Moving Forward Together

Balboa Avenue Older Adult Center

Laugh. Connect. Feel right at home!

Due to the growing concern of COVID-19 (coronavirus), JFS is taking the precautionary measure of suspending our social and wellness centers until further notice. As the situation evolves, we will continue to keep you updated about JFS’s response at

A safe, supportive community for older adults living with early-stage Alzheimer’s and related forms of dementia.

Join our friendly group for lunch and a full menu of activities designed to support a healthy mind, body, and soul. We also offer caregiver respite and a bi-weekly support and discussion group, delivered in partnership with Alzheimer’s San Diego.

Please take a look at our other social & wellness center at College Avenue.

Exercise At Home With Aviva

We are continuing to provide services that enrich the lives of older San Diegans while our two Older Adult Centers are closed during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. This hour-long chair exercise routine will keep your body, brain, and heart active from the safety of your own home. Enjoy!


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What You Can Expect at the Center

Here, every day is different.

On any given day, you can expect a stimulating mix of games, live music and entertainment, discussion groups, dancing, guest speakers, cultural events, holiday celebrations, and more.


We love what we do

Every staff person and volunteer on our team shares a passion for working with older adults. We have specialized training in Alzheimer’s and dementia care and a high staff-to-participant ratio.


We get you there and back

Transportation to and from the Center is offered through On the Go: Transportation Solutions for Older Adults.

We emphasize healthy aging

We offer nutritious, kosher lunches, daily exercise and fitness classes, and regular screenings to support mind-body wellness.


We care for caregivers, too

Family members and caregivers have access to a wide range of services, including a bi-weekly Support and Discussion Group offered in partnership with Alzheimer’s San Diego.

Time, Location, & Fees

Join us Monday – Thursday, 10:00am – 2:00pm
Joan & Irwin Jacobs Campus
Community Services Building
8788 Balboa Ave.

Members receive a full day (4 hours) of programming for only $27, plus a one-time enrollment fee of $30.

On the Go transportation options start at $4.50 each way.

Let’s get to know each other.

We’re here to answer your questions and help you get started.

“It is so hard to watch my mom deal with dementia. But after making a routine out of coming to the Balboa Avenue Older Adult Center, our life went from despair and misery to heaven. Her blood pressure had been dangerously high but I didn’t want her to be on medication because one of the side effects was lethargy. At her six month checkup, the doctor said her blood pressure was normal. The only change was going to the Center. That was all it took. She was in a state of atrophy and she came back to life.”

Christie R.

After many years of involvement as a JFS Board Member, Nadja Kauder reflects on the ways that the agency’s Balboa Avenue Older Adult Center has become a source of support for her and her husband, Manny, now living with Alzheimer’s.


These services are provided with the help of our partners.