Senior services

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


On this page

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

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.


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 7/13/2024

Ranks

Session 25 Section A

9 Table 27 Board Mitchell Movement

Director: Jake Liu

Scorer: Olivia Hunt

Received 216 of 216 scores.

RankPairNames [NORTH/SOUTH RANKS]BdsTotalMax%Score
1 1 Jake Liu & Yena Jin 24 215.57 336 64.16
2 2 Bill Sheryer & Douglass Grant 24 190.00 336 56.55
3 3 Jim Furlong & Carl Thiel 24 186.29 336 55.44
4 4 Terry Stirling & Lindsay Drummond 24 171.86 336 51.15
5 8 Ronna Hoy & Janusz Poniotowski 24 168.86 336 50.26
6 5 Marcel Verrier & Pat Paleczny 24 148.14 336 44.09
7 7 Dave Embury & Jonay Souder 24 146.00 336 43.45
8 6 Shirley Clairmont & Millie McQuillin 24 145.43 336 43.28
9 9 Jean Plust & Bill Laight 24 139.86 336 41.63
RankPairNames [EAST/WEST RANKS]BdsTotalMax%Score
1 9 Cec Neufeldt & Ester Neufeldt 24 197.86 336 58.89
2 4 Marion Wright & Ken Tozer 24 195.00 336 58.04
3 1 Bob Fletcher & Dorothy Fletcher 24 173.43 336 51.62
4 3 George Malon & Susan Malon 24 171.00 336 50.89
5 5 Ron Gadbois & Peter Denommé 24 167.71 336 49.91
6 8 Judy Charbonneau & Connie Green 24 163.14 336 48.55
7 6 J P Fraresso & K P Tan 24 157.14 336 46.77
8 2 Stella Shypula & Rose Babcock 24 155.57 336 46.30
9 7 Ronny Mohr & Vivian Powers 24 131.14 336 39.03

Waterloo Duplicate Bridge Club - Duplicate Bridge Results 7/6/2024

Ranks

Session 24 Section A

11½ Table 24 Board Mitchell Movement

Director: Bob Fletcher Scorer: Dorothy Fletcher Received 242 of 242 scores.

RankPairNames [NORTH/SOUTH RANKS]BdsTotalMax%Score
1 2 Bill Sheryer & Lindsay Drummond 22 313.80 440 71.32
2 5 Marcel Verrier & Christine Baron 22 270.90 440 61.57
3 3 Wayne Jordan & Allan Coyne 22 256.70 440 58.34
4 8 Ronna Hoy & Douglass Grant 22 251.90 440 57.25
5 11 Jim Furlong & Carl Thiel 22 206.60 440 46.95
6 10 Jake Liu & Yena Jin 22 206.00 440 46.82
7 7 Ester Neufeldt & Cec Neufeldt 22 205.70 440 46.75
8 4 Mary Lou Miller & Sandra Evans 22 196.30 440 44.61
9 9 Jean Plust & Bill Laight 22 193.60 440 44.00
10 6 Shirley Clairmont & Millie McQuillin 22 166.20 440 37.77
11 1 Bob Fletcher & Connie Mercey 22 152.30 440 34.61
RankPairNames [EAST/WEST RANKS]BdsTotalMax%Score
1 11 Janusz Poniotowski & Terry Stirling 20 234.30 400 58.58
2 4 George Malon & Susan Malon 20 231.60 400 57.90
3 2 Marion Wright & Ken Tozer 20 218.20 400 54.55
4 12 Judy Widdecombe & Vivian McLellan 20 214.30 400 53.58
5 1 Dave Embury & Jonay Souder 20 207.60 400 51.90
6 9 Vivian Powers & Lenny Lowrey 20 206.30 400 51.58
7 6 Mariusz Kujawski & Leona Kujawski 22 224.00 440 50.91
8 5 Judy Bailey & Marion Allan 20 203.30 400 50.83
9 8 Sydney Carruthers & Barb MacLennan 20 200.60 400 50.15
10 10 Yvonne Taliotis & Trish Lockie 20 174.40 400 43.60
11 7 Ronny Mohr & Rose Babcock 20 167.00 400 41.75
12 3 J P Fraresso & K P Tan 20 138.40 400 34.60

Waterloo Duplicate Bridge Club -Duplicate Bridge Results 6/22/2024

Ranks

Session 23 Section A

9½ Table

30 Board Mitchell Movement

Director: Jake Liu

Scorer: Olivia Hunt

Received 216 of 216 scores.

RankPairNames [NORTH/SOUTH RANKS]BdsTotalMax%Score
1 1 Jake Liu & Yena Jin 21 198.57 294 67.54
2 2 Bill Sheryer & Lindsay Drummond 21 173.71 294 59.09
3 6 Kelly Strome & Bill Hall 21 160.86 294 54.71
4 8 Ronna Hoy & Douglass Grant 21 151.57 294 51.55
5 10 Marcel Verrier & Pat Paleczny 21 145.57 294 49.51
6 4 Mary Lou Miller & Sandra Evans 21 140.43 294 47.77
7 3 Vivian McLellan & Ev Pye 21 138.86 294 47.23
8 7 Jean Plust & Judy Charbonneau 21 137.57 294 46.79
9 5 Jim Furlong & Carl Thiel 24 144.00 336 42.86
10 9 Shirley Clairmont & Millie McQuillin 24 120.86 336 35.97
RankPairNames [EAST/WEST RANKS]BdsTotalMax%Score
1 5 Janusz Poniotowski & Terry Stirling 24 190.29 336 56.63
2 1 Bob Fletcher & Dorothy Fletcher 24 189.71 336 56.46
3 3 Stella Shypula & Rose Babcock 24 177.57 336 52.85
4 6 Ron Gadbois & Peter Denommé 24 175.43 336 52.21
5 8 Maribeth Fobel & Richard Fobel 24 169.29 336 50.38
6 9 Mariusz Kujawski & Leona Kujawski 24 169.00 336 50.30
7 4 Marilyn McMillan & Jane Moreau 24 164.00 336 48.81
8 2 J P Fraresso & K P Tan 24 142.00 336 42.26
9 7 Sydney Carruthers & Barb MacLennan 24 134.71 336 40.09


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 July's WOW events

Date

10 to 10:30 a.m.

11:30 a.m to noon

1:30 to 2 p.m.

Wednesday 
July 3

*No programs today

Wednesday 
July 10
*No programs today
Wednesday
July 17
Great Canadian Artists Summer Bingo Elder Abuse Prevention
Wednesday
July 24
All About Quebec Family Feud Waterloo Historical Hotels
Wednesday
July 31
All About Paris! Olympics Trivia Melissa's Italy Travelogue

July highlights

Beach Bingo 
Wednesday, July 17, at 11:30 a.m.
Grab your Bingo card and join us for some fun – you might even win a prize or two!

Elder Abuse Prevention
Wednesday, July 17, at 1:30 p.m.
Let’s talk about ageism. This presentation provides an overview of ageism, including its definition and examples. Through discussion questions, the link between ageism and abuse are explored, as well as the rights of older adults.

Waterloo Historical Hotels 
Wednesday, July 24, 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)

June is Seniors month

Thank you for joining us for all the June is Seniors month events. Check back in the Spring for next year's events. 

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.