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Recreation programs for older adults

Improving quality of life for Philadelphia's older adults.

What we do

Philadelphia Parks & Recreation runs six older adult centers throughout the city. The centers help older residents have fulfilling and independent lives, both at home and in their communities.

For adults aged 55 and older, we offer:

  • Healthy meals.
  • Recreational and educational programs.
  • Health promotion.
  • Transportation.
  • Social services.

This program also gives farmers market food vouchers to older, low-income residents.


1515 Arch St.
10th floor
Philadelphia, PA 19102
View Older Adult program flyers and registration information.

Find older adult activities near you.

The Parks and Rec finder can help you find activities.

Older adult activities

Exercise and health programs
Aerobics, tai chi, yoga, strength training, walking groups, chair exercises, nutrition classes, diabetes education workshops, exercise equipment, injury and fall prevention programs, health screenings, lectures and an annual Senior Strut and Health Fair.

Life-long learning
Classes for conversational Spanish, English, ESL classes by the Community Learning Center, computer classes, creative writing groups, and book clubs.

Social services
Information and referrals, individual and group counseling, and resource counseling.

Volunteer opportunities
The opportunity to give back to one’s center and community.

Art programs
Watercolor, acrylics, clay and ceramics, art appreciation classes, and trips to museums.

Senior Art Camp
Two, week-long classes in painting, watercolors, Chinese watercolors, and drawing.

Recreational and cultural programs
Day trips, plays, dance classes, birthday and holiday celebrations, music lessons, and choral groups.

Philadelphia Senior Games
An Olympic-style event with golf, bowling, track, basketball, softball, swimming, Scrabble, and more.

The SEPTA ADA Paratransit Service provides transit to the centers for those who qualify. This service is supported by limited funding from Philadelphia Corporation for Aging. Van trips to local destinations use the unit’s vans.

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