Community Services

The Bernalillo County Office of Senior and Social Services (OSSS) provides health and quality of life initiatives for Bernalillo County residents to improve economic well-being, education, health, and family and community development.

Its role in senior services includes program development for four county owned senior centers operated by the City of Albuquerque Department of Senior Affairs. Senior services conducted by OSSS include implementing exercise programs, book clubs, music and art programs, sewing, crafts, ceramics and a variety of other activities. Program staff help serve breakfasts at centers and assist city staff with other planned activities. In addition, OSSS is actively involved in addressing food insecurity, transportation barriers, and social isolation of seniors in the community. OSSS promotes activities and the availability of free lunch to seniors 60 and over at senior centers throughout Bernalillo County.

Senior Centers

Other programs of OSSS include:

Online Phone Conversations, Classes and Support Groups Available

Bernalillo County Office of Senior and Social Services is pleased to support the mission of Well Connected, a community service of Covia. Well Connected offers virtual programs to adults age 60 and over. Staying connected is more important then ever for individuals homebound, isolated, and advised to social distance. Social connections remain vital for the well-being of older adults and alternative ways of making connections with others is still viable. Well Connected offers phone and online group conversations, classes, support groups, lectures and much more. Participants can talk, play a game, learn a language, share a gratitude, get support, but more importantly connect and stay engaged. Services are free.

Call Well Connected at 1-877-797-7299 or visit www.covia.org to learn more. Download the current catalog to see course offerings. Participants receive a course catalog every trimester of new program offerings, and a Spanish catalog is also available. Also mention Social Call which is a service which will schedule regular one-on-one friendly calls to you or your loved one or visit Well Connected at the address above.

             

BernCo Seniors Got Talent 2019

On Sept. 5 the Bernalillo County Office of Senior and Social Services and the City of Albuquerque Department of Senior Affairs hosted a talent show at the South Valley Multipurpose Senior Center. Congratulations to the winners and thank you to everyone who participated!


National Senior Citizens Day

On Aug. 19, 1988, President Ronald Reagan issued Proclamation 5847 creating National Senior Citizens Day to held annually on August 21. This day is observed to recognize and honor the achievements of older people in our nation and to raise awareness of social, health and economic issues which affect seniors. Bernalillo County and its Office of Senior and Social Services is committed to our senior community and encourages participation in the programs and services offered at its Senior and Community Centers. We honor and appreciate our seniors and the value they bring to our county.


National Senior Citizens Day 2018


Teeniors Tech Camp

On Aug. 9, 2018, the Office of Senior and Social Services hosted a Tech Camp at the Paradise Hills Senior Center. At this event Teeniors were paired with seniors to help with tech questions. The Teeniors helped seniors navigate their tablets, smart phones, and computers. Some seniors wanted help taking photos and sending them to loved ones, others with email, or just understanding their devices. It was a great event and very well received! Please check out some photos from the event below.

Teeniors Tech Camp


Whispering Pines Cinco de Mayo Celebration

Thanks to everyone who came to our Whispering Pines Cinco de Mayo community celebration! There was corn hole, horseshoes, a car show, music, food, face painting and more! Check out our slideshow from this wonderful event below!

Whispering Pines Cinco de Mayo

Special Honors

We would like to wish Conway Woods a very Happy 95th Birthday! Conway is a member of the NM Area Agency on Aging Advisory Committee and has long been a strong supporter of Bernalillo County Senior Services. Happy Birthday, Conway!

 

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