Senior Citizen Programs

Welcome to the City of Aliso Viejo Senior Citizen Program homepage. The City is proud to offer several programs, services and resources to Aliso Viejo’s senior population. We hope you will explore these specific opportunities to help you enjoy an enhanced quality of life in Aliso Viejo.  This page is updated regularly, so check back often for the latest information on classes, programs and services offered. For more information, contact the Community Services Department at 949-425-2537.

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SPECIAL EVENTS

WINTER PET & VET CLINIC

Help your pet stay healthy and safety this winter by taking advantage of our winter Pet & Vet Clinic to be held Saturday, January 13 from 9:00 to 11:0o a.m at the AV Center, 31 Santa Barbara.  VetCare will be offering low-cost vaccinations and veterinarian services and the Mission Viejo Animal Services will providing opportunities for licensing and micro-chipping.  For detailed veterinarian services information, call VetCare at 1-800-988-8387. For more general information,  call 949-425-2550.

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VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Are you interested in helping children build critical literacy skills? AARP Foundation Experience Corps Orange County is looking for residents age 50 and older who want to help kids learn to read.

Experience Corps OC is launching a program this fall at the Aliso Viejo Branch of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Capistrano Valley, where tutors will provide literacy support to children in kindergarten through third grade. Experience Corps OC provides peer support, mentoring, coaching and ongoing training to help each tutor succeed.

This is a great opportunity for folks to mentor Aliso Viejo youth and celebrate their success. For more information, contact Karen Banse at 949-244-1560 or karen.banse@parentishealth.com. See more information here.

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RECREATIONAL and AQUATICS CLASSES

Class offerings may vary from season to season. For more information, call 949-425-2550.

CPR CLASSES AVAILABLE IN ALISO VIEJO

Did you know that Premier Aquatics is a Top 100 Provider of CPR classes for the American Red Cross? We offer classes up to 5 times per week and classes are open to all ages of student.If you want to learn these important lifesaving skills, let Premier Aquatics be your guide.

Classes can be found by clicking HERE.

Lap Swim: Keep fit by exercising in the pool! This program is available to day pass and season pass holders. Lap swim times are scheduled specifically for swimmers who are actively swimming with forward progress. Swimmers who want to simply float or exercise in one place are encouraged to use open space in the recreation pool (if available), or check with the supervisor to determine the best place to exercise.

Days & Times: Mondays & Wednesdays, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and 5:50 to 6:45 p.m./Tuesdays & Thursdays, 6:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and 5:50 to 6:45 p.m./Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays, 10:00 a.m. to 6:45 p.m.
Location: Aliso Viejo Aquatics Center, 29 Santa Barbara, Aliso Viejo
Fees:  Day Passes- Senior AV Residents, $2/Non-AV Senior Residents, $3   Season Passes- Senior AV Residents, $130/Senior Non-AV Residents, $180

Private Swimming Lessons: Premier Aquatics Center swim instructors use an exciting, customized approach to cultivate a love of the water in swimmers of all ages and levels. Private lessons are tailored to meet the needs of each individual swimmer.

For more information, visit www.swimoc.com or call 949-716-3333.

For more information, call 949-425-2550.

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SADDLEBACK COLLEGE EMERITUS INSTITUTE CLASSES IN ALISO VIEJO

The City of Aliso Viejo collaborates with Saddleback College and the Aliso Viejo Library to offer lifelong educational opportunities for older Aliso Viejo residents. Visit the Saddleback College Emeritus Institute website to explore other classes offered throughout south Orange County. Participants must register through Emeritus Institute.  For more information, to check class availability or to register, visit www.saddleback.edu/emeritus.

ART

Beginning Watercolor- Emeritus Class ART 58X, #19950

Each class incorporates information, discussion, and implementation strategies to promote general health and fitness for older adults.  This class will emphasize principles of achieving and maintaining ideal optimal physical and mental health through sequential stretching for the older adult.

Class Dates & Times:   Tuesdays,  January 17 to May 15, from 10:15 a.m. – 1:05 p.m.

Location: Aliso Viejo Library Community Room, 1 Journey, Aliso Viejo

Beginning Sketching- Emeritus Class ART 80x #20015

Basic drawing techniques will be presented as students are encouraged in individual artistic expression.  Still life, student model, and location work will be done in simple classic media of pencil, charcoal and pastel.  Material fee of $5.00 payable at registration.

Class Dates & Times:  Mondays, January 22 to May 14, from 12:30 p.m. to 3:35 p.m.

Location: Aliso Viejo Library Community Room, 1 Journey, Aliso Viejo

Intermediate Sketching- Emeritus Class ART 81X, #19805

Rec Prep: ART 80X.  Traditional sketching media will be used in still life, landscape, and figure drawing.  Builds upon basic drawing techniques. Material fee of $5.00 payable at registration. .

Class Dates & Times:   Fridays, January 19 to May 18, from 10:15 a.m.-1:25 p.m.

Location: Aliso Viejo Library Community Room, 1 Journey, Aliso Viejo

 

HEALTH & FITNESS

Health Aging for the Older Adult, Yoga Fitness- Emeritus Class HLTH 502, #19515

Each class incorporates information, discussion, and implementation strategies to promote general health and fitness for older adults.  This class will emphasize principles of achieving and maintaining ideal optimal physical and mental health through yoga poses for the older adult.

Class Dates & Times:  Fridays, January 19 to May 18, from 1:45 -3:50 p.m.

Location: Aliso Viejo Library Community Room, 1 Journey, Aliso Viejo

Health & Fitness for the Older Adult, Beginning Chair Exercises– Emeritus Class HLTH 501, #20450

Principles of achieving and maintaining ideal body composition through lectures, and discussions on balanced nutrition and life-sustaining exercise strategies desgined for the older adult. Principles applied within a chair exercise skill lab to enhance cognitive and physical wellness.

Class Dates & Times:   Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays, January 17 to May 18, from 9:00 a.m.-9:50 a.m.

Location: The Covington, 3 Pursuit, Aliso Viejo

Health Aging for the Older Adult, Sequential Stretching– Emeritus Class HLTH 502, #20445

Principles of achieving and maintaining ideal body composition through lectures, and discussions on balanced nutrition and life-sustaining exercise strategies desgined for the older adult. Principles applied within a sequential stretching skill lab to enhance cognitive and physical wellness. Lab will reinforce lecture material.

Class Dates & Times:  Tuesdays & Thursdays,  January 7 to May 17, from 11:00 – 11:50 a.m.

Location: The Covington, 3 Pursuit, Aliso Viejo

 

POLITICAL SCIENCE

 Current Issues in Government– Emeritus Class PS 214x, #20050

Exploration of current issues and events on global, national, and local levels.  Problem areas include crime, economics, social services loads, environment, terrorismm and conflicts, and their impact on the lives of older adults.

Class Dates & Times:  Wednesdays, January 18 to May 9, from 12:30 -2:20 p.m.

Location: Aliso Viejo Library Community Room, 1 Journey, Aliso Viejo

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OUTDOOR EXPLORATIONS GOLF PROGRAM                                    

Outdoor Explorations is a recreational golf program for adults ages 50+.  It is affiliated with the Center for Successful Aging at CSU Fullerton and its goal is to promote healthier aging through the game of golf.  It is FREE to join and members will enjoy such perks as meeting new friends in a relaxed atmosphere, free practice times, access to golf lessons and on-course instruction, monthly special formats and social events throughout the year, and more! The very beginner golfer to the most seasoned player is welcome.  The program is located at the Lake Forest Golf Course and Practice Center, 23308 Cherry Avenue, Lake Forest, 92630.  For more information, please contact the Outdoor Explorations Program Coordinator, Angela Kelly at 949-632-0300 or visit their website at  www.outdoorexplorations.com. 

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MEAL PROGRAMS (Administered by Age Well Senior Services, Inc.)  For more information, please call 949-362-2807

Meals on Wheels: For residents ages 60 and older who are living at home and unable to prepare their own meals or go out to eat, and have little or no assistance to obtain adequate meals.

Nutrition: Specifically created by our registered dietitian to meet the nutritional needs of older adults, each delivery consists of THREE meals: a hot, ready-to-eat meal, a cold meal to eat later in the day, and a breakfast meal for the following morning.

Cost: Age Well Senior Services has a suggested donation of $7.50 per day for the three meals, though no one who is eligible is turned away for inability to pay.

Hours of Operations: Volunteers deliver meals Monday through Friday between the hours of 10:30 AM and 1:00 PM.  (We do not provide weekend or holiday meals.)

To View the latest menus for the month or for more information, please click here: http://www.agewellseniorservices.org/meals-on-wheels/

 

Congregate Meals: To complement Meals on Wheels and to facilitate socialization, Age Well Senior Services offers the Congregate Lunch program which serves hot, nutritious lunches to active older adults in South Orange County.  Over 83,000 lunches are served every year at our senior center locations, where seniors enjoy their meals while dining with their friends.

Nutrition: As with Meals on Wheels, these lunches are generated by our registered dietitian to ensure they meet vital nutritional needs.  A hot or cold nutritious meal is offered at each lunch.

Cost: A donation of $4.50 is requested, though no one who is eligible is turned away for inability to pay.

Hours of Operations: Lunches are served Monday through Friday, 12 noon, at the senior centers listed HERE.   Aliso Viejo residents are served by either Sea Country Senior & Community Center in Laguna Niguel or Florence Sylvester Senior Center in Laguna Hills.

To view the latest menus for the month or for more information, please click here:http://www.agewellseniorservices.org/congregate-lunch/.

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TRANSPORTATION OPTIONS

Please click Senior Mobility Program (Transportation) Information and Registration Packet for additional details.                                                                       

Senior  Mobility Program: As a service to our seniors, the City of Aliso Viejo and the Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) partner to provide a Senior Mobility Program (SMP) for Aliso Viejo residents age 60 and older.  To implement the program, the City contracts with California Yellow Cab for scheduled and on-demand,curb-to-curb transportation to and from the Sea Country Senior and Community Center in Laguna Niguel and the Florence Sylvester Senior Center in Laguna Hills for senior nutrition programs and other activities.  This service is available from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding holidays.  Vehicles are wheelchair accessible. There is no cost for Aliso Viejo residents to utilize this service.  This service is only for transportation to and from designated senior centers.  If you need transportation for medical appointments, shopping, errands, social engagements, etc., please scroll down for other options. For more information please call 949-425-2537.

OCTA Access Transportation Program: This is a shared-ride, curb-to-curb paratransit service that is made available to qualified applicants whose physical or cognitive limitations prevent them from utilizing OCTA’s fixed route bus service. ACCESS service is provided within a ¾ mile of, and during similar hours as OCTA’s regular fixed route service.  ACCESS service/scheduling guidelines include scheduling trips within 60 minutes of the requested time, picking up riders within a quoted 30-minute pick-up window and rides ties generally not exceeding 90 minutes for each trip.

For additional information on eligibility criteria or to apply for OCTA Paratransit Services, contact ACCESS Eligibility Section at (714)560-5956, ex. 2 or visit OCTA website at www.octa.net.

For TTD (hearing impaired phone) information access, call (714)560-5474. For ACCESS reservations, call 877-628-2232. For TTD reservation access, call 800-564-4232.

OCTA Same -Day Taxi Service: OCTA offers a non-ADA Same-Day Taxi Program to ACCESS-eligible customers. Same-day taxi service is available from 7 a.m. – 8 p.m. seven days a week. OCTA subsidizes up to five miles for a same-day taxi trip. You pay the ACCESS base fare of $3.60 for a five-mile ride; any additional costs above the five-mile trip are paid by the ACCESS customer in addition to the base fare of $3.60.

 To apply for OCTA Paratransit Services, contact ACCESS Eligibility Section at (714)560-5956, ex. 2 or visit OCTA website at www.octa.net. For TTD (hearing impaired phone) information access, call (714)560-5474.  For ACCESS reservations, call 877-628-2232. For TTD reservation access, call 800-564-4232.

OCTA Discounted Bus Services: As part of Measure M, senior can utilize regular OCTA bus services at reduced rates.  This program is open to Orange County residents ages 60 and older and is rider-funded with the following discounted fare options:

  • Cash Fare $.75
  • One-Day Pass $1.50                     Only sold on OCTA buses and valid until 11:59 p.m.

For informational guidelines, including rider tools such as “How to Ride” and “Riding Tips,” visit http://www.octa.net/Getting-ARound/Bus?How-to-Ride/Senior-Programs

OCTA participated in the Orange County Strategic Plan for Aging’s Transportation Subcommittee and a resource guide for older adults was designed. The guide contains resources to assist older adults and their family members with questions and concerns related to safe driving.

Topics include:

· driving assessment

· refresher classes

· adaptive equipment for vehicles

· transportation alternatives

Download the guide at http://treds.ucsd.edu/older-drivers

American Cancer Society Volunteer Transportation Service: Free volunteer transportation for  cancer – related medical appointments within Orange County. Patients must be ambulatory (those walking unassisted or with cane/walker). Sorry, wheelchairs cannot be accommodated through this service. Service must be arranged  at least 4 business days prior to medical appointment date. For more information, please call 1-800-227-2345.  Contact is available 24/7 and holidays.

Age Well Senior Services Non-Emergency Medical Transportation: This program provides transportation for those who cannot drive or who are cutting down on driving long distances or driving at night, as well as those with temporary and permanent disabilities.  Transportation needs include running important errands and attending medical and social services appointments. This program is open to South Orange County residents ages 60 and older in designated service areas, including Aliso Viejo. Interested persons must apply for the program through the mail PRIOR to utilizing the services. Applications are reviewed for eligibility and acceptance confirmation will be mailed to client address. This program is rider-funded with the fare of $2.00 per ONE-WAY trip (care attendants, spouses, or companions ride free of charge, up to 3 riders total, including client.  Clients must provide exact change for driver.  For additional information, call (949)855-9766 or visit www.myagewell.org.

Silver Streak Transportation: Offered through Jewish Federation & Family Services, this program provides transportation between cities in Orange County to assist seniors who cannot drive or who are cutting down on driving long distances or driving at night, as well as those with temporary or permanent disabilities. This program provides a variety of transportation options:

  • SHUTTLES- Transportation for groups going to the same destination on a regular basis. A round-trip for customized service is generally $4.00 per person, per round trip.
  • GROUP RIDES & EXCURSIONS- Transportation for small or large groups to any destination in Orange County. Fares vary according to distance and time. A round-trip fare is $7.00 per person.
  • VOLUNTEER RIDES- Transportation for fa ew riders to anywhere in Orange County. Reservations must be made one week in advance. A book of 8 vouchers is $20 ($2.50 per ticket).  Each ride up to 12 miles requires one voucher.  If ride is further than 12 miles, 2 vouchers are required.
  • CANCER TREATMENT TRIPS- Transportation is available for patients receiving cancer treatments at Hoag Newport Beach Cancer Center.

This program is open to Orange County residents ages 60 and older or those under age 60 with temporary or permanent disabilities. For additional information, contact Sandy Baren at 949-435-3560 or at Sandy@JFFS.org.

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SENIOR CITIZEN RESOURCES: These links to senior-related organizations and resources are provided as a courtesy to our senior residents.

AARP (American Association of Retired People):  www.aarp.org

Adult Protective Services: 800-451-5155 (24-hour hotline) http://ssa.ocgov.com/abuse/elder

Age Well Senior Services: 949-855-8033 www.agewellseniorservices.org

Aging & Disability Resource Connection OC: 800-510-2020 http://www.adrcoc.org

American Association of Retired Persons (AARP): www.aarp.org

About Assisted Living (resources):  www.aboutassistedliving.org

Benefits Check Up: www.benefitscheckup.org

Buck Institute for Research on Aging: www.buckinstitute.org/healthyaging

California  Senior Gateway:  www.seniors.ca.gov

Justice in Aging:  www.justiceinaging.org 

Legal Aid of Orange County: http://www.legal-aid.com/about-us/faq/#senior

Meals on Wheels America: http://www.mealsonwheelsamerica.org/

National Council on Aging: www.ncoa.org

National Aging In Place Council (They have an OC chapter): www.aginginplace.org

Orange County Active Seniors: www.ocactiveseniors.org

OC Aging Services Collaborative: http://www.ocagingservicescollaborative.org

OC Alzheimer’s Association: 800-272-3900 (24-hour hotline) www.alz.org/oc

OC Council on Aging: 714-479-0107 http://www.coaoc.org

OC Health Agency Healthy “Eat-Play-Breathe” Resources  http://www.myhealthoc.org

OC Office on Aging: 800-510-2020 www.officeonaging.ocgov.com

OC Senior Citizens Legal Advocacy Program (SCLAP): 800-834-4900 http://www.legal-aid.com/legal-help/senior-citizens-legal-advocacy-program

Older Americans Month: www.oam.acl.gov

Saddleback College Emeritus Institute: 949-582-4835 www.saddleback.edu/emeritus

Senior Advisor Living Communities: https://www.senioradvisor.com

Senior Community Services Employment Program: 714-241-4900 http://occommunityservices.org/cid/seniors

Senior Health Outreach & Prevention Program (SHOPP): 714-972-3700 http://ochealthinfo.com/phs/about/phn/specialized/shopp

Senior Career Site for Boomers, Seniors & Experienced Workers:  www.workforce50.com

The Savvy Senior: www.savvysenior.org

The Heart Way: end-of-life care   theheartway.org 

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LINKS TO SPECIFIC TOPICS: These links to articles on specific senior-related topics are provided as a courtesy to our senior residents.

ASSISTANCE

Rent Assistance in Orange County

Homeless Prevention:Rental and Utility Assistance (Orange County)

 

HOME

Selling a Home with Modifications for Older Adults

Home Organization for Newly Disabled Seniors

 

LEGAL

Legal Guide for Newly Disabled Seniors

 

SAFETY

Fall Prevention

 

SPECIAL NEEDS

Special Needs Seniors: Planning for the Future of this Vulnerable Population

 

TECHNOLOGY

Assistive Technology Buying Guide

 

TRANSPORTATION/DRIVING

Senior Driving Safety

Transportation Resources for Older Adults

 

TRAVELING

Accessible Travel Tips

 

 

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