The Division on Aging offers a variety of free classes, workshops, and social events for adults 55 years of age and older (60 years and older for the lunch program). Currently, more than 1,200 seniors participate in activities held daily at two distinctive neighborhood Centers or in our home-delivered meal program. Our programs attract seniors with diverse backgrounds and interests who frequent the Centers for cultural exchange, meeting with friends, and enjoying delicious noon-time meals. If you have recently retired, or simply want a delightful place to remain active, healthy, and enjoy good fellowship, please visit any or all, of our beautiful Senior Centers, located in North Berkeley, and South Berkeley.
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The Aging Services Division Social Services Unit provides consultation and referral in many areas of concern for seniors in our Berkeley community.
Senior Injury Prevention Program
The program identifies older adults at risk and then targets assistance to them that will help the senior to maintain their independence and quality of life.
Seniors or caregivers can consult with a specialist about local resources and receive individualized assistance. We have staff to assist seniors in need of resources.
Caregiver Support Program
Provides consultation, information and assistance, and education for family caregivers. One in four households nationally cares for a chronically ill or disabled family member. Because caregivers often feel stressed or over-burdened this program endeavors to provide support to the caregiver.
Exercise Classes & Pursuing Creative Interests
Exercise classes, a variety of creative arts and crafts courses, and foreign language classes are offered at both the North and South Berkeley Senior Centers.
Celebrations, Social Events, Movies & Day Trips!
We plan special shows, presentations, community meals, and cultural events, such as Chinese New Year, Black History Month, Cinco de Mayo, Holiday and Birthday Celebrations.
Computer Classes and Computer Access
South Berkeley Senior Center offers computer classes through the Berkeley Adult School, and both North and South Berkeley Senior Center offer open computer access.
Workshops & Support Groups
A variety of workshops and support groups are offered by the Division on Aging. Most are free of charge.
The Tri-City Cafés offer casual, reasonably-priced dining exclusively for the older adult Monday through Friday at 12:00 NOON.
Meals on Wheels
The program supports homebound seniors (60 years of age or older) unable to prepare a balanced meal themselves or who have no one available to prepare a meal for them.
Mercy Brown Bag Program
Distributes a grocery bag of nutritional food to low-income seniors twice a month. Sponsored by the Mercy Retirement and Care Center.
We offer free rides from your home to and from the Senior Centers.
Grocery Shopping & Personal Errands
We regularly take participants to the grocery store and to medical appointments.
Volunteers are always welcome in all of our programs for delivering meals to home-bound seniors, assisting with the Mercy Brown Bag program, or teaching classes.
The North and South Berkeley Senior Centers host many events and services to support senior health, including podiatry, blood pressure checks, and education about health concerns that seniors face. Please review our current newsletter for our current offerings to support senior health.