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Library Resources

Computer Coaching at the Central Library and Drop-in Assistance for Mobile Devices
Free computer instruction and mobile device assistance is offered at Central LibraryExperienced volunteers are available to work one-on-one to help with issues related to using personal computers. There are also volunteers to work with you on mobile device questions. You are encouraged to bring your laptop or personal device for instruction. 

Book Club in a Bag
A Book Club in a Bag kit contains everything your book group needs to enjoy reading and discussing your next book. Each bag contains 10 copies of a title and a book sign-up sheet to help the leader keep track of the books.

Downloads & Streaming
The Santa Barbara Public Library System offers a wide range of free downloadable eBooks, audiobooks, magazines, and streaming videos. Available 24/7 from the comfort of your own home, this is a great option for those that like audiobooks or the option to read magazines or books in large text. Volunteers and staff are available to help you get started with your device.

Large Print Collection
Books in large print are available at the Central Library and most branches.

Local Social, Educational, & Volunteer Opportunities

City of Santa Barbara Seniors Programs

Meetup is the world's largest network of local groups. Meetup makes it easy for anyone to organize a local group or find one of the thousands already meeting up face-to-face.

RSVP Santa Barbara
A volunteer network for people age 55 and over. Offers a wide range of volunteer opportunities with dozens of local nonprofit organizations.

Santa Barbara Newcomers Club
A social club designed to introduce newcomers to Santa Barbara while meeting new friends and learning about the community. Not for seniors only.

SBCC Center for Extended Learning

VISTAS Lifelong Learning
Strengthens communities by making it easier for good people and good causes to connect.

Local & State Resources

Adventures in Caring
Dedicated to lifting the spirits of those who are sick and lonely and to cultivate the practice of compassion in health care.

Area Agency on Aging Central Coast Commission for Senior Citizens
Responsible for planning, coordinating and implementing programs that promote the health, dignity and well-being of older adults. Produces the Senior Resource Directory available here
800-510-2020 or 805-965-3288

2-1-1 HELP line Santa Barbara County
Referral to community services, including information and referrals to housing, food, drug and alcohol abuse prevention and treatment, health facilities, counseling, mental health services, senior issues, financial assistance, legal assistance, child care, child and elder abuse services, recreation, and disaster relief. Dial 2-1-1 for assistance and referrals.

California Department of Aging
Promotes the independence and well-being of older adults and adults with disabilities through access to information and services.

California Department of Motor Vehicles
Driving information for seniors, including the Senior Guide for Safe Driving.

Center for Successful Aging
Provides peer counseling, a care-line telephone call program, a pet therapy program, enrichment activities, and a newspaper, Successful Aging, dedicated to seniors.

Coast Caregiver Resource Center
Provides family and other unpaid caregivers with information, referral, consultation, and other support, enabling them to provide competent care to their loved ones at home, while managing the stress that often accompanies caregiving.

COAST – Coalition for Sustainable Transportation Safe Routes for Seniors
A project that aims to improve pedestrian conditions for seniors and the handicapped in Goleta and the surrounding South County.

Community Action Commission
Low-income seniors in the community can receive nutritious, high quality meals through the Healthy Senior Lunch Program.

County of Santa Barbara Adult Services
• Adult Protective Services (APS)
• In-Home Supportive Services
Responds to reports of neglect or abuse of elderly and/or disabled adults.  Neglect may include neglect by another, and/or self-neglect.  Abuse may include financial, physical, sexual or psychological abuse by another.  APS social workers are on call 24 hours a day to assist those suffering from neglect or abuse.

Covered California
The federal law called the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act provides a number of ways for individuals and employers to help make insurance coverage more affordable. Covered California is for Californians to help determine qualifications for assistance programs.

Family Service Agency Senior Services
For low income seniors (age 60+) who are cognitively capable of working toward their goals and also provides support to their caregivers.  Services are available in English and Spanish and are provided free of charge.

Friendship Center – Adult Day Services
To support and enhance lives by focusing on abilities, strengths, experiences, and knowledge. Program participants include those with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia, individuals with physical or mental limitations, and individuals who may be socially isolated and lonely and feel more comfortable in a supportive setting. Days and hours of attendance can be arranged to meet individual needs.

Regular exercise and wellness tips from the National Institute on Aging from the National Institute of Health.

Housing Authority of the City of Santa Barbara
Affordable housing opportunities for seniors. Housing is designed for seniors only, and seniors can also apply for other housing programs such as Public Housing and the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program. Applicants must be 62 years of age or older.

Santa Barbara County Senior Resource Directory
Provides a listing of nonprofit and governmental agencies that provide services to senior citizens. Descriptions of services and explanations of benefits are included.

Santa Barbara Meals on Wheels
Delivers meals to seniors who need them.

State of California Employment Development Department
Services for older workers, including information regarding America’s Job Center of California, CalJOBS, Experience Unlimited Job Clubs and California Department of Aging.

National Resources

Is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization for people age 50 and over. Benefits include volunteering opportunities, discounts on travel, health and financial insurance products and programs like AARP Driver Safety.

Administration for Community Living
To maximize the independence, well-being, and health of older adults, people with disabilities across the lifespan, and their families and caregivers by addressing community living services and support needs.

Benefits Check Up
A nonprofit service and advocacy organization for adults over 55, especially those who are vulnerable and disadvantaged, who need help paying for prescription drugs, health care, utilities, and other basic needs.

Justice in Aging
A non-profit organization whose principal mission is to protect the rights of low-income older adults, through advocacy, litigation, and education.

A federally administered system of health insurance available to persons aged 65 and over.

National Council on the Aging
An education and advocacy organization focusing on health and economic security for older adults.

Road Scholar: Adventures in Lifelong Learning
Not-for-profit educational travel offering educational experiences through cultural tours and study cruises to walking, biking and more.

End of Life Resources

Alliance for Living and Dying Well
Conducts and supports a variety of programs and events that help facilitate people connecting with friends and loved ones regarding the quality of life and death, and how to express their wishes about end-of-life care, including 5 Wishes program and Advanced Care Directives.

Hospice of Santa Barbara
Provide a range of services to people diagnosed with terminal illnesses, their loved ones, and the greater community. For those facing life-threatening illness or coping with the illness or death of a loved one, they provide support services including counseling, support groups, education, complementary therapies and palliative care services, respite care and bereavement support.

Visiting Nurse and Hospice
Provide skilled nursing and rehabilitation therapies that help when recovering from an illness or surgery, or learning to manage a chronic disease. They also provide personal care to support safety and independence as well as hospice care for end of life.

Last Updated: Mar 23, 2020
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