Senior Programs & Services


The Carmel Foundation is a private, nonprofit foundation that supports the needs of the senior citizens of our community and provides a multiple-service facility open to members age 55 and older. The Foundation is located on the east side of Lincoln Street between 8th and 9th Avenues.

Further information: Carmel Foundation (831) 624-1588 or


Carmel Unified School District’s Carmel Adult School provides a quality program of classes for your enrichment and enjoyment.

We believe strongly in the right of every adult in the community to gain an education regardless of age, heritage, handicap or background. We invite you to explore our courses and find those that suit your needs and interests. Our program offers classes in various locations within the Carmel community.

CUSD programs and activities shall be free from discrimination based on gender, race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, ethnic group, marital or parental status, physical or mental disability, age, sexual orientation, or the perception of one or more of such characteristics. All classes are open to all Adults. A full copy of the District Uniform Complaint Procedures may be obtained from the Carmel Adult School office, by calling (831) 624-1714 or (831) 624-3855 or visit


The Seniors Helping Seniors program was developed and implemented by the Carmel-by-the-Sea Police Department in 1997. The primary purpose of the program is to make daily calls and welfare checks to the many senior citizens in our community who live alone. In addition, this program also provides volunteer opportunities for seniors who enjoy helping other seniors. The program consists of volunteer senior callers who come to the police department each morning and make phone calls to our list of senior recipients. Getting a daily phone call from someone who cares can brighten the day for a senior who is a shut-in or simply lives alone. If, for some reason, the recipient does not answer the phone, the caller will alert an on-duty police officer who will respond to the recipient's residence and check on his or her welfare. In addition to the telephone calls, there are social events, such as our annual Seniors Christmas Luncheon. Cards and flowers are also provided to the recipients on their birthdays. Funding for the Seniors Helping Seniors program comes entirely from donations by businesses and individuals in our community. If you know of someone who would like to be a recipient or a volunteer, or if you would like to help support the program with a donation, please contact our Seniors Helping Seniors coordinator Lisa Panetta at 624-6403, or you can e-mail her at