university city older adult center

Two ladies talking at University City Older Adult CenterThe University City Older Adult Center offers a safe haven for older adults. Meet new friends and enjoy good conversations in our caring and friendly environment. You’re sure to leave the center with a smile. We offer:

  • Professional, caring staff
  • Social, educational, and recreational programs
  • Nutritionally-balanced Kosher lunch
  • Excellent exercise classes
  • Sing-a-longs, dances, and live entertainment
  • Four hours of meaningful and enriching activities for older adults
  • Appropriate for older adults with early stages of dementia and Alzheimer's

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Programs & Services
Hours & Fees
Become a Member
Caregiver Support Group
Memories in the Making Art Class
Download Newsletter & Menu
UCOAC In the News 

Programs & Services

Yoga for Older Adults at University City Older Adult CenterCultural Presentations & Current Events
Programs include educational lectures, current events, discussions, holiday celebrations, and more.

Weekly musical groups, classical music performances, and dance performances.

Fitness Classes
Fun and upbeat classes include Chair & Dance Exercise and Yoga for Older Adults.

Enjoy playing Bingo, brain games, and more.

Nutritious Kosher Meals
Enjoy a hot Kosher lunch served each day at 12:00pm.

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Hours & Fees

Woman playing Bingo at University City Older Adult CenterThe University City Older Adult Center is open Tuesday–Thursday from 10:00am–2:00pm. 

A hot Kosher lunch is served at 12:00pm. Lunch reservations must be made by 9:00am by calling (858) 550-5998.

$27 includes 4 hours of:

  • Activities
  • Exercise class
  • Hot Kosher lunch
  • Entertainment

For members who only participate in one of the activities, fees are $5 per hour. For caregivers who stay for lunch, fees are $7 to cover the cost of their meal.

Roundtrip transportation is available to participants living in the surrounding areas including University City, La Jolla, Linda Vista, Clairemont, and portions of Sorrento Valley. To reserve your ride in advance, call (858) 550-5998.

Distance One-Way Roundtrip
0-3 miles $4.50 $9
3.1-6 miles $5.50 $11
6.1-9 miles $6.50 $13

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Become a Member    

New members pay a $30 one-time enrollment fee.

Two women at University City Older Adult CenterMembers Receive:

  • Admission to special events and programs
  • Monthly newsletters and program calendar with all events and programs
For more information, call (858) 550-5998 or email.

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Caregiver Support Group

Caring for our loved ones can sometimes require a lot of energy. It’s important to make sure you re-energize yourself, too! We invite you to join the Caregiver Support Group. Share your experiences and challenges with others who understand what you are going through. Find friendship, support, and relief. You are not alone and there are people who care and understand your situation.

Our Caregiver Support Group meets every month. For days and more information,  contact Aviva Saad at (858) 550-5998 or


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Second Monday of each month
10:30am–12:00pm (no class in September)


Art is a medium of communication that allows for self expression, storytelling, social interaction, and fun! Memories in the Making® is a unique program that encourages persons with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementia to express themselves through art. Through the creative process, participants can benefit from:

  • Increased attention span and focus
  • Sensory stimulation
  • Connection with peers in a social setting
  • The opportunity to record memories with visual images

Individuals with Alzheimer’s or a related dementia are invited to attend along with an adult caregiver or family member.

For more information, contact Aviva Saad at (858) 550-5998 or



UCOAC In the News

Click here to read La Jolla Today's special feature article about the UCOAC.

University City Older Adult Center:
Bringing People to Life

Sam, 75, suffers from Alzheimer’s. His wife needed a safe place for him to be when she was not available to take care of him. Sam’s first visits to the Center were very positive and encouraging to his wife. He was happy and she was able to enjoy her free time to care for her own needs.

In the beginning, Sam was quiet, introverted, and shy. His speech and ability to communicate with others had been affected as a result of the disease. However, after just a few weeks, Sam began to learn how to communicate with others and develop new tools to become an active participant at UCOAC. Playing Bingo is difficult for him, but a volunteer is always at his side helping him and making sure he enjoys the game. Exercising is also difficult for Sam, but with the right encouragement and persistence, he is able to complete the one-hour chair exercise class. At lunchtime, he is always chatting and enjoying the conversation with his friends

But it’s after lunch when Sam really comes to life…when the entertainment begins. The moment he hears the music play, his heart, mind, and body react in such a rhythmic way and he is able to express himself through dancing. Dancing has become his new passion—his reason to live and come to the Center. Sam loves the UCOAC because he is able to dance and bring joy to the rest of the group.

His wife said that before beginning the program, dancing had not been a part of Sam’s life. Yet, as a result of participating in the UCOAC, Sam has discovered a new way of expressing himself and showing the world the love and passion he feels for life.

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