Division of Senior Affairs

The Jersey City Division of Senior Affairs serves as a liaison between the thirty thousand senior citizens in Jersey City, and the City administration.

Senior Affairs operates two Senior Centers which offer lunch, recreational, educational and other activities to the seniors:  

Joseph Connors Senior Center(201) 420-7602

28 Paterson Street @ Central, Jersey City, NJ 07307 (Directions)

Gina Martinelli, Program Manager

Maureen Collier Senior Center - (201) 957-5557

335 Bergen Avenue @ Ege, Jersey City, NJ 07304 (Directions)

Derrick Casanova, Program Manager

We help seniors in many ways including housing assistance, reduced fare NJ Transit applications, Senior Care Photo ID cards, and other services they need. We offer weekly shopping trips to Jersey City Shop-Rite (downtown) for senior housing sites throughout Jersey City.  See schedule HERE

Our office staff is available Monday thru Friday to assist Jersey City’s senior residents at 201-547-5750.

SENIOR CENTER CLASSES

Melt Method/ Self Massage
New Jersey Licensed Massage Therapist Beth Bentley will guide you through gentle self-massage techniques and stretches to relieve pain, improve circulation and reduce stress. Requests for areas to work on, questions and feedback will be welcome throughout each class.
Tai Chi
Rev. Lawrence T. Rivers holds a Black Belt in Taekwondo and is certified in (Taoist) Tai Chi. 
The goal of this instruction is to build the body’s physical and spiritual health through the method of Tai Chi, healing the Mind Body and Soul.
Yoga
Instructor Carol Lester teaches Senior & Cardiac Yoga (with Chair and Wall assisted Postures). 
Wellness Yoga allows us to Stretch, Strengthen and Balance the entire body. Carol’s specialized class provides maximum Yoga benefits minimum risk to knees, joints, back and neck.  Each class ends with a guided visualization/meditation with shoulder massage. (English & Spanish)
Aerobics/Strength Training
Instructor Helen Clark Ziangas has worked with Jersey City Seniors for many years.
The class begins with an aerobic dance section for cardiovascular health, and then we have a seated strengthening section (with hand weights) ending with balance and stretching.
Meditation
Guided meditation session with Gabby Creery (Metropolis Coach) with the goal of relaxation, improved mental focus, and better breathing.
Joseph Connors Center Class Schedule
Mondays @ 10:30am
MELT Method/Self Massage with Beth Bentley
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Tuesdays @ 1:00pm
Aerobics/Strength Training with Helen Clark Ziangas
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Wednesdays @ 10:30am
Yoga/ Chair Yoga with Carol Lester
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Thursdays @ 10:30am
Meditation with Gabby Creery
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Fridays @ 1:00pm
Tai Chi with Rev. Lawrence Rivers
Maureen Collier Center Class Schedule
Mondays @ 1:00pm
Aerobics/Strength Training with Helen Clark Ziangas
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Tuesdays @ 10:30am 
Meditation with Gabby Creery
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Wednesdays @ 10:30am
MELT Method/Self Massage with Beth Bentley

Wednesdays @ 1:00pm
Yoga/ Chair Yoga with Carol Lester
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Thursdays @ 1:00pm
Tai Chi with Rev. Lawrence Rivers

Department Contact Info

  • phone(201) 547-5750
  • phone(201) 547-4992
  • City Hall Annex
    1 Jackson Square
    Jersey City, NJ 07305

    Joan Eccleston, Division Director
  • Directions