Senior services

Find information on seniors programming, home support services, aging in Waterloo and senior centres.


On this page

  1. Senior centres
  2. June is Seniors month
  3. Seniors active living programs
  4. Seniors leisure activities
  5. Seniors health programs
  6. Senior day program
  7. Home support services
  8. WOW Waterloo telephone program
  9. Guides and directories
  10. Celebrating seniors video series

Senior centres

The Waterloo Memorial Recreation Complex and the Community Pavilion are located at 101 Father David Bauer Drive. Programming for different activity levels is available.

Getting there:

  • to arrive by car, enter the east entrance from Father David Bauer Drive
  • to arrive by bus, use Route 5 Erb or Route 12 Westmount buses
  • walking distance to the WMRC east entrance from the nearest bus stops are 350 metres from the stop on the north side of Erb Street and 370 metres from the stop on the south side of Erb Street

Funding assistance is provided through the Seniors Active Living Centres Program supported by the Ministry for Seniors and Accessibility.


June is Seniors month

2024 Senior of the Year

We're excited to announce our 2024 Senior of the Year — Jassy Narayan. Learn more about Jassy on our civic awards page.

Register for free June events

Celebrate seniors in our community at one or all of our free June events! Enjoy great music, get moving or learn something new — check out the schedule below.

Register for all events on our ActiveWaterloo website unless otherwise noted. 

Register for Seniors Month events

Check out our June is Seniors month events

Event Date and time Location

Celebrating Seniors: Kevin Coates in Concert

To register, email 
activewaterloo@waterloo.ca
or call 519-579-1020.

Wednesday
June 5

1:30 to 2:30 p.m.

WMRC – Community Pavilion
Pickleball

Friday
June 7

9 to 10:30 a.m.

RIM Park
Basketball

Friday
June 7

9 to 10:30 a.m.

RIM Park
Yoga – Slow and Mindful

Monday
June 10

1:15 to 2:15 p.m.

Waterloo Memorial Recreation Complex (WMRC)

Friday Flicks: Visiting the French Riviera (updated)

Sponsored by Chartwell Retirement Residences

Friday
June 14

1:30 to 3 p.m.

WMRC – Community Pavilion 
Seniors Deep End Lane Swim

Tuesday
June 18

1:50 to 2:50 p.m.

WMRC – Swimplex
Adult Swirlpool

Tuesday
June 18

2 to 2:45 p.m.

WMRC – Swimplex
Seniors Shallow Waterfit

Tuesday
June 18

2 to 2:45 p.m.

WMRC – Swimplex
Gentle Joints Waterfit

Tuesday
June 18

3:30 to 4:15 p.m.

WMRC – Swimplex
Yoga – Flow

Thursday
June 20

12 to 1 p.m.

Waterloo Memorial Recreation Complex (WMRC)
Pickleball

Friday
June 21

10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.

RIM Park
Badminton

Friday
June 21

10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.

RIM Park

Seniors in the City concert event

Sponsored by Chartwell Retirement Residences

No registration required

Thursday
June 27

1 to 4 p.m.

Brewmeister Green
155 King Street South

Limited transportation available — call 519-579-1020 by June 20 to request a ride.

Friday Flicks: Portugal's Algarve – West to East

Sponsored by City of Waterloo

Friday
June 28

1:30 to 3 p.m.

WMRC – Community Pavilion

 

Seniors active living programs

Many of our registered programs appeal to active seniors. Programs take place at Waterloo Memorial Recreation Complex. Types of activities include:

  • dance
  • yoga
  • tai chi
  • other activities as scheduled

Check our program and classes page to learn how to register.


Seniors leisure activities

Drop-in leisure activities are available at the Community Pavilion. The fee for most activities is $2.25. A ten visit pass is available for $20.24. 

Call customer service at 519-579-1020 or email leisureprogramming@waterloo.ca for schedule information.

Types of activities include:

  • billiards
  • cards
  • knitting
  • wood carving
  • arts and crafts
  • Friday Flicks travel presentations
  • Empowered Learners lecture series

Friday Flicks

Presenters share their travel stories from around the world. Past presentations included Arizona, Dubai and the Canary Islands! Find upcoming travel presentations on our city calendar.

Empowered Learners

Join us for a free informative lecture series on a wide range of topics, including health resources. Each session includes time for questions. Find upcoming sessions on our city calendar

Waterloo Duplicate Bridge Club – scores

 

To join the weekly email list please email Sarah Kelly, Community Leisure Programmer at sarah.kelly@waterloo.ca

Waterloo Duplicate Bridge Club -Duplicate Bridge Results 6/15/2024

Ranks

Session 22 Section A

8½ Table 27 Board Mitchell Movement

Director: Bob Fletcher

Scorer: Dorothy Fletcher

Received 192 of 192 scores

RankPairNames [NORTH/SOUTH RANKS]BdsTotalMax%Score
1 6 Kelly Strome & Bill Hall 24 202.14 336 60.16
2 2 Denise Ontonovich & Lindsay Drummond 24 189.86 336 56.51
3 7 Jim Furlong & Carl Thiel 24 181.00 336 53.87
4 5 Marcel Verrier & Christine Baron 24 175.86 336 52.34
5 8 Mary Lou Miller & Sandra Evans 24 168.57 336 50.17
6 3 Vivian McLellan & Ev Pye 24 159.00 336 47.32
7 1 Bob Fletcher & Connie Green 24 140.86 336 41.92
8 4 Shirley Clairmont & Millie McQuillin 24 126.71 336 37.71
RankPairNames [EAST/WEST RANKS]BdsTotalMax%Score
1 4 Douglass Grant & Bill Sheryer 21 208.86 294 71.04
2 3 Jake Liu & Yena Jin 21 165.00 294 56.12
3 6 Ron Gadbois & Peter Denommé 21 150.00 294 51.02
4 5 Ester Neufeldt & Cec Neufeldt 21 146.86 294 49.95
5 1 Stella Shypula & Rose Babcock 24 165.71 336 49.32
6 7 Bill Laight & Bob Marsh 21 140.00 294 47.62
7 2 Dave Embury & Jonay Souder 21 132.29 294 45.00
8 9 Marion Haller & John Stickney 21 128.86 294 43.83
9 8 Sydney Carruthers & Barb MacLennan 21 106.43 294 36.20

Waterloo Duplicate Bridge Club -Duplicate Bridge Results 6/8/2024

Ranks

Session 21

Section A

11 Table 22 Board Mitchell Movement

Director: Jake Liu

Scorer: Olivia Hunt

Received 242 of 242 scores.

RankPairNames [NORTH/SOUTH RANKS]BdsTotalMax%Score
1 7 Maribeth Fobel & Richard Fobel 22 262.00 440 59.55
2 8 Jim Furlong & Carl Thiel 22 261.00 440 59.32
3 4 Bill Sheryer & Bob Marsh 22 252.00 440 57.27
4 6 Kelly Strome & Bill Hall 22 237.00 440 53.86
5 1 Jake Liu & Yena Jin 22 221.00 440 50.23
6 5 Bill Fay & Marlene Fay 22 218.00 440 49.55
7 10 Douglass Grant & Bill McDonald 22 211.00 440 47.95
8 2 Marcel Verrier & Pat Paleczny 22 204.00 440 46.36
9 11 Ester Neufeldt & Cec Neufeldt 22 193.00 440 43.86
10 9 Shirley Clairmont & Larry Brooks 22 183.00 440 41.59
11 3 Vivian McLellan & Ev Pye 22 178.00 440 40.45
RankPairNames [EAST/WEST RANKS]BdsTotalMax%Score
1 10 Mark Obermeyer & Shirley Chatten 22 305.00 440 69.32
2 2 Stella Shypula & Rose Babcock 22 279.00 440 63.41
3 6 Connie Mercey & Peter Denommé 22 277.00 440 62.95
4 7 Bob Fletcher & Dorothy Fletcher 22 255.00 440 57.95
5 3 Ronny Mohr & Lenny Lowrey 22 211.00 440 47.95
6 5 Prerna Patel & Hansa Desai 22 209.00 440 47.50
7 8 Sydney Carruthers & Barb MacLennan 22 203.00 440 46.14
8 4 Judy Bailey & Marion Allan 22 201.00 440 45.68
9 9 Mariusz Kujawski & Leona Kujawski 22 187.00 440 42.50
10 11 Glen Mockford & Richard Prendiville 22 186.00 440 42.27
11 1 K P Tan & Judy Charbonneau 22 107.00 440 24.32

Waterloo Duplicate Bridge Club -Duplicate Bridge Results 6/1/2024

Ranks

Session 20

Section A

11 Table 22 Board Mitchell Movement

Director: Glenn Mockford

Scorer: Olivia Hunt

Received 242 of 242 scores.

RankPairNames [NORTH/SOUTH RANKS]BdsTotalMax%Score
1 9 Jean Plust & Bill Laight 22 277.00 440 62.95
2 11 Ester Neufeldt & Cec Neufeldt 22 244.00 440 55.45
3 2 Mary Lou Miller & Sandra Evans 22 240.00 440 54.55
4 8 Ronna Hoy & Janusz Poniotowski 22 235.00 440 53.41
5 1 Bob Fletcher & Judy Bailey 22 230.00 440 52.27
6 5 Kelly Strome & Lindsay Drummond 22 229.00 440 52.05
7 4 Bill Sheryer & Douglass Grant 22 224.00 440 50.91
8 6 Jim Furlong & Carl Thiel 22 190.00 440 43.18
9 10 Shirley Clairmont & Millie McQuillin 22 185.00 440 42.05
10= 3 Vivian McLellan & Ev Pye 22 183.00 440 41.59
10= 7 Marcel Verrier & Christine Baron 22 183.00 440 41.59
RankPairNames [EAST/WEST RANKS]BdsTotalMax%Score
1 6 Marion Wright & Ken Tozer 22 294.00 440 66.82
2 8 Ronny Mohr & Lenny Lowrey 22 267.00 440 60.68
3 2 Stella Shypula & Rose Babcock 22 257.00 440 58.41
4 10 Bob Marsh & Sydney Carruthers 22 234.00 440 53.18
5 7 Ron Gadbois & Peter Denommé 22 231.00 440 52.50
6 11 Glen Mockford & Richard Prendiville 22 220.00 440 50.00
7 1 Dave Embury & Jonay Souder 22 209.00 440 47.50
8 3 Ralph Mowat & Waclaw(Vac) Trebacz 22 207.00 440 47.05
9 4 J P Fraresso & K P Tan 22 187.00 440 42.50
10 5 Hansa Desai & Trish Lockie 22 165.00 440 37.50
11 9 Mariusz Kujawski & Leona Kujawski 22 149.00 440 33.86

Seniors health programs

Hearing and foot care clinics (55+)

Join us for Wellness Wednesdays at the Community Pavilion for hearing and foot care clinics.

Remember to register in advance for these programs. There are 3 ways to sign up:

Hearing screening and hearing aid care

HearCANADA is providing a free clinic where you can get:

  • hearing consultations
  • hearing screening tests
  • hearing aid cleaning and checks

Foot care

We're partnering with Feet on the Go to offer a range of foot care services, including:

  • nail cutting and filing
  • reduction of corns and calluses
  • health teaching
  • diabetic foot care

There's a $2.25 registration fee to reserve your spot, and then you pay $50 directly to the foot care specialist on the day of your appointment.

Health Fair

Mark your calendars for Wednesday, October 23, 2 to 6 p.m.! We're hosting a Senior Health Fair to give seniors and caregivers a chance to explore community programs that can help older adults stay healthy, active and connected. 

Vendor applications now open. The deadline for consideration is July 26. Questions? Email healthfair@waterloo.ca.

Check back in September for more event details.


Senior day program

We provide a variety of group activities for those 55+ and living with a chronic illness, physical disability or memory loss.

Programs run Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Community Pavilion. The cost is $17 per day. Subsidies are available if necessary. 

Referrals can be made through Community Care at 519-310-2222. If you have any questions or would like to know more about our program please call 519-888-6356 or TTY (for deaf) 1-866-786-3941. There is a wait list for this service.

Participants, caregivers and families are key partners in care provided by the senior day program and are supported by a Patient Bill of Rights that sets the foundation for how they can expect to interact with and be treated by all staff.


Home support services

We provide a number of support services to assist vulnerable older adults to live safely and remain active. Depending on the service, it may take one day to several months to complete registration.

Register at 519-579-6930 or TTY (for deaf) 1-866-786-3941.

Participants, caregivers and families are key partners in care provided by the home support services program and are supported by a Patient Bill of Rights that sets the foundation for how they can expect to interact with and be treated by all staff.

Three course lunches

Enjoy a delicious three course meal Monday to Friday at noon at the Community Pavilion.

We make accommodations for special dietary needs. Clients must book one business day in advance. $8/meal.

All meals are served with vegetable and salad, and include one cup of tea or coffee. All meals can be made to accommodate individual dietary requirements.

Sample menus

  • potato leek soup, baked ham, mashed potatoes, coleslaw, salad, butter tart
  • vegetable beef soup, breaded haddock, mashed potatoes, broccoli and cauliflower salad, cooked carrots, chocolate zucchini cake
  • tomato soup, shepherd’s pie, Caesar salad, orange cake
  • sweet potato soup, chicken thigh, rice, mixed vegetables, salad, pumpkin pie
  • cream of broccoli soup, sausage, sauerkraut, mashed potatoes, mixed vegetables, pudding

Grocery shopping

Getting your grocery shopping done can be a challenge. Our volunteers can assist you in the store or list shop on your behalf. $10/shopping trip.

Home maintenance

Maintenance workers can assist with seasonal work, including lawn care, snow removal and minor repairs. The cost is $22/hour. If workers uses their own equipment the rate is $27.00/hour.

Snow removal recruitment begins in September with interviews held in October and orientation in November. Services are provided by a brokered worker that operates as an independent contractor paid directly by the client. Brokered workers are screened by Senior Services staff prior to being matched with clients. Services arrangements are made between the client and brokered worker.  

Learn more about becoming a maintenance worker

Homemaking

Dependable homemakers help with household tasks, including cleaning, laundry and meal preparation.

You will have a standing appointment with the same homemaker, scheduled weekly, bi-weekly or every four weeks.

Cost is $22/hour.

Services are provided by a brokered worker that operates as an independent contractor paid directly by the client. Brokered workers are screened by Senior Services staff prior to being matched with clients. Services arrangements are made between the client and brokered worker.

There is a waiting list for service.

Learn more about becoming a homemaker.

Telephone reassurance

When you live alone, loneliness and personal safety are issues. Our trained volunteers can call from Monday to Friday to check in and give you and your family peace of mind. This service is free.

Rides

Services are available for rides to medical appointments, activities and grocery shopping. Book your trained volunteer driver at least two business days in advance.

The cost is $5 for a one-way ride in Waterloo. Rates outside of Waterloo vary depending on the location.

Reach out to our Home Support team at 519-579-6930 to learn more.

In order to book a ride you will need:

  1. To be registered with Home Support Services.
  2. Know when your appointment is.
  3. Know where your appointment is taking place.
  4. The appointment is not for at least 2 business days.

We are unable to accommodate wheelchairs or rides to day programs. For accessible transportation, please contact Mobility Plus.


WOW Waterloo

WOW is a Seniors’ Centre Without Walls telephone program that brings social, recreational and educational programs to seniors. Enjoy guest speakers, learn new skills and have friendly conversations with other seniors in your community.

In order to join the WOW program you will need:

  1. A working telephone
  2. To be a senior in Waterloo or the surrounding community
  3. To register by calling 519-579-1020 ext. 10037
  4. To answer a brief questionnaire

After joining, you will be registered for weekly or daily activities offered on our program calendar.

Check out the latest WOW calendar
 

Check out June's WOW events

Date

10 to 10:30 a.m.

11:30 a.m to noon

1:30 to 2 p.m.

Wednesday 
June 5

June Hodge Podge

Category
Trivia

Seniors Month with Kevin Coates!
Wednesday 
June 12
Father’s Around the World Music Fun! Moving Your Body Exercises your Brain!
Wednesday
June 19
Welcome Summer! Do You Hear What I Hear? National Indigenous People’s Day
Wednesday
June 26
*No Programs Today    

June highlights

Seniors Month Concert with Kevin Coates! 
Wednesday, June 5, at 1:30 p.m.

“Moving Your Body Exercises Your Brain” with Jill Simpson!
Wednesday, June 12, at 1:30 p.m.
Jill is a WOW favourite and comes to us with so much wisdom for seniors! She was a guest speaker at the Reverse Alzheimer’s 4.0. Summit and has a passion for helping seniors maintain healthy and active brains. You don’t want to miss this!

“National Indigenous People’s Day”- with Brandon Malo 
Wednesday, June 19, at 1:30 p.m. 
Let’s learn about our Indigenous Communities here in Canada. Our guest speaker works with First Nations communities in Northern British Columbia. This will be a great session to help us reflect on the past, but also celebrate this incredible part of our country today!

Help create a welcoming and safe environment for everyone

WOW Waterloo is an inclusive program for all older adults living in Waterloo. To promote a welcoming and safe setting for all, we ask participants to follow our Respectful Conduct Policy:

  • participate in a kind and respectful manner
  • create an inclusive environment that honours people of all cultures, traditions, faiths, genders, sexual orientation, abilities, and life experiences
  • respect all group members and their opinions, even if they differ from your own
  • allow the facilitator, volunteer or guest speaker to lead the conversation or activity
  • allow everyone a chance to speak and participate by not dominating conversations
  • maintain confidentiality – keep information shared on the call private and confidential

Guides and directories

We provide guides and directories that help older adults navigate aging in Waterloo. Explore how our guides can help you and your family stay active and stay in the community you love.

Older Adult Housing Directory

Each year we publish an older adult housing directory. The latest version was updated in August 2023.

Download the Older Adult Housing Directory (PDF)

Ageing Well Directory

The Ageing Well Directory functions as a one-stop-shop for residents 55+ looking for information on housing, home support, health services, recreation and leisure, ethnic and cultural supports, and much more. 

View the Ageing Well Waterloo Directory

You can download a PDF version of the directory.

You are not alone

The City of Waterloo in collaboration with Age-Friendly Waterloo Multi-Agency Committee has developed a Guide to Improve Social Connectedness (PDF) as recommended from the city's Older Adult Social Isolation Report (2018).

The guide is intended to create awareness for older adults experiencing social isolation and provide resources to support getting connected in your community.

Hard copies of the guide are available at city recreation facilities and local libraries.


Celebrating seniors video series

Celebrate Seniors is a video campaign featuring City of Waterloo senior groups that contribute to the health and wellness of other seniors in the community.

  1. The Old Salts Seniors Canoe Club (1:09) 
  2. Owl's Nest woodcarvers club (1:29) 
  3. Creative Crafters (1:15)