Social Opportunities for Older Adults

Senior Centers are local, community-based organizations that provide a diverse array of opportunities, events and activities in a social atmosphere. These organizations offer recreational, social, cultural, health and wellness and educational programs for people who want to remain physically active, learn new things and stay engaged with the community.

Many Senior Centers are designated as community focal points, which means they provide a broad range of services including information and referral, essential for maintaining health, independence and well-being.

Almost every community in Connecticut has a Senior Center.

Eligibility Criteria

Each center establishes its own criteria for participation. These criteria may include age and residency in a community.

Services and Fees

A primary benefit of Senior Centers is that participants can engage in programs and activities in their community in a social environment. Participating in events and activities can help maintain an independent lifestyle and engagement with the community.

Programs and services offered will vary between Senior Centers and membership needs. Generally, Senior Centers offer programs such as:

  • Health and fitness
  • Educational classes
  • Counseling and support groups
  • Activities and games
  • Employment assistance
  • Volunteer and civic engagement opportunities
  • Arts and cultural programs
  • Entertainment, recreation and travel

Most Senior Centers offer meals, transportation and other social services.

Older adults interested in joining a local Senior Center may have to pay an annual or monthly membership and/or class fee.

Financial Options for Senior Centers

Private Pay:
Private pay refers to using personal funds to cover all or a portion of an expense. There are different ways to acquire private pay resources.

Find in Your Area

View the list of Connecticut Senior Centers to find one in your community.