Senior Center - Facility & Activities

The Town of East Hartford Senior Services Division operates the East Hartford Senior Center located at 15 Milbrook Drive. The facility is open to all East Hartford residents age 55 and over. Senior Services does not charge an annual membership fee to participate in Town programs, classes, events or activities. Please call 860-291-7460.

Hours of Operation:

  • Monday; Wednesday and Friday 8:30 am - 4:30 pm; 
  • Tuesday; Thursday 8:30 am - 7:30 pm; 
  • Saturday 9:00 -11:30 am

Computer Learning Center

The Computer Learning Center is currently closed.   We are offering Tech Support on Mondays 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm by appointment.  Bring in your devices and get your questions answered.

Fitness/Movement Classes for All Fitness Levels

Exercise'n Energize - This class is designed for those who want to improve their strength, muscle tone, and endurance through low-impact aerobic, balance and strength exercises. Light handweights are available for use. Class meets Thursdays at 9:00 am year-round.

Tai Chi – This form of Chinese martial arts can be an effective therapy for a range of health problems. Tai chi can reduce the risk of falls and injury. It may also improve circulation, flexibility, posture, blood pressure and heart rate as well as ease pain, reduce stress, and increase energy. Chair Tai Chi, Beginner and Intermediate classes are offered. Morning classes are offered year-round.

Chair Yoga – Enjoy the benefits of Yoga without having to get on the floor.  All Yoga poses and gentle stretching are done with the support of a chair.  Breath work is combined with slow and controlled movements that can enhance coordination, balance, flexibility and strength.   This class is offered Thursdays at 2:00 pm.

Gentle Yoga - Enhance coordination, balance, flexibility and strength.  Class is conducted laying or sitting down on a mat, in a chair and or standing.  Breath work is combined with moderate yoga postures,stretching and slow movement.  Modifications are offered.  Class meets on Mondays at 1:30 pm.

Dance Rhythms - A dance movement class incorporating multiple styles set to a mix of popular music.  The class will begin with a warm up exercise and then progress to learning a new dance combination every week.  Dancers will learn proper technique as well as steps and moves focusing on rhythm and sound.  This class is offered Tuesdays at 10:00 am.

Zumba Gold - If you enjoy great music and international rhythms,  you will love this class.  This program was developed specifically for young at heart, fun loving people.  A dance fitness class that simultaneously exercises your brain and body.  No Dance experience is required.  This class is free if you have your Silver Sneaker card.  If not a Silver Sneaker member, you can still join the fun and pay $3 per class.  This class is offered on Wednesdays at 9:15 am.

Gentle Chair Exercise - Great for people of all activity levels.  those who are looking for easier, gentle exercise and those who are a little more fit.  The class is designed ot stretch, tone, activate and strengthen muscles that aren't regularly used in a typical workout.  The class includes breathing exercise and relaxation techniques and is offered on Tuesdays at 1:30 pm.

Strength and Balance - This class includes a standing warm up, seated toning exercises, standing balance work, and a seated stretch.  Designed for every ability level and any body type.  These exercises will include modifications for those with physical limitations.  This class is free if you have your Silver Sneaker Card.  If not a Silver Sneaker member, you can still join the fun and pay $3 per class.  This class is offered on Mondays at 9:15 am.

Additional Fitness Programs

Fitness Center- Open to residents age 55 and up Monday through Friday 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.  The fitness room has cardio machines and strength training machines.  You do need a medical clearance form from your physician that we provide.  There is an additional cost for the fitness room.  Registration forms and medical clearance forms can be found on our web page.  Please call Susan at 860-291-7492 for more information.

Senior Open Swim - Open to residents ages 55 and up Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays:  4:30pm - 5:30pm.  Free!  Residents only/Proof of residency required.  Held at East Hartford Middle School Pool.  Pool entrance located on Scotland Road (no pool access from Burnside Road entrance).  Masks are required for all swimmers when entering the building, in the locker rooms and on deck.  Masks to be removed when swimming.  Current max of 12 swimmers permitted in the pool at one time.  RESERVATIONS RECOMMENDED by calling 860-291-7160.  Please note that the pool is closed on all school holidays and other school closures. 

Creative Expression

Painting - Fridays 9:30 - 11:30.  All levels are welcome!  There is an instructor here to help you explore and improve your painting skills, including technique, composition, and color.  Participants may work in either water soluble, oil paints or acrylic.   Please call 860-291-7492 for a list of supplies to bring and more information on this program. 

Knitting/Crochet - Meets every Tuesday from 1:00pm - 3:30pm.  Please bring your materials, supplies and projects.  The knitters and crocheters who are making comfort blankets can also meet during this time.

The Plant Guy - Every month Jeff Eleveld, the famous Plant Guy, presents for a different educational program on Horticulture.  Everyone goes home with a plant!  Call 860-291-7492 for more information.

All Levels Painting Class - Once a month you have the opportunity to create a one-of-a-kind masterpiece to take home with you.  No experience necessary.  Call 860-291-7492 for more information.

Health Screenings

Free and low-cost screenings are available.

  • Blood Pressure Screenings
  • Foot care Program

Educational Presentations

  • Stroke Awareness & Prevention
  • Fall Prevention
  • Financial Strategies
  • Medicare Updates
  • SNAP
  • Nutrition/healthy eating
  • Community services and resources

Wellness Services

  • Therapeutic Massage - by appointment
  • Haircuts - by appointment

Other Ongoing Programs and Activities

  • Lunch
  • Setback
  • Cribbage
  • Mah jongg
  • Ask the Lawyer
  • Book Discussion Group
  • Cooking with Lindsey
  • Wii Bowling & Wii games
  • Friday Game Day
  • Monday Matinee Movie
  • Bingo - Tuesdays and Thursdays

Support Groups-Temporarily Unavailable

  • Caregiver Support Group

Special Events

An exciting variety of events are offered throughout the year. Join us and your friends for a good time.

  • Dances
  • Luncheons/Teas
  • Special Events
  • Bus Trips