Senior Services

SVHAP works with federal and state agencies as well as community partners to find resources for seniors in Santa Clara County. The following organizations offer a variety of resources recommended by SVHAP.

Arthritis Foundation

The Arthritis Foundation works to improve lives through leadership in the prevention, control and cure of arthritis and related diseases.  Established in 1948, AF is a volunteer-driven, national, nonprofit organization dedicated to finding a cure for the #1 cause of disability in American adults and providing programs and services to improve quality of life for the 50 million Americans diagnosed with any of the 120+ diseases that come under the arthritis umbrella (osteoarthritis; rheumatoid arthritis;  juvenile arthritis (the 6th most common childhood disease); osteoporosis; lupus; gout; back pain; psoriatic arthritis; fibromylagia; tendinitis; bursitis; scleroderma; and carpal tunnel syndrome). Web site:

The Arthritis Foundation, Northern California Chapter (AFNC) serves people living with arthritis in the 16 coastal counties from the OR border down to Monterey.  To that end, AFNC:

  • partners with community organizations to provide access to CDC-endorsed, evidence-based, physical activity programs (aquatic exercise, land-based exercise, tai chi & walking);
  • offers free educational seminars & patient education brochures;
  • provides support and activities for children with Juvenile Arthritis & their families;
  • provides referrals to local rheumatologists and local non-AF support groups;
  • funds arthritis research both locally and nationally;
  • provides physicians with continuing medical education in the form of the annual Knowles Lecture; and
  • offers the Summer Science Internship Program which puts top-notch HS juniors and seniors & college underclassmen in UCSF & Stanford’s arthritis research labs.

Center for Healthy Aging in Multicultural Populations (CHAMP)

The mission of the Center is to promote healthy aging among multicultural and diverse populations living in the San Francisco Bay area. With faculty affiliates from all academic disciplines at San Jose State University, the Center facilitates interdisciplinary aging research, education and training, and strategic partnerships with community-based organizations working with older adults. Web site:

The Health Trust

The vision of The Health Trust is to make Silicon Valley the healthiest region in America—a place where every resident can achieve optimal health throughout their lifetime, no matter their background, income, race, ethnicity or age. We believe that health care does not just take place in a doctor’s office and clinic or hospital. For everyone to achieve optimal health, the community itself must become a place that supports the health of all its residents.  Web site:

National Institute on Aging

NIA, one of the 27 Institutes and Centers of NIH, leads a broad scientific effort to understand the nature of aging and to extend the healthy, active years of life. NIA is the primary Federal agency supporting and conducting Alzheimer’s disease research. Web site:

National Council on Aging

The National Council on Aging (NCOA) is a nonprofit service and advocacy organization headquartered in Washington, DC.  They are a national voice for older Americans and the community organizations that serve them. They bring together nonprofit organizations, businesses, and government to develop creative solutions that improve the lives of all older adults.  They work with thousands of organizations across the country to help seniors find jobs and benefits, improve their health, live independently, and remain active in their communities.  Web site:

YMCA Programs

Mt. Madonna YMCA/City of Morgan Hill In partnership with the City of Morgan Hill, the Mount Madonna YMCA provides comprehensive health and wellness programs to South County older adults through the Centennial Recreation Senior Center at the Centennial Recreation Center.  Representing a multigenerational recreation facility, the Centennial Recreation Center offers an indoor swimming pool, a state of the art fitness center and a variety of classes to accommodate they varied fitness needs of older adults.   Fitness classes are not developed to be age specific, but rather specific the functional ability of the participant.

Whether it’s a class that where older adults can challenge their balance and strength through floor exercises or whether it’s a class that provides the stability of a chair, the Centennial Recreation Center is focused on providing older adults with a myriad of fitness options  to enhance the health and wellness of a community created for all ages.  In addition to its focus of providing health and wellness programs for older adults, the Centennial Recreation Senior Center represents a one-stop-shop for older adults to access vital support services, nutrition, recreational programs and social opportunities. Web site:

Rheumatoid Arthritis
RA is a chronic inflammatory disorder that typically affects the small joints in your hands and feet. Currently there are about 1.5 million Americans diagnosed with RA. RA is a systematic disease, which means in severe cases it can affect your major organs such as the heart and lungs, raising the risk of heart attack by up to 60%. By increasing awareness and including this resource on your page, millions of Americans will have the best opportunity to understand their prognosis, and improve their quality of life!