About The Joslyn Center

The Joslyn Center leads the way in the Coachella Valley enhancing the well-being of all adults 50+ through innovative programs and services. Our Nationally Recognized Wellness Center was first to take a holistic approach to wellness among older adults and the first to offer free bi-lingual counseling services to adults in need. We are the only center offering the UCLA Longevity Center Brain Boot Camp program and the National Council on Aging program, Aging Mastery. Our commitment to ensuring diversity, equity, and inclusion is seen throughout our programs, services and outreach to aging adults of all backgrounds and abilities. We help seniors live healthy and fulfilling lives through:

  • Friendly social gatherings
  • Games with friends
  • Health and wellness-centered fitness programs
  • Interesting and educational classes
  • Nutritious home-delivered meals
Bingo at the Joslyn Center
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Our supportive staff and friendly volunteers are available to:

  • Find activities and programs that meet your needs and interests
  • Provide information and referrals
  • Recommend volunteer opportunities

Call Melanie Lyons, Program Director, 760-340-3220, x102 or register for our new member orientation for a tour and overview of our programming. Visit for the day or just one activity.

Need a ride? You may qualify for SunDial services which would drop you at the center. Call SunLine Transit Agency directly, 760-323-4010.

About the Joslyn Center

The Joslyn Center is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit community organization providing programs, services, and activities for adults 50 and better in the Cove Communities of Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, and Indian Wells. Located in Palm Desert, the Joslyn Center boasts over 2,000 members ranging from ages 50 - 105 and hosts 250 - 400 visitors each day.

Members have access to the center's free activities and clubs including over 50 weekly programs designed to encourage involvement as well as to discounts to select fee-based programs.

Learn more about membership.

1981

What would become the Joslyn Center started with a community meeting of 40 people who called themselves the Palm Desert Senior Association. The group met alternately between 2 churches but as numbers grew, it became clear that a permanent location was needed. An empty office space was donated and the first center opened.

1983

With initial funding from local philanthropist Merritt Joslyn, whose family had long supported charities focused on senior issues and for whom the center is named, construction began on a permanent location. The cities of Rancho Mirage and Palm Desert also contributed to the building costs and support of the center.

1985

More than 750 people attended the center's grand opening on February 22.

1988

A second, larger building was constructed that now houses the Arthur Newman Theatre, Joslyn Wellness Center, and several conference rooms.

2017

Mission Statement

The Joslyn Center provides extensive programs and services for older adults in Indian Wells, Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, and surrounding Coachella Valley communities.

Vision Statement

Leading the way by enhancing the quality of life for older adults.