Older Americans Month: Senior Center in Central Park Supports Optimal Aging in our HB Community! 

In recognition of Older Americans Month, we highlight some of the most popular services the Senior Center in Central Park offers. The Center plays a vital role in supporting independence and aging in place through connection, combatting isolation, providing recreational and educational opportunities, nutrition, and critical social services such as transportation and care management. Did you know the Senior Center in Central Park offers the following services?

  • Surf City Seniors on the Go! Transportation
  • Care Management
  • Home Delivered Meals
  • Congregate Lunches (aka Senior Cafe)

Surf City Seniors on the Go!

A lack of transportation can be a tremendous barrier to life care services and life-enriching experiences. Donation-based transportation is available to older adults in Huntington Beach through Surf City Seniors on the Go! Rides are available to seniors 60 years and older on business days from 8:00 a.m.—3:30 p.m. to all destinations within Huntington Beach and to select locations in neighboring cities. Among the destinations, a regularly scheduled shuttle provides rides to the Senior Center at set times to participate in planned activities, enjoy congregate lunch, or even work in the gym. In addition, grocery shopping group trips are pre-scheduled based on residential areas each month. The transportation team consists of staff and volunteers serving as drivers, dispatchers, and office support. They are safety and customer service trained to provide an excellent experience to community members. At least five days’ notice is suggested to ensure a ride and donations are accepted. For more information or to register, call 714-374-1742.

Care Management Services

The Care Management team works with under-supported Huntington Beach seniors to help enhance the quality of life for some of our most vulnerable residents. They can help develop and implement a community aging plan, focusing on primary needs such as accessing nutrition and care, home safety, socialization, and mobility. Services offered at the Senior Center in partnership with non-profit agencies and volunteers include support groups, one-on-one legal consultation and technology assistance, insurance counseling, and more.  Based on individual needs, care managers connect with the community and the support services available.

Home Delivered Meals and Senior Café

Home Delivered Meals is another way Senior Center staff and volunteers team up to provide an essential service to the community. Food insecurity and nutritional risk can prohibit optimal aging for many elders. Health, mobility, isolation, and financial burdens can all contribute to older adults being nutritionally at-risk. Home Delivered Meals are provided each weekday to those who qualify, are homebound, and cannot attain nutrition otherwise. A phone screening & home assessments determine eligibility based on Meals on Wheels OC (meal provider) guidelines. Potential recipients who are 60 years or older and live in Huntington Beach may call 714-374-1717 and leave a message to be added to the interest list.

Alternatively, those who can travel are encouraged to enjoy lunch with others at the Senior Café on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday if you are signed up for Surf City Seniors on the Go! Transportation is available to and from the senior center. A daily set menu is available each month at the Senior Center. Lunch is available to seniors 60 or older on a donation basis and is served at 11:30 a.m.

The Senior Center in Central Park, in partnership with the Huntington Beach Council on Aging (HBCOA), recognizes the profound impact that relationships and social connections make on health and well-being and joins the celebration of Older Americans Month by promoting the benefits of connecting with others.  The Senior Center in Central Park makes Huntington Beach a great place to age!  For additional information, please contact the Senior Center in Central Park at (714) 536-5600.