Overview of CSA Programs

The Center for Successful Aging provides a variety of programs to assist seniors to maintain their independence and integrity.  Starting with its senior peer counseling program that offers support and assistance to seniors through individual and group sessions, the staff works with any senior needing assistance with their physical, mental, emotional and spiritual needs.  The staff has access to over 90 community agencies where seniors can be match with the services they need.

Second, the Center has a Careline Telephone Reassurance Program where its staff provide daily calls to seniors living alone and wanting a friendly call each morning.

Another program we offer is our Pet Therapy program.  Many seniors enjoy the contact and love that a dog provides.  Seniors taking advantage of our counseling programs can have the added benefit of their counselors being accompanied by their dog to the sessions.

Some seniors need assistance in their homes to complete daily chores and activities.  The Center’s Real Help program matches seniors with providers who can be employed to run errands, help around the house, do grocery shopping, light cleaning or making meals.  All vendors are vetted by our staff and charge $15 per hour.

Lastly, the Center has a senior newspaper called “Successful Aging” where seniors can read about important issues affecting their lives, see what activities are coming up and be exposed to useful health and safety tips.   If you have a need for any of these services, feel free to call the Center at 898-8080 to get more information.

New Peer Counseling Training Class

Next training:

Senior Peer Counseling Training

When:  Wednesday March 23, 2016

Time: 3-5 p.m. for 8 Wednesdays ending May 11, 2016

Where: CSA office, 1815 State St, Ste E (between Islay and Pedregosa)
Click here for an application

Successful Aging Newspaper
A free publication for Santa Barbara seniors presented by CSA.
The July/Sept Issue as well as back issues are now available on line.
Printed copies have been distributed.
Click here to download a PDF version or to see a list of distribution sites.

Center for Successful Aging Helps Seniors and their families
  • Senior Peer Counseling
  • Careline Telephone Call Program
  • Pet Therapy Program
  • Real Help
  • Successful Aging Newspaper

Peer counseling services are charged on a sliding scale basis for individual counseling.

The Center for Successful Aging (CSA) offers critical mental health and counseling services to seniors facing serious illness, loss of a loved one, isolation from family and friends, transitions to assisted living and other trials of aging. CSA is one of the most pro-active organizations in Santa Barbara to ensure seniors achieve healthy aging. We provide senior peer counseling, senior peer support groups and educational initiatives that promote the physical, spiritual, mental and emotional health of seniors in the Santa Barbara area. Peer counseling services are charged on a sliding scale basis for individual counseling..

The true uniqueness of CSA’s program lies in the fact that all the counselors are seniors, too. Talking to someone who has gone through the same life struggles is the critical piece in creating mutual understanding and bonding. CSA provides the training in basic counseling and empathetic listening skills to seniors who want to make a difference by volunteering their time helping other seniors. CSA reaches out to clients in their homes, often providing counseling services to those who are housebound because of physical limitations. Often it is hard to tell who benefits most, the counselor or the client. We also offer both counseling and support groups to clients at many sites, including long-term care facilities, senior centers and other locations in Santa Barbara.

The Center for Successful Aging provides assurance that the Santa Barbara community does care, and that seniors do not have to go it alone. With trained volunteer counselors available to help deal with every day problems, seniors of all backgrounds and economic status, can stay connected to their community and continue to live independent and emotionally rewarding lives.

Senior (Musical) Moments

SMMLogoSenior Musical Moments is the fourth annual benefit production for the Center for Successful Aging, following in the footsteps of the very popular “Seniors Have Talent” I and II, and last year’s “Puttin’ On The Ritz” at the Marjorie Luke Theatre.

The event draws the largest audience of seniors in any one place all year long.  Performers include musicians, dancers, comedians and skits that will have you mesmerized.  Plan on joining us this year on Saturday, June 6th at 2 p.m. at the Marjorie Luke Theatre inside Santa Barbara Junior High.  You won’t want to miss this very entertaining event and support our Center’s work at the same time.

For more information, click on the picture to visit our Senior (Musical) Moments page.





Support Us

CSA gratefully accepts your tax-deductible donation. Contributions of any amount go toward providing senior peer counseling, peer counseling training and educational programming, and are much appreciated.

To make your donation:

Mail your contribution to:
Center for Successful Aging
1815 State Street, Suite E
Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Or you can Make A Donation Online

What does your donation support?
It supports the CSA Peer Counseling program which offers confidential counseling services to seniors who are facing the challenges of the aging process. Peer Counselors, who are seniors themselves, offer emotional support, guidance and empathy to individuals facing the stresses of illness, loss of spouse or friends, isolation and other life challenging transitions.

Contributions to the Center for Successful Aging are tax deductible to the fullest extent permitted by law.  The Center for Successful Aging is a non-profit charity organization 501(c) (3). Tax ID #80-0422344