“Gerontology is the study, the knowledge of human aging, from birth to end of life. Here we strive to deliver services and programs that address the challenges of aging and elevate the quality of life for individuals aging in community.” Brenda Vazquez, Director

The Dennis Center for Active Living (DCAL) is a community center located in South Dennis, Massachusetts.  The DCAL is operated by the Town of Dennis Council on Aging and provides a variety of programs and services for older adults, family caregivers and adults with cognitive impairment.  The DCAL at the Dennis Senior Center (DSC) was inaugurated on October 19, 2021, with the addition of a 10,000 square foot wing to the original building, including a new entrance and reception area that houses the front office staff, visitor’s lounge, the DCAL Café and Rolling Raks Thrift Shop. A commercial kitchen and adjacent “Ballroom” are also on the main level. The lower level houses the Evergreen Fitness Studios, the Golden Age Pals supportive day and respite care programs, and a new dining room overlooking the courtyard. Renovations are currently underway in the original building, and a 2023 holiday grand opening is anticipated to celebrate completion of the completed 22000 square foot center. The DCAL will feature a human services wing with offices for outreach services, visiting agencies, a performance venue, a dining room, a billiards/card game room, grooming station, nursing room, a digital learning lab, and an outdoor courtyard.

In 2022, the Town of Dennis became a member of the AARP Network of Age and Dementia Friendly States and Communities, after signing on to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Age Friendly Best Practice Compact in 2018. The results of a Town-wide survey produced a Barnstable County Healthy report in 2019 that informed the goals of the Dennis Select Board to work towards becoming age and dementia friendly by focusing on the pillars of ADF communities. READ MORE …

The DCAL offers a range of social care and support services.  Health promotion programs include evidence-based fall prevention and memory training classes, orientations to use of Evergreen Fitness Studio and equipment, and group classes tailored to a broad range of abilities, including yoga, line dancing, tai chi, Zumba, Walk and Talk Club at Johnny Kelly Park, and other group fitness classes throughout the month. Strength training and balance classes are also offered. The DCAL also hosts recreational activities including monthly special events and field trips.

In addition, the Dennis Center for Active Living provides a variety of support services for older adults, including health and wellness programs, social services, personal development, and educational seminars. The Council on Aging offers transportation services to and from the center for those who need it.

The center is open to residents of Dennis and neighboring towns who are 60 years of age or older, and to adults with disabilities. Membership is free and registration is required to participate in programs and services.