New York Times Magazine profiles IOA caregiver Ofelia Bersabe. Read the inspiring exploration into her compassion-filled life and career.

‘How am I going to keep this up?’ COVID intensifies plight of family caregivers

January 21, 2021

Family caregivers must navigate a patchwork of private, nonprofit and government resources to find caretaking classes, home care services and other assistance. Mary Griffin, vice president of homecare and support services with the Institute on Aging in San Francisco, says often that search begins at the last minute, with a sick or hurt relative and family members in distress. Read More.

‘Opinion: Your parents are older and live far away. How to care for them while keeping everyone safe

January 21, 2021

Every six weeks during the pandemic, Tom Briody flies from California to visit his ailing parents near Buffalo. His 90-year-old mother has dementia and his 89-year-old father has end-stage cancer.

Two siblings live near his parents, so they help with daily caregiving duties. But he acknowledges that elder care challenges, tough in the best of times, pose greater obstacles now.

“I think it’s essential for my parents to be connected to their children,” said Briody, chief executive of the San Francisco-based Institute on Aging. “When I go to see them, I don’t stay in their house. We visit outside on the patio.” Read More.

Sandra Simon to head Institute on Aging Philanthropy Committee

Piedmont Post
September 23, 2020

Institute on Aging, one of California’s largest nonprofits dedicated to health and community programs for older adults and adults living with disabilities, recently announced that Piedmont resident Sandra Simon will lead the organization’s critical philanthropic efforts as head of the all-volunteer philanthropy committee. She will also spearhead its annual fundraising dinner in 2021. Read More.

How a Hotline for Seniors became a tool to control coronavirus

Center for Health Journalism
July 13, 2020

Isolation, anxiety and despair have intensified among older adults during a pandemic that has forced them to stay home. The anguish can be measured by calls to the state’s hotline for older adults and people with disabilities, which have jumped by 30% in recent months. Read More.

The ’New Normal’ for Many Older Adults Is on the Internet

Bloomberg CityLab
May 6, 2020

For some people over 65 facing loneliness and prolonged isolation, expanded tech literacy is a new skill that may stay with them long after lockdowns lift. Read More.

Phone Calls to Outreach Lines Skyrocket During Pandemic

PBS Next Avenue
May 1, 2020

Isolated and lonely adults are sharing their fears and desperately wanting connection. Read More.

California takes steps to support vulnerable seniors

Orange County Breeze
April 26, 2020

Governor Gavin Newsom today announced a series of initiatives to support vulnerable older Californians who are isolating at home during California’s stay at home order. Read More.

Social isolation, loneliness for seniors cause concern amid a pandemic

KRON4 News
April 26, 2020

Social isolation and loneliness among older adults were a serious concern before the coronavirus pandemic. Now, the health risks of loneliness from being sheltered in place have created an even greater public health crisis. Our health expert, Karen Owoc, talks with KRON4 about how people are finding ways to connect. Read More.

Newsom Announces Meal Delivery Program for California Seniors

NBC Bay Area
April 24, 2020

The first-in-the-nation effort not only addresses the nutritional needs of older, more vulnerable Californians but also the issue of isolation of those residents, Newsom said. Read More.

California launches programs to help lonely, isolated seniors

San Francisco Chronicle
April 24, 2020

Seniors isolating across California amid the coronavirus pandemic can soon access new state programs designed to combat loneliness.  Read More.

Friendship Line Helps Isolated Seniors

April 14, 2020

Many seniors are experiencing extreme isolation due to the coronavirus pandemic, with the loss of daily activities and programs that helped them socialize. But luckily there is a hotline seniors can call in times of need. Read More.

Just What Older People Didn’t Need: More Isolation

New York Times
April 13, 2020

The coronavirus pandemic could sharpen the health risks of loneliness. But there are ways to connect. Read More.

Better Together: Volunteers Phone In To Keep Seniors Company During Shelter-in-Place

KPIX5 CBS Bay Area
April 12, 2020

The shelter-in-place order is particularly hard on senior citizens who live alone. An increasing number of them are reaching out for connections and volunteers are answering the call. Read More.

Seniors Combat Loneliness While Sheltering in Place in Bay Area
April 7, 2020

When Governor Gavin Newsom issued his shelter-in-place order in mid-March, he said the elderly need to stay at home alone. Research has shown that loneliness can be as deadly as many other diseases. Read More.

Elder Advocates Warn of Coronavirus Scams

San Francisco Public Press
March 31, 2020

Glen Fishman, Senior Program Coordinator for the Elder Abuse Prevention Program at the Institute on Aging, has been working on heading off scams since before San Francisco’s shelter-in-place order. Read More.

How to get past the coronavirus crisis without losing your mental health
March 29, 2020

Fear, loss, economic stress, the angst of a seemingly endless crisis — coronavirus is taking a toll, not just physically but on our mental health. Here are some tips and tweaks from California mental health professionals.  Read More.

Am I going to die”? Across the Bay Area, confined seniors struggle with anxiety and isolation

San Jose Mercury News
March 29, 2020

From San Francisco to San Jose, frightened seniors are calling social service workers for help.  Read More.

Friendship Line created by Institute on Aging in SF helps seniors cope with COVID-19 anxiety

March 17, 2020

Isolation is the new norm as a result of the shelter-at-home mandate in six Bay Area counties. Seniors in particular have lost access to activity and lunch programs where they can socialize and share their worries. Where do they turn now? Read More.

Social Isolation: Remote Volunteer Training and Phone Support

Leading Age California
Spring 2020

In his Spring 2018 article in Engage Magazine, Institute on Aging’s Dr. Patrick Arbore described social isolation as a public health problem with damages compared in scale to cigarette smoking. With COVID-19 keeping seniors indoors and primarily homebound during stay-at-home... Read More.

Home care subsidy helps SF’s middle-income seniors

San Francisco Chronicle
February 12, 2018

For 40 years, until his wife, Margie, was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 2016, retired San Francisco bus driver Johnny Cherry enjoyed the perks of being married to a skilled home cook. Read More.

San Francisco Pilot Program Tackles Home Care Affordability

Home Health Care News
November 21, 2017

A pilot program in San Francisco County, titled Support at Home, is tackling this issue by making home care accessible to area residents, and also ensuring caregivers are provided a fair and decent wage. Read More.

Boots on the Ground - Fighting Financial Abuse of Elder Veterans

National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA) Blog
November 2, 2017

A candid talk on elder abuse, and how to avoid it

KWMR-FM’s Epicenter
April 24, 2017

Tagging: Not Just for Teenagers

San Francisco Magazine
April 2017

San Francisco Magazine featured Institute on Aging’s Social Day Program clients, aged 65 to 96, who designed and painted an original graffiti wall mural under the guidance of Crewest Studio and Man One, an internationally-known graffiti artist based in Los Angeles. Read More.

New York Times Magazine profiles IOA caregiver Ofelia Bersabe

New York Times Magazine
February 23, 2017

New York Times Magazine featured Ofelia Bersabe, an Institute on Aging-connected caregiver in their “The Future of Work” series, in an article about The Workers: real people with real jobs in an uncertain, unsteady, and fluctuating economy. Read More.

For Seniors Fighting Grief or Depression, Friendship Line is a Listening Ear

The Christian Science Monitor
February 3, 2017

Dr. Patrick Arbore, Institute on Aging's Director & Founder of the Center for Elderly Suicide Prevention & Grief Related Services, saw a need to give older people an alternative to traditional suicide prevention hotlines – one that offers a conversation rather than potentially a confrontation. Read More.

New Coalition to Protect Local Senior Veterans from Financial Abuse

Sierra Sun Times
November 11, 2016

Industry experts, elder advocates say $15 million MetLife verdict sends clear message

Northern California Record
November 7, 2016

Consumer Protection for Veterans Targeted for Scam Trusts & Annuities

KALW-FM’s Your Legal Rights with Chuck Finney
November 2, 2016

Elder Abuse In the Community: What Is It and How to Avoid It

KWMR-FM’s Epicenter
August 23, 2016

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, including Institute on Aging (Friendship Line), 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 Now.

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, 2016. Read More.

Hanging Up on Robocalls

Aging Today
March 15, 2016

City Visions: Senior Scams and How to Protect Against Fraud

KALW Local Public Radio
November 30, 2015

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

Crisis Line for Seniors Struggling for Survival as Grant Ends

San Francisco Chronicle
May 2015

For more than 40 years, Institute on Aging's accredited Friendship Line has helped older adults with crisis counseling, grief support and suicide intervention. Severe funding cuts have left a significant budget shortfall, potentially silencing this vital outreach, and leaving vulnerable seniors with nowhere to turn. Read More.

Bay Area Focus: Friendship Line

Bay Area Focus
May 2015

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

Fighting Elder Financial Abuse: Law Enforcement’s Role

 Legal Aid Association of California, Sponsored by Institute on Aging
April 27, 2015

6 Horrors of Elder Financial Abuse
February 15, 2015

Scamming Grandma — A Billion Dollar Industry

Rockland County Times
February 9, 2015

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 Now.

Worried about elder financial exploitation? Strong planning can help!

Consumers Union
October 24, 2014

Institute on Aging's Patrick Arbore Wins Jefferson Award

October 15, 2014

Dr. Patrick Arbore, Institute on Aging's Director & Founder of the Center for Elderly Suicide Prevention & Grief Related Services, is the recipient of the Jefferson Award for Public Service. Watch Now.

Institute on Aging featured on KRON 4

July 18, 2014

Institute on Aging's Dr. Patrick Arbore and Dr. Karyn Skultety were 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

Institute on Aging was 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, Institute on Aging's Director and Founder of the Center for Elderly Suicide, was 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

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

Institute on Aging'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, 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.