Senior Center

The Gardner Senior Center has re-opened on limited basis 

Due to the current COVID pandemic the Gardner Senior Center building and programs are open on a limited basis for programs. Participants MUST pre-register for programs.  Open Programs are limited to 10 people with pre-registration, and participants must wear masks, maintain social distancing, and are encouraged to use hand sanitizer before and after programs. Please contact the Senior Center to get more information about open programs. 


We follow the Gardner Public Schools cancellation policy. If school is cancelled, or in person learning is changed to on-line/virtual classes, then the Senior Center will be closed. 

If you looking for information about the COVID-19 vaccine, please visit the City of Gardner’s website at  or call the City's Covid-19 Vaccination Registration Hotline at 978-958-9057, Monday and Friday only from 10am until 2pm


Thank you.


City of Gardner

Council on Aging

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. 


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.