Are there any volunteer opportunities at the San Carlos Adult Community Center?
Yes, currently, 150 volunteers help run the programs and services offered at the San Carlos Adult Community Center. To learn about openings and volunteer opportunities at the center, call (650) 802-4384.
Can seniors in a financial bind use the equity in their homes so that they don't have to move?
Yes, the Human Investment Project (HIP) has a staff of advisors who can analyze the applicant's financial situation, income needs, and goals. They will explain all the various options, fees, and costs. To qualify, persons must be at least 62 years old and own their own home free and clear--or have a very small mortgage balance. The most common option is a Reverse Mortgage, which provides cash advances to a homeowner and requires no repayment until the end of the loan term or until the house is sold. For further information, call HIP at (650) 348-6660.
What activities are there for seniors in San Carlos?
The San Carlos Adult Community Center is a day-use recreation and resource center for community members, ages 55 and over. The San Carlos Adult Community Center offers a wide variety of activities. It is located at 601 Chestnut St., adjacent to City Hall. The center is open to the public Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Programs and services are designed to promote health and wellness, enhance independence, promote lifelong learning and quality of life as well as strengthen community image and sense of place for senior community members.
Lunches are served on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays in the center's Park View Café . Mondays feature an a la carte cafeteria line serving an assortment of sandwiches, salads, desserts, and a hot dish at reasonable prices. Fridays feature a banquet-style meal served at noon. Advanced ticket purchase for Friday lunches should be made at the Senior Center front desk.
Recreational activities include Bingo, Bridge, Friday Movies, Canasta, Mah Jong, Pinochle, and Billiards. The center has a library and a large-screen TV. Bingo games begin at 1 p.m. Mondays. Tuesday movies are held from 1:00 to 3:30 p.m. A Bridge Group plays from 1 to 4 p.m. every Wednesday. Drop-ins are welcome.
Fitness and dance classes geared to a variety of fitness levels and interests include Armchair Aerobics, Senior Aerobics with Weights, Pilates, Tai Chi, Stretch and Swing, Seniors-in-Showbiz, Tap Dance, Line Dancing, and Ballroom Dancing. There is a Young-at-Heart Chorus for music lovers.
A diverse Wellness Program offers many opportunities for self-improvement such as Tai Chi, Reiki, Massage, Healing Links, Stress Management, and Perfect Rose Social Connections.
Special Interest programs and classes are available on an occasional basis and include Estate Planning, Bridge, AARP Driver Safety, and a Political Discussion group.
The Adult Community Center Arts and Crafts room offers painting classes, needlework groups, and drop-in painting.
What local support services are available for seniors?
There are many public and private agencies that provide help and support services to seniors. Several of local services available are listed.
The Caring Cupboard Food Subsidy program serves San Carlos residents 55 years and older. With a maximum monthly income of $1,805 for a single and $2,428 for a couple, you may be eligible for free groceries twice a month. This program is sponsored by the San Carlos service clubs and the San Carlos Adult Community Center. For more information, contact the Adult Community Center at (650) 802-4384.
TIES in San Mateo County provides a 24-hour hotline for seniors and dependent adults. They can provide emergency shelter, food, and crisis intervention. Call 800-675-8437.
The Widows and Widowers Group meets on the second and fourth Thursday of each month at the Senior Center for Maj Jong and Canasta. Call Wilna Coulter at (650) 593-2281 for membership information.
The San Mateo County Commission on Aging publishes an extremely thorough pamphlet entitled "Help at Home," to assist adults of all incomes to remain in their homes when they are ill or disabled. To receive a copy, call the Commission on Aging at (650) 573-2707.
Redi-Wheels provides curb-to-curb transit services for qualified individuals. Call 800- 660-4287 to receive an application. "Friends in Service to Humanity" (FISH) is a San Carlos-based volunteer transportation assistance program to medical appointments. Call the answering service at (650) 593-1288 to request a ride.
Adult Day Support Centers provide services to enable frail and/or functionally impaired participants to maximize and maintain their mobility and independence. Besides social activities, many centers provide health services by licensed professionals. In San Carlos, the Catholic Charities sponsor an Adult Day Support Center, 787 Walnut St. Call (650) 592-9325 for more information.
The Center for Independence of the Disabled (CID) offers low-income households installation of the following types of modifications: grab bars, rail ramps, toilet safety frames, and handheld showers. These services are available to either homeowners or renters. Call (650) 595-0783 for more information.
Who Are the Friends of the San Carlos Adult Community Center?
The Friends of the San Carlos Adult Community Center is a non-profit corporation, established in May 1992 for the purpose of raising funds to support the programs, activities, services, and facilities of the center. A volunteer board is made up of 11 members representing the community at large, the San Carlos business community, the San Carlos senior community, and Senior Center users. Donated monies may be applied to specific projects or used where needed most. Donations are tax deductible.
Check the City of San Carlos Parks & Recreation Department Activity Guide for current classes and activities for seniors. The guide is available at the center, City Hall, or Burton Park Kiwanis Building.