Senior Center

The Gardner Senior Center partners with a whole host of local community organizations and agencies dedicated to serving our senior population! Come on in and see what we have going on!

The Central Massachusetts Agency on Aging created this awesome video that tells part of the story of the Gardner Senior Center at the Charles P. McKean Building, 294 Pleasant Street in Gardner. Click the link below to see the video!

Gardner Senior Center

The Gardner Senior Center is Open for Programs and Services, except for weather closure and legal holidays

We ask that if you sick or showing symptoms, or have been in close proximity to someone who is sick, please practice social distancing and medical isolation until your symptoms have gone away. We are experiencing a significant surge in flu, cold, respiratory, and covid cases in our region. Stay HEALTHY!!!

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!!


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. 


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.