Senior Center: A Hub Of Activities

“Senior Center” is not its real name.

It’s “The Westport Center for Senior Activities.” Supposedly that conveys a more “active” vibe — conjuring images of people moving around, doing things, not sitting in a drab room watching game shows on a too-loud TV.

I don’t buy it. The official name is too long.

Besides, everyone knows that the Senior Center is a hub of activities, all day long.

Gathering for an educational lecture — a frequent and popular Senior Center activity.

In fact, there’s so much going on at 21 Imperial Avenue, it’s hard to keep track.

Participation is up 34% from last year. They’ve welcomed 400 new members since January, bringing membership to over 4,400.

Every day, they serve 50 healthy, delicious lunches.

Lunch at “Sue’s Cafe.” It’s named for former and longtime director Sue Pfister.

The wide variety of Senior Center activities includes educational lectures, an indoor music series, art classes, movies, socials, support groups, parkinson’s exercise and support classes, strength training, Pilates, tai chi, yoga, mah jongg, bridge, ping pong, poker, billiards, health screenings, tax preparation assistance, safe driving courses, scam avoidance, information and referral, a community Super Bowl party, and more.

That’s a schedule that would tire a teenager.

A Senior Center Halloween pumpkin decorating contest. (Photo/Felicia Smith)

Click here for more information, and to be put on the mailing list. Click here for the Facebook page.

Questions? Email, or call 203-341-5099.

Thursday’s Veterans Day event. (Photo/Emma Birch)

PS: More good news: The estate of Irma Schachter — the longtime Westporter and civic volunteer — just donated $300,000 to the Senior Center.

And it won’t be used to buy too-loud TVs.

(Photo/Molly Alger)

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5 responses to “Senior Center: A Hub Of Activities

  1. Great article on the WCSA! Also deserving acknowledgment is Wendy Petty, the outstanding new Director who has provided superb leadership to the WCSA since taking over last February. We are so fortunate to have her at the helm of this remarkable organization.

  2. Founder and longtime director Sue Pfister left us quite a legacy with the Senior Center. And new director Wendy Petty seems to be filling those shoes very, very ably!

  3. What a way to start my morning! So happy for the growth and continued success at the WCSA! Great facility, great staff, great participants and simply, a great town!
    Sue Pfister

  4. Janette Kinnally

    so excited to see our senior center growing and thriving in this beautiful community. Sue and Wendy have been such a treasure to the senior center. I am honored to be part of the team supporting this incredible organization

  5. Terrific article Dan. And the accolades for both Sue and Wendy are well deserved. Just another reason Westport is such a great town to live in.

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