AMHERST, Mass. (WWLP) – The Amherst Senior Center welcomed people back with an open house Wednesday, after a long pandemic-related closure.

The event, which featured a live jazz trio and free refreshments, was designed to make everyone feel welcome. Local seniors say they’re relieved and excited to be able to get back to participating in the programs they love.

Senior Services Director Hayley Bolton told 22News many people were missing the social connection they got at the Center, “We are seeing a lot more people coming to the center now we’ve reopened the doors, they’re unlocked. We’re so thrilled to be able to have people back and enjoying programs here after a very hectic and challenging pandemic season.”

Starting the week of May 23rd, the Senior Center will have a whole week of self care themed programs to help people relax and unwind from all their pandemic-related stress. More information about their upcoming programs and events can be found in their newsletter.