Description & History

The Elders Learning Community is creating a new model for aging - one that promotes self-discovery and empowerment. Our philosophy is that learning and creativity can prevent the depression, dementia, and social isolation associated with aging. 

The ELC began in 2005 to address the effects of disengagement impacting the lives of so many West County Seniors. Our program connects amazing volunteers from the community with senior participants. Together, they develop learning projects - art, music, science, computers, history, memoir writing, reading, the ideas are endless! We also hold monthly groups. Senior participants, ELC staff, and our dedicated volunteers are what make up our "community of learners."

We currently serve seniors over age 60 who are low-income, frail, or homebound in West Contra Costa County. They are often the elders who can't make it to the average senior center due to financial or health barriers. We use a humanistic model for learning that is based on participants' unique interests and capabilities. 

If you are interested in volunteering or referring a senior, please feel free to contact us. We would love to hear from you!

About the organization

Elders Learning Community

Paula Burch
Executive Director
Susan Snyder
Program Manager
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