Older Adult Centers

Older adult centers have been allowed to reopen with indoor and congregate activities. All participants are required to wear a face covering and maintain a social distance of at least six feet apart. Please reach out to your local older adult center for more information and/or participation as not all have resumed activities. For more information about COVID-19, visit the DOHMH website for coronavirus updates.
A senior center member smiles holding a certificate of recognition from the New York State Senate.
DFTA has almost 250 Older Adult Centers throughout the City.

The Department for the Aging (DFTA) funds more than 300 OACs and affiliated sites through community partnerships in every borough. Older adult 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.

Both in-person and virtual activities are designed to meet the needs of members participating at individual older adult 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 that can help assist with falls prevention
  • 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
  • Transportation
  • Lunch (some centers also serve breakfast and/or dinner)
  • Holiday and birthday celebrations

Some centers also provide mental health services through the Mayor’s Office of Community Mental Health 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 by DFTA found that attending a center reduces social isolation and improves health. Find a center near you.