Senior Center

The Gardner Senior Center is Open for Programs and Services

The Gardner Senior Center is fully open for our programs and services.  The Center will be continuing with some COVID precautions including mask optional practice and the requirement for masking for non-vaccinated individuals.  We appreciate your understanding and your patience as we work to reschedule some of our programs.  We are thrilled at the prospect of seeing you in person!

WE ARE GATHERING AGAIN FOR IN HOUSE/IN PERSON MEALS. COME JOIN US MONDAY, WEDNESDAY AND FRIDAY FOR LUNCH. We can't wait to see you. Please call the center 24 hours in advance at 978-630-4067 extension 6 or 978-632-1330 to reserve your seat today!!


COVID NEWS AND UPDATES:

Many of us in the community are experiencing exposures or infections from COVID-19. Please be mindful and wear masks and use social distancing where possible. 

Are you a  Gardner Senior who needs assistance getting a vaccination or a booster for Covid 19? Give the staff at the Center a call today for help getting an appointment.

A limited number of test kits are available to Gardner Seniors, Aged 50+ who live in the City and are experiencing symptoms or have had an exposure to Covid-19 by someone who has tested positive. Please contact the Center with questions about obtaining a test kit.

UP TO FOUR FREE TEST KITS ARE AVAILABLE FOR YOUR HOUSEHOLD from the Federal Government. To obtain your kits please go to:   COVIDTESTS.GOV
If you need assistance in ordering these kits, please stop by the Center. 


CANCELLATION POLICY

We GENERALLY follow the Gardner Public Schools cancellation policy during adverse weather conditions such as snow or ice. If school is cancelled, or in person learning is changed to on-line/virtual classes, then the Senior Center will be closed. However, the Center may open on days canceled by the schools for extreme temperature. We always advise you to check here, FACEBOOK, or contact the Gardner Senior Center for up to date cancellation announcements by choosing option 1 on  our phone messaging system.


The Gardner Council on Aging's mission consists of three core responsibilities. One is to identify the needs of the community's elderly population and to know the resources that are available. Second is to educate the community at large in the needs of seniors. Last is to design, promote and implement needed services for the elderly and to coordinate with existing services for the elderly.

The Council on Aging is the municipal department for senior citizens and the Senior Center is the site used for senior activities. 

DID YOU KNOW?

Senior Centers have become one of the most widely used services among America's older adults. Nearly 11,000 senior center serve 1 million older adults every day.

Approximately 70% of senior center participants are women; half of them live alone.

Compared with their peers, senior center participants have higher levels of health, social interaction, and life satisfaction and lower levels of income.

The average age of participants is 75. 

75% of participants visit their center 1 to 3 times per week. They spend an average of 3.3 hours per visit.

Research shows that older adults who participate in senior center programs can learn to manage and delay the onset of chronic disease and experience measurable improvements in their physical, social, spiritual, emotional, mental, and economic wellbeing.