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 5/18/2024

Ranks

Session 18 Section A

10½ Table

22 Board Mitchell Movement

Director: Jake Liu

Scorer: Olivia Hunt

Received 220 of 220 scores.

RankPairNames [NORTH/SOUTH RANKS]BdsTotalMax%Score
1 10 Bill Sheryer & Douglass Grant 22 265.00 396 66.92
2 2 Terry Stirling & Lindsay Drummond 22 261.00 396 65.91
3 8 Ronna Hoy & Janusz Poniotowski 22 219.00 396 55.30
4 5 Jim Furlong & Carl Thiel 22 213.00 396 53.79
5 6 Shirley Clairmont & Millie McQuillin 22 201.00 396 50.76
6 1 Jake Liu & Yena Jin 22 180.00 396 45.45
7 9 Jean Plust & Bill Laight 22 178.00 396 44.95
8 3 Vivian McLellan & Ev Pye 22 168.00 396 42.42
9 7 Mary Lou Miller & Sandra Evans 22 153.00 396 38.64
10 4 Marcel Verrier & Pat Paleczny 22 142.00 396 35.86
RankPairNames [EAST/WEST RANKS]BdsTotalMax%Score
1 6 Marion Wright & Ken Tozer 20 245.00 360 68.06
2 8 Marlene Fay & Bill Fay 20 225.00 360 62.50
3 9 Mark Obermeyer & Shirley Chatten 20 214.00 360 59.44
4 5 Ralph Mowat & Waclaw(Vac) Trebacz 20 205.00 360 56.94
5 3 George Malon & Susan Malon 20 191.00 360 53.06
6 1 Bob Fletcher & Dorothy Fletcher 20 176.00 360 48.89
7= 4 Stella Shypula & Rose Babcock 20 170.00 360 47.22
7= 10 Sydney Carruthers & Barb MacLennan 20 170.00 360 47.22
9 11 Mariusz Kujawski & Leona Kujawski 20 144.00 360 40.00
10= 2 K P Tan & Judy Charbonneau 20 120.00 360 33.33
10= 7 Dianne Stickney & John Stickney 20 120.00 360 33.33

Duplicate Bridge Results - May 11, 2024 

Session 17 Section A

12 Table, 26 Board Mitchell Movement

Director: Bob Fletcher, Scorer: Olivia Hunt Received 260 of 262 scores.

RankPairNames [NORTH/SOUTH RANKS]BdsTotalMax%Score
1 2 Bill Sheryer & Lindsay Drummond 22 261.00 440 59.32
2 3 Jake Liu & Yena Jin 22 260.20 440 59.14
3 6 Kelly Strome & Bill Hall 22 257.36 440 58.49
4 12 Ester Neufeldt & Cec Neufeldt 22 231.26 440 52.56
5 5 Marcel Verrier & Pat Paleczny 22 220.40 440 50.09
6 7 Bill Fay & Marlene Fay 20 197.00 400 49.25
7 11 Shirley Clairmont & Millie McQuillin 22 214.14 440 48.67
8 9 Terry Stirling & Janusz Poniotowski 22 212.31 440 48.25
9 4 Mary Lou Miller & Sandra Evans 22 208.17 440 47.31
10 10 Jim Furlong & Carl Thiel 21 194.24 420 46.25
11 1 Bob Fletcher & Dorothy Fletcher 21 183.68 420 43.73
12 8 Jean Plust & Bill Laight 22 160.24 440 36.42
RankPairNames [EAST/WEST RANKS]BdsTotalMax%Score
1 11 Mark Obermeyer & Shirley Chatten 20 246.44 400 61.61
2 4 Ralph Mowat & Waclaw(vac) Trebacz 20 239.89 400 59.97
3 7 Marion Wright & Ken Tozer 20 222.83 400 55.71
4 6 Stella Shypula & Rose Babcock 20 220.76 400 55.19
5 5 George Malon & Susan Malon 20 206.60 400 51.65
6 8 Hansa Desai & Prerna Patel 19 194.86 380 51.28
7 12 Mariusz Kujawski & Leona Kujawski 20 198.30 400 49.58
8 2 Sydney Carruthers & Barb Maclennan 22 211.06 440 47.97
9 3 Vivian Powers & Lenny Lowrey 20 190.00 400 47.50
10 1 J P Fraresso & K P Tan 21 191.62 420 45.62
11 10 Ron Gadbois & Peter Denomm� 20 181.34 400 45.34
12 9 Keith Hillier & Len Budden 20 179.50 400 44.88
13 13 Vivian McLellan & Ev Pye 18 116.80 360 32.44

Duplicate Bridge Results - May 4, 2024 

Session 16, Section A

11½ Table, 24 Board Mitchell Movement

Director: Jake Liu, Scorer: Olivia Hunt Received 240 of 242 scores.

RankPairNames [NORTH/SOUTH RANKS]BdsTotalMax%Score
1 4 Bill Sheryer & Douglass Grant 22 339.60 440 77.18
2 8 Ronna Hoy & Janusz Poniotowski 22 270.10 440 61.39
3 6 Kelly Strome & Bill Hall 22 267.00 440 60.68
4 3 Vivian McLellan & Ev Pye 22 243.40 440 55.32
5 1 Jake Liu & Yena Jin 22 226.60 440 51.50
6 2 Terry Stirling & Lindsay Drummond 22 217.40 440 49.41
7 10 Marcel Verrier & Pat Paleczny 22 203.60 440 46.27
8 7 Jean Plust & Bill Laight 22 197.90 440 44.98
9 11 Jim Furlong & Carl Thiel 22 185.50 440 42.16
10 5 Shirley Clairmont & Millie McQuillin 22 151.60 440 34.45
11 9 Mary Lou Miller & Sandra Evans 22 117.30 440 26.66
RankPairNames [EAST/WEST RANKS]BdsTotalMax%Score
1 1 Jewel Manske & Terry Manske 20 264.10 400 66.03
2 4 Ralph Mowat & Waclaw(Vac) Trebacz 20 238.90 400 59.73
3 9 Ron Gadbois & Peter Denommé 20 232.90 400 58.23
4 7 Karin Kuntz & Terry Strome 20 216.90 400 54.23
5 10 Bob Fletcher & Dorothy Fletcher 20 211.20 400 52.80
6 6 Marion Wright & Ken Tozer 22 229.60 440 52.18
7 3 Ronny Mohr & Rose Babcock 20 200.10 400 50.03
8 11 Mariusz Kujawski & Leona Kujawski 20 186.10 400 46.53
9 5 Marilyn McMillan & Jane Moreau 20 182.90 400 45.73
10 8 Sydney Carruthers & Connie Green 20 176.10 400 44.03
11 2 Prerma Patel & Hansa Desai 20 170.30 400 42.58
12 12 K.P Tan & J.P Fraresso 20 110.90 400 27.73


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! 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 will be available in July.

Check back in September for more 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 May's WOW events

Date

10 to 10:30 a.m.

11:30 a.m to noon

1:30 to 2 p.m.

Wednesday 
May 1

No programs today

No programs today No programs today
Wednesday 
May 8
Mother Ocean Mother's Day Bingo Woodside presentation
Wednesday
May 15
Won't you be my neighbour? Guess the European country Elder abuse prevention
Wednesday
May 22
What am I? Measuring up Gardening
Wednesday
May 29
National Senior Health Fitness Day Have you ever? Meditation

May highlights

Mother’s Day Bingo 
Wednesday, May 8, at 11:30 a.m. 
Let's celebrate all of our moms with some fun!

Woodside Presentation 
Wednesday, May 8, at 1:30 p.m. 
Join us as we learn more about this historic site. Between 1886 and 1893, it was the home of Canada's tenth Prime Minister, William Lyon Mackenzie King. 

Elder Abuse Prevention 
Wednesday, May 15, at 1:30 p.m. 
Join us for an afternoon of learning and engaging conversation led by Mary. "Our mission is to create an Ontario free from abuse for all seniors. We provide support to seniors affected by abuse, foster public awareness, deliver training, and build community."

Pollinator Friendly Gardening
Wednesday, May 22, at 1:30 p.m. 
Bob Wildfong is a horticultural specialist at the Region of Waterloo and will be helping us discover how our friendly local pollinators can help our plants grow.

Meditation with Angela
Wednesday, May 29, at 1:30 p.m. 
This is one of our WOW favourites! Leave your worries behind and join us for a relaxing and soothing afternoon of meditation.

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 the 2023 June is Seniors month events. Check back in Spring 2024 for next year's events.