The Department for the Aging (DFTA) funds nearly 250 senior centers and dozens of affiliated sites through community partnerships in every borough. Senior center membership is free and open to anyone age 60 or older, and you can join any center you like. Language services are available on site.
Activities are designed to meet the needs of members attending individual senior centers. Not all services are available at all sites, but popular activities and services include:
- Art, music, and dance classes
- Walking clubs, yoga, and tai chi
- Chronic disease self-management classes for people with arthritis, diabetes, and high blood pressure
- Nutrition and other workshops
- Benefits screenings (Medicare, Medicaid, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and other programs
- Technology classes
- Recreational trips
- Lunch (some centers also serve breakfast)
- Holiday and birthday celebrations
Some centers also provide mental health services through the ThriveNYC Geriatric Mental Health Initiative.
DFTA also funds centers for special populations, including SAGE centers in every borough, the Queens Center for Gay Seniors, and VISIONS at Selis Manor Senior Center.
A study of DFTA senior centers found that attending a center reduces social isolation and improves health. Find a center near you.