 14th Street, Bessemer City. To apply call Gaston County Department of Social Services at 704-862-7540.

To register for classes and programs call the Kiser Senior Center at 704-729-6465 or drop by the center at 123 West Pennsylvania Avenue.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I register for classes and programs at the Kiser Senior Center?

Call the Kiser Senior Center at 704-729-6465 or drop by the center at 123 W. Pennsylvania Avenue.

How do I register for Parks and Recreation classes and programs?

To register for classes and programs call the Parks and Recreation Office at 704-629-5111.

For Senior Activities and/or classes call 704.729.6465

Where do I find schedules of programs and activities at the Kiser Senior Center?

The "Senior Moments" newsletter is published monthly, includes a calendar and lists the classes and other special programs for the month. The newsletter may be downloaded by clicking on the link found on the Kiser Senior Center page of this website (left column). It is also available at the center or by email. Call 704-729-6465 sign up to receive the newsletter via email.

What are the hours of operation for the Kiser Senior Center?

Monday – Friday; 8:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Are there annual fees or dues for participation at the Kiser Senior Center?

There are no annual fees or dues. Most classes cost a minimal fee, usually a few dollars.

Have a question not answered? Please browse the "Knowledge Base" for more answers to frequently asked questions.

Regular Program Schedule

Evening Programs

Line Dance
2nd & 4th Monday
6:00 PM
Instructor: Judy Haney

Low Impact Yoga
Every Tuesday – 5:30 PM
Fees for all classes will be $1/class.
Instructor: Wanda Clary

Daytime Programs

Line Dancing
Thursdays at 3 PM
Instructor: Judy Haney

Computer Basics
2nd and 4th Thursday of each Month at 4 PM
We have a few laptops for use, but if you have your own, please bring it.
Instructor: Bridget Martin

To sign up, or for more information, call the Kiser Sr. Center at 704-729-6465.

Mission Statement

The Kiser Senior Center's primary mission is to be a focal point in the community with services that support senior adults and promote the health, emotional, social, and intellectual well-being of senior adults living in the community. Through planned programs and activities, participants are offered enriching opportunities in a safe, fulfilling environment for seniors.

"Enter as strangers, leave as friends."

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