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.

Entry into City of Oakland Senior Centers will be Limited to Appointments Only

In order to keep our members and staff as safe as possible, we will continue to reopen our facilities in phases under guidelines provided by local and State government agencies.

Phase 1
Call DOSC at (510) 238-3284 to set up a registration appointment for the new MySeniorCenter (MSC) system and receive your new key tag. Appointments can be made Monday - Friday, 9:30am - 2:30pm.

Phase 2
To assist in COVID tracking, you must have a key tag to access the activity offerings at this time. Members will receive a phone call as new activities open on an appointment-only basis.

Visiting Guidelines
Prior to facility entry, members will be required to answer a COVID-19 Safety Questionnaire, have their temperature taken, and maintain mask wearing at all times while in the building.

The Following Services/Amenities are Unavailable
- Some in-person programs or activities
- Private facility usage/rentals

The Following Services are Available
- Food Distribution Programs
- Virtual Programs Platform
- Computer labs, game/pool room, outdoor spaces, and other lounge/program areas for center supported activities. (By Appointment Only)


Senior Centers Membership Key Tag Logo

Membership is $12 a year - Such a Deal!

Below is our brand new membership registration form. 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.

Click here for DOSC Membership Registration

How to Apply:

Call DOSC at (510) 238-3284 to set up an registration appointment for the new MySeniorCenter (MSC) system and receive your new key tag. Appointments can be made Monday - Friday, 9:30am - 2:30pm. Payment options include: check, money order or cash. Please make checks and money orders payable to the City of Oakland.

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

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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.

Senior Center Rentals

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.


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


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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Open Hours

We will continue to reopen our facilities in phases, under guidelines provided by local and State government agencies, to keep the process as safe as possible.

9:30 AM - 3:00 AM
9:30 AM - 3:00 PM
9:30 AM - 3:00 PM
9:30 AM - 3:00 PM
9:30 AM - 3:00 PM

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