The Santa Clara County Fire Department serves as an information and referral services for older adults in Santa Clara County. If you need assistance finding a program and/or service, we are here to help you find it! Please call Community Education Services at (408) 378-4010 for more information.
Connections to Resources for Older Adults in Santa Clara County
2-1-1 Santa Clara County
Receive FREE, non-emergency community, health and disaster information in Santa Clara County. Highly-trained Call Specialists can answer questions about a variety of nonprofit services and agencies. 2-1-1 is confidential, available in over 170 languages and available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
For more information:
Visit 2-1-1 Santa Clara County
Dial 2-1-1 from your phone
The Alzheimer's Association is the world's leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer's care, support and research. The Alzheimer's Association provides caregivers and families with comprehensive online resources and information through our Alzheimer's and Dementia Caregiver Center, which features sections on early-stage, middle-stage and late-stage caregiving.
24-Hour Helpline: 1.800.272.3900
Alzheimer's Association professionally staffed 24/7 Helpline offers information and advice to more than 250,000 callers each year and provides translation services in more than 200 languages.
Department of Aging and Adult Services (DAAS)
DAAS promotes a safe and independent lifestyle for seniors, dependent adults and the disabled through the delivery of protective services, quality nutrition and supportive in-home services. In addition, DAAS evaluates community needs, develops programs and services, and advises on matters of policy that concern the welfare of seniors and persons with disabilities.
- Adult Protective Services (408) 975-4900, 24-Hour Report Line: (800) 414-2002
- In-Home Supportive Services (Medi-Cal eligibility required): (408) 792-1600
- Public Administrator/Guardian/Conservator: (408) 755-7610
- Senior Nutrition Program: (408) 755-7680
For more information:
DAAS Social Service Agency, Santa Clara County
Farewell to Falls
Farewell to Falls is a FREE, home-based fall prevention program available to seniors, age 65 years or older, who live in Santa Clara or San Mateo County. If you have fallen recently, or are concerned about falling, you may be eligible to participate in a fall prevention program offered through the Trauma Service and Emergency Department at Stanford University Medical Center.
Farewell to Falls focus includes:
- Medication Review
- Home Safety Assessment and Modification
- Home Exercise Program
- And Other Health Factors
For more information:
Farewell to Falls Program
Phone: (650) 724-9369
Fax: (650) 725-2359 – send in completed referral form
Healthy Aging Initiative works to ensure that older adults spend more years in good health and engaged as vital members of our community. Two of the programs available through The Health Trust (THT) include:
Senior Peer Advocate (SPA)
SPA is a program trains and certifies older adult volunteers to provide one-on-one information and assistance to their peers or family caregivers needing resources for transportation, housing, health care, caregiving and family support, social/education activities, and legal services. SPA volunteers can be found at senior center locations in the County.
AGEnts for Change program enlists and trains volunteers for social action around issues that impact older adults’ ability to live with dignity, choice and independence in the community.
For more information:
The Health Trust (Click on Healthy Aging)
Meals on Wheels
The Santa Clara County Meals On Wheels Program provides meal service to homebound seniors 60 years of age and older who are unable to provide meals for themselves or have difficulty obtaining food because of illness, frailty, or disability. Eligible seniors receive a weekly delivery of seven breakfasts and five frozen lunch/dinner entrées, a fresh salad and a fresh sandwich or wrap, supplemented by fresh fruit, juice, milk, bread, and other grocery items.
For more information:
To receive an in-home assessment, please contact a Sourcewise Nutrition Coordinator
Do you want more than just food?
Meals on Wheels and The Health Trust are now providing a FREE friendly home visitor program to Meals on Wheels participants! Receive any of the following:
- A companion and friend to visit with you weekly in your home
- Friendly phone calls
- Free monthly pet food delivery for low-income clients
- An in-home exercise program
- Educational materials and information on community resources
To learn more or to register, call: (408) 961-9873
R.Y.D.E. (Reach Your Destination Easily) is a curb-to-curb transportation and local trip planning service for adults 55+ living in the west valley communities: Campbell, Cupertino, Los Gatos, Monte Sereno & Saratoga. RYDE fees are fixed based on the number of miles you travel to a destination. Use RYDE for appointments, grocery shopping, visits with friends, or trips to a location in the west valley. RYDE also provides trips to area doctors' offices, hospitals, and the Sunnyvale CalTrain Center. Call 36 hours prior to requested ride or book a ride up to 5 weeks ahead.
To Book a RYDE:
Proudly serving Santa Clara County since 1973, the Sourcewise mission is to provide adults and their caregivers the tools and services they need to effectively navigate their health and life options. Through a comprehensive network of resources, Sourcewise strives to educate, prepare, support, and advocate for all adults, their families, and their caregivers within Santa Clara County.
Direct services of Sourcewise include:
- Information & Awareness
- Health Insurance Counseling & Advocacy Program
- Care Management
- Meals on Wheels
- Senior Employment
- Public Authority Services
Trained Community Resource Specialists are available to assist you and provide a customized list of community-based organizations and the information, eligibility criteria, and procedures to access needed services.
For more information:
Sourcewise - (408) 350-3200, Option 1
2115 The Alameda, San Jose 95126
16340 Monterey Road, Morgan Hill 95037
Falls affect us all—whether personally or someone we love or care about. Every second of every day an older adult falls. In 2015 alone, more than one in four older adults reported falling and more than 28,000 older adults died as a result of falls—that’s 74 older adults every day. There are simple steps you can take to prevent falls and decrease falls risks. CDC developed the STEADI (Stopping Elderly Accidents, Deaths & Injuries) initiative which includes educational materials and tools to improve fall prevention.
Senior Centers within Santa Clara County
Senior Centers (for ages 50+) provide a wide variety of programs & services that promote health, wellness and independence. Some of the services offered at senior centers include:
- Cards and Games
- Computer Training
- Fitness Classes
- Health Insurance Counseling
- Hearing & Blood Pressure Screening
- Income Tax and Legal Assistance
- Minor Home Repairs & Maintenance
- Recreation, Travel and Tours
- Volunteer Opportunities
For more information about programs & services in your area, contact your local senior center.
Campbell Adult Center
Cupertino Senior Center
www.cupertino.org (select Recreation, select Senior)
Gilroy Senior Center
www.cityofgilroy.org (select Community, Select Senior Services)
Los Altos Senior Center
www.losaltosca.gov/recreation (select Senior Center)
Los Gatos Adult Recreation Center
www.lgsrecreation.org (select 55+)
Milpitas Senior Center
www.ci.milpitas.ca.gov (select Residents, select Recreation Programs, select Senior Programs)
Morgan Hill Centennial Recreation Center -
www.morganhill.ca.gov (select Recreation, select 50+)
Mountain View Senior Center
www.ci.mtnview.ca.us (select Parks & Rec, select Senior Programs)
Palo Alto Senior Center
San Jose Parks, Recs & Neighborhood Services
www.sanjoseca.gov/prns (select Programs & Activities, select Active Adults 50+)
Saratoga Senior Center
Sunnyvale Senior Center
Senior Centers Without Walls
Senior Center Without Walls (SCWW), a non-denominational program of Episcopal Senior Communities, offers telephone activities, friendly conversation, and an assortment of classes and support groups to older adults (60+) in California who find it difficult to participate in activities in their community. Seniors participate in the free activities using their own telephones in the comfort of their homes.
California Department on Aging
Administers programs that promote independence and well-being for older adults, adults with disabilities and caregivers.
California Telephone Access Program
Offers services and adaptive telephone equipment for those with hearing, vision, mobility or speech impairments.
Episcopal Senior Communities (ESC)
ESC provides supportive services in seven counties to the most frail elderly. Services include information and referrals, healthy meals, transportation, and health & wellness support.
Fall Prevention Center of Excellence
Information and resources to help prevent injuries due to falls in the home and the community.
Stop Falls California: is an information and communication center for falls prevention efforts in the state of California. Their mission is to prevent falls in older adults and to do so by reducing fall risk, injuries and hospitalizations associated with falls for all older adults in California. There are evidence based programs and essential resources all around California. Click on the Program Locator link below to locate evidence-based fall prevention programs and information.
FDA Safety Tips for Seniors
Heart of the Valley (HOV), Services for Seniors, Inc.
In-home services for seniors 65+; including shopping, errands, light yard work, handyman, home projects, paperwork and home visits. Serves Campbell, Cupertino, Los Gatos, Monte Sereno, Santa Clara, Saratoga, Sunnyvale and West San Jose.
Home Safety Services
Home modifications made to enable seniors to remain as safe and independent as possible; including installation of grab bars, stair railings and wheel chair ramps. Licensed as Certified Aging in Place Specialists.
Rebuilding Together Silicon Valley
Provides home modifications to improve safety, accessibility and mobility for lower income homeowners. Serves Alviso, Campbell, Cupertino, Gilroy, Los Gatos, Milpitas, Morgan Hill, San Jose, San Martin, Santa Clara, Saratoga, and unincorporated Santa Clara County.
West Valley Community Services (WVCS)
WVCS is a community based agency that provides a continuum of basic needs, family support services and housing services including: information and referrals, food pantry, clothing, transitional housing, affordable housing, financial assistance, family support and case management services. WVCS serves the west valley communities of Cupertino, Los Gatos, Monte Sereno, Saratoga, West San Jose and the surrounding mountain regions
Available Safety Information
Stay Independant Brochure (CDC): Are you at risk of falling?