Senior Center

The Mission of the Garfield Heights Senior Center is to provide a range of services, activities and volunteer opportunities which promote independence for older persons.

The Garfield Heights Senior Center is located in The Civic Center, 5407 Turney Road and is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. (except holidays). For details, contact Senior Center Coordinator Kathy Rush-Parsson at 216-475-3244, fax 216-475-3257 or email

Kathy Rush-Parsson, LSW, Senior Center Coordinator

Laketia Gaston, Administrative Assistant

On-Site Services

Daily Lunch Program

***Due to meal allocation funding cuts, The Garfield Heights Senior Center no longer will serve lunches on Fridays. The funding reduction was made by the Western Reserve Area Agency on Aging. For information about the senior lunch program or to make a reservation, call 216-475-3244.***

  • Available to residents of Cuyahoga County 60 years of age or older
  • Hot lunches served Monday through Thursday at 11:30 a.m.
  • Cost: $1.25 donation - reservations are required please call one week in advance
  • Nutrition information
  • Transportation to/from The Civic Center for Garfield Heights residents

Exercise Classes


Education Seminars

  • Published in the monthly Senior Hi-Lites and on the bulletin board

Blood Pressure Checks

  • Second Wednesday of every month from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.


Medical Insurance Assistance

  • Medical/supplemental/prescription
  • By appointment
  • 2nd and 4th Fridays of the month


  • Every 2nd Thursday of the month

Post Office on Wheels

  • 4th Tuesday of every month 9:30 a.m. (posted on the calendar in the Hi-Lites Newsletter)

In-Home Services

  • Assessment by a Social Worker (LSW)
  • Homebound meals (Federally funded program)
  • Meals on Wheels (private pay)
    • Available to Garfield Heights residents
    • Meal cost: $4.64 daily
    • Meals delivered between 11:15 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.
    • Call 216-475-3244 for additional information
    • For a registration form, please click here.

Supportive Services


  • Water and sewer discounts (Homestead & Disability)
  • Homestead exemption
  • HEAP - Ohio Energy Assistance (discounts for gas, October to March)
  • Home maintenance loans/grants

Tax Assistance

  • Free income tax assistance provided by trained AARP volunteers
  • Call in January to schedule your appointment

Food Bank

  • Sponsored by the City of Garfield Heights. The Food Bank is available to income-qualifying residents on the third Wednesday of every month, between the hours of 1:00 - 2:00 p.m and the third Thursday of every month between the hours of 6:00-7:00 p.m.

Senior Activities

All activities are held at the Senior Center, 5407 Turney Road, Garfield Heights. Yearly registration is required.

Pinochle Tournaments

  • 2nd Friday of the month at 12:30 p.m.
  • Cost is $1.00

Card Playing

  • Daily - informal games if players are available.


  • Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.


  • Daily: Monday through Thursday, 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
  • Crocheting, knitting and sewing; many items on display and for sale

Lite Aerobics & Strength Training

  • Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9:30 a.m. - 10:50 a.m.
  • Cost .50¢

Flexibility Class

  • Monday and Wednesday - 10:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.
  • Cost .50¢


  • Tuesday and Thursday after lunch: 12:30 p.m.


  • Thursdays at 12:45 p.m. to 1:45 p.m.
  • Cost:  $3.00

Parties & Special Events:

  • Senior Prom
  • Senior Picnic (at Klima Gardens)
  • Ice Cream Social
  • Halloween Party
  • Christmas Party


  • We are currently working on scheduling day trips. Trips will be posted at the Senior Center and published in the monthly Senior Hi-Lites newsletter and the Neighborhood News.

Senior Transportation

Transportation Services

  • Transportation is provided by the City of Garfield Heights for residents 60 years of age or older or those who have disabilities. Transportation is available within established geographic boundaries. Reservations are required at least 24 hours in advance. Priority is given for dialysis patients and medical appointments. The service that is provided is curb-to-curb (riders must be able to board and deboard independently with minimal assistance). All buses are wheelchair accessible.
  • To register, schedule a ride or for more information, call the Senior Center at 216-475-3244.



Seniors Donate to Operation Christmas Child

Garfield Heights Seniors generously donated shoeboxes filled with gifts for Operation Christmas Child, an annual project of Samaritan’s Purse International Relief program. The group partners with groups worldwide to reach boys and girls. The gift boxes are filled with school supplies, personal hygiene items, puzzles, books, games, etc. and sent to children across the globe.

Fun and Informational Activities Planned for Seniors

Garfield Heights senior citizens can participate in a variety of activities at the Senior Center located in the Civic Center, 5407 Turney Road, including:

  •  News and Views – A group discussion about current local and global events at 1 p.m. each Monday.
  •  Movie Mondays – One Monday each month, seniors will travel to the Cinemark movie theater in Valley View to take advantage of the $5 senior citizen discount. The date of the movie will be listed in the monthly issue of the Garfield Heights Senior Center Hi-Lite Newsletter, which is available at the reception desk inside the Civic Center.
  • Coffee with the Mayor – At 9:30 a.m, the fourth Monday of each month, seniors can enjoy coffee and an informal discussion with Mayor Vic Collova who will update the group about recent city council action. There also will be a question and answer period.
  • Shopping – Transportation to local shopping areas will be provided from 10 to 11:30 a.m. each Friday. Registration is required. 
  • Bingo – Games are at 12:30 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday.
  • Exercise and Fitness Classes – Flexibility class is at 10 a.m. on Monday and Wednesday; Aerobic Exercise and Strength Training class is at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday and Thursday.
  • Zumba - Class is at 12:45 p.m. Thursday. There is a fee for the Zumba class.

The city encourages seniors to get involved to improve their quality of life. For more information about Senior Center programs or activities, call 216-475-3244.

 Annual 9-11 luncheon at St. John’s Lutheran Church

Garfield Heights Senior Center members Barb Dines and Geri Grzybowski presented bakery prepared by volunteers for the annual 9-11 luncheon at St. John’s Lutheran Church. The annual event recognizes the efforts of the community’s emergency response staff.

Garfield Heights Senior Center's "Crafty Ladies," seated from left, Jo Calabro, Esther Jedlicka, Geri Grzybrowski, Alice LaScola; and standing from left, Alice Becka, Ann McCullough, Yolanda Polizzi, Barb Dines, Rose Jaroszewski and Pam Redel.

Unique Gifts and Cards for all Occasions Available at
Garfield Heights Senior Center

The “Crafty Ladies” at the Garfield Heights Senior Center invite the public to visit the craft room when shopping for a special gift or card. The craft room program participants have created a variety of items including handmade baby blankets, booties and hats, beautiful scarves and delightful decorative items for homes. They also have a discounted selection of cards for all occasions, wrapping paper, gift bags, and more. All of the items are unique and reasonably priced.

The store is open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday through Thursday at the Garfield Heights Senior Center, 5407 Turney Road.