Answers to the Frequently Asked Questions
How can I advertise in the Irvine Senior Connection newsletter?
The Irvine Senior Connection newsletter is produced bimonthly by Irvine Senior Services and is tailored to adults age 50 and older residing in Irvine. Advertising in the Irvine Senior Connection is a unique opportunity to reach out to a growing audience that is as diverse in their activities as they are in their cultural background. For more information on advertising, visit cityofirvine.org/senior-services/advertising-irvine-senior-connection.
Do you offer any assistance programs?
A variety of free consulting programs are available for older adults. Meet one-on-one with trained professionals. For more information or to make an appointment, please call the Keen Center for Senior Resources at 949-724-6926 or visit cityofirvine.org/keencenter.
Do you have computers I can use?
Irvine Senior Services offers a Computer Membership. Computer workstations are available in the Computer Lab at Lakeview Senior Center and a laptop lending program is available at Rancho Senior Center and Trabuco Center. The cost is $17 per year for Irvine residents. For more information, call 949-724-6900 or visit cityofirvine.org/senior-services/computer-lab.
Are there any cultural programs I can participate in?
Irvine Senior Services offers a variety of cultural interest groups/clubs.For more information, visit cityofirvine.org/senior-services/special-interest-groups.
How can I donate to Senior Services?
You may donate in person at the Lakeview and Rancho senior center and Trabuco Center or online at irvinegives.org. Your donation (financial, in-kind or volunteer service) can help provide food, friendship, and other critical services that allow seniors to remain healthy and safe. Your investment helps shape a stronger, healthier Irvine senior community. For more information, visit irvinegives.org.
Do you offer English mentoring?
English mentoring lessons are available for seniors. Each group is led by a volunteer who provides group lessons. For more information, visit yourirvine.org.
Does Seniors Services offer any excursions?
Irvine Senior Services offers day excursions utilizing the Metrolink and other forms of public transportation. For a list of upcoming trips, call the Rancho Senior Center at 949-724-6800. Irvine Senior Travelers coordinates a variety of day and extended trips to meet the needs of senior travelers. For a listing of trips, call 888-882-8714 or visit cityofirvine.org/senior-services/irvine-senior-travelers.
How can I use the fitness center?
The Rancho and Trabuco Fitness Centers are committed to providing seniors with a safe and comfortable workout environment. both centers are designed for adults age 50 and older, and feature a selection of cardiovascular and strength training equipment. To become a member, visit the Rancho Senior Center or Trabuco Center to schedule your orientation. For more information, call 949-724-6800 or visit cityofirvine.org/senior-services/fitness-center.
What fitness classes are offered by Senior Services?
Senior Services offers a variety of health and fitness classes. For a complete list, visit cityofirvine.org/senior-services/activities.
How can I become an instructor?
Whether it’s a volunteer or a paid instructor that you are interested in becoming, we want to hear from you! Please complete the Program Proposal, providing as much detail as possible. Completed proposals can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
How do I register for Irvine Valley College (IVC) classes offered at Senior Services?
Register for IVC classes at mysite.socccd.edu. Login using you Student ID and PIN. For more information, contact the Extended Education Office at 949-367-8343 or visit academics.ivc.edu/emeritus.
Does the senior center serve lunch/meals?
The Rose Garden Cafe, located at the Lakeview Senior Center, serves lunch Monday-Friday. Come enjoy nutritious, delicious entrees served to you at the table by our wonderful volunteers. You are not only receiving a meal at the Rose Garden Cafe but great service in a social atmosphere. Lunch is served Monday through Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. There is a suggested donation* of $4 for persons age 60 and older; $5.25 fee for adults age 59 and younger. For more information, call 949-724-6900 or visit cityofirvine.org/senior-services/rose-garden-cafe.
*The Senior Lunch Program is partially funded by the Older Americans Act. Services are provided on a donation basis, and no qualifying senior is turned away due to inability to donate.
- Visiting the Lakeview or Rancho senior center or Trabuco Center
- Picking up a copy of the Irvine Senior Connection
- Downloading online at cityofirvine.org/senior-services/rose-garden-cafe
How do I register for Irvine Meals on Wheels?
Irvine Meals on Wheels Services are partially funded by the "Older Americans Act." Services are provided on a donation basis, no qualifying homebound senior is turned away due to inability to donate. Suggested donation of $5 per day for three meals. In order to be eligible for the Irvine Meals on Wheels program, you must meet all of the following criteria:
- Irvine Resident
- 60 years of age or older
- Homebound and those living alone or at highest acuity receive highest priority
- Unable to prepare nutritious meals or obtain meals from another source
- Able to accept meals between 11:15 a.m. and 1 p.m. weekdays
- Must have completed assessment performed by Irvine Meals on Wheels staff or volunteer
For more information, call 949-724-6910 or visit cityofirvine.org/senior-services/irvine-meals-wheels.
What is OLLI?
Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at University California, Irvine (UCI) is a dynamic group of seasoned adults–both retired and semi-retired–who enjoy literature, history, science, the arts and travel. OLLI at UCI members are intellectually curious, interested in discovering new facts, sharing ideas, and building a social connection with other like-minded individuals of their community. For more information, contact OLLI at 949-451-1403.
What recreational programs does Senior Services offer?
Senior Services offers a variety of recreation programs, including games, fitness, personal enrichment, and more. For a complete list, visit cityofirvine.org/senior-services/programs-and-activities.
Where can I find referrals, consultations, resources or information?
The Al and Dorothy Keen Center for Senior Resources, located in the lobby at Lakeview Senior Center, has information about a wide range of services and programs. Stop by and explore the many brochures and catalogs available on a variety of topics ranging from healthcare, health insurance, social security, safety, finances, alternative living, transportation, homecare and care giving. Our experienced, caring and trained team of staff and volunteers can get you started in the right direction. For more information, contact the Keen Center for Senior Resources at 949-724-6926 or visit cityofirvine.org/senior-services/senior-resources-services.
How do I register for classes?
You can register online at yourirvine.org or in person at the Lakeview an Rancho senior centers or Trabuco Center.
Do you offer scholarships to help pay for programs?
The City of Irvine offers a scholarship program to help low-income Irvine residents participate in programs offered through the Community Services Department. The program has limited funds available. Scholarships are granted on a first-come basis after applications are reviewed and approved. The program may be closed to new applications when funds run low.
In order to submit an application, the following must be provided:
- Proof of Irvine residency (most recent original gas or electric bill, less than 30 days old). No water bills, cable bills, phone bills or school lunch letters will be accepted. No photo copies or computer print out of gas or electric bill will be accepted;
- A copy of your entire federal tax return for the most recent tax year. Only those individuals included on the tax return are eligible to apply for scholarship funds; (a tax transcript is not applicable.);
- A copy of the two most recent employment check stubs, less than 30 days old and for each working adult listed on the tax return;
- A copy of the W-2 from each working adult listed on the tax return. If self-employed, please provide 1099;
- A copy of proof of any other income/support received. Please provide most recent award letter indicating monthly disbursement for child support, alimony, cash assistance, Social Security, disability, food assistance, child care assistance, etc.:
- If you are unemployed, please provide the most recent unemployment benefit letter indicating your weekly unemployment benefits.
Please note: Without the above information, your application may be denied.
Completed applications and documents may be mailed or delivered to:
City of Irvine, Community Services
Youth Employment & Programs Office
14351 Yale Ave.
Irvine CA, 92604
For additional information or questions, please call 949-724-6611.
How can I become a Senior Services volunteer?
The first step to becoming a Senior Services volunteer is to attend a Volunteer Informational Meeting. At the meeting, you will learn about the many volunteer opportunities available at the Lakeview and Rancho senior centers and Trabuco Center. Meetings are held on the third Wednesday of each month at 5 p.m. at the Lakeview Senior Center. For more information, call 949-724-6096 or visit cityofirvine.org/senior-services/volunteers.
What special events do you have?
Senior Services is proud to offer a variety of special events throughout the year, including themed luncheons, holiday celebrations and the Senior Fitness Expo. Pick up a copy of the Irvine Senior Connection or visit cityofirvine.org/senior-services/special-events.
Do you offer any support groups?
Support groups are designed to help you deal with physical, emotional, and/or care-giving demands that may overtax your coping abilities. Groups offer an opportunity to share ideas and receive support from others. For more information, 949-724-6926 or visit cityofirvine.org/senior-services/support-groups.
Does the Senior Center offer transportation?
The City of Irvine TRIPS program provides a low‐cost, door‐to‐door, wheelchair accessible transportation service to qualified Irvine residents age 18 and older who are unable to drive due to a permanent physical or cognitive disability. Through community mobilization, information and referral, the TRIPS program encourages independence, personal competency and community involvement and is committed to enhancing the quality of life of those individuals who require specialized transportation services. Service is provided Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. with some weekend availability. For more information or to request an application please contact the TRIPS office at 949-724‐7433 between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m., Monday through Friday, or visit cityofirvine.org/senior-services/trips. For more transportation options, call 949-724-6926 or visit cityofirvine.org/senior-services/transportation-guide-seniors.