New Medicare Cards Have Been Mailed

Massachusetts Beneficiaries Should Get New Cards by August 31st.
Social Security numbers will no longer be used o Medicare cards to help protect against identity theft.

You will get a new Medicare card with a number that is unique to you.  This number can only be used for your Medicare coverage.  There will be no change to your benefits. 

Beware of anyone who contacts you about your new Medicare card.  Medicare and the Social Security Administration will not call you for your personal information.  DO NOT GIVE ANY PERSONAL INFORMATION TO ANYONE YOU DO NOT KNOW.

To make sure you get your card in a timely fashion, please make sure your mailing address is up to date.  If your address needs to be corrected, contact Social Security at 1-800-772-1213 or visit My Account.  TTY users can call 1-800-325-0778.

All 58 million persons on Medicare across the country should have received their new cards by April 2019.  Your card might arrive at a different time than your friend's, your neighbor's, or even your spouse's.  In the meantime, continue to use your current card.  Once your new card arrives, destroy your old one by shredding it.  Protect yourself against identity theft.

Holiday Tea Party & Cookie Swap

  • Where:  Gardner Senior Center
  • When:  Wednesday December 5th
  • Time:  1:15 PM
Wear your Christmas finery and join us to celebrate the season.
RSVP is mandatory to 978-630-4067.
Bring a dozen homemade cookies and take home a dozen!

Breakfast With A Badge

Officers from the Gardner Police Department will be on-site to host a complimentary Continental breakfast for seniors.  All are welcome to stop by and get to know the officers that serve and protect our local community. 
Tuesday, December 11th at 10:00 AM

Senior's Merry Christmas Dinner


  PACC Club - 171 Kendall Road, Gardner


  Tuesday December 25th at 12 p.m.
The PACC will be hosting this year's dinner for seniors in the greater Gardner area.  Home delivery (City of Gardner only) is available for those who have no means to leave their home.  However, it is encouraged for people to congregate at the PACC Club to enjoy a communal meal with the company of others.  RSVP Deadline of Dec. 17th by 3:45 p.m.  Call 978-630-4067 to reserve.  Donation of $3 welcome.

Cabin Fever Reliever Party


  Gardner Senior Center


  Wednesday, February 6th 


1:30 PM; Tickets  $2.00

Movies 2018

December 26th - Victoria and Aabdul

  • Where:  Gardner Senior Center
  • When:  Wednesday, December 26th, 1:30 pm FREE POPCORN! 
  • Starring Dame Judi Dench, this movie tells the tale of Queen Victoria's unlikely close alliance with her Indian servant, Abdul.

Talking Book Library

This organization provides free services to Massachusetts residents of any age who are unable to read traditional print materials due to a visual or physical disability.  This service is free to qualified users and items are shipping during the mail free of all costs.  Large type, audio-books and braille are available and we also provide large type children's books which participants enjoy reading to the young people in their lives.

  • Where:  Gardner Senior Center
  • When:  Tuesday, January 15th
  • Time:   10:00 AM

Emergency Preparedness for Older Americans

Natural disasters are not fun for anyone. Unfortunately, they can be especially traumatizing for seniors. Older people are more frail and less mobile, making it a challenge for them to respond quickly. They may not always have the help they need immediately when they need it to escape a danger zone. The thought is frightening, but the good news is that there are plenty of things you can do to prepare yourself for possible emergencies if you're a senior. If you're a caretaker or a family member of a senior, you can also take measures to help him/her stay safe during dangerous natural disasters. This guide will cover the common types of emergencies that family and caregivers of seniors should be aware of, tips for helping the elderly evacuate when needed, and a handy checklist of items to have and bring with you in the event of an emergency.  For more information, visit the Senior Living Website.

Wish List

We are always in need of candy (soft individually wrapped chocolates in particular) to share with our members and guests. We also have a need for yarn and knitting/crochet patterns. If you would like to make a monetary donation in honor/memory of someone, please make checks payable to Gardner COA. Thank you!!!

August Wall of Fame

Thank you to our generous donors & sponsors

  • Miracle Ear of Gardner -Lisa McNamara
  • River Terrace Healthcare - Miatta Green
  • Gardner Police Department
  • Gardner Rehabilitation & Nursing Center - Bonnie Riley
  • Gardner Fire Department
  • Lucy Vautour
  • Diane Ross
  • Rose Bibeau
  • Diane & Keith Ballweg
  • Cindy Thayer


The Gardner Senior Center utilizes a computer program called “MY SENIOR CENTER” and this enables us to know how many people make use of the center. By registering as a member (NO FEE INVOLVED) you receive a scan card which enables you to sign in on our computer monitor. Swiping your card is not mandatory, but if you choose to, the senior center may gain some additional funds/grants based on how many feet walk through the doors. If you would like to receive a scan card, see Celeste or Claude in the first floor office. Please note that no information you provide is ever shared with anyone. 

If events or programming are canceled, our “My Senior Center” system allows us to notify members through automated phone calls. In order to receive notification, your membership card must be scanned each time you visit, otherwise the system has no recognition of who attended each respective event. Please make sure the office has your correct phone number. The number on your home caller ID will indicate the “Robo Call” is generated from Cambridge Mass and NOT from the Gardner Senior Center.