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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
  • Nutritious hot lunch by reservation
  • Bobby M's Diner for drop-in eating
  • Support groups
  • Information and advocacy for individuals
  • Outreach to vulnerable and isolated seniors
  • Educational and cultural arts programs
  • Multi-cultural and intergenerational activities
  • Computer lab and instruction
  • Craft classes
  • Library
  • Billiards, ping pong and other games
  • Formal and informal recreation and socialization
  • Volunteer opportunities
  • Transportation assistance
  • Office and meeting space rental for providers of services to seniors
  • Landscaped grounds and community garden

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).

FitLot Ribbon Cutting
FitLot Ribbon Cutting

FitLot Demonstration
Outdoor FitLot in Use

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

  • The refurbishing of 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).
  • 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!

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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 registration is encouraged. 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: 508-799-1200.

  • 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 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 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 reduced fares to and from the Worcester Senior Center, call 508-799-1232.

Resources

City of Worcester
Customer Service Line
Monday - Friday
7:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
508-929-1300
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