Today is Friday November 26, 2021

The Community Center offers programs to seniors such as:

  • Lunch and a Movie
  • Afternoon Cards
  • Day Trips
  • Craft Classes
  • Knit-For-a-Bit
  • “Fitness, Vitality, and Health” Exercises Classes
  • Yoga and Chair Yoga

Many seniors in our community also enjoy programs at Lake Front Park including:

  • Water Aerobics
  • Early Lap Swim

Free transportation from 8:30 - 3:30 during the summer is provided to Lake Front Park. Please see the bus schedule in the May Update for further information. Please contact the Lake Front Park office at (313) 343-2470 with any questions regarding these programs.

Leisure Activities for Seniors

Senior Lunch and a Movie

The afternoon includes a catered lunch, dessert, beverages, and a movie. Pre-registration is required and the cost is $10.00 for residents. Please pre-register at the GPW Community Center at least one full week before the event. For more information, call (313) 343-2408. Detailed fliers about the menu and the movie are available at the Community Center.

Afternoon Cards

Join your friends at the Community Center for a pleasant afternoon of cards on Mondays from noon – 4:00 p.m. Card games are sponsored by the City of Grosse Pointe Woods and there is no charge for this fun afternoon. Coffee and tea are provided and feel free to bring a lunch or a snack. At least one resident must sponsor your foursome. If space becomes limited, residents will have priority.

Knit for a Bit

It’s hip to knit – or crochet – and it’s even more fun doing it with a group. If needlework is your passion, drop in on the new group forming at the GPW Community Center. The informal “knit-togethers” meet every Tuesday from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. If you like to knit or crochet but don’t need the finished items, leave them at the Community Center and they will be donated to a local charity.

Services for senior citizens

Pointe Area Assisted Transportation Service (PAATS)

PAATS offers low-cost transportation for seniors and disabled persons of any age in Harper Woods, the five Grosse Pointes, and the area bounded by 11 Mile Road, Gratiot, Chalmers and Lake St. Clair/Detroit River. Service is available weekdays, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; cost is $3 per one-way trip within Harper Woods and the Grosse Pointes, more to other locations; 36-hour advance reservation is requested, but same-day service may be available if time and space allow.  Please call (313) 343-2580 36 hours in advance for a reservation.


Kindcall is a free, daily telephone security service. Contact Public Safety for further information.

The Helm Life Center (formerly SOC)
158 Ridge Road, Grosse Pointe Farms MI 48236

The Helm is a 501(c)3 nonprofit, non-residential senior community center dedicated to making the Grosse Pointes and Harper Woods areas a great place to grow older. The organization, open to all citizens over age 60 and their caregivers in the Grosse Pointes and Harper Woods, offers programs and services including Meals on Wheels, transportation (through the PAATS program), exercise classes, fellowship and social gatherings, minor home repair services, Meals on Wheels, tax preparation, transportation -- everything to keep older adults informed and engaged. For more information, contact 313-882-9600 or visit

Senior Citizens’ Commission

The Senior Citizens’ Commission is a volunteer commission formed by the City Council to develop projects designed to better serve the needs of seniors in the city. The commission has been involved in a variety of projects, such as the Senior Seminar in the spring and the annual Senior Day at Lake Front Park, held in the fall.

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