Caring for those who have cared for us.

Institute on Aging (Friendship Line) honored by San Francisco Giants as one of its 2016 AT&T Community All-Stars
August 17, 2016

On Wednesday, August 17th, the AT&T Community All-Stars program honored five Bay Area organizations in a home-plate ceremony before the San Francisco Giants game vs Pittsburgh. Institute on Aging's Friendship Line volunteers and participants were then treated to a gorgeous, sunny day of baseball at AT&T Park . Watch Here.

Sutter Care at Home to Transfer Bay Area Private-Duty Services to San Francisco’s Institute on Aging

Sutter Health
May 31, 2016

Not-for-profit Sutter Care at Home announced its intent to transfer ownership of its private-duty home care services to the non-profit Institute on Aging in San Francisco beginning July 25. Read More.

City Visions: Senior Scams and How to Protect Against Fraud

KALW Local Public Radio
November 30, 2015

Listen to Shawna Reeves, Director of Elder Abuse Prevention at the Institute on Aging, contribute to a discussion on senior scams and what older people and their families can do to protect themselves against fraud. Listen Here.

Crisis Line for Seniors Struggling for Survival as Grant Ends

San Francisco Chronicle
May 2015

When the phone rang, it was the lady whose granddaughter forgot about her. When it rang again, it was the old man who was feeling unhappy because his TV broke. Read More.

Bay Area Focus: Friendship Line

Bay Area Focus
May 2015

Watch Institute on Aging's VP of Health Services, Dr. Karyn Skultety and Friendship Line Volunteer, Melanie Grossman discuss the Friendship Line on Bay Area Focus. Watch Here.

How to live passionately—no matter your age

Ted Talks
March 2014

Author Isabel Allende is 71. Yes, she has a few wrinkles—but she has incredible perspective too. In this candid talk, meant for viewers of all ages, she talks about her fears as she gets older and shares how she plans to keep on living passionately. Watch Here

Institute on Aging's Patrick Arbore wins Jefferson Award

October 15, 2014

Dr. Patrick Arbore, Institute on Aging's Director and founder of the Center for Elderly Suicide, is the recipient of the Jefferson Award for Public Service.
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Institute on Aging featured on KRON 4

July 18, 2014

Watch Institute on Aging's Dr. Patrick Arbore and Dr. Karyn Skultety featured on KRON 4 News discussing loneliness, the Friendship Line, dementia and home care. Watch Now

Institute on Aging featured on PBS NewsHour

PBS NewsHour
March 20, 2014

Watch Institute on Aging featured on PBS NewsHour talking about aging and innovation. Watch Now

Young Tech Entrepreneurs Develop Products for Seniors

by Nellie Bowles
December 16, 2013

When 73-year-old Ralph Harris walks down the street in Hayes Valley, he sees scores of interesting young entrepreneurs. But the San Francisco resident, who once grew his own small firm into a successful business, said he feels invisible to them. Read More

Santa Clara hosts LGBT Senior Conference

by Heather Cassell
October 23, 2013

More than 100 senior care professionals turned out recently for the first LGBT senior seminar hosted by the Institute on Aging in Santa Clara County.

On the same day – October 23 – the Santa Clara County HIV/AIDS Systems of Care Roundtable gathered in San Jose to discuss HIV/AIDS and aging. Read More

Depression and Suicide Are Top Mental Health Concerns in Aging Adults

We assume depression comes with aging, but one expert says we must learn to detect and treat it rather than accept it as status quo.

By Laurie Sue Brockway
October 3, 2013

A woman who has buried her husband and one of her adult children reaches the age of 80 only to feel isolated, lonely, and as if she has never healed from her grief. A grandfather who proudly served in the armed forces now feels like a burden to his children and uses his hunting gun to end it all. A couple looking forward to retirement is devastated when one partner develops dementia and, as all the dreams for their golden years come crashing down, the other partner begins drinking to drown the pain. Read More

Suicide Rates Are High Among the Elderly

By Paula Span August 7, 2013
In hindsight, Greacian Goeke can see that there were warnings.

Her father, Joseph, had never fully recovered from surgery to repair a heart valve and feared he would soon need a wheelchair, as his own father had. He had developed cataracts and had to stop driving. Along with his increasing physical disability, he had a history of depression that included hospitalizations and electroconvulsive therapy. For years, he had struggled with alcohol abuse. Read More

The Value of Family Caregiving
Do You Consider Yourself a Caregiver?

By Amy Andonian
July 11, 2013

When 52-year-old Rachel brought her elderly mother to visit the adult daycare center I managed, she was clearly overwhelmed. She had recently undergone both surgery and divorce, was providing part-time care for her grandchildren, worked nights make ends meet -- and was providing 24/7 care for her 75-year-old mother, Marilyn, whose recent stroke had significantly affected her memory. Read More

Goliath Joins David to Care for the Aging

By Matt Perry
July 7, 2013
“It’s the magic of risking everything for a dream that nobody sees but you.”

That line from the movie “Million Dollar Baby” – the last to screen at San Francisco’s Coronet Theater, now home to the city’s Institute on Aging – captures the dream of aging pioneer Dr. Lawrence Feigenbaum, who nearly 40 years ago envisioned comprehensive health services as an alternative to nursing home placement. Read More

Baby boomers are killing themselves at an alarming rate, raising question: Why?

by Tara Bahrampour, Washington Post
June 3, 2013

Dr. Patrick Arbore, IOA's director and founder of the Center for Elderly Suicide, is quoted in the Washington Post regarding suicide among baby boomers. Read More

Scholarships for admission to Legal Assistance to Seniors Elder Abuse Conference (PDF)

LAS Conference on Elder Abuse
May 21, 2013

The Institute on Aging’s Elder Abuse Prevention Program with support from the SF Department on the Status of Women is sponsoring full scholarships for this conference on elder abuse for persons working in the field of domestic violence. Read More

SPECIAL REPORT: Elderly made the targets of donation solicitations by mail

April 28, 2013

IOA's Talitha Guinn, director of the Elder Abuse Prevention Program, was interviewed on KTVU's special report on political groups bilking the elderly for donations through mailers. Watch Now

An app for elder abuse cases (PDF)

By Carole Moore, Law Enforcement Technology
February 2013

"The spread of elder fraud and abuse cases has also prompted educational institutions and nonprofits to make their own contributions toward criminal investigation and prosecution of these cases. The University of California at Irvine, together with the Institute on Aging, has come up with a unique and modern aid for California law enforcement officers. Read More

IOA recognized in Statement by the San Francisco Department on the Status of Women (PDF)

February 28, 2013

In a statement on the passage of the Violence Against Women Act Reathorization, The Institute on Aging was recognized by the San Francisco Department on the Status of Women as one of 24 partner agencies who deliver direct services to women victims of violence and their families. Read More