Downtown Oakland Senior Center

Life may not begin at 55, but here at the Downtown Oakland Senior Center (DOSC) we believe life starts getting better! Our center is a terrific place to socialize and interact with other active seniors. Located across from Lake Merritt, Downtown Oakland Senior Center is Oakland's oldest and largest senior center. Downtown Oakland Senior Center focuses on providing seniors with innovative programs and services that address the physical, mental, and emotional well being of older adults.

The City of Oakland Senior Centers will Remain Closed until Further Notice

Based on guidance issued from both California and Alameda County Public Health experts the best way to control the spread COVID-19 is for people to stay home and away from crowds and social spaces unless necessary. This is particularly important for older adults and people with compromised immune systems or with underlying health conditions. We will continue to evaluate the impact of COVID-19 and reopen Senior Centers when we believe it is safe for our members.

Please see the links for Senior Center Classes and Services open to the public. While Senior Center membership provides access to a wider variety of programs and services we recognize how important it is for us to extend our amenities to the broader Elder community during this time of crises. We hope that you join our Senior Centers Without Walls open access and decide to join our community as a member.


Membership is $12 a year - Such a Deal! Below is our brand new membership registration form. We are converting from the January 1st annual membership to a rolling renewal date. This simply means that you can join at any time of the year and get a full year's membership. The membership transition is the first step to a brand new system that will streamline many of our processes and will make it easier for you to participate in activities and events.

The updated membership form includes a new demographics section that will help us apply for grants to benefit the Center's programs and services. Keeping in line with our standard center rules, we want to assure you that your personal information will remain confidential. As for the 2021 parking permits fees, they have been temporarily suspended.

The DOSC Team is working diligently to process membership applications and payments received into our new MySeniorCenter system. Paid members, hang tight! You will each receive a key tag upon our reopening. The new key tag will replace the green membership card.

How to Apply:

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the Center remains closed to the public. However, you can send your completed registration form and payment by mail (200 Grand Ave, Oakland, CA 94610) or drop off it off at the Center, Monday - Friday, 10:00am - 2:00pm. Payment options include: check, money order or cash. Please make checks and money orders payable to the City of Oakland.

Questions? Please give us a call at: (510) 238-3284 or send us an email at:

Your Membership Matters! By joining or renewing your membership, you make our programs possible.

Member benefits include:

1. Access to our senior community: virtual activities/classes.

2. Quarterly "Senior Agenda" Newsletter mailed to your home and monthly "Vibrant Times" E-newsletter.

3. Access to valuable resources: Meal programs, Information & Assistance Specialists, and other critical senior services.

4. Discounted program and event fees.

5. Care packages and fun freebies.

6. Countless opportunities to meet new friends and have fun.

Online Classes & Events

LAS May-June 2021Flyer
Jun 16, 2021

Legal Assistance for Seniors Spring 2021 Presentations

Consumer Fraud: Scams Targeting Seniors and Tips for Protection and Prevention Where: North Oakland Senior Center Zoom Presentation (You can also dial-in by phone, no internet or computer needed.) When: Wednesday, June 16, 2021 Time: 10am-11:30am Call NOSC at 510-597-508…

OAM 05.26.2021 Event Flyer
May 26, 2021

Older Americans Month 2021 Virtual Celebration

Please join us, virtually, as we celebrate Older Americans Month! Watch on Zoom: Please click the link below to join the webinar: 669 900 9128 Webinar ID: 952 5278 8224KDOL TV: Comcast Channel 27 or AT&T Channel 99 …

Brain Health & Aging 2021 Symposium Flyer
Apr 16, 2021

Brain Health & Aging 2021 Symposium

The Downtown Oakland Senior Center (DOSC) is partnering once again with University of California San Francisco's Memory & Aging Center for another Zoom Symposium designed just for you on Friday, April 16, 2021 on the topic of Brain Health &amp…

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Oaktown Pen Pals Program

Oaktown Pen Pals Program Logo

Oaktown Pen Pals provides the perfect opportunity to meet someone new while you're at home. A pen and paper is all you'll need (or type and print if you wish)!

Staff will connect you with a secret pen pal from the North Oakland Senior Center. You will be asked to write five letters over the course of 10 weeks. Don't know what to write about? No worries! We will provide five intriguing prompts to help you get started.

Upon reopening, we will host a special event where Oaktown Pen Pals will have the opportunity to meet their pen pal in person. Interested in joining? Please fill out and return the short application (link below) to DOSC by May 15, 2021 to begin the fun!

DOSC Oaktown Pen Pal Program Application - Fillable

Senior Lunch Program

Spectrum is working in collaboration with SOS/Meals on Wheels to deliver chilled, portioned meals. To receive a meal, participants must complete a annual registration form.

Lunch is served: Monday - Friday, 11:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. for pick-up at the Front Door (Bay Street side of building).

No senior over 60 will be refused a meal due to lack of funds.

Suggested Donation: $3.75 per meal (Meal ticket: $35.00/10 meals)

To reserve your take-out meal, please call 510) 238-3284 or email indicating your days of choice.

Rental Reservations

The Downtown Oakland Senior Center is available for rental to organizations and businesses, but not to individuals for private events, during the evenings and weekends. Four beautiful halls and a Grand Ballroom can accommodate between 15 and 300 guests depending on the seating arrangements. While no tables, food or drinks are ever allowed in our Grand Ballroom, the facility does have other halls where dining for between 25 and 175 guests may take place.



Membership costs are $12 once a year. This fee helps to support program costs.


  • Consignment Shop
  • Canteen with Flat-Screen TV and 2 Billiards tables
  • Grand Ballroom and 4 Meeting Halls


Lawyers in the Library Program
  • 3rd Thursday of each month, 9:00am - 11:00am. Call (510) 238-3284 to make an appointment.


Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy (HICAP)

  • Free counseling on Medicare, Medigap policies, HMOs. Prescription drug plans, Long-term care insurance, Insurance billing and claims, Medical
  • 2nd & 4th Mondays of each month, 10:00am - 2:00pm. Call (510) 839-0393 to make an appointment.

Safe Medication Disposal Drop Box

  • Pill-form medications should be dispensed from bottles and placed in a ziploc bag. Call (510) 238-3284 to schedule a drop-time Monday - Friday, 9:00am - 1:00pm.

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Downtown Oakland Senior Center (DOSC)

Map image for Downtown Oakland Senior Center, located at 200 Grand Ave in Oakland, CA 94610
200 Grand Ave
Oakland, CA 94610

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DOSC remains closed until further notice due to COVID-19. However, staff is available by phone during the following hours.

10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

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