The East Bay is home to over 870,000 seniors 65 and older, and there is an excellent reason. This area of California is home to beautiful beaches, great weather, and plenty of activities for everyone. Seniors can also enjoy a high quality of life with the programs and services offered by Oakland and Alameda County. If you need a meal delivered, assistance with long-term care, or just want a place to go during the day, the city of Oakland has you covered. Here is a list of ten senior services in Oakland to get you started.
Adult and Senior Services of Alameda County oversees Adult Protective services as well as Elder abuse, in-home supportive services, and veteran’s services. They also have links to other helpful resources for seniors on their site.
Alameda County Public Health Department can help you learn more about better health as you age. There are resources for things like the flu and immunizations as well as information on other diseases and nutrition services.
Alameda County Social Services runs the Area Agency on Aging, and they are extremely helpful for seniors. They have information on almost all the senior services in the area, monthly informational and assistance meetings, and resource guides for anything you could need.
ASSETS is a Senior Employment Opportunity Program that trains adults 55 and older to re-enter the workforce. If you aren’t quite ready for retirement or want to earn a little extra money but need some training, ASSETS can help you. There are a few requirements you need to meet like income level to use this program.
Catholic Charities of the East Bay has a lot of services, but some of their more helpful ones are Immigration and Refugee services. If you need help with paperwork, legal advice, or any other issue dealing with immigration, you can contact the Oakland office.
City of Oakland Aging & Adult Services have programs for seniors that promote more active lives and maximize self-sufficiency. You can find employment opportunities, transportation assistance, care management, and even volunteer opportunities through this office.
Downton Oakland Senior Center is the largest and oldest senior center in Oakland. They offer seniors 55 and over classes that include yoga, aerobics, dancing, Pilates, and tai chi. They also have muscle therapy, book discussions, and craft classes.
Jewish Family & Community Services offers seniors a comprehensive list of care. They have home care, geriatric care management, counseling services, and a Holocaust Survivor's program.
Meals on Wheels Alameda County helps keep housebound seniors well fed with nutritious meals. They deliver over 2,000 meals every day and even if you can’t pay for the meals, they will make sure you get the food you need.
Senior Alternatives provides care management services for seniors that need to coordinate different types of care at once. They also have home care and organizational consulting. You can also visit their website to read their Senior Care Blog which has valuable information on long-term care and use their online resources to build your care plan.
Oakland has a lot to offer its senior residents besides great weather and beaches. This list is just a start, and if you can’t find what you’re looking for, you can call the Area Agency on Aging for more information.
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