Worcester Senior Center

Amy Vogel Waters, Director

About Us

The key to healthy aging is staying active in mind and body. Our cutting-edge senior center provides countless opportunities for seniors to take "new directions" to maintain their health. Located at 128 Providence St., the Senior Center is a bright and welcoming place for all seniors, their families and caregivers, elder service providers and the community at large.

  • Health and wellness programs, screenings and services
  • Fitness and exercise classes and fully equipped fitness center
  • Nutritious hot lunch by reservation with varied multi-cultural options
  • Bobby M's Diner for drop-in eating
  • Support groups
  • Information and advocacy for individuals (e.g. housing, public benefits, financial assistance and insurance)
  • Outreach to vulnerable and isolated seniors
  • Educational and cultural arts programs
  • Multi-cultural and intergenerational activities
  • Computer lab and instruction
  • Craft classes
  • Library & AutoLend
  • Billiards, ping pong and other games
  • Formal and informal recreation and socialization
  • Remote access programs
  • Volunteer opportunities
  • Transportation assistance
  • Landscaped grounds, outdoor fitness park and community gardens

Senior Center Building Upgrades

The Senior Center has received a lot of attention and external funding in recent years focusing on modernization and making its operations more sustainable. Managed by the Department of Public Facilities, the following work has been underway:

  • Construction of a new state-of-the-art intergenerational outdoor fitness park, the FitLot (sponsored by AARP of Massachusetts, organized by FitLot).
  • Installed new windows, new hallway carpets and painted all of the common areas via federal CDBG funds.
  • Interior lighting upgrades by converting 480 old fluorescent light fixtures to energy efficient LEDs (completed in the fall of 2019 using Green Communities grant and MassSave incentives).
  • Demolition of the 12 Winthrop St building (completed in the summer of 2020 using a State MassWorks grant).
  • Parking lot resurfacing and restriping (completed in the fall of 2020 using the MassWorks grant).
  • Installation of a rain garden (receiving building roof stormwater runoff), long bioswales along the property lines and an underground stormwater management system to help infiltrate more water on site, reduce the heat island effect and make the site look more aesthetically pleasing (completed in the fall of 2020 using the 2019 Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness Action grant, MassWorks grant and capital funds).
  • Refurbished existing, unused rooms in the Nurses Building to create a new fitness center on the 1st floor (using the MassWorks grant and BCBS donation) and a new activity room on the 2nd floor (using MassWorks grant and capital funds).

In the coming months, additional work will be done, making the building more usable and sustainable:

FitLot Ribbon Cutting
FitLot Ribbon Cutting

FitLot Demonstration
Outdoor FitLot in Use

Senior Center Fitness Center Ribbon Cutting
Fitness Center Ribbon Cutting

  • Installation of a 296 kW solar parking canopy (using city capital funds via an Energy Savings Performance Contract).
  • Installation of solar thermal panels on the lunch room roof to offset hot water heating (again, using city capital funds via an Energy Savings Performance Contract).

Worcester Senior Center Stay Connected

Introducing Worcester Senior Center Stay Connected; a series of fabulous videos to connect Worcester seniors with programming including exercise, instructional videos, educational materials, resources and assistance and so much more!

Stay Connected Facebook

News & Announcements

Programs & Initiatives

Seniors Exercising
Falls are the leading cause of injury among older Americans. Every year nearly one third of older adults experience a fall. Learn more about fall prevention. 
Senior Center building
Senior Center Guidebook
Learn more about amenities located at the Worcester Senior Center and the types of activities available.
Multicolor Drawn People Making a Human Pyramind and Lifting a Sun
Senior Support Team
The Senior Support Team is a collaboration of agencies that work together to assist seniors and their families. Learn more about the services they provide. 

Have a Question?

  • No. There is no membership required, although free registration is encouraged and is necessary for use of the Fitness Center. Membership in the Friends of Worcester's Senior Center, Inc. will provide you with certain benefits such as receiving the monthly newsletter by mail. Call the Friends at: 508-799-1232 x48020.

  • The Worcester Consumer Rights Program is located within Worcester City Hall, in Room 101. You may directly connect with the program by visiting our office with your questions or by calling us on 508-799 8486. You may also visit us on the web and access an intake/ complaint form through the following link:

    Consumer Rights

    Alternatively, you may contact the Attorney General’s Office on 617-727 8400 or access the same complaint form through their website.

    We will immediately contact you once your complaint form is received and advise you on the process and details of your specific complaint.

  • No. While most programs are targeted towards older adults, younger people often receive services for caregivers or participate in inter-generational programs.

  • Yes. You may make a reservation for lunch by calling 508-799-8070 between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. at least 2 days in advance. Donations accepted. See menu in the monthly Senior Scoop. You may also pay for breakfast, lunch, and/or snacks from Bobby M's Diner open every morning through early afternoon. 

  • The Worcester Senior Center is open to the public Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

  • The Worcester Consumer Rights Program works in cooperation with Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office and it helps with various kinds of consumer complaints and grievances against any business. This is accomplished through mediation effort and outcome. The program The program engages the consumer and business in a productive dialogue and propose ideas and solutions to facilitate amicable resolution to a disagreement.

  • The Senior Center is located on Vernon Hill with plenty of free parking at 128 Providence Street. WRTA bus #1 and #11 stop at the Senior Center; WRTA also provides curb-to-curb ADA transportation. For information on bus routes, ADA transportation and travel training, please call the WRTA at 508-453-3462. For assistance with your application for ADA transportation or to find out about free/reduced fares to and from the Worcester Senior Center, call 508-799-1232.


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8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Phone: 311
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