The DeCorso Community Center serves as the home for the New Providence Senior Citizens Club, established in 1959. Both the Center and Club provide opportunities for senior residents to socialize and participate in programs and activities in an atmosphere that acknowledges and affirms the dignity and self-worth of the older adult.
Donated to the Borough by the DeCorso family in 1977, the facility includes a library, solarium, kitchen and areas for presentations, performances, games, exercise and parties. The Senior Citizens bus can provide transportation to many Senior Center activities and events.* By collaborating with other agencies and groups, the center is a rich source for information on healthy living, healthcare, assisted living options, and much more.
Residents 55 plus can volunteer, participate and get involved in one of our committees, clubs or classes!
The COVID-19 pandemic has brought New Providence and the surrounding communities into uncharted territory as our lives and routines have been temporarily disrupted. In our “new normal” of social distancing, please rest assured that although the New Providence Municipal Center and the DeCorso Community Center are closed to the public, municipal workers are still working to keep our town running.
The Borough has started a “Senior Buddy” program as an outreach to our most vulnerable population. We are connecting our seniors with borough employees who will be checking in with anyone who feels they may need a little help making it through this time. “Buddies” will have information available about grocery store and pharmacy hours, food delivery, as well as just checking in to brighten someone’s day. If you are a resident of New Providence and would like a “Buddy”, please email us at email@example.com or call the DeCorso Community Center at (908) 665-0046 (messages are being checked regularly). In the event of a true emergency, please dial 911.
WHAT SHOULD I BE DOING NOW?
Continue to take care of your physical and mental well-being.
- Move and get physical exercise as you always did. Take walks (practice social distancing – 6ft) or stretch your body by moving around the house.
- Stay in touch with family, friends and caregivers
- Eat and stay hydrated
- Take medications as usual
- Do something fun!
- Crafts, puzzles, card games
- Write a letter
- Record a favorite story or memory
- Watch movies or TV shows
- Read a great book
WHO CAN I CALL?
DeCorso Community Center
- Phone: 908-665-0046 *leave a message and we will call you back
- NP Senior Shuttle: Shoprite trips on Tuesdays and Thursdays (if necessary) – please call on Mondays to reserve your spot.
New Providence Public Health Nurse
- Phone: 908-743-1049
Union County Division on Aging
- Phone: 888-280-8226
Westfield Regional Health Department
- Phone: 908-789-4070
- website: http://www.westfieldnj.gov/health
- Phone: 1-800-222-1222
All regular programing has been suspended during this State of Emergercy
The monthly newsletter provides information, class schedules, event details, and other news of interest.
CLICK HERE to view current and past issues of the newsletter.
- ShopRite – Tuesday mornings (Call the Center between 8:30-9:00 a.m.)
- Club meetings – Wednesday mornings (Call the Center by 10:00 a.m.)
- Livingston Mall or Blue Star Shopping Center (2nd, 3rd and 4th Fridays of the month. Call the Center between 8:30 and 9:00 a.m.)
WEEKLY CLASSES AND CLUBS
- Exercise classes including In Control, Chair Yoga, Balance and Conditioning, Tai Chi, Fit and Healthy, and Zumba
- Mah Jongg
- Italian classes
- Knitting Club
WEEKLY PROGRAM/SPEAKERS (Wednesdays at the 11:00 a.m. meeting of the New Providence Senior Citizens Club)
- Morning of Music – A strings group from a New Providence School, and the singing group The Larks will perform – April 1
SPECIAL ACTIVITIES AND UPCOMING EVENTS
- The Book Club will meet on Tuesday, March 17 at 10:45 a.m. to discuss the novel The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen. Click here for books previously read: https://www.newprov.org/wpfb-file/book-list-newsletter-oct18-pdf/
- Exercise with Arthritis – Thursdays, March 26 – April 30 at 11:00 a.m.: This six session program will be back by popular demand! Our experienced instructor, Myriam Gabriel, will lead participants through various exercises that are suitable for those living with arthritis. Research shows that exercise can help people who have arthritis cope with pain. Space is limited; Register in advance.
- Hunterdon Hills Mystery Theater Trip – Thursday April 2 – Buckingham Palace has been robbed and it’s up to Sherlock Holmes, Dr. Watson and YOU to find the missing royal treasure! Price includes the show, a table-served meal, dessert buffet and coffee or hot tea. Cost: $68. Purchase tickets in advance.
- Communications Crew
When schools are closed for rain, snow or ice, the Center is also closed. If schools have a delayed opening, the Center also has a delayed opening. When in doubt, please call the Center to check on activities and the time the Center will open. Most importantly, if there is snow or ice, please be cautious. It’s ok to miss an activity!
Monday – Friday 9:30 AM – 2:30 PM
15 East Fourth Street
New Providence, NJ 07974
Senior Center Coordinators: Therese Dalton and Michelle Zack