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The San Francisco Senior Center (SFSC) opened in Aquatic Park in 1947 as the first non-profit senior center in the United States. Aquatic Park Center has served seniors continuously for 71 years.

The Downtown Center location of SFSC was the first senior center in California to receive funding from the Older American Act, opening in 1966. In November 1985, the downtown location relocated to 481 O’Farrell Street, tripling its space for programs, social services, and offices.

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Hard Day's Night 2019 Celebration (video)

play "It's A Hard Day's Night

Living Well, Aging Well: A San Francisco 
     Senior Center Symposium (featuring 
     Shireen McSpadden), (video)

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Who we are

San Francisco Senior Center (SFSC) is the oldest nonprofit senior center in the nation, founded in 1947.

We serve nearly 2,000 people of diverse backgrounds and cultures each year at two locations, Aquatic Park Center and Downtown Center

SFSC offers a variety of services from daily, low-cost, nutritious lunches and comprehensive social services to healthy living programs and continuing education. SFSC encourages socialization, independence and living well.

See for yourself

By the Numbers


71: years and counting in our Aquatic Park Location

1,200: active participants at Aquatic Park Center

750: active participants at the Downtown Center


36,500: meals served last year
66%: percentage of participants who live below the poverty line

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DT awe group exhibit Nov 2019