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Healthy Aging

Healthy aging is an ongoing process of creating opportunities to maintain and improve a person’s physical and mental health, independence, and quality of life throughout their lifetime.  Maintaining our well-being as we age includes the ability to:

  • meet our basic needs;
  • learn, grow and make decisions;
  • be mobile;
  • build and maintain relationships; and
  • contribute to society.

World Health Organization and Pan American Health Organization.

A longer life brings with it opportunities, not only for older people and their families, but also for communities as a whole.

The Manchester Health Department is committed to supporting the healthy aging of our residents and ensuring that the City’s older adults have support to meet their basic needs and enhance their safety, access to activities to maintain their physical and mental health, and opportunities to connect with others and reduce social isolation.


Since 2004, the City-owned and operated William B. Cashin Senior Activity Center has been providing numerous daily programs and activities for individuals 55  and older. The 15,000- square foot facility is host to a wide range of social, educational, and wellness-related events Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Membership for Manchester residents is FREE and $25 annually for non-Manchester residents. Join the Center and take advantage of all the wonderful opportunities to stay physically and mentally active, learn new things, and socialize!

Senior Center Resources and Events

Need information about services within the City of Manchester? 


The City of Manchester Health Department’s Healthy Aging Specialist (HAS) focuses on providing support to Manchester’s older residents, 65+, in their homes.  The HAS assists older adults with meeting basic needs and improving availability and access to social services and community resources.  As a Certified Senior Home Safety Specialist, the HAS can make recommendations and provide education about their living environment to enable older adults to live, work, and age safely in their homes and community of choice.

See the flyer for more details:  Healthy Aging Specialist Flyer

If you or someone you know is in need of support and assistance, please contact:

Karen Sutkus


In 2022, the City of Manchester joined the AARP Network of Age-Friendly Cities and Communities.

An Age-Friendly City is one in which services, settings, structures and policies support and enable older adults to remain healthy, active, and engaged. Well-designed, age-friendly communities foster economic growth and make for happier, healthier residents of all ages.

As part of its commitment to become age-friendly, the City of Manchester is developing an Age-Friendly Action Plan (AFAP) through collaboration with community partners, agencies, and stakeholders.  Once completed, the AFAP will be available for review here. 

Learn more about Age-Friendly States, Cities and Communities