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The mission of the Department of Senior Services is to optimize quality of life for older adults and those who support them through welcoming, respectful and meaningful opportunities that engage and value older people, and empower them to remain independent and to be important assets in our community.

Newton Senior Center
345 Walnut Street
Newtonville, MA 02460
Main number: 617-796-1660

Special Upcoming Events at the Newton Senior Center

Social Security & Medicare: A Discussion with Financial Education Institute (FEI) Wednesday, July 8th 2:00-3:30 p.m. How can you optimize your private benefits with Social Security and Medicare? At what age is it most beneficial to begin taking Social Security income? How is social security taxed if you have other income and when is it taxed? Who qualities for file and suspend and restricted application social security strategies? When do you apply for Medicare and what parts should I apply for? What is the penalty for not signing up for Medicare on time and can it be waived? Dr. Stephen Richardson is a Deputy Regional Communications Director for the SSA in New England. Register by calling the Front Desk at 617-796-1660. Free.

Tree Walk with the Arborist, Monday, July 20th, 10:15-11:15 a.m.  This walking tour will highlight some unique specimen trees: why they were chosen and their characteristics will be discussed. Some of the maintenance prac-tices that keep them healthy and happy will be mentioned as well.
Co-sponsored by the Newton Cemetery and the Newton Department of Senior Services.  Meet at 791 Walnut Street in front of the Newton Cemetery Administration Building. Register with the Senior Center Front Desk at 617-796-1660. Free

Hollywood Quiz Show!  Tuesday, July 21st, 10:45-11:45 a.m. You are the Star! Newton Health Care Center will sponsor an authentic gameshow complete with clickers, buzzers, microphones, TV monitors, and video camera! “Mr. DJ” makes it feel like being on TV! Register with the Front Desk at 617-796-1660.

Chronic Pain Self Management Workshop  Tuesdays: July 21st, July 28th, August 4th, August 11th, August 18th, August 25th (six-week session)  12:30 - 3:00 p.m.
This workshop was developed by re-searchers at Stanford University Medical Center and is designed for adults who are living with the challenges of one or more chronic conditions, or for people living with or caring for some-one with a chronic condition. Gain knowledge and confidence as you learn to better manage your pain. This program is brought to you by Springwell and is funded in part by a grant from the Tufts Health Plan Foundation, the Massachusetts Executive Office of Elder Affairs and the U.S. Administration for Community Living. Space is limited.  Registration required, call the Front Desk at 617-796- 1660. Free.

Mah Jongg Class  6 Thursdays: July 23rd, July 30th, August 6th, August 13th, August 20th, August 27th  9:30-11:30 a.m. $38 for 6-week class
Were you ever curious about the Chinese tile game called Mah Jongg? Today, the ancient game of the Mandarins is a popular American pastime. This course, American Mah Jongg, designed for the beginner, will introduce you to the basic rules of the game. A very short time and effort is required to master the elementary principles. By the second class, students will be playing a game.  Meet and Greet: Join the instructor for a “Meet and Greet” Thursday, July 16th at 9:30 a.m. Drop by, meet the instructor, and get an overview of the game RSVP with Ilana 617-796-1670 or $38. July 16th deadline for class registration.

Summer Trips: (click on name of trip to view registration form)

Edward M. Kennedy Institute and John F. Kennedy Presidential Museum & Library
Tuesday, July 7th
Depart at 8:45 a.m., return 3:00 p.m.
$47 (lunch on your own) or $65 (seated lunch)
Deadline to register: Monday, June 29th with lunch; Thursday, July 2nd without lunch
We will explore the brand-new Edward M. Kennedy Institute in the morning. We’ll attend “Today’s Vote” where you will participate in a facilitated debate and vote on the issue of the day. Enjoy an optional lunch with reserved private seating overlooking Boston skyline and Harbor. After lunch, we will explore the JFK Museum & Library.  

Oqunquit Playhouse Matinee: Million Dollar Quartet
Wednesday, August 26th
Depart 9:45 a.m., return 6:30 p.m.
$93 (lunch on your own) or $115 (seated lunch)
Deadline to register: Monday, July 27th
We will head to Jonathan’s in Oqunquit, Maine a casual-fine dining establishment which overlooks exquisite gardens, for an optional three-course lunch. After lunch we will head to the Ogunquit Playhouse for a musical matinee of “Million Dollar Quartet.” Million Dollar Quartet is the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical inspired by the electrifying true story of the famed recording session that brought together icons Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins for the first and only time.

20 Years at the Newton Senior Center

A video about the Center's 20 year history can be viewed here.

Living and Aging in Newton: Now and In the Future

A needs assessment by the Center for Social and Demographic Research on Aging, Gerontology Institute. Available here.

Helpful information

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Join us for lunch five days a week. Please see our
daily lunch menu.

Senior Citizen's Parking Sticker, July 2013 to June 2015
Newton residents, 65 years and older, are eligible for a Senior Parking Sticker that allows free parking in the City's municipal lots. Applicants must show license and registration with a Newton address or a copy of the lease agreement for personal leased cars. Stickers are now $3.00 for the remainder of the cycle, and are good until June 30, 2015. Stickers are good at 1, 2, and 3 hour meters in all city lots, but never on the street! Stickers are available at the Newton Senior Center between 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Please click
here for information about the Senior Citizen's Parking Sticker.

Council on Aging
The Council on Aging (COA) is a group of interested volunteers, appointed by the mayor, to serve the needs of and improve the quality of life for all Newton Seniors focusing on advocacy education, outreach, and legislation. The Council on Aging is composed of 9 commissioners and 29 Advisory Board members. Among the members are citizens and service providers. They support the work and mission of the other components of the department as well as act as citizen advocates. Reach the COA through Department Head, Jayne Colino, at 617-796-1671 or email

Durable Medical Equipment
Wheelchairs, walkers, canes, shower chairs, commodes. Please contact Alice Bailey, Executive Adminstrator, at 617-796-1664 or email. Please call in advance to donate, pick-up or drop-off equipment.

Contractor Referral List
For a list of pre-screened contractors, plumbers, electricians, handymen, etc. please call Alice Bailey, Executive Administrator, at 617-796-1664 or email.

Sidewalk Snow Shoveling Exemption Request Form