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Elder Services / Center at Punchard

Phone: 978-623-8320

Center at Punchard
Town Offices - 36 Bartlet Street
Senior Center Hours: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM Monday - Friday

The Division of Elder Services/Center at Punchard is a division of the Town of Andover. The Center at Punchard is a place of opportunities-a focal point in the community. The Center at Punchard specializes in services and programs designed especially for elders of the community, but everyone is welcome at the center, regardless of age. The focus of programming and services is on wellness, continuing education and advocacy, encouraging creativity, meeting special needs and giving back to the community. The Center is funded by the Town of Andover, The Commonwealth of Massachusetts, grants and private donations. We invite you to access programs and services.

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The mission of the Division of Elder Services is to identify, develop, implement and advocate for programs and services designed to enhance the quality of life and independence of elders in the community and to provide a focal point in the community where these programs and services can be easily accessed by elders and their families.


Programs & Services are diverse and inclusive, promote dignity and well-being, support independence and encourage continued involvement in community life.


The Center at Punchard is fully accessible. Upon request auxiliary aides and services will be provided to ensure effective communication and participation in Andover Elder Services programming and services as specified in the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Programs & Services

Mini Course Sampler

Connect the Generations

Let's Socialize

  • Bridge & Card Groups
  • Brown Bag Lectures
  • Friendly Visitors
  • Holiday Events & Celebrations
  • Men's Breakfast, Trips & Events
  • Movie Matinees
  • Newcomer's Coffee Hour
  • Supper Club

Mentoring Program
Mentoring Program

Cultural Temptations

Get In Shape

  • Low Impact Aerobics
  • Massage Therapy
  • Men's Exercise
  • Strength Training
  • Tai Chi
  • Water Aerobics
  • Walking Group
  • Women's Health Series
  • Yoga

Tai Chi in the Park
Tai Chi in the Park

Nutrition Program

A balanced noon meal is available at the center Monday - Friday at 12 noon. Reservations must be made a day in advance. Meals on Wheels are available to those who are unable to access the senior center lunch site. Cooking classes, the brown bag lunch series and special events are also held on an ongoing basis.

Outreach & Counseling

Information and referral, answers to questions regarding health insurance, transportation options and housing, individual counseling as well as access to Meals on Wheels are just a few of the social services available at the Center. Support Groups for Stroke, Alzheimer's and Parkinson's meet regularly at the center. Family members may obtain information and support to assist them in caring for an aging parent or relative.

Social Day Program

The Social Day Program offers a supportive environment for adults facing life changes, enabling them to live at home and to remain active within a community setting. A registered nurse and other caring professional staff work with families and other health care professionals to meet the individual social and medical needs of participants and their families. Daily programming includes companionship, individual & group activities, a noon meal, morning & afternoon snacks, health monitoring and support services.

Senior Citizen Residential Property Tax Work-Off Program

Eligible elders may have their real estate taxes reduced by $1,000.00 after completing 100 hours of service to the community through a municipal or school department.


Shuttle buses which access the downtown shopping area as well as the Ballardvale section of Andover are available to elders at no cost. Schedules are available at the senior center which is on both routes. EZRANS offers a minibus service which is available to elders and those with disabilities. Information regarding the application process, schedules as well as the volunteer medical transportation program may be obtained by contacting the center.

Volunteer Opportunities

A strong core of volunteers makes it possible for us to provide many programs and services. Volunteer opportunities include "Friendly Visitors", Medical Transportation, the "dolls for dolls" program, computer classes, mentoring and pen pals with students, the Cultural Committee and many more.


Monthly programs on a variety of health topics are available, including health screenings and clinics, as well as classes in healthy cooking, aerobics, tai chi, line dancing, easy exercise and strength training. A certified massage therapist is available by appointment; hot paraffin hand treatments are also available at a reasonable rate. A drop in health clinic is held weekly at the center to provide blood pressure screening and counseling.

Council on Aging

Citizens appointed by the Town Manager to the Council on Aging provide input to town government and advocate for senior issues.

Directions to The Center at Punchard

The Center at Punchard is conveniently located on Whittier Ct., two blocks from downtown Andover (on the 1st floor of the School Administration building) in the rear of the Town Offices. The center is open Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m., with additional hours posted for special events. A drop in center is conveniently located at the Old Town House on Main St. is open Monday - Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.