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Department of Seniors Affairs

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Mission: The Department of Senior Affairs is a community leader, who in partnership with others, involves seniors and people of all ages in creating a community that enhances everyone’s quality of life by providing opportunities to achieve their potential, share their wisdom, maintain their independence, and live in dignity.

A message from Mayor Richard J. Berry:

Dear Friends, 

The City of Albuquerque’s Department of Senior Affairs offers people of all ages in our community an array of services. The Manzano Mesa and North Domingo Baca Multigenerational Centers offer activities and services for individuals who are six years old and older. Our six senior centers offer hundreds of classes, activities, and programs for people who are 50 and older. Seniors in our community who are 55 and older have the option to volunteer in one of three excellent Senior Corps Volunteer Programs that contribute more than 256,000 hours of service in Albuquerque each year. This team of city employees also provides home-delivered meals to individuals who are homebound, offers transportation options for seniors, and assists seniors to stay in their home safely by offering home repair and retrofit services. Albuquerque has launched ABQ Together, an initiative that is aimed at ensuring our city is age-friendly. This department is an excellent example of offering services to people of all ages.

Best Regards,

Richard J. Berry, Mayor

City of Albuquerque


mayor berry

A message from the Director Jorja Armijo-Brasher: 

Dear Friends,

I am proud to lead the group of individuals who provide excellent services to seniors in Albuquerque.  Our city is a place that offers great things to people of all ages as well. Citizens can participate in a variety of activities that are offered in our senior, multigenerational, community, and sports and fitness centers. Our families have access to great parks and open spaces. The ABQ BioPark offers fun and educational experiences at our Zoo, Botanic Garden, Tingley Beach, and Aquarium. We are in the midst of applying to receive the “Age- Friendly City” designation by the World Health Organization. As a result, ABQ Together was created to bring a variety of stakeholders together from all around Albuquerque to begin a dialogue on the future. We would enjoy having you as part of our dialogue to create a Blueprint for the Future. Please call (505) 764-6469 to learn more about ABQ Together.

Age Well Albuquerque,

Jorja Armijo-Brasher, Director

Department of Senior Affairs



Department of Senior Affairs 2016 Highlights:

    • Information & Assistance: 7,960 contacts with approximately 5,601 seniors 
    • Case Management: 5,483 hours of service to 1,741 senior households 
    • Home Services: 15,035 hours of service to 2,296 senior households 
    • Home Delivered Meals: 149,508 meals delivered to 920 homebound seniors
    • Meal Sites: 168,947 meals prepared for 3,327 seniors 
    • Transportation: 68,551 one-way trips provided to 1,966 seniors 
    • Recreation: 22,500 members participate in a variety of center activities
    • Sports & Fitness: 160,183 sports & fitness visits

A Population Fact:

By 2030 New Mexico will move from 39th in the nation to 4th in the nation in the percentage of people older than 65.

- 2000 Census Projections



Advisory Council


The Advisory Council consists of twelve (12) voting members, eight (8) appointed by the Mayor and approved by the City Council, two(2) appointed by the Bernalillo County Commission, one (1) member appointed by the Village of Los Ranchos de Albuquerque, one (1)member appointed by the Village of Tijeras.

Current Members

Representing the City of Albuquerque

Debby Knotts, Chair

Marianne Chiffelle, Vice-Chair
Manzano Mesa

Dr. John Romisher, PhD
Los Volcanes

Representing Bernalillo County 

Greg Lopez
North Domingo Baca

David Vargas
Meal Sites

Representing the Village of Los Ranchos

C. Hugh Formhals
North Valley

Business meetings are held on the third Monday of each month at 12:00pm with the exception of August; there is no meeting.  Changes of time and place are at the discretion of the Council. Call 764-6469 for more information. 


  • Promote awareness and education on senior issues, increasing community involvement and commitment to seniors.
  • Advocate on behalf of seniors, insuring the senior population is represented and the policies support the mission of the Department of Senior Affairs.
  • Support the program development by acting as the ears and eyes of the Department, assessing needs and skills of seniors, become knowledgeable of available services in the community, assessing and giving recommendations on program development and delivery of services and supporting the funding development activities.
  • Support the development of strategic alliances, identifying and encouraging essential partnerships between DSA and other entities.