COVID-19 UPDATE | The City is coordinating closely with our public health officials at the Santa Cruz County Health Department to prevent the further spread COVID-19. In an effort to protect you and our community, changes and measures have been adopted in daily operations and activities. For further details please click here for the City’s Response to COVID-19

Our Mission: 

The Downtown Senior Center aims to keep seniors active, engaged and connected with the community through recreation, education, and technology. 

Our Activities and Services:

The Downtown Senior Center offers a variety of classes, trips, and services for seniors ages 55 and up, as well as older adult classes for ages 45 and up. We offer both exercise and creative recreational courses to keep the mind and body active. We also offer day trips to museums, live shows, national parks, and cultural locations at special discounted prices. In addition, we occasionally host some special senior services that range from tax assistance to medical screenings. Our Downtown Senior Center also contains the Senior Computer Center, which offers a great diversity of computer classes, special interest groups, and volunteer help days to teach seniors the skills they need to stay current with today's technology.

The Downtown Senior Center is located at the Louden Nelson Community Center, a multi-generational and multi-use facility.

Other Senior Services:

Lift Line has expanded their services to provide door-to-door transportation for seniors attending activities at the Downtown Senior Center in Louden Nelson Community Center Monday through Saturday. To be eligible, the applicant must be 60 years of age or older and live in Santa Cruz County. After the application is submitted, simply call at least 24 hours in advance to book a ride: 831-688-9663. Apply below:

LNCC Lift Line Application English    LNCC Lift Line Application Spanish

Meals on Wheels: Louden Nelson Dining Site: 
A nutritious lunch designed for seniors (60 years and over) is served every weekday at the Louden Nelson dining site. For a complete calendar of this month's meals please visit the dining site during business hours. Advance reservations are required, and there is a suggested donation of $2.50. No one is turned away for lack of funds. Transportation is available via the liftline program.
Monday-Friday, 12:00pm, by appointment only
Call 831 427-0901 one day ahead by 1:00 p.m. to reserve a lunch
Call 831 688-9663 for Lift Line Transportation Services

Project Scout: Free Tax Preparation for Seniors

Project SCOUT provides free tax assistance to seniors, individuals with a disability, low-income families and individuals in Santa Cruz County. Project SCOUT also assists with general tax questions. Project SCOUT began its operations in 1968 as an independent non-profit organization. We have a corps of volunteers who assist the community with their tax-related needs during tax season. We’re also available to help on a limited basis through the full year.

1) Everyone now has until 7/15/2020 to file taxes both for FED and State! This gives all ample time and should appease those that may have been anxious about filling deadline coming up.
 2)SCOUT and volunteers are still helping clients through indirect services via email/phone/and web chat when possible. No direct services until further notice for the safety of all involved. Contact Eduardo at (831) 714-2606
 3)Clients are given the option of free tax services through IRS.Gov page, and others

Blood Pressure Screening:
Come meet our expert volunteer, Barbara, and check in on your blood pressure levels during the Meals on Wheels lunch hour free of charge. Helpful information and health education pamphlets are also available.
2nd and 4th Thursdays of the month, 10:30am - 12:00pm

Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program (HICAP):
Meet with a HiCAP counselor for evaluation of Medicare supplemental insurance, HMOs, long term care insurance and claims assistance.
Returning in February--Tuesdays, 1:00pm - 4:00pm, by appointment only
Call 831-462-5510 to make an appointment

Information and Referral:
A Senior Network Services counselor is available to answer questions about services relevant to seniors during the Meals on Wheels lunch hour. Free of charge. 3rd Tuesday of the month, 11:30am - 12:00pm