Aging Services

Becoming an Age-Friendly City

The City of San Mateo has been designated as a Age-Friendly City by the World Health Organization for its commitment to being a welcoming community for people of all ages. See the community news release for more information!

The City’s Age-Friendly Task Force need your helpas they are developing a program that will certify qualifying local businesses of all types as “Age-Friendly”. This will be based on their meeting specific criteria that are important to seniors shopping for their products or services. They need to know which criteria are most important to YOU to finalize the list.  Please let them know by answering the questions accessible through the link below. 

Your opinions can help businesses adapt to better meet the needs of our growing senior population. Thank you! 

We know today’s older adult wants a dynamic and interactive lifestyle and our offerings reflect that desire.

Parks & Recreation offers everything from fitness classes, history classes, bridge classes, computer classes, and much more.
Photo taken of the Inner Patio at the Senior Center  3-2022

Senior Center Membership

Everyone is welcome at the San Mateo Senior Center! Become a member today and receive our quarterly newsletter, email updates and more!  You can become a member by:

  • Stopping by the front desk Monday-Friday 9:00am-3:00pm and fill out an application
  • Download a printable application and mail it in or drop off to the Senior Center:
                                    2645 Alameda de las Pulgas, San Mateo, CA 94403
  • Sign-up online!

We are following the state health guidelines and have been offering virtual—and, when possible, in-person—programs and activities during the pandemic. For any questions or concerns, please call the Senior Center: 650-522-7490

What's going on this session?

What's going on with the Senior Center! We look forward to seeing you soon! You can also check out our SUMMER HAPPENINGS!

Senior programs and facilities also include:

The City of San Mateo Parks and Recreation Department programs and facilities will be following the latest masking guidelines that have been instituted by the State of California, the County of San Mateo, the City of San Mateo, the SMUHSD, and the SMFCSD including Pre-Schools. This means that masks, as of Monday March 14, 2022 are OPTIONAL, but STRONGLY ENCOURAGED, for all attendees/participants and staff. This includes our Early Childhood, Afterschool, Contract Instructor led, Volunteer led, School Age, Teen, Adult, and Senior programs. 

Instructors may not require masks be worn in order to participate. Instructors may not require that participants are fully vaccinated in order to participate. Instructors are allowed to strongly encourage participants to wear a mask but cannot make it a condition of participation. 

The SMUHSD just announced that they will be extending their mask mandate to April 21. 

This does not affect our decision in any way. Masks are OPTIONAL and STRONGLY ENCOURAGED in our city facilities and programs that take place on our properties but are not mandatory.

Program & Class Highlights


PLan a month of FUN on Wednesday afternoons with your Friends! Doors open at 1:45pm and cards are $1- Registration is required. Information on page 38

Current Activity Guide

Photo of 2 Bingo volunteers at the Senior Center
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Fridays at the Movies

One of the best things you can do is watch a movie in a group setting watching or hearing other people’s emotions and being able to share your thoughts about the movie. Registration Required SPECIAL EVENT: July 22 see attachment for more details. Pre-Registration Required

August's Movie List

Seniors working together on a laptop

Tech Programs

Computer and Electronic Device classes are taught virtually by volunteers of our Computer Team who enjoy sharing their skills and knowledge with others.

See current Activity Guide...