Senior Center

The Gardner Senior Center is Open

The Gardner Senior Center will be fully open for our programs and services.  The Center will be continuing with some COVID precautions including the requirement for masking for non-vaccinated individuals. As we prepare to open fully, we appreciate your understanding and your patience as we work to reschedule some of our programs.  We are excited to be able to open our Center fully, and thrilled at the prospect of seeing you in person!

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 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. 

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.