Moving Forward Together

Balboa Avenue Older Adult Center

Laugh. Connect. Feel right at home!

Due to COVID-19 safety concerns, in-person activities have currently been suspended at our social and wellness centers until further notice. We invite you to join us for our FREE virtual programming!

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.

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

Join Our Free Virtual Programming!

Email Aviva for your Zoom link: [email protected]

Mondays at 1:00pm – Sing along with Aviva. Watch fun videos with the lyrics of popular songs and sing together for one hour. Music and singing stimulates our heart, spirit, and brain.

Tuesdays at 2:00pm: BAOAC friends meeting. Learn, talk, socialize, sing, exercise, and meditate together with your BAOAC friends.

Wednesdays at 11:00am: Chair exercise with Aviva. Grab a chair that works for you and be ready to exercise with Aviva. Missed the Zoom? No problem. You can follow along with our pre-recorded video whenever you’re in the mood.  Watch Exercise at Home with Aviva >>

Thursdays at 10:00am: BAOAC friends meeting. Learn, talk, socialize, sing, exercise, and meditate together with your BAOAC friends.

Exercise with Aviva photo

Virtual Programming for Caregivers

Email Aviva for your Zoom link: [email protected].


Mondays at 2:00pm: Caregivers support group. Led by Colleen Cook, Registered Associate Clinical Social Worker, Aging Specialist.

Thursdays at 2:00pm: Care partners social hour. Connect and collaborate with fellow caregivers.

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.

During the pandemic, all virtual programming is FREE and all are welcome to attend. If you’d like to make a donation in support of our social and wellness centers, please click here and designate your donation.

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.