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Home >> Multipurpose Senior Centers Services

Multipurpose Senior Centers (MSC) Services

There are different types of "Senior Centers":

bulletThe Multipurpose Senior Centers (MSCs)
offering comprehensive social services and activities
bulletRecreation Centers and Clubs
offering many activities with limited social services
bulletFaith-Based Organizations
offering social services & activities
bulletSpecialized Centers
such as the Braille Institute and the Gay and Lesbian Center.

The Multipurpose Senior Centers (MSC) are the primary source of assistance for Seniors and their families. The MSCs are selected and funded by the City or the County Department of Aging. These community-based agencies have the resources and expertise to assess the needs of seniors.

If you are trying to solve a problem, the MSC Case Manager is an expert who has probably encountered a similar situation before. Because the MSCs are community-based, they are familiar with other local agencies serving seniors. MSCs usually do not have commercial ties and may give you a sincere referral based on their experience with the agency. Up arrow to top of page

Many resources are available to seniors and their families through the Multi-Purpose Senior Centers:

bulletAssistance to remain independent
bulletIn-house supportive services
bulletHomemakers for people on Medical or SSI
bulletAides to the elderly
bulletCompanionship and telephone calls
bulletAdult day care  Up arrow to top of page
bulletFood stamps
bulletFood distribution
bulletNutrition Centers, Senior Lunch Sites
bulletMeals on Wheels for homebound seniors  Up arrow to top of page
bulletHealth & mental health
bulletAssessment and health screening
bulletMedical Services
bulletSocial Security & Medicare information
bulletAlzheimer's Association
bulletAssistance for caregivers
bulletSuicide intervention
bulletAdult care program if mentally impaired
bulletSupport groups
bulletBraille Institute, low vision clinic
bulletDiabetic support
bulletMobility & orientation assessment
bulletDeaf & disabled services  Up arrow to top of page
bulletFor meals, medical services, activities, etc...
bulletLift-van program
bulletMTA passes
bulletTaxi coupons  Up arrow to top of page
bulletInterpretation & translation
bulletServices available in many languages to assist Monolingual seniors  Up arrow to top of page
bulletPersonal Security
bulletHome security checks
bulletInstallation/change/repair of locks
bulletInstallation of grab-bars & handrails
bulletSafety devices
bulletEmergency registry & response system
bulletTelecheck - daily telephone calls
bulletChild proofing available  Up arrow to top of page
bulletLegal services & advocacy
bulletLegal assistance
bulletAdvocacy for tenants' rights, rent control, etc...
bulletHealth insurance counseling
bulletDispute resolution
bulletEnergy, telephone, rent assistance  Up arrow to top of page
bulletActivities, tours, trips, classes, games, dancing
bulletLibrary services
bulletVolunteers to deliver books if homebound  Up arrow to top of page
bulletEmployment-Volunteer opportunities
bulletAssessment and orientation
bulletCareer planning workshops
bulletInformation, referrals, resume bank
bulletPart-time work  Up arrow to top of page
bulletAlternate living - Co-op living
bulletLow income housing and subsidized housing
bulletNursing & retirement homes  Up arrow to top of page
bulletLos Angeles Funeral Society
bulletAssistance with mortuaries  Up arrow to top of page

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Assistance to remain
Health & mental health
Personal Security
Legal services & advocacy
  Volunteer opportunities
Funeral assistance

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