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Beautifully situated in San Rafael, California.

Nestled on a tree-lined residential street of San Rafael, you’ll find a senior living community that’s both surprising and delightful. Aldersly features European-styled apartments set amidst stunning gardens in a quiet neighborhood setting. Plus, it’s within easy walking distance of Montecito Plaza, charming downtown San Rafael, the farmers market, shops, cafés and more.

Aldersly is also in the heart of northern California’s picturesque Marin County—ranked as the healthiest county in California according to the 2019 County Health Rankings & Roadmaps, a collaboration between the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute. There’s something invigorating about the fresh air, sunshine and beautiful surroundings that beckon you outdoors to enjoy the natural beauty around Aldersly. Maybe you’ll enjoy a brisk walk around the neighborhood, a stroll through our own community gardens, or a morning cup of coffee on your balcony with a view of Mount Tamalpais—affectionately known as Mount Tam.

Scenic outings in every direction.
Want to take advantage of the many cultural activities in the Bay Area? Aldersly is less than 15 miles away from San Francisco, making our community a great home base for your outings. We’re also less than an hour to the Sonoma and Napa wine country. Or follow scenic Highway 1 to the Pacific Coast for a walk on the beach or lunch overlooking the ocean. It’s an easy half-day roundtrip. Aldersly also offers community excursions on our own bus, giving you a relaxed and easy way to enjoy the scenic and cultural attractions in the area.

Gallery History


Founded on a Danish tradition of caring for seniors.
When a Danish benevolent group established Aldersly in 1921, they were guided by a centuries-old tradition of respect and caring for seniors. And while the modern-day Aldersly now encompasses a culturally diverse mix of residents, we still hold true to the straightforward wisdom of our Danish roots. This includes a profound sense of compassion that still guides us as we continue to modernize, reinvest in and expand our community.

You’ll also enjoy several delightful symbols of our heritage at Aldersly, including our lovely gardens—based on the Danish belief that a comfortable and welcoming home should always have a well-tended garden. Plus, our annual Danish-themed Tivoli Festival brings together residents, family and friends for one of the most anticipated events of the year.

Carrying tradition into the future.
Aldersly offers a unique balance between the valued traditions of caring and compassion, combined with services and amenities specifically designed for today’s active seniors. You might say it’s the best of both worlds. That’s the beauty of the comfortable and uplifting senior lifestyle at Aldersly.

Mission & Vision

Mission & Vision

Mission Statement:
To be a welcoming, compassionate and caring environment for those who live in, work at, and visit our community.

Aldersly’s Vision:
Founded as a retirement community for Danish immigrants in 1921, Aldersly has always been a place where people take care of each other, and embrace diversity. Residents enjoy hygge–a Danish expression, encompassing warm feelings of enjoying the good things in life with good people.

Aldersly is a welcoming, comfortable and relaxing place for older adults to be active and independent at all levels. Our approach to community is one of compassion and voluntarism. As we consider the broader needs of those who live and work at Aldersly, we are making a positive impact consistent with the values embedded in living “Danishly,” combined with the American spirit. We are an innovative and collaborative organization, a leading light in residential living for older people. We focus on the interests of individuals, families and the broader community. At Aldersly you will find a community which is:

  • welcoming, friendly and openhearted
  • kind, caring and compassionate
  • comfortable, happy and relaxed

Aldersly is a garden community with almost 100 years of history providing quality care in a cozy environment, and we plan to fulfill our promise for the next hundred. We are a financially strong, not-for-profit organization, operating within economically feasible parameters. Aldersly provides a dynamic environment in which our services and programs evolve in phases, in response to shifting needs. We plan for changes to the existing campus, building new facilities and spaces that enhance treasured features and landmarks, yet adaptable to serve evolving needs. We care about the needs of others, including those who will join us in the future.

Leadership and Board of Directors

Leadership and Board of Directors


  • Shannon Brown, Executive Director

2022 Board of Directors

  • Peter Schakow, President
  • Paul Castro, Senior Vice President
  • Svend Ryge, Vice President
  • Grant Hellar, Treasurer
  • Ruth Ann Vosmek, Secretary
  • Ed Lewis
  • Jeppe Larsen
  • Michael B Hansen
  • Per Caroe
  • Yvonne Cotton

Life Care Services Management

  • Tim Cain

Resident Representative

  • Jacqueline Klunksdahl

Auxiliary Representative

  • Lizette Burtis
Annual DSS Report
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