The pursuit of knowledge, whether it’s learning a new skill, joining an exercise class or volunteering, has wonderful benefits.

Lifelong learning opportunities keep minds sharp, improve memory skills, increase self-confidence, and provide opportunities to meet people with similar interests.

Community Education

Nothing transforms the aging experience like feeling young and fit, both mentally and physically. Open to all seniors in the community at no or low cost, we offer fun classes that engage and educate:

Civic Engagement

Serving Seniors’ Civic Engagement Group engages and empowers low-income seniors in addressing challenges that impact the senior community. Program participants meet weekly to identify concerns and work together to develop strategies for addressing key issues.

Participants are encouraged to form relationships and engage in meaningful activities, increasing social mobility, helping foster a sense of purpose and enabling them to give back to the community through volunteer service. Seniors volunteer not only at Serving Seniors, but also at local community organizations.

If you’re interested in participating in the Civic Engagement group, or represent an organization in need of senior volunteers, please call Tim Ruis: 619-487-0727.

Senior Leadership Development Institute

A subgroup of the Civic Engagement Group, the Senior Leadership Development Institute focuses specifically on providing seniors with the knowledge, tools and training they need to be active and engaged community leaders. Seniors attend workshops on public speaking, how to be a compelling advocate, social and political issues and more.

Learn more about the Senior Leadership Development Institute >

Health Benefits Advocacy

Three full-time Consumer Center bilingual advocates work Monday – Friday, with offices in the Gary and Mary West Senior Wellness Center. These advocates provide seniors with free legal assistance regarding Medicare, Medi-Cal, and other health care access issues. Call 619-235-6572, ext. 352, for an appointment, or email

Bud and Esther’s Cyber Café

Serving Seniors Cyber CaféThe Cyber Café, managed by the Consumer Center for Health Education and Advocacy (the health care team of the Legal Aid Society of San Diego), is open Monday – Saturday.

Seniors receive computer help as well as assistance with public benefits. Volunteers and student interns assist in café operations.

For additional information, call 619-235-6572, ext. 404, or email